I originally booked a room at a great price ($86) at the Hyatt Regency across the street during a holiday visit with family. But we left after one night because we found the same price at the Residence Inn across the street. And unlike the Hyatt, which charges $19 a night for parking, there is no parking fee at the Residence Inn.
And unlike the worn carpets and outdated rooms at the Hyatt, the Residence Inn was clean and even had a sitting area and small kitchen. The beds were also more comfortable. And they had free wi-fi (again, unlike the Hyatt, which charged about $10 a night).
My only quibble is the breakfast buffet, which is overrun with guests and very mediocre.
Cost alone it was a no-brainer to move hotels. But what really won me over was the staff at the Residence Inn. When our daughter got sick overnight, they graciously moved us to another room and let us check out two hours later than normal the next day.
We will definitely be staying here the next time we're visiting Orange County.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience all the comforts of home when you stay at the Residence Inn Irvine John Wayne Airport-Orange County. Enjoy a prime location only 3 miles from John Wayne Airport and 9 miles from Newport Beach. This all-suite hotel in Orange County is also less than 10 minutes from South Coast Plaza, Fashion Island, and the Irvine Spectrum. Guests at the Residence Inn Irvine hotel are welcomed with thoughtful amenities including complimentary daily breakfast buffet, an on-site fitness center and complimentary WiFi. Join us at The Residence Inn Mix™, a fun and relaxing way to unwind, socialize and connect. Three nights a week our hotel features a different opportunity to socialize in our lobby or outdoor space. Inside our spacious, newly-renovated suites we provide you with all the conveniences of home. Curl up in our new king beds or make yourself a meal in the fully equipped kitchen. Separate living and sleeping areas give you plenty of room to entertain guests and pets are always welcome. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Residence Inn Irvine John Wayne Airport/Orange County Hotel Irvine
- Irvine Residence Inn
- Residence Inn Orange County
- Residence Inn Irvine John Wayne Airport/Orange County CA