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“Good for cheap overnight trip near airport; fabulous pool area at night”

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Atrium Hotel at Orange County Airport
Ranked #18 of 22 Hotels in Irvine
Reviewed August 12, 2011

Hotel has a fabulous atrium area with cool disco lights lighting up the palm trees and pool area with large oversized cabanas with comfy sofas. It was cool, funky, and fun and magical at night.

However, the rooms are older and in need of remodeling. The quality of the rooms seemed like how I remember Howard Johnson's from my childhood. Our room was adequate for a night's sleep, but it was a letdown after the nice lobby and atrium area. We kind of wished we could go back out to the cabanas at the pool, pull the curtains closed, and sleep on those comfy sofas.

The pool could have been a few degrees warmer. My daughter tried swimming in it and was too cold.

The price was right, and the atrium area was one of a kind, but next time, we might stay at the larger chain hotel next door.

Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

I completely agree with many of the other reviews, do not be fooled by the lobby or the pool area, which have been remodelled and look really nice. The rooms are not good at all. We got a room where the air conditioning didn't work and the room was extremely dated and the bed old and lumpy. We ended up on the ground floor just outside the pool, I would not recommend that room on a weekend as they have loud music at the pool and we could hear it through our glass sliding doors. I don't think it worth the price they are charging especially since the family we went with was able to get a better price at the Hilton right next door which was much better (late minute trip for us so by the time we booked, the deal was gone). I was disappointed and would not stay there again.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 24, 2011

The entrance looks very nice, but it is as nice as it gets.... Don't be fool by grand look at the front entrance; ask to look at a room before you check in. You will then agree with all the bad reviews published on this web site.

It looks like the hotel was remodeled from an old nursing home. The remodel was not complete either; there are still traces of the old structures left behind -- eg. hall way, and doors.

Please stay away from this hotel and find yourself a better place instead. Even though it is rated 3-star hotel, it is worse than the 2-stars that i have stayed before..

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 22, 2011

When you walk in the front door and check in, pass through the pool area with it's beautiful cabanas and outdoor bar, on your way to your room it is quite lovely. However....the moment you step into your room you have entered a time warp! A room with peeling wallpaper, outdated huge televisions, peach print wornout, faded bedspreads and drapes, and a worn looking barcalounger that may or may not recline. Just try not to spend time in your room! The pool area is so very nice and the grilled chicken caesar salad is awesome. The manager of the restaurant treats all guests with the utmost courtesy and service. He should be working at a much higher end property with his great customer service skills!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 21, 2011

July 21, 1011.. I believe in sharing good and bad.... The good, well the restaurant food except buffet was good. The bad - It took two days to get my shower working (other than a trickle) and they wouldn't move me. The room was shades of the 70's and bathroom counter had stains and cracks. On Thursday they had a private party at the pool and music, sorry LOUD music until past 10 pm. When I went the bar for a glass of wine I was told that the selections of all beverages was minimal that night because all of the beverages were focused on the private party. So room patrons were out of luck. Horrible experience and wouldn't recommend to anyone and the wi-fi only works in lobby.

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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 12, 2011

Throw back to the 70's. Actually, everthing in this hotel appears to be original. The curtains in my room had worn through holes as if eaten by moths and a small to match. You could only use the tub in a featle position. The only current thing about the hotel is the pool area and landscaping. This could be an excellent hotel to stay in worth much more if it was only renovated to at least the '90's. Shame to the owner. I won't be staying here again. The photos are misleading.Oh! And no wireless internet, just a physical cable connection - left over from the late '90's.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 7, 2011

The rating/review on tripadvisor is terrible. Only stayed here because it's booked by the host in Irvine. After a two-night stay, don't think it's that bad, but may try other hotels in the area next time.

Pros: large room, helpful staff, nice courtyard and pool
cons: distance between buildings are too far and elevators are located even further away.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Atrium Hotel at Orange County Airport

Address: 18700 Macarthur Blvd, Irvine, CA 92612-1409
Location: United States > California > Orange County > Irvine
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 22 Hotels in Irvine
Price Range: $129 - $174 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Atrium Hotel at Orange County Airport 3*
Number of rooms: 195
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Resort style. Tropical Atrium lobby area. Lots of gardens and flowers. Low rise hotel centers around a tropical garden courtyard and pool area. ... more   less 
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