I was staying at this hotel for four nights while in town for a seminar. I usually choose to stay with Hilton brands, but did not have a choice of this hotel. I arrived around 10:30am and they picked me up at the airport, but even though the driver was at the airport, we had to wait another 45 minutes for others to arrive. The driver was very friendly and the front desk checked me in early.
The hotel appears to be reltively new and is very welcoming. The hotel is off the main road a bit so I did not experience any traffic noise even though our room faced the road.
On first entering the lobby, there is a very welcome feel with a small sitting area. The breakfast area doors are left open during off hours. They have a multitude of fresh baked cookies each afternoon, as well as a two hour evening reception that includes beer, wine, sodas, chips, and salsa. You can enjoy these items in the lobby, by the pool, or in the breakfast area. (It also seems you can take them to your room, but I was traveling with a group so never did that.)
They were out of King rooms when I checked in (would have some later) so they put me in a room with two queen beds. All rooms appear to be the same with the exception of Kings having one bed and a couch. The rom is a mini suite with a wet bar, microwave and fridge They have a nice sized work desk and small eating table. Closet and bathroom space is acceptable. The bed and sheets were comfortable, climate control system worked well, and the blower can be set to on for white noise while still using the air conditioning. The room has a medium sized Flat Panel HDTV and a reasonable selection of channels. The rooms are quiet and dark at night. You need to leave your room key in the energy saving switch to leave the AC on, and I don’t like to do that as someone from the hotel could take your key. The room was muggy on entry in the afternoon, but cooled off quickly.
The breakfast was a full breakfast with made to order omlettes, eggs, potatoes, meat, waffles, pasteries, breads, muffins, fruit, yougart, juice, and coffee. The manager was in attendance each morning ensuring everything went well. There always seemed to be plenty of seating.
They do not really have a business center, but do have one computer and a printer in the lobbyThe free High Speed Internet connection was very slow almost to the point of being annoying….I got faster service tethering to my blackberry, but there was on additional charge for the internet. The inside of the hotel clean and nice looking. They had a very small (even for a limited service hotel) but clean exercise room with a bike, treadmill, and some weights. The hotel has very nice outdoor pool and hot tub, and is a great place to sit during happy hour.
There are a few dining options within walking distance, and if you ask the hotel they will drive you to one of two local malls with many other choices.
This is a nice hotel, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The charm and elegance of a European-inspired boutique hotel await you at Ayres Hotel Laguna Woods! Whether you’re here for a short visit or a long, relaxing retreat, you’ll find all of the luxurious guest rooms at Ayres Hotel Laguna Woods are impeccably appointed with a full suite of complimentary amenities including our signature double pillow top beds, flat screen TV’s, refrigerators, coffeemakers, microwaves well lit work desks and Wifi, iHomes, hairdryers, iron/ironing board, and curved shower rods. And every morning you will start your day right with our complimentary full American breakfast! Ayres Hotel Laguna Woods welcomes travelers to all of the exciting business, recreational, and entertainment attractions South Orange County has to offer. Surf, play, and lounge the day away at nearby, world famous Laguna Beach. Revive your wardrobe at the Laguna Hills Mall only one mile away. Also, be sure to check out the exciting night life at the Irvine Spectrum Entertainment Center where you can laugh at the Improv comedy club or play like a kid again at Dave & Buster's video arcade. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ayres Laguna Woods
- Laguna Woods Ayres Hotel