Where should you stay when visiting the Real OC? Well, the choices are varied as to location, price and amenities. Orange County is quite large with almost 950 square miles and nearly 3 million people calling it home. Decide where you will be spending most of your time and basically what you are looking for in accommodations….a place to sleep and change or somewhere to relax, restore and rejuvenate before returning to your busy life back home. The final consideration is, of course, cost. You can shop around and get great deals online so do check the usual sources like Travelocity, Expedia, Orbitz etc., and also consider booking when you make airline reservations for additional savings. When I get a quote from several online sources…I take a few minutes and contact the hotel direct to see if they are willing to discount even further. Be conscious of distances and travel times during traffic. The freeways here are horrible during 'drive time' from 7-9am and 4-6pm and potentially a nightmare at all other times of the day and night!
Here some of the places where our friends and family have stayed for you to check into:
Luxury hotels with all the amenities - price no object
1. Disney's Grand California Resort and Spa
2. Montage Spa and Hotel
3. Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa
4. Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel
5. St. Regis Resort, Monarch Bay
Nice hotels - very nice!
1. Laguna Surf and Sand Resort
2. Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa - Dana Point
3. Balboa Inn - located on the Newport Peninsula beach
4. Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort
5. Sea Resort Villa del Mar - San Clemente
Value hotels - but still nice properties where I would stay with my family.
1. Courtyard Anaheim - 2 blocks from Disneyland
2. Best Western - Huntington Beach
3. La Quinta Inn and Suites - Irvine
4. Best Western Las Brisas Hotel - Laguna Beach
5. Dana Point Marina Inn - Dana Point Wharf
Where you stay is sometimes crucial to having a fabulous vacation. We have tried to save money and spent way too much and been less than dazzled. I strongly recommend you call the hotel directly several times before arriving to ensure you will not be surprised by construction, a closed pool or a hostile or indifferent staff. I call at different times of the day and get one or two questions answered and get a 'feel' for what to expect. I did that on our first time to Alaska last summer and got a very negative feeling about the place in Anchorage. I sure wish I had listened to myself that time!
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