(credit: Robert C./Yelp) 
(credit: Robert C./Yelp)

Finding the best home base during your visit to any area of the country may seem a tad tricky at times, but Irvine has done a great job in making many of its hotels and resorts top-notch for travelers - both for those here on business and for pleasure. The key has been making the hotels and resorts feel more like your home away from home.

Instead of being stuck in some uncomfortable hotel that you can't wait to exit, many Irvine establishments offer a relaxed environment for visitors. Several of the better-known hotels and resorts in Irvine have undertaken/or are in the process of undergoing major renovations, making them even more appealing to travelers from nearby or across the country or globe.

Embassy Suites Irvine
2120 Main St.
Irvine, Ca. 92614
(949) 553-8332
Travelers to the Embassy Suites Irvine, which offers nearly 300 rooms, can soon take advantage of the newly remodeled, "California-fresh look," all within a mile of John Wayne Orange County Airport. For the business traveler, there is plenty of space to conduct those all-important meetings. From networking to small conferences, Embassy Suites Irvine has the business man or woman covered. For those individuals or families looking for a little more relaxation, this venue features a centrally-located atrium and has myriad of offerings to make one happy, all while undergoing renovations to make the experiences even better. Enjoy two-room suites, a fitness center, indoor pool, business center and more. Suites come with refrigerators and microwaves, along with space for guests to have some privacy when more than one person is in a room. When it comes to dining and drink, the facility has you covered morning to night. From ordering the breakfast of your choice to a nightly reception of snacks and drinks in the atrium, guests will have plenty of offerings to choose from. Additionally, a Starbucks is being added to the hotel's main lobby.

Irvine Marriott
18000 Von Karman Ave.
Irvine, Ca. 92612
(949) 553-0100
The Irvine Marriott offers travelers a wealth of business amenities and relaxation, too, and it's transforming itself with a major two-year facelift to the tune of $35 million. Guests are welcome the minute they come through the doors and are greeted by a refreshed lobby, giving them the feel of being in both the city and near the ocean. The establishment provides nearly 500 guest rooms with contemporary decor and state-of-the-art amenities. When it comes to dining, guests can take advantage of the continental breakfast along with other morning offerings. Travelers wanting to relax even more can enjoy the site's FLOE Lounge, complete with an outdoor patio area to enjoy the Southern California weather. For those looking to get in a workout or two during their stay, there is a fitness area complete with cardio equipment and weights, along with an outdoor pool to swim some laps or just relax under the sun. Lastly, if you're in search of a place to host your wedding reception, Irvine Marriott may be just the place to celebrate the big day. With a grand ballroom that can welcome more than 900 guests, the setting is perfect for celebrating nuptials. There is also the option of a smaller area of the hotel for those wedding parties that want a little cozier feel.

Hilton Irvine/Orange County Airport
18800 MacArthur Blvd.
Irvine, Ca. 92612
If you're flying into the John Wayne Orange County Airport, you don't have to go far to find a relaxing place to stay. The Hilton Irvine has also undergone a significant renovation, making it even more appealing to travelers coming from near and far. Business travelers will be treated to more than 20,000 square feet of meeting space. If a wedding reception venue is what you're after,, the facility can accommodate you, too. Guests are treated to rooms that offer a "sleek and modern design" and a clean, fresh feel. If you want to get some exercise in during your stay, there is a fitness room and pool to burn some calories. When it comes to dining, the Hilton Irvine offers the Aura Bar & Grill for travelers. The eatery is open 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. Lastly, the hotel does allow guests to bring their pets (75 pounds maximum) with a $75 deposit charge.

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