Picture above courtesy of AC Hotel

Beginning this spring, and looking ahead to the year's end, there have been, and will be four new hotels with a total of 760 new guestrooms coming on-line. This also adds 23,081 square feet of meeting space to the Irvine landscape.  In this article we are pleased to share with you details about each of these new properties. This new bevy of hotels are redefining stays with unique event space, one with a rooftop bar and terrace, resort-inspired pools and restaurants that are meeting the changing needs of their guests.

New Hotels

Guestrooms

Meeting Space - Sq. Ft.

AC Hotel 176 788
Hampton Inn & Suites 164 2,539
Irvine Spectrum Marriott 271 18,754
Hyatt House 149 1,000
                       Total 760 23,081

AC Hotel Irvine - Just Opened April, 2017

Marriott has recently introduced a relatively new brand to its collection. The AC Hotels celebrates the beauty of classic modern designs with its European and Spanish roots. Renowned Spanish hotelier Antonio Catalan founded the brand in 1998 and grew it into one of the most well-respected hotel brands in Spain. Following its success in Europe, a joint venture was formed with Marriott International in 2011 which then launched AC Hotels by Marriott into France, Italy, Portugal, Denmark and now into the United States as well. 

The AC Hotel Irvine is a boutique-style hotel located in the Park Place business park (at the corner of Jamboree Road and Michaelson). The hotel features 176 spacious guest rooms with a modern décor and integrated work stations in each guestroom. There are also upgrades in room type to guestrooms with balconies that overlook the plaza. On the second floor a fitness center, heated swimming pool and sun-filled terrace can be found.

In terms of meeting space, they have 788 square feet of flexible meeting space. The meeting space includes: The AC Meeting Room which accommodates up to 40 guests theater style, and up to 25 for a conference meeting. The AC Meeting Room is 500 square feet. There are two Media Salons that are each 144 square feet and can accommodate up to 6 guests in each salon. Meeting Planner Reward Points are available for groups as they can double dip with points booked for guestrooms and meeting space.

The AC Kitchen can also be used after 11:00 in the morning. The breakfast space can be transformed for a sit down meeting of up to 70 guests, or for a stand-up reception of 164 guests. The room features large picture windows and natural light. The sales team indicates that they have accommodated up to 200 guests for a reception, which also flowed into the lounge area just steps away from the AC Kitchen. And in addition to this space, they can also accommodate receptions on the second floor pool deck featuring an open terrace.

Breakfast in the AC Kitchen is a European Buffet Breakfast with the freshest of ingredients, such as hand-sliced prosciutto, and croissants that have been flown in from France and baked on the premises. In the evening, the attention turns to the AC Lounge with tapas-inspired small plates, handcrafted cocktails, wine on tap and a selection of beers. The Lounge is flanked by the bar on one end, and a large, comfortable living room setting and large picture windows. Just steps away, guests can enjoy numerous restaurants for lunch and dinner dining options.

3309 Michelson Drive, Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 471-8710
www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/snaai-ac-hotel-irvine/

Hampton Inn & Suites- Opening November, 2017

Hilton has over 2,000 Hampton hotels in North America, Europe and India.  The brand offers consistent accommodations with a comfortable Hampton bed®, in-room mini-refrigerators, desk and chair for productive working and free Wi-Fi. Mornings start off right with their complimentary hot breakfast including fresh baked waffles and hearty oatmeal. Members of the HHonors guest reward program will receive points for their stays.

In November of this year, a brand new Hampton Inn & Suites in Irvine will be added to their portfolio.  Situated less than 1 mile from John Wayne/OC Airport, the hotel will offer a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport. The hotel will feature 164 guest rooms, of which 52 will be King Studio Suites. There will be 2,539 square feet of meeting space, including a 1,161 square foot ballroom, 378 square feet of pre-function space, and a 1,000 square foot multi-use room. One unique feature of this property is that it will feature a full bar. Typically, Hampton Inns do not offer food and beverage, beyond the breakfast, however this bar and lounge will offer cocktails and a small selection of delicious appetizers.

2192 Dupont Drive, Irvine, California, 92612
www.irvineorangecountyairport.hamptonbyhilton.com
For more information please contact Sheryl Montour-Director of Sales at: 949-656-8701

Irvine Spectrum Marriott - Opening Winter of 2017

Located in the heart of Irvine Spectrum this inventive new hotel was designed with the tech-savvy traveler in mind.  The building stands 15 stories tall amidst a landscape of business parks and the mega-outdoor Irvine Spectrum shopping center nearby.  The hotel will feature 271 guest rooms, including 50 suites. On the main level Marriott Rewards members will enjoy the exclusive MClub lounge. A bi-level state of the art fitness center is perfect for business travelers on the go, and after a long day guests can retreat to the resort-inspired pool with cabanas and an expansive patio.

Guests will enjoy unwinding in style in their chic lobby area and on the 15th floor guests will soak in the panoramic views on the rooftop terrace with a full bar and lounge area. California cuisine will be the focus of this three-meal, farm-to-table oriented restaurant, with a bar for evening cocktailing. There will also be an on-site Starbucks® for those who want to get up and go quickly! Members of Marriott's guest reward program will receive points for their stays.

As for meeting space, this hotel honors the exceptional weather we experience here in Southern California. Natural light is a vocal point and with movable walls, the sense of blending the indoor and outdoor venues will be seamless. Meeting planners will have a creative canvas from which to design their functions, receptions and dining while on-property. This will also be perfect for social engagements and parties as well.  The 5,000 square foot ballroom and pre-function space have telescoping walls that will disappear and open the space up to the outdoors. There are multiple meeting rooms, totaling 18,754 square feet of space. There is also a lush outdoor event lawn overlooking a dramatic fire feature with the resort-style pool beyond. Private pool cabanas will also be available to watch presentations on a big screen, or provide creative, out-of-the-box breakout space for groups to brainstorm. And for those groups that are in need of additional space, there will be a walking path providing direct access to the space at the neighboring Courtyard Irvine Spectrum.  

7905 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618
949-759-0200
www.marriott.com/snamc

Hyatt House- Irvine/John Wayne Airport- Opening November 15, 2017



The Hyatt House Irvine/John Wayne Airport is a brand new hotel, scheduled for opening in mid November, 2017. The hotel is designed to accommodate extended stay guests and will feature 149 guestrooms, including both studios and one bedroom suites. A majority of the suites will have full kitchens, a sitting area and bedroom. The hotel is located only 1.5 miles from John Wayne Airport and will operate complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport. Guests will receive World of Hyatt rewards points (formerly Hyatt Gold Passport) for their stays and also for meetings booked at the hotel. 

One of the signature services of the Hyatt House will be the complimentary breakfast featuring a full American-style buffet. The daily breakfast will include an array of menu items including: cage free eggs, rotating protein, made to order omelet station, fruit, yogurt, pastries, juice and coffee bar. In the evening, the hotel's guests will enjoy Happy Hour on their outdoor patio. Local beer and craft cocktails will be served from the full bar and the in-house restaurant HBAR will be serving evening appetizers and dinner options.

For meetings, Hyatt House is building 1,000 square feet of meeting space called the Gathering Room. This space will be divisible into two rooms 600 square feet and 400 square feet with use of an air-wall. When divided into two, they will be referred to as Gathering Room 1 for the larger space and Gathering Room 2 for the smaller room. The Gathering Room will offer the much desired natural light and will provide flexible meeting packages to accommodate various budgets. Their flexible setup and pricing structures will be perfect for corporate events, receptions and social functions as well.

2320 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614
www.irvinejohnwayneairport.house.hyatt.com
For more information, please contact Adam Drescher-Director of Sales at: 949-936-4280

Author's Note: There is another property that we anticipate will be coming on-line, however further details and an opening date were not available at the time of this submission. Towneplace Suites, an extended stay hotel with 165 guestrooms will be located at: 2652 White Road in Irvine and we will share further details as they become available to us.

Deirdre Michalski is a travel and culinary writer covering topics near and far. She explores new local restaurants, activities, interviews chefs, lifestyle adventures, the meetings market, spas and enjoys discovering intriguing international travel destinations and the oldest restaurants around the globe. Deirdre writes for her own web site, www.TastesAndTravel.com  as well as other publications, including: Newport Beach Lifestyle Magazine, Visit Newport Beach, Visit Huntington Beach and Destination Irvine. She is an active member in two organizations: the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA), and She's Wanderful- Women In Travel.  When not tied to her ipad, or traveling, she can be found in her garden, the kitchen, researching a trip, or on the coastal bike paths. Visit her web site to learn more about "How to Do Machu Picchu Without Killing Yourself" and how to "Live Like a Local in Italy", adventures in the South of France, Budapest and Prague. This summer she will be exploring the Baltics on a cruise with its own Bon Appetit Cooking School on the ship!