8 Reasons to Plan a Family Staycation at Hotel Irvine
We stayed as a guest of the venue
Staycations are the perfect way for families to relax, refresh, and reconnect. While many families plan their staycations at resorts that are nestled along the beautiful Orange County coastline, Hotel Irvine offers a premier location for families to getaway from the daily stress for a weekend.
When planning to attend the Hotel Irvine Block Party benefitting ISPS, we planned to spend the weekend at Hotel Irvine to see what OC families can expect when staying at the property. The hotel far exceeded our expectations for a family getaway destination, and these are eight reasons why your family should plan a getaway to this family-friendly hotel.
One of the biggest struggles when traveling with a family of five is finding hotels that offer enough space for us to be comfortable. With the hotel being an older hotel that recently went through a recent major renovation, the rooms are larger than any other hotel we have stayed at in Orange County. They are spacious enough that adding a rollaway bed won’t take over the free space in the room like what happens in most hotels. Our favorite part of the rooms is that most have a balcony to sit, relax, and take in the panoramic views of Orange County.
The neatest feature of Hotel Irvine is the Marketplace. Open 24 hours, guests of the hotels can get almost anything they need when staying at the hotel. From a bottle of wine to snacks, everything in the Marketplace is competitively priced. There is practically everything your family could need to be comfortable when staying at the hotel, and the staff there is happy to deliver orders to your room. This is especially convenient for families who are traveling with children who have food allergies who normally have to shop at a local grocery store for their child’s food when traveling.
REACH ME concierge text service
Sitting by the pool and want a drink? Text it. Need more towels? Text it. Need anything? Text it. One of the most unique features that I have ever come across while traveling is the REACH ME concierge text service. I signed up for the texting service right after checking in. I was able to make dinner reservations, order food by the pool, and get extra towels sent up to our room. When traveling with families this service is like a dream come true.
Eats Kitchen & Bar
Eats is not your average hotel restaurant with the standard food offerings. Eats provides families with a high quality dinning experience at reasonable prices. The restaurant has a family-friendly ambiance with a large outdoor patio complete with a fireplace. Children are encouraged to be adventurous by trying new foods with their extensive gourmet menu.
Guest staying at the hotel are invited to enjoy complimentary “everyday breakfast.” There is also an extensive breakfast menu for ordering a full breakfast, but the everyday breakfast offers a continental style breakfast that meets the needs of most traveling families.
Active families will feel at home at Hotel Irvine with the borrow-a-bike program. While staying at the hotel, my daughter and I were able to check-out complimentary bikes and ride along the San Diego trail to a local park where we did yoga by a lake. The hotel provided us with a map and directions to multiple local places to spend the morning.
All kids love a hotel with a pool, and the pool at Hotel Irvine was set-up to offer relaxation for the entire family. They have complimentary cabanas, large swimming pool, jacuzzi, and a snack bar. The pool is kept heated, and the attentive staff brought out pool toys the minute they saw our kids making a splash in the pool. While there isn’t a lazy river or water slides we found that our kids don’t always need that when traveling. They spent hours swimming, playing Marco Polo, and reading their books in the cabana.
Next to the pool is a large grass area where children can run around, giggle, and play. Parents can order a cocktail using the REACH ME concierge text service, and sit on one of the oversized outdoor couches while watching their children play. It is rare to come across a hotel that has “open space” for younger kids to get their energy out so they can have a restful sleep in the hotel.
Hotel Irvine is a true gem offering families a different kind of staycation experience in Orange County. They also have complimentary wi-fi, John Wayne airport shuttle, state of the art fitness facility, and accommodating staff members. I guarantee that your family will leave Hotel Irvine with your hearts full of memories and your family bond strengthened.
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