Costa Mesa Travel Guide

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Some OC Hotels Continue to Be Dangerous

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  Site Where: 3050 Bristol Street [map], Costa Mesa, CA, United States, 92626
January 6, 2011 at 11:38 AM | by | Comments (2)

What it is about Orange County, California hotels? Way back in 2008 we asked if OC Hotels were, like, totally cursed because a string of strange incidents had happened at hotels down there that included a murder-suicide, a drugging and a body packed in dry ice.

Things seemed to calm down for a few years but so far, 2011 is not off to a good start. The LA Times reports that a man was stabbed to death outside the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa

It was about 2 a.m. when Baker saw Robert Sickles, 27, of Mission Viejo and his friends leave the event. Baker flicked a cigarette at them, prosecutors allege, then got up and confronted the group. Baker pushed Sickles then pulled out a knife and slashed and stabbed him in the chest, killing him, according to police.

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Westin South Coast Plaza Has a Confusing In-Room Dining Menu

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  Site Where: 686 Anton Boulevard [map], Costa Mesa, CA, United States, 92626
October 16, 2008 at 2:35 PM | by | Comments (2)

We get lots of hotel reviews from hotel guests. Some are legitimate, some are not. And some are unintentionally funny. This is one of them. Traveler101 got really worked up about the in-room dining menu at the Westin Hotel in Orange County. We aren't knocking his complaint. It's just that this might be the first time that an in-room menu has prompted a guest to write into us.

Just last night I stayed at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Orange County and was shocked at what has happened to Westin recently. I have always loved the brand, its people and its service. However, now I do not know what to think.

The room service menu was the worst I have ever seen. I consider myself a well traveled and an educated person, who enjoys the opportunity to relax without all the fan fare you get at a Fairmont, Ritz or Four Seasons; one reason I have been loyal to Westin for many years.

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Are OC Hotels Like Totally Cursed?

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  Site Where: 1680 Superior Avenue [map], Costa Mesa, CA, United States, 92627
June 3, 2008 at 1:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's no secret that Orange County, Calif. hotels are having kind of a crappy year as far as strange crime goes. You can see what we're talking about here.

Now, a woman was found barely conscious and naked in a hot tub at a Ramada in Costa Mesa. The LA Times reports:

The unidentified 20-year-old woman, a guest at the Ramada Limited & Suites, was discovered Sunday about 7 a.m. when a hotel employee went to unlock the spa area for another guest, said Costa Mesa Police Lt. Paul Dondero.

The woman was taken to a hospital in Newport Beach where she was treated and released. Apparently, she's "fine" now. Meanwhile, police detectives are trying to find out how this all happened.

We're not trying to be alarmists here. Crime happens in all hotels everywhere. But it is unusual for the OC, especially considering the previous events took place at luxury hotels. However, we spent a night in Costa Mesa recently and we came out just fine. Can't say the same about the hotel after our dog stayed there though.

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Wyndham Costa Mesa is Going to the Dogs (In a Good Way)

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  Site Where: 3350 Avenue Of The Arts [map], Costa Mesa, CA, United States
May 15, 2008 at 10:16 AM | by | Comment (1)

Our dog Tank had a devilish time testing out the rooms at the Wyndham Costa Mesa but unbeknownst to him, he was actually doing a good cause by chewing that "chewgar" on the bed.

Ok, well maybe that act specifically wasn't helping out but anyone who books the Paws and Claws package, $5 of the room rate automatically goes to the Greyhound Pets of America non-profit organization. Same with the Paws and Claws Brunch Buffet held every Saturday and Sunday where $1 of every breakfast ($15.50 per person) goes to the organization.

Aside from the usual tasty treats for humans (omelette station, waffle station, lots of fresh fruit), there's a bunch of ways to spoil your dogs.

Guests are also invited to indulge in the "Bubbles and Bones" champagne cocktail bar with a champagne fountain and odoggy treats (an additional $4.00).

You can even submit your dog's picture in hopes of winning a free breakfast for two and to have your dog's mug placed in the hotel's art gallery for a week.

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Testing Out the Paws and Claws Package at the Wyndham Costa Mesa

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  Site Where: 3350 Avenue of the Arts [map], Costa Mesa, CA, United States, 92626
May 8, 2008 at 5:09 PM | by | Comments (6)

Meet Tank. He's a French Bulldog weighing about 26.3 pounds with a mild shedding problem, a regular oral fixation for rawhide and a tendency to pee during the night. Guess what? He's sleeping in your hotel room!

Last week, we were invited with our canine companion to test out the "Paws and Claws" package at the Wydnham Hotel Costa Mesa in Orange County, just across from the shopping mecca South Coast Plaza. While we have never traveled with our pet before this hotel stay, we always loved it when hotels offered pet-friendly services. Yet actually staying in a hotel room with a pet was not quite how we imagined it to be.

If you've got a well-behaved dog, you probably wouldn't think twice about traveling together. The Wyndham laid out the red carpet for Tank to prance along, offering loads of attention, tons of treats and even a special doggy turndown.

But we were quite horrified by Tank's lack of social graces. He streaked a cocktail hour naked, he chewed a "Chewgar" on the bed (we later placed a towel under him) and he barked at the door several times. That's right. Someone's going to the kennel on the next trip we take.

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