Irvine Travel Guide

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Orange is The New Beige at The Hotel Irvine in Orange County

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  Site Where: 17900 Jamboree Road [map], Irvine, CA, United States, 92614
March 2, 2015 at 7:03 PM | by | ()

Old vs. New #TBT #hotelirvine

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The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, Calif. is one of the luxest hotels on the Southern California coast, boasting 128 glam bungalows and opulent villas with room rates close to $900 a night. (There's also the on-site pasta room, among other amenities and services.) Make no doubt about it, this place is heaven, if you can afford it. But if you can't, there's a fun alternative to try.

The company behind the resort, The Irvine Company, which started out as the Irvine Ranch, recently upgraded The Hotel Irvine, on Jamboree Road, to be an independent lifestyle hotel that millennials and business travelers alike will feel comfortable staying at.

The hotel has a central location in Irvine, close to the John Wayne Airport and Disneyland, and although it has a very corporate exterior (it looks like an office building), the property is shiny and happy on the inside. And there's also a lot of orange, which is fitting for this Orange County hotel.

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It's Always Ladies Night at The Hyatt Regency Irvine

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  Site Where: 17900 Jamboree Road [map], Irvine, CA, United States, 92614
March 14, 2013 at 6:14 PM | by | ()

Hotels catering specifically for their female guests is nothing new. Way back when in 2008, Kimpton Hotels rolled out the Women InTouch program which offered up a bunch of female-centric amenities and toiletries to use during their stay, like flat-irons and stain-removing wipes. Over at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago, the bathroom showers even have a special ledge for ladies (or men!) to use while shaving their legs.

But even so, we still got excited by the new offerings at the Hyatt Regency Irvine in Calif., home to a handful of big corporations like Taco Bell, Asics and Toshiba.

The hotel has created The Women's Experience program which includes 50 "women-specific" non-connecting guestrooms located away from exits and stairwells, as well as bigger vanity kits with make-up removers and a "convenience collection" of amenities that includes curling and flat irons, free-weight sets and yoga mats. The program will also include smaller-sized robes and slippers, which may work well for the women with size 7 shoe or smaller. But, not every woman has petite feet--sorry--so that might be our only gripe.

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The 'Real' Orange County Has Bed Bugs

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  Site Where: 2855 Main Street [map], Irvine, CA, United States, 92614
October 27, 2006 at 11:55 AM | by | ()

[Ed. Note: The Bed Bug epidemic really hits home when they start to invade parts of California's Orange County, you know where Seth and Summer live and the Laguna Beach kids? Here's one person story from the Residence Inn in Irvine.]

I was bitten 40 times by bed bugs on my arms, legs, torso and face (two bites on my right eye lid which became swollen shut) at the Residence Inn by Marriott Irvine John Wayne Airport, on October 14, 2006, in Room #821.

Climbing out of bed I flipped on the light and saw, to my horror, several bed bugs also climbing out.  I managed to smash two of the bed bugs in Kleenex to show the manager. Later two maids, who were sent up to clean the room, picked up the two bed bug "specimens" and without my permission removed them from the room and delivered them to the Assistant General Manager.

More on the bed bug aftermath post-click.

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