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Irvine, California

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With its gorgeous weather, cool culture, and great attractions-Orange County, located in the heart of Southern California, is considered one of the most desirable places in the world to live, work, and play. There's no better way to experience all the excitement of Orange County than to stay in the center of it all-beautiful Irvine, CA.

Recognized as America's Safest Big City in the US*, Irvine is an ideal destination and has something for everyone. Its central location and accessibility reduce travel time so you can spend more time enjoying all that the city has to offer. From the state-of-the-art facilities to the world-class shopping and close proximity to beaches and famous amusement parks, Irvine really is a one-stop destination.

*Irvine has been recognized as America's Safest Big City in the Country with populations of 100,000 by the FBI for seven consecutive years since 2004.

Insider tips for Irvine travel

  • Location

    Irvine is a youthful, active city with many choices for having fun. It's home to the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Wild Rivers Waterpark, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, championship golf courses, lakes, beautiful community parks and so much more. You certainly won't run out of things to do in Irvine, and with hotel rooms starting at only $69 per night, it's affordable as well. Irvine is literally minutes away from some of the best places in the country for having fun.

    Here are some of them:

    Boomers: There is probably no better place for fun in Irvine, than Boomers. Whether you are racing your friends on go carts, challenging them at mini-golf, dodging them in laser tag, or ramming into their bumper boat, laughter will be kept at a maximum when you're at Boomers.

    Beaches: Orange County is home to world-famous beaches and Irvine's hotels are centrally located to all of them. By staying at an Irvine hotel, you get the best of both worlds-close proximity to the beach without paying for beach room rates. In fact, Irvine's just minutes away from the beautiful and prestigious Newport Beach (featured on the hit Fox TV show, The OC), the nearby seaside artist colony of Laguna Beach (featured on the hit MTV series, Laguna Beach), and Huntington Beach, dubbed "Surf City USA" and home to numerous surf contests.

    Nearby Attractions: Everyone will enjoy spending the day at any of California's famous theme parks. Disneyland, California Adventure and Knott's Berry Farm are just a few miles north of Irvine. Book tickets to catch an Angel's baseball game or watch the former Stanley Cup Champion, Anaheim Ducks, play at the nearby Anaheim Stadium and Honda Center. Plus, if you have time for more sightseeing, Los Angeles and San Diego are just over an hour away.

  • Shopping and Dining

    Irvine is a shopper's dream come true! The Irvine Spectrum Center is a large outdoor shopping and entertainment complex. Its vibrant atmosphere, beautiful Mediterranean setting, live entertainment, and wide variety of stores make it the ultimate hangout spot and shopping experience. The Spectrum Center has over 120 stores including large department stores, such as Nordstrom and Macy's, to lifestyle brands and specialty boutiques that cater to every style. There is no shortage of dining and entertainment options; in fact, you can even check out a comedy show at the world-famous Improv Comedy Club or experience the thrill of IMAX at the Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 Cinemas.

    The Irvine Market Place is yet another option with a dynamic selection of over 120 stores and restaurants. It offers a range of dining, shopping and entertainment experiences and is situated in a serene and beautiful outdoor setting. Whether you're looking for sporting goods, fashion apparel, home furnishings and décor, to electronics, books and more, the Market Place has it all!

    Just a few miles from Irvine is the world-famous South Coast Plaza that offers plenty of glitz and glam with over 300 high-end boutiques and designer shops.

    Don't forget the food! Irvine's cafés and restaurants offer a wide variety of international and American cuisine to please any palate. There's a wide selection of popular "kid friendly" eateries like The Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, Claim Jumper and Yard House. For those who crave a more international flavor, there are numerous options ranging from Chinese to Mexican to Japanese. Who says you can't play with your food? Release your inner child and let loose at Dave and Buster's where you can grab a soft drink, enjoy the food and have some fun or dive into the Melting Pot for an interactive fondue experience. The "foodies" in the group will want to check out Bistango, Zov's Café Bakery & Bar or The Counter, where they can build their own unique gourmet burger.

  • Convenience and Affordability

    One of the best features of Irvine is that it's located within a mile of John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA), which means no traffic or long delays to check into your hotel. It is also one of Southern California's major airports and is conveniently located in the heart of Orange County, just minutes away from Irvine hotels. In addition, two freeways, the 405 and the 5, meet in Irvine, allowing for easy access to the city and nearby attractions.

  • Arts and Entertainment

    You can check out popular concerts and music events at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. This large outdoor arena is nestled up against the rolling green hills of Irvine. With reserved and lawn seating of nearly 15,000, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater it is a great place for you to see some of your favorite artists perform.

    The famed South Coast Reparatory theater and Segerstrom Center for the Arts are also great to experience the fine arts.

    What's more, every summer Laguna Beach's Festival of Arts presents its world famous Pageant of the Masters, where actors, paint, costumes and lighting combine to recreate contemporary and classical artwork. Performed in an outdoor theater, this popular yearly event is an unforgettable experience.

  • Sports and Recreation

    The UCI Anteaters, have won 26 national team championships in nine different sports, and have captured 66 conference championships. In addition to the spacious Bren Event Center, home to the Anteaters' basketball & volleyball teams, UCI also offers the Anteater Ballpark, with 900 chair back seats and 2000 festival capacity seating and the Anteater Stadium, a multi-purpose venue equipped to accommodate both soccer and track & field tournaments, with 2500 spectator seating. There is also the Anteater Complex, which has a 210 foot by 75 foot Olympic-sized swimming pool which is perfect for swim meets and water polo matches, and can also be configured for diving competitions.

    For the golfers in your group, Irvine has much to offer with its gorgeous weather, pristine landscapes, and championship golf courses. Some of the more popular golf courses in the city include Strawberry Farms Golf Club, Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course, and the serenely beautiful Oak Creek Golf Club.

    Irvine is a unique city in that it has committed over 30 percent of its land to open space. The Irvine Ranch Wildlands and Parks comprise more than 60,000 acres of protected wilderness and has been designated a National Natural Landmark. Activities such as docent-led hikes through limestone canyons, mountain bike rides up to gorgeous vistas, early morning fitness walks, and kayaking with a trained naturalist are just some of the many unforgettable experiences available at the Irvine Ranch Wildlands and Parks. The surroundings provide an excellent opportunity for team building and fun educational experiences.

    Irvine's master-planned community design successfully balances a thriving urban environment with the preservation of natural open space resulting in an abundance of parks, lakes and recreational facilities. Irvine has 36 neighborhood parks, with playgrounds and sports facilities and 18 community parks offering a range of programs and services. The historic Bommer Park is another great site, with sycamore-shaded picnic tables, a covered stage, plenty of lighting, barbeque pits, sand volleyball courts and horseshoe pits. Other outdoor activities are available at the expansive Irvine Regional Park, with 477 acres of rolling foothills shaded by oak and sycamore trees. It is just the right place for a picnic, game of touch football or horseback riding.

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Irvine Vacation Packages

Hotel only $115

1 Atrium Hotel Orange County Airport

3 stars
3.2 / 5 530 reviews

18700 MacArthur Blvd. Map

Special Advance Purchase Rate

The first hotel built near the Orange County Airport (John Wayne Airport - SNA) in the 1960s, the Atrium Hotel was originally known as "The Airporter", evolving into today's chic hangout, spilling over with water fountains and lush with native greenery. The business... More

Hotel only $82

2 Wyndham Irvine-Orange County Airport

3 stars
3.9 / 5 125 reviews

17941 Von Karman Avenue Map

Save 20% on your stay

Comfortable, modern hotel near beaches, Orange County airport and shoppingRenovated in 2007, the Wyndham Irvine-Orange County Airport offers a family-friendly and business-friendly atmosphere. Wyndham Irvine-Orange County Airport is centrally located in Orange County,... More

Hotel only $149

3 Irvine Marriott

4 stars
4.0 / 5 109 reviews

18000 Map

Rate includes breakfast

A magnificent round lobby lined with white wood trim greets guests on arrival at the Irvine Marriott in Orange County. Accommodations feature a bold color palette, marble bathrooms with large shower heads, and plenty of gadgets - including complimentary wireless Internet.... More

Hotel only $109

4 Hilton Irvine/Orange County Airport

4 stars
3.5 / 5 49 reviews

18800 MacArthur Blvd. Map

Internet, parking, local calls & breakfast for one

The Hilton Irvine/Orange County Airport owns a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award from 2013 for many reasons, including its lake-like pool, awe-inspiring Crystal Ballroom, and breakfast-serving terrace. The hotel is far more than just a stop-over for John... More

Hotel only $159

5 Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center

3 stars
3.6 / 5 18 reviews

17900 Jamboree Boulevard Map

Travelers are welcomed to the Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center by a contemporary style in everything from the lobby's marble floors to the guestrooms' crisp linens. Staff members at the Hotel Irvine treat each guest individually, and cater crisply to each visitor's needs.... More

Hotel only $95

6 La Quinta Inn & Suites Irvine Spectrum

2 stars
3.2 / 5 70 reviews

14972 Sand Canyon Ave Map

NEW! Samsung Flat-panel TVs with 30 channels of HD programming. Easy-access Plug-and-Play feature makes it simple to connect electronics. The Old Town Historic La Quinta Inn & Suites Irvine Spectrum is in a league of its own. Converted from a bean and grain warehouse... More

Hotel only $104

7 Extended Stay America - Orange County - Irvine Spectrum

2 stars
3.2 / 5 44 reviews

30 Technology Dr Map

At Extended Stay America, only 9 miles from Newport Beach, guests find a friendly home away from home whether they stay a day, a week or a month. Fully equipped kitchens in each of our 149 spacious suites, free grab and go breakfast, and onsite laundry facilities offer... More

Hotel only $103

8 Courtyard by Marriott Irvine John Wayne Airport/Orange County

3 stars
4.0 / 5 56 reviews

2701 Map

Rate includes breakfast

The Courtyard by Marriott Irvine John Wayne Airport Hotel is an oasis in the middle of Orange County. So relaxing that you'd never guess how close this Irvine, California hotel is to John Wayne Airport, UC Irvine, and fantastic shopping at South Coast Plaza and Fashion... More

Hotel only $111

9 Courtyard Irvine Spectrum

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

7955 Map

Rate Includes Breakfast

NOW OPEN! Discover a stay that is out of the ordinary at the all NEW Courtyard Irvine Spectrum hotel. Designed to pay tribute to the local area, the interior design celebrates the rich history of the iconic Irvine Ranch through the use of recycled woods mixed with high... More

Hotel only $139

10 Embassy Suites Irvine - Orange County Airport

3 stars
3.9 / 5 73 reviews

2120 Main Street Map

Free cooked-to-order breakfast, Evening Reception

Embassy Suites Irvine is one of more than 200 hotels owned by the Embassy brand in the United States. Embassy Suites Irvine offers spacious areas for relaxation, and its atrium is a great place to gather, especially during the evening reception. You can enjoy a snack... More