Boutique style at budget prices in upscale Orange County.
Oh, what a difference a well-thought-out renovation can make. This former Holiday Inn has been transformed from a typical chain into a rare Orange County commodity -- a tasteful, nicely priced boutique hotel. The 225 guest rooms and six suites give a classic twist to the contemporary style so popular in hip hotels these days. The on-site Wine Salon gives guests access to a wide selection of California varietals. For in-depth foodie-focused experiences, a dedicated director is on staff to arrange customized private wine tastings and winemaker dinners, including a unique program where a multi-course meal can be built around the wine you bring to the eatery. Among the facilities at this pet-friendly, Interstate-405-adjacent property: a heated pool, fitness center, business center and indoor/outdoor event space. Also of note are the freebies, which include Wi-Fi, parking and a shuttle to and from Orange County/John Wayne Airport. Shopaholics take note --- the hotel is just a couple blocks from South Coast Plaza.