WHERE TO STAY
OC is more of a resort town so if you’re traveling with a group (4+) houses are the way I prefer to go. It’s more private, and gives you more space for friends and parties, with less rules to abide by. It also tends to be more spacious and there’s awesome rentals in every neighborhood so you’ll get a great value compared to some of the more expensive hotels. Get $40 off your first Airbnb stay + $15 in experience credit here!
I always use Booking to save a bit of money while booking hotels, whenever I travel. (Get $25 off your first stay on booking.com here). Make sure you check the hotels rates before you book, sometimes the hotels are running specials where they actually end up being cheaper.
Here are some of my favorite Hotels in OC:
-The brand new Aloft : Situated bayside, most of the rooms have beautiful bay views (perfect for sunset) that overlooks the lavish pool and pool bar. It’s super modern and very clean! They’re family friendly and the staff is very accommodating. if you’re there on Thursday nights, make sure to check out the Sunset Splash Pool Party from 4-7pm for drink specials, a DJ plus fun activations like hair braiding and a glitter bar!
Hilton : If traveling with a group or looking for typical hotel amenities, the Hilton Oceanfront Suites have you covered. The arcade and indoor pool are great for rainy days, although the outdoor pool is also lots of fun. The three restaurants include one that allows you to dine and drink al fresco.
-Fairfield Inn + Suites : Also a newer Mariott property, situated closer to downtown you’re in an ideal spot for beaching, partying or just relaxing!
- Carousel : this hotel is super unique, it has an indoor ice skating rink in the middle which is the perfect rainy day activity!