Orange County is such a fun place to visit. A staycation or visit to the OC is always a pleasure. They have some of the best food and shopping in Southern California. I mean where else can you find a Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth, Nordstrom Rack, and Bloomingdale’s outlets all in one place? Don’t even get me started on the swanky South Coast Plaza and Fashion Island. And hello, Disneyland! Plus, with UC Irvine so close by, the area is an epicenter for what’s hip and cool these days. But as a millennial and frequent traveler, it’s hard to find a place to stay in Irvine that fits the price range and just “gets” me. AC Hotels are completely changing the hotel space and creating no-frills/Instagrammable experiences aimed for millennials that love to travel, but don’t want to open up deep purse strings. I want new, modern looking designs central to the where all the action is in town without having to pay an arm and a leg, but I also want quality. For those looking for a hotel to stay at made with millennials in mind, check out AC Hotel Irvine, a brand new boutique hotel that just opened in April of 2017.
AC Hotels, which is part of the Marriott family, is a line of hotels that is geared towards the millennial traveler. The hotels were born from the vision of Spanish hotelier Antonio Catalan, who places focus on the entrepreneurial and modern global traveler that prefers a no-frills stay that checks off all the right boxes. The design at each of the AC Hotels is modern European with locally curated art from each location.
The 176-room hotel is located at the popular Park Place retail and restaurant center just two miles from John Wayne Airport. AC Hotel Irvine has multiple co-working spaces, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, and mobile check-in /checkout. You can even access your Netflix/Hulu in your room. The hotel has venue spaces with catering service and AV equipment and hires local bartenders are familiar with the area. It’s also pet-friendly. They have Trivia Nights where there are alcohol specials and prizes for the winners as well as live music nights in the lounge. There’s a 24-hour fitness center with the newest technological equipment and an outdoor pool.
Their expert mixologist Luis Delpozo is constantly creating secret off-the-menu items. AC Hotel Irvine is all about doing things local. Even their alcohol comes from a local distillery to support local businesses. The lounge’s signature cocktail, The Swedish Fish, was developed with Orange County’s first craft distillery, Blinking Owl, and is a unique infusion of the Scandinavian spirit, Aquavit and garnished with Swedish Fish candy.
You know millennials love good food. AC Hotel Irvine has done away with room service and replaced it with an array of Spanish tapas. Breakfast isn’t your typical eggs and bacon either. Instead of traditional eggs, AC Hotel serves sweet and savory Spanish egg tarts, imported, freshly sliced Iberico ham and French croissants, fresh fruits, cheeses, muesli, yogurt, Nespresso coffee and more. Croissants are flown in from France, paper-thin prosciutto freshly cut from an Italian Berkel hand-cranked slicer. The Berkel slicer, an AC Hotels staple, offers visitors hand-cut meats including artisanal La Quercia Prosciutto for a taste of Spain.
AC Hotel Irvine is set up with only what you need so that instead of being cooped up in your room, you are encouraged to go out and explore the area. It’s located in the main part of town next to great shopping and lots of eateries.
AC Hotel by Marriott Irvine
Address: 3309 Michelson Dr, Irvine, CA 92612