I never knew the DoubleTree Club brand existed until this stay. In fact, I put "Double Tree" into the GPS upon picking up my rental car and it took me to the real DoubleTree, which is a couple blocks away. They were very friendly and directed me to the right place.
The location is great. Right next to the airport with easy access to the highways. I walked to an area nearby for a quick dinner and felt super safe and was satisfied with my options. It is built on an urban corporate park/apartment complex that has a nice lake in front of it. I ran there in the morning and it is about a .3 miles around and a nice feature.
First impressions are important, and the valet here needs some major help. I hate valet, and only use it if absolutely necessary. As I pulled up, I saw a ton of spaces. However, valet had set up cones that forced me to pull around to their staging area. The guy told me they were very busy and suggested valet. I asked him what my other options were, and he said "none- you have to valet". So I did, even though I think it was unnecessary. The hotel was going to charge me for parking anyway, but I'd rather do it myself.
I had a drink with a colleague in the bar the first night. The service was great. However, her food was unimpressive and overpriced. I had already eaten. Breakfast the next morning was far better.
The room itself was fine. It had obviously gone through a major remodel and they did an OK job- however you could tell some things were just not quite right.
Fitness center was very small, but not crowded when I was in there.
Overall, there is nothing majorly wrong with the property. However, when you see the "Doubletree" name you expect a bit more. This was certainly Doubletree light- and not worthy of the price I paid or my expectations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- DoubleTree Club by Hilton Hotel Orange County Airport is a beautiful lakeside property located on the border of Santa Ana, Irvine, and Costa Mesa. This Santa Ana hotel is conveniently located near Orange County's corporate business centers, including First American, IBM and Sears. Enjoy proximity to nearby CA attractions including Newport Beach, Angel Stadium, South Coast Plaza and Disneyland. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Doubletree Club By Hilton Orange County Airport Hotel Santa Ana
- Doubletree Santa Ana
- Doubletree Orange County Airport
- DoubleTree Club By Hilton Orange County Airport Santa Ana, CA