West Coast Road Trip: Newport Beach- Hotel Irvine

Newport-Beach-California-Hotel Irvine

As we continued our journey into Southern California, we planned a stop at the Hotel Irvine.  It is located just 10 minutes outside Newport Beach in Irvine, CA. 

Newport-Beach-California-Hotel Irvine

The property had a modern look and character, which featured spacious guest rooms and many onsite amenities.  Some of our favorites were the fully stocked 24/7 marketplace and the Club 12 lounge on the 12th floor. The deck outside of Club 12 was a great place to enjoy breakfast or happy hour and take in the great views.

Newport-Beach-California-Hotel Irvine

Newport-Beach-California-Hotel Irvine

Newport-Beach-California-Hotel Irvine

Newport-Beach-California-Hotel Irvine

Newport-Beach-California-Hotel Irvine

For our daytime activity, we made the short drive to Newport Beach Harbor to set sail on a Duffy Boat. We did a 2 hour rental which allowed us to comfortably make a big lap around the whole harbor and take in the sights. In addition to the beautiful waterfront houses, the boats on display throughout the harbor were a sight in themselves and had our jaws dropping for the whole 2 hours. Duffy boats are electrically powered boats that make it easy for non-boaters and boaters alike to operate. It’s a great way to tour a new area from a unique perspective. 




After an afternoon of working an appetite up on the water, we sat down to enjoy a meal at Hotel Irvine’s restaurant, EATS. Executive Chef Jason’s menu features pub style food with a creative twist. For appetizers, the chorizo & potatoes tacos, along with the steamed buns were fantastic.  For entrees we had the butcher steak and shrimp & grits which were also delicious. In addition to the food, EATS also featured a variety of craft beer, wine, and cocktails.

Matt & Kristy with Check Jason


While we were only in Irvine/Newport Beach for a day, it felt like we packed a whole weekend’s worth of activities into this beautiful region of the country!


Kristy Albano & Matt Pickering                                                      

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