My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting.

  • Highlights
  • Lobby & Check-in
  • Room
  • Hotel Space / Ambiance
  • Food & Drink
  • Fitness
  • Miscellaneous


HIGHLIGHTS: Hampton Inn & Suites Irvine-Orange County Airport

This hotel, close to John Wayne Airport and Irvine, was surprisingly nice. While I was unable to get my Hilton Diamond onto my lady’s reservation, the nice, remodeled décor of the lobby and rooms was pleasant. I enjoyed the Hilton Diamond parking, although the $15 daily charge is ridiculous. Breakfast is included in your rate, however I heard it was not that great. At ~40,000 points for the two nights it was an okay deal.


a room with a long table and chairs

Lobby Dining Area – From Hotel Website.


Directly at the entrance, the associates were helpful but apologetic that I could not apply my Diamond status to her reservation and get benefits. Elevators are quite far – all the way down a long remodeled hallway.



Basic King room with the view of a parking lot. Sliding bathroom door just like the SLS Las Vegas. Room is remodeled and nice, much better than I expected for a Hampton Inn. Bathroom is also quite nice, with a large, spacious shower. Room comes with a microwave and fridge, which is a nice touch.



It’s close to an airport, college (UC Irvine), and business district in downtown Irvine and Orange. Its reasonable price makes for an attractive option.



No welcome amenity, although they gave two bottles of water when I asked at checkout. I heard breakfast was nothing too special, basic continental with hot eggs/sausages.



I resolved to check out the gym and failed to do so, but it’s quite nice for the property.

a car parked in a parking lot

Diamond Parking



Internet is complimentary through Hilton Honors, being a guest, or having Gold+ status. We did enjoy playing Overcooked on Steam through an HDMI cable that attaches to the large flat screen tv in the hotel room. Parking is $15 a day, and they have shuttles that take you from this Hampton Inn only to the nearby John Wayne airport. I enjoyed parking right next to the entrance under a sign – reserved for Hilton Diamond guests. I need to take full advantage of my American Express Aspire card, otherwise what’s the point?



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