After a recent two week stay, I'd say that this hotel deserves a solid 3.5 stars.
My overall stay was very pleasant. I checked in late in the evening and was up in my room in short order. The room did have a somewhat musty smell, but opening up the windows or turning on the AC solved that issue for me.
My first impression of the room was that it was very spacious and clean. The bathroom is a nice size and again, very clean. The updated decor is simple, but works to give it a slightly more upscale look. I appreciated that there were plenty of outlets around to plug gadgets into and even two flat screen TVs. I also appreciated that there was plenty of space to spread out and lay your stuff out.
During my stay, I did notice that, because of the design of the courtyard, noises from the pool area were very loud whereas you can barely hear the sound from the 5 which it is near. However, there were relatively few guests here and the ones that were here were generally quiet. If you need to sleep in absolute silence, this place may not be for you because of the courtyard has a way of amplifying sound.
Aside from that, I think that there are only a few other negative points to consider. First, the parking spaces are quite tight. It can be a challenge parking larger vehicles. Second, the elevators are really, really awfully programmed and you'll need to share them with the cleaning staff. Third -- and perhaps the most important -- is that the bed is as stiff as a board. This is easily my biggest complaint about this hotel as all other aspects were really what I would expect at this price point and didn't bother me that much. But with a bed this firm, you will wake up wondering if you've rested at all!
That said, I would say that there are plenty of pluses for this hotel as well. The hot water comes on instantly. It is within walking distance of a McDonald's if you need to grab a quick bite. The included breakfast is simple but gets the job done (and you can get eggs cooked to order). It's within walking distance of an excellent park to get a nice jog in the morning. The service staff are all friendly and work hard. For example, cleaning hours are from 9 - 2 but a cleaning lady noticed me walking into my room with a Do Not Disturb sign on it at 3 PM and asked if I wanted room cleaning (which I politely declined).
If you are in the area and you are looking for a good value, I think it's hard to beat this Best Western (especially if you like a FIRM bed).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located in the heart of Orange County, the perfect hotel in Lake Forest awaits your arrival! Set among the palms of sunny Southern California, the BEST WESTERN PLUS Irvine Spectrum Hotel is perfect for the leisure and business traveler. Service, amenities and locations make this the perfect hotel choice in Irvine. Hotel guests will be centrally located to many of Orange County's most popular attractions including Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and the Orange County Great Park. Shopping, eateries and entertainment at South Coast Plaza, Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum Center are within minutes of the hotel. Other guest favorites include the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Saddleback Ministries, University of California Irvine, Chapman University. Our corporate guests appreciate being close to more than 100 corporate offices, John Wayne Airport (SNA) and the Irvine Spectrum. The BEST WESTERN PLUS Irvine Spectrum Hotel offer spacious, well-appointed guest suites. Each of our guests rooms are designed with your comfort in mind: microwave, refrigerator, complimentary high speed Internet access. Our amenities include all the comforts of home: complimentary hot breakfast; fitness center, guest laundry, outdoor pool and spa...Just to name a few! Corporate Travelers appreciate the onsite business services such as our fully equipped business center as well as meeting facilities. And of course, where would you be without your furry best friend? Pets are always welcome! Whether business or leisure travel, the BEST WESTERN PLUS Irvine Spectrum Hotel is a perfect choice for your next trip! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Irvine Hotel Lake Forest