I stayed in Room #616 with my husband for two nights at this hotel with an excellent nightly rate through a hotel discounter website. At the time of this writing, this hotel was rate #6 out of 25 in Santa Ana. There are two Doubletree Hotels within walking distance of each other, with this one being on the corner of MacArthur and Main Street. The other one is called Doubletree Club Orange County at 7 Hutton Centre, and is rated #2 out of 25 hotels in Santa Ana on Trip Advisor at the time of this writing.
Hotel was very easy to find off of the freeway. Check in staff was friendly and helpful. The hotel lobby layout is a bit awkward as the conference rooms are prominent but the elevators to the rooms are around the corner. There is a business center, small gift shop, and Bordeaux Restaurant next to the elevators to guest rooms. Hotel parking is $14 per day.
Room décor is yellow and blue French provincial design as portrayed on the hotel website. Two free bottles of water are in the room with the Doubletree logo on it. However, in the bathroom, Fiji water is for sale at $5 per bottle. The hotel will charge for the Fiji water immediately upon consumption. There is no refrigerator in the room. In room Internet is $11.04 for a 24 hour period, though free Internet is accessible in the lobby. Neutrogena products are provided for guests in the bathroom. I was disappointed to later find that the water was not very hot when showering at 9 a.m.
The Fitness Center and pool is on the second floor. The Fitness Center is larger than usual with Precor equipment. There are two elliptical machines, one seated bicycle machine, two treadmills, a stretch trainer, free weights with bench, water machine, towels, and a bathroom. There is a television in the room along with an emergency button. The machines are also equipped with televisions, and there are earphones available for use for equipment with personal televisions.
Hotel is located close to the John Wayne Airport in Orange County. Hotel has a shuttle van available for pick up and drop off. The USA Today newspaper is placed at your hotel room during weekdays. Financial Times is available in the lobby.
With regard to restaurants, adjacent from the lobby is Quizno’s (closed on Sunday). Across the street is the newly built Hutton Centre with the following restaurants: Rubio’s Mexican, Alto Italia, Topz, Ziing, Pascal, Juice It Up, Starbucks, a florist, and Wasabi Sushi (most closed on Sunday). On Main and Macarthur is an AM/PM Gas Station and a Mobile Gas Station with a Subway Restaurant.
Almost 1.5 miles away at Bristol and Macarthur are many restaurants and retail stores. These include: Target, Carrows, In and Out Burger, Trader Joe’s, Rite Aid, Chick Fila, Jack In The Box, McDonald’s, Bally’s Gym, and Wienerschnitzel.
Two miles away at Bristol and Sunflower, there is a Maggiano’s, Nordstroms, Sears, Red Robin, Claim Jumper, Bloomingdale’s, The Capital Grille, and many other retail and restaurant choices.
I felt our stay at the hotel was enjoyable. The location is fantastic. The room was clean, especially the bathroom. I would stay at the Doubletree on Macarthur again, but my preference is to stay at hotels that provide free Internet, free parking, and a complimentary continental breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This Santa Ana hotel is six miles from Newport, Laguna, and Huntington beaches and offers complimentary shuttle between the hotel and John Wayne Airport. South Coast Plaza is only 2 miles away. Take advantage of the cosmopolitan pedestrian area surrounding the hotel. Dine in the plaza's elegant restaurants, and enjoy the valet parking and Concierge service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Doubletree Hotel Santa Ana
- Doubletree Santa Ana
- Santa Ana Doubletree