• Engage & Connect at Hotel Irvine, A New Lifestyle Hotel

    FROM THE Fall 2015 ISSUE

Bold shades of orange and red greet guests at the completely renovated 536-room Hotel Irvine (a former Hyatt), located in a 405-freeway convenient office park in Irvine, a fast shuttle ride from the John Wayne Airport. From the Irvine Company, owners of the Island Hotel Newport Beach and The Resort at Pelican Hill, the remade property is designed to keep guests engaged. Connectivity is the underlying theme to the new design; there’s free Wi-Fi throughout and the lobby shifts gears throughout the day from a place to gather for continental breakfast (included in the room rate), to space for midafternoon client meetings to a red-hot bar and lounge area (prewired for DJ) at night.

All of the hotel’s 50,000 square feet of event space have been updated (the ballroom is one of the largest in Orange County) and there’s now an expanded outdoor venue named the Backyard, which features a 6,000-square-foot tented pavilion and an expansive lawn. Guest rooms have workspaces to spread out, ergonomic desk chairs and refrigerators that can be stocked from the Marketplace downstairs with a wide range of healthy snacks and comfort foods.

Enoteca 5, an intimate new wine bar in LA’a Pacific Palisades neighborhood, is perfectly aligned with a comfortable return to gathering. The wine bar itself seats 8, with additional indoor tables for a dozen more and an outdoor patio that can accommodate 10 at a long narrow table, making for a very festive party for 30.  If you’re planning a larger gathering, you can take over the adjoining Cinque Terra WEST restaurant and patio, a longtime beloved community spot, for a total capacity of 90.


Make no mistake: Group business is returning to Anaheim. In a marketing campaign dubbed “Calling All Characters,” Visit Anaheim, the official destination marketing organization for the city, is spreading the news that the home of Disneyland is open and welcoming both leisure and business visitors back.   


Perhaps your attendees have hopped on those electric bikes and e-scooters that are scattered all over metropolitan areas throughout California. That’s old news, no question. Yet it’s a sure bet they’ve never been on a Vintage Electric Cruz Bike, because only 250 of them ever have been made. Mad Dogs & Englishmen Bike Shop in Carmel has a fleet of these smile generators, as well as a fleet of knowledgeable guides to lead scenic group tours.