Taking advantage of the excellent weather in Southern California in July (as opposed to Scottsdale’s scorching heat), we retreated to the old stomping grounds of Orange County to best enjoy America’s birthday at the Westin South Coast Plaza.
A Review of the Westin South Coast Plaza
I had stayed at the Westin in the past, but as a Gold member. This time, I stayed as a Platinum member. The hotel is well-located, right across the street from South Coast Plaza, with a direct bridge linking you to nice shopping and restaurants. You’re also very close to Newport Beach and the Newport Peninsula.
The hotel itself has some great public facilities- very elegant, and up there with some of the nicer Westins I’ve visited.
Check in was quick, no upgrades unfortunately but none expected. I took the points for my two night stay, even though the Westin does not have a club lounge. The reason is the breakfast benefit was a small credit for the Starbucks stand in the lobby- hardly worth it!
The room itself was a “normal” Westin. I must’ve forgotten to take pictures of the room, but if you’ve been in a Westin before, you’ll know what I’m talking about!
The Hotel Grounds
The hotel features an excellent pool area, with bar service if you call. Other than that, it’s mostly meeting rooms. Again, this is a place you go to if you’re looking for a place to crash in the area, not necessarily to hang out all weekend.
The Westin South Coast Plaza is a fine hotel, but nothing special, especially given the price. I would look elsewhere in the future.