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If you’re visiting the city of Orange, Anaheim, or Orange County  for the first time, you’ll want to know a few things about where to stay, along with a few insider tips for getting the most for your money.

Hotels in Orange

Like many metropolitan areas, the cities in Orange County blur around the edges, as if painted on a watercolor map. And when you’re looking online, unless you’re looking at a specific street address, the hotels themselves are often listed as “Anaheim-Orange” or “Orange-Anaheim,” so it’s really a bit confusing.

If you’re planning a trip to Orange — (perhaps visiting Chapman University?) — there are a handful of hotels on the west side of the city, closer to Anaheim.

You’ll find the Ayres Hotel Orange and its sister, right next door, the ALO by Ayres–both locally owned by the Ayres family. South of Chapman, you’ll find the DoubleTree by Hilton Anaheim-Orange County (technically Orange). And further north, there’s an Embassy Suites by Hilton.

All of these hotels are convenient for shopping (the Outlets of Orange) as well UCI Medical Center. They also are less than three miles from Chapman University and less than four to Disneyland.

Driving-wise, they’re not far from Old Towne Orange & Chapman University (close to three miles). You could walk, however…from a local’s perspective, it’s not a walk I could recommend. If you stay at any of these hotels, plan on driving or being driven.

The Ayres Hotel Orange and the ALO Hotel

Owned and operated by the Ayres family, the Ayres Hotel Orange is newer and slightly more expensive than the ALO, but the properties are literally right next to one another. The main difference seems to be that the ALO allows pets (for a $45 non-refundable fee per room) while the Ayres Hotel Orange does not. Another benefit of these two hotels is free parking. 

LOCAL’S TIP: If your main destination is Orange, any one of these hotels will likely be less crowded with tourists than those in Anaheim. They still get Mickey Mouse’s overflow guests, but the area is a little quieter than those places adjacent to Disneyland. Traffic will also be more manageable.