The key to finding a cheap hotel is to hold off on your vacation plans until after Labor Day in order to enjoy what this area is dubbed as: California’s Gold Coast.
Come the first week of September and the OC quickly weeds itself out from summer visitors leaving the locals happy. The hotel prices also come down from almost $1000.00 per day to less than half that amount at some of the top hotels around including Laguna Beach’s Montage, a favorite of Jennifer Aniston. There is also The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel just a few miles away where Gladys Knight got married and The St. Regis, the queen of the beach hotels with its accompanying golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones.
Booking a hotel room at any of one these luxurious hotels after the summer season is the perfect time for families, as well as couples to enjoy a cheap hotel vacation. Unlike other states, in California and especially in Orange County, residents enjoy summer-like weather almost year-round. Autumn daytime highs often fall in the mid 80s and evenings are typically in the 70s.
These hotels also have a long list of amenities from beautiful swimming pools and five- star restaurants with top cuisine to lush gardens, spas, water activities, gorgeous room accommodations and top-notch guest service. And the best part? Their discounted prices won’t break your bank account. Here’s a closer look at what awaits:
The Montage in Laguna Beach
The Montage Bed & Breakfast package for two offers an ocean coastal view and two queen beds for under $700.00 after September 6. The Montage is best known for its spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and its mosaic tiled pool, cabanas, and The Loft Restaurant with its panoramic ocean views and All-American award-winning menu.
The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point
From now until December 31, vacationers may stay at one of the most well known luxury hotel chains known to man, the Ritz-Carlton. The Ritz-Carlton Dana Point location is perched high above the cliffs in Coastal Orange County where it offers endless views. The hotel also cuts its prices starting at $425 per night for the bed & breakfast package that includes overnight accommodations, use of the spa, pool or gardens, and in-room breakfast for two.
The St. Regis in Monarch Beach
Everything is saintly at The St. Regis in Monarch Beach where rates become affordable for vacationers on a budget after Labor Day. Visitors will enjoy any of the guest rooms outfitted with two queen beds, resort view with balcony, marble bathroom, and pillow top bed. For under $400 per night, a stay at The St. Regis brings guests close to beaches, shopping, and golf courses. Its award-winning spa and several restaurants have catered to some of the most influential politicians, celebrities and business executives over the years.
Regardless of where you decide to stay with your family, Orange County is ready and waiting to serve you. There’s little doubt that you won’t have the time of your lives exploring the Gold Coast of California. September may seem like a long time away, but it will be here quicker than you can say ‘summer’s over.’ And with the end of the season, comes great rates at cheap hotels that have all of the amenities and specialties you seek. Labor Day will surly be welcomed this year in your house as soon as you tell your family where you’re headed.
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