Skip to Content

Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa a Flair for the Dramatic

THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS. TRAVELING WELL FOR LESS HAS PARTNERED WITH CARDRATINGS FOR OUR COVERAGE OF CREDIT CARD PRODUCTS. TRAVELING WELL FOR LESS AND CARDRATINGS MAY RECEIVE A COMMISSION FROM CARD ISSUERS. OPINIONS, REVIEWS, ANALYSES & RECOMMENDATIONS ARE THE AUTHOR'S ALONE, AND HAVE NOT BEEN REVIEWED, ENDORSED OR APPROVED BY ANY OF THESE ENTITIES. READ MY DISCLOSURE AND PRIVACY POLICIES.

Two of the most important things I look for in a hotel when traveling are location and the quality of the bed. The Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa has both in spades.

Location and bedding aside, the Avenue of the Arts, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel in Costa Mesa is a great base for exploring Orange County and Southern California. You’re steps from world-class shopping, fine dining, and a short drive to the beach. Families will appreciate the cheap Disneyland shuttle.

I stayed there for my Costa Mesa staycation and can’t wait to return. Check out the best things to do in Costa Mesa.

The Avenue of the Arts is a Category 4 hotel so free nights cost 25,000 points per night. You can earn points and free nights with cards like the Marriott Bonvoy Bold and Marriott Bonvoy Boundless.

Disclosure: As is common in the travel industry, my trip was provided for review purposes.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa a Flair for the Dramatic

curtain flanked purple porte-cochere Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa

The Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa’s dramatic entrance makes a bold statement

The Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa is not your typical hotel.

Surrounding streets give you no sign of what you’re about to experience. Until you turn into the driveway.

The boutique hotel has an artistic flair and welcomes you in dramatic fashion.

The curtain flanked purple porte-cochere complete with a chandelier is a not so subtle reminder that you’re in the “city of the arts.”

If the bold entrance wasn’t enough, a quick glance across the street will suffice. The Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the South Coast Repertory, and the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall reflect Costa Mesa’s love for the arts.

Decor

carved wood chairs Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa

The Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa hotel is part of Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio collection. Although, part of a chain, the Tribute Portfolio is anything but cookie-cutter and standard.

Under the Tribute Portfolio umbrella, hotels retain their unique character. Each blossom under the freedom to keep their individuality and impact on their community.

That’s evident in the Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa. Every detail of the hotel reflects the city’s commitment to the arts. From the stage-like entrance to the photos throughout the hotel. The decor is an interesting blend of visual, applied, and performing arts.

Lobby

purple nest lounge chairs in the lobby of Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa

Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa hotel’s nest lounge chairs in the lobby

The front desk backdrop is a four-panel piece depicting a Broadway dancer, brass instruments, performance hall stadium seating, and a man playing the violin.

The nest lounge chairs in the lobby look like an open birdcage (or gogo dancer cage). Designed for privacy but grouped in a circle center stage in front of the fireplace.

deep red almost burgundy velvet couch and matching chairs

Relax on the deep red velvet couch

On the other side of the lobby, an extra large deep red almost burgundy velvet couch flanked by matching chairs invoke memories of the opera.

Giant faux lamps and wicker outdoor furniture in the Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa garden

You might feel a little tiny next to these lamps

Giant Alice in Wonderlandesque faux lamps provides heat for guests who want to sit in the garden.

Pool

pool

pool

Enjoy a soak and quick swim in between shopping and eating at the pool.

Fitness Center

You can stay committed to your exercise routine in the fitness center. It even has a Pelonton bike so you can try it out before ordering one online.

Pro-tip: There’s a dry sauna in the fitness room, a great way to recover after running the SDCCU OC Marathon.

Deluxe King Room

Deluxe king bed, Avenue of the Arts Hotel, best things to do in Costa Mesa

My spacious deluxe king room, room 101, included a pullout sofa bed, and a generous work station with four power outlets and two USB ports. As someone who brings a lot of tech gear, having multiple outlets within arms reach is a bonus! No more getting on your hands and knees searching for an outlet or having to unplug something.

The best part of the room was the bed!

There is nothing that I love better than a comfy bed.

You won’t have any problems falling to sleep when you slip between the sheets at the Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa hotel.

The bed looks like a standard hotel bed. But it’s the Cadillac of beds.

Think Westin Heavenly Bed, Hyatt Grand Bed with Euro pillow top, and Miraval featherbed all rolled into one.

Pillows were equally soft and fluffy. Rest will come easy and you’ll want to call it an early night so you can climb under the covers and slip between the sheets.

sofa bed in deluxe king room Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa

Sofa pulls out into a bed

The dresser included several drawers for clothes and a fully stocked minibar. A Keurig coffee maker sat on top of the desk.

dresser, TV, work station in room at Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa hotel

Watch TV in bed or from the couch

Floating nightstands on both sides of the bed gave us room for our phones, books, and water bottles before retiring for the evening.

There was plenty of space on the granite-topped bathroom counter for toiletries. The olive oil based Oliva Farmacia toiletries moisturizes your body and leaves your hair shiny.

Parents will love the tub shower combination. Tubs make it easier to wash off sticky kids after a long day at Disney. The water pressure was fantastic!

tub shower Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa hotel

Squeaky clean tub

The curved shower rail keeps the curtain away from your body. Because no one likes getting attacked by a gross wet shower curtain.

Deluxe rooms face and provide a view of the lake. My lake view was actually a view of the accessible shower and pool. So if you want a view of the lake, ask for a higher floor.

The balcony included a single patio chair. If traveling with kids, it’s a cozy spot to hang out while your kids take a nap and when they go to bed early.

Food at the Silver Trumpet

Bacon cheddar cheese waffle two eggs, Silver Trumpet, best things to do in Costa Mesa

Bacon cheddar cheese waffle two eggs

We had breakfast one morning at the Silver Trumpet and dinner that evening. You can read about our experience.

There are other breakfast options that are within walking distance. If you want something quick to go try Specialty’s Cafe and Bakery. Prices are budget-friendly and you can order for pickup.

Dinner is where the Silver Trumpet hits a high note.

In a city with great dining and three Top Chef restaurants, it’s worth enjoying at least one dinner at the Silver Trumpet.

They offer a prix fixe menu: appetizer, entree, and dessert for $45. It’s a great value and the food is worth every bite.

I chose the Bacon-wrapped Medjool dates, rack of lamb, and Key Lime Whoopie Pie. Jeff got a Caesar salad and filet.

Bacon wrapped Medjool Dates from the Silver Trumpet, one of the best things to do in Costa Mesa

Bacon wrapped Medjool Dates

rack of lamb at Silver Trumpet, one of the best things to do in Costa Mesa

rack of lamb

Key Lime Whoopie Pie at Silver Trumpet, one of the best things to do in Costa Mesa

Key Lime Whoopie Pie

Filet Silver Trumpet, best things to do in Costa Mesa

Filet

Everything was perfectly cooked. We savored each bite. Had we more time we would have lingered over dinner and dessert. But had to hurry because we had tickets for a performance. The staff is great about making sure your food arrives fast so you aren’t late. 🙂

Pro-tip: You get free self-parking or valet parking for $10 when you dine at the Silver Trumpet.

Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
3350 Avenue of the Arts
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714-751-5100

Check rates and reviews: Marriott | TripAdvisor

You can earn free nights with cards like the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card.

Conclusion

The Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa is one of the best places to stay in Costa Mesa.

Whether you’re visiting Costa Mesa for a staycation, looking for a hotel for a trip to Disneyland, or traveling for business, be sure to book the Avenue of the Arts hotel.

Steps from world-class shopping at Southcoast Plaza, fine dining, and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The hotel makes a great base to explore the rest of Southern California. Or check out the Costa Mesa breweries.

As a Category 4 hotel, it’s only 25,000 points per night. You can earn points for free stays with cards like the Marriott Bonvoy BoldMarriott Bonvoy Boundless, the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express, and the Marriot Bonvoy Business card.

You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points from cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve, and Ink Business Preferred to Marriot.

When traveling, I don’t spend a lot of time in bed but for the Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa, I’d make an exception.

What’s your favorite thing about a hotel?

Comment and share this post.

Get the best credit card signup bonuses.

Follow us on Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | YouTube

Got a question? Or want help, suggestions, travel tips, learn how to travel for free, find out about travel deals, and maximize your miles and points? Use the subscription box below to sign-up and get post updates by email.

Featured image courtesy of Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa.

Traveling Well For Less has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Traveling Well For Less and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers.


Capital One Venture X Rewards

The Capital One Venture X has one of the largest welcome offers among travel rewards cards. The welcome offer is 100,000 points after spending $10,000 in the first six months.
 
My favorite perks about this card are $300 yearly travel credit , $200 credit on vacation rentals , 10X miles per dollar on hotels & rental cars and 5X miles when you book through Capital One , and 10,000 miles every year you renew your card .
 


Chase Sapphire Preferred

The Chase Sapphire Preferred is the best card for beginning travel hackers. It is the first card you should get to start traveling for free because the welcome offer is 60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first three months.
 
My favorite perks about this card are earning 5X points on travel when booked through the Chase portal (2X if direct purchase), 3X points on dining , $50 yearly credit on hotels booked through the Chase portal, no foreign transaction fees, and transferring points to 13 airline and hotel partners like Hyatt, United, and Southwest.
 


Chase Freedom Unlimited

The Chase Freedom Unlimited is one of my favorite cards for earning cash back card and travel rewards. It offers a welcome offer of 3% cash back = an extra 1.5% cash back on up to $20,000 in purchases your first year.
 
My favorite perks about this card are earning 6.5% cash back on travel booked through the Chase Travel Portal , 4.5% cash back at drugstores and restaurants, unlimited 1.5% cash back on all purchases and no annual fee. When paired with cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve, you can use your points to travel for free.
 
← Previous
Travel Deals April 4 to April 11
Next →
Alaska Airlines Double Miles Offers

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Amanda Wong

Thursday 29th of August 2019

Hi! Were you able to avoid paying the self parking fees by eating dinner at the Silver Trumpet and getting validated? Thanks in advance!

Debra Schroeder

Tuesday 26th of November 2019

Hi Amanda,

Yes, if you eat at the Silver Trumpet they will validate your parking if you park at the Avenue of the Arts hotel.

Nicole

Wednesday 10th of April 2019

What a beautiful hotel and a great place for a staycation. The Silver Trumpet food looks amazing. I'll take waffles for breakfast any day.

Claudia

Wednesday 10th of April 2019

The Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa Hotel looks like it’d be a lovely place for a stay. The furniture is to die for! Including that Westin-style heavenly bed, I love those. I’ll be heading to SoCal and Anaheim in June so will have to check it out.

Tami

Tuesday 9th of April 2019

My husband and I were just in Costa Mesa, and we really enjoyed the 'City of the Arts'. We didn't get to experience the Avenue of the Arts hotel, though. It looks great! Really fits in with the art theme. And I've heard so much about the Silver Trumpet. Looks like it was as good as everyone says. We enjoyed an aamzing meal at Vaca, and stayed in the Westin South Coast Plaza.

sherianne

Tuesday 9th of April 2019

This is a gorgeous property. I love the burgundy velvet couch and the lamps in the garden. The Bacon wrapped Medjool Dates look amazing!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.