Costa Mesa, CA Hotels
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The charming city of Costa Mesa, California, is about 37 miles southeast of Los Angeles. With a population of just over 100,000 people, it is easy to get your bearings and explore this little gem. From free concerts to one of the country's biggest shopping malls, annual food festivals, Civil War re-enactments, and proximity to Disneyland, there is something for everyone to do in Costa Mesa. Worried that with so many attractions you will have trouble finding affordable lodging? This quick guide will help you find budget hotels such as Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County.

Hipmunk's Best Hotels in Costa Mesa, CA

Vagabond Inn Costa Mesa
Vagabond Inn Costa Mesa
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2.6
3205 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa
from $62
Ayres Hotel & Suites Costa Mesa/Newport Beach
Ayres Hotel & Suites Costa Mesa/Newport Beach
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4.3
325 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa
from $134
Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County
Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County
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4.1
3131 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa
from $108
Costa Mesa Marriott
Costa Mesa Marriott
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4.1
500 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa
from $109
La Quinta Inn John Wayne/Orange County Airport
La Quinta Inn John Wayne/Orange County Airport
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3.0
1515 S Coast Dr, Costa Mesa
from $65
Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
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4.3
3350 Avenue Of The Arts, Costa Mesa
from $118
The Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa
The Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa
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4.3
686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa
from $155
Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa
Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa
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4.1
3050 Bristol St, Costa Mesa
from $101
Motel 6 Costa Mesa
Motel 6 Costa Mesa
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3.3
1441 Gisler Ave, Costa Mesa
from $43
Coral Beach House
Coral Beach House
214 Coral Avenue, Balboa Island
from $0
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Budget Hotels by the Airport

 You can fly into Costa Mesa via the centrally located John Wayne Airport in Orange County. If you are in Costa Mesa for work, you may prefer to stay near the airport. For cheap hotels near the airport you could either try the Vagabond Inn Costa Mesa or La Quinta Inn John Wayne. Both hotels are stylish yet budget-friendly launch-off points to explore Costa Mesa, as each is an easy drive away from many Southern California attractions, such as shopping, dining, and the beach.

Cheap Things to do Near Newport Beach

Each Tuesday in July, Costa Mesa hosts free concerts in the beautiful Fairview Park. Here you will find various genres of live music, lines of gourmet food trucks, a beer and wine garden, and plenty of children's activities. Another free activity in Costa Mesa is the annual Civil War re-enactment that occurs each May. The Battle of Costa Mesa, as locals call it, is the largest Civil War re-enactment in Southern California. It takes place right by the ocean, so visitors can also laze around the beach. Cheap hotels near Newport Beach include the Ramada Costa Mesa Hotel and the Travelodge Costa Mesa Newport Beach Hacienda.

Costa Mesa also hosts its annual Chili Cook-Off in October, which is a fun event that raises money for local charities. Enjoy live music, drinks, and, of course, plenty of chili during the event.

Find Comfort with a Low-Cost Airbnb Rental

Airbnb room rentals are great alternatives to hotel bookings as they offer a cosier atmosphere than many hotels. Airbnb rooms can also compete with hotels in Costa Mesa in terms of affordability, and prices are typically just as low or lower than some of Costa Mesa's budget hotels. You can even find rooms right on the ocean.

The Best Time to Book a Cheap Hotel

 Most visitors, especially families visiting Disneyland, flock to Costa Mesa during school holidays around Easter (April/May), the summer (July/August), and Christmas and New Years. In addition, Costa Mesa hosts its annual Restaurant Week each August, where visitors can get huge discounts at Costa Mesa's top restaurants, meaning a lot of visitors travel to the city to enjoy a gourmet experience on the cheap. During these peak times hotel prices will be a bit higher and the city will be a lot busier, so if you want to avoid the high costs and large crowds you might consider booking a cheap motel in Costa Mesa, such as the Motel 6 Costa Mesa, outside of peak season to save money and avoid large groups of people.

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Traveling Cheaply in Costa Mesa

Whether you are visiting for the Summer Fair or want a warm-weather winter getaway, you need to know where to look for cheap lodging in Costa Mesa. The city is full of budget hotel destinations such as Super 8 Costa Mesa, Motel 6, and Best Western.

Save for Summer; Book in Winter

The best time to find hotel deals in Costa Mesa is in the winter. Although December in Costa Mesa is warmer than many parts of the country, the city sees its highest rainfall and the fewest tourists.

Try the Westin for Business

For a business stay, book a room at The Westin South Coast Plaza. It is close to the airport and features elegantly furnished meeting rooms. All rooms and suites come with complimentary wireless Internet.

Avoid Heavy Traffic During Summer Fair

Save money on rail travel with a 7-day or monthly pass. Orange County Transportation Authority equips all buses with bicycle racks, so you can rent a bike to cheaply get around the city. If you plan to use public transit for most of your trip, stay at the Motel 6 Costa Mesa for easy access to stops.

Avoid major traffic and parking headaches during the OC Summer Fair in July. Instead, take the OC Fair Express train for direct routes and cheap rates.

 

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