Ayers Hotel Orange

20 Oct

I received a complementary night’s stay at the Ayers Hotel Orange to facilitate my review.

Okay, so let’s say you’re going to Disneyland. Or Knott’s Berry Farm. Or any of Orange County’s many attractions. You need a hotel room. But you want a place where you relax and unwind. You don’t want to be right in the middle of things. You want a sanctuary where you can recover from one crazy day and prepare for the next. Enter Ayers Hotel Orange.

The Hotel:

Ayers Hotel Orange
200 N The City Drive
Orange, CA 92868

The Lobby:

Warm and inviting, elegant and refined, walking into the lobby makes you let out a breath and relax instantly. There are plenty of spaces to relax and regroup, and an atmosphere that encourages gathering. Oh yeah, and there are free cookies. Winning!

The Dining Room:

In the morning, it’s a place to enjoy the complementary breakfast. (I didn’t have the breakfast, because I was in Orange County for the CHOC Walk and was at Downtown Disney well before breakfast was being served. Not because the hotel is lacking, but because I was at Disney at 4:30am and they serve breakfast at normal human hours.) At other times, it’s a place to sit with friends, catch up on some work, or eat a nice meal.

The Room:

The first thing you notice is how BIG the room is. I adore the soft neutral color palate – it’s even making me rethink my own all white bedroom. Bright, clean, serene, basically everything you want in a hotel room.

The Bathroom:

I’m a pretty harsh critic of hotel room bathrooms, and this one passed. I really love the inset shelf in the sink area, because it frees up counter space for all the junk that invariably clutters your hotel room counter.

Forget Something?

There’s a convenient store in the lobby stocked with things you may have forgotten (deodorant, razors, and the like) or things you just might have a hankering for (chips, ice cream, wine). And they have Ayers Teddy Bears, which are probably my favorite offering.

Anything Else?

Super random, but I LOVE this wooden sphere thing in the lobby. I know, it’s a weird thing to call out, but I really love it!

Book It!

Make your reservations at the Ayers Hotel Orange now, and get your very own slice of serenity.

About Last Night – 10/20/14

20 Oct

Here’s what I watched last night:

On the Menu

Tonight is all about California Pizza Kitchen. Oh man, I love that place. One of the contestants does this annoying thing where every time she talks, she shouts with an upward infliction. So in all of her interviews it sounds like she’s screaming really perky questions.

The Simpsons

Treehouse of Horror!! Also, next Sunday FXX is airing twelve straight hours of every Treehouse of Horror ever. I think the first sketch was my favorite, but I also liked the second one. I didn’t really get the third one.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Another year, another Halloween bet. I love Jake’s crazy antics. But no Jake and Amy stuff, so sadface. But Captain Holt was phenomenal. Like, out of this world on his game. And I continue to adore Terry Crews.

Family Guy

I know it probably shouldn’t have, but Peter’s punchline during the bit with Connie Britton made me legit LOL. I really liked the sub-plot with Brian and Stewie. In fact, I think this whole episode was some of the best writing in a while.

Weekly Round-up!

17 Oct

Here’s some cool stuff from this week on the internet.

Whaleman Foundation Indiegogo

The Whaleman Foundation has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to replace a broken down thirty-three year old dolphin and whale research boat. You can help, and get some cool perks in the process.

Teddy’s New Love

Teddy’s new dog walker started this week, and we both love her. Okay, so I love her in a normal way because she puts my mind at ease and lets me run errands after work. Teddy adores her in an unhealthy way that (not gonna lie) makes me a little jealous.

Ebola

Seriously, I don’t know what else happened this week because you’d think the internet is paying everyone $10 each time they said “ebola”. (Wait. Is that what’s happening? Did I just make $20?)

Turnip For What?

I cannot even tell you how much this amuses me. I’ve watched it more times than I care to admit, and it’s tied with dancing kittens for my favorite take on “Turn Down For What”.

Throwback Thursday

I’m sharing my Throwback Thursday photo here, because we all know I can’t get enough of myself. After I shared a photo of me in my Sleeping Beauty ears moaning about the early hour at the CHOC Walk, my mom won the internet by commenting with this photo of a much younger me in Minnie Mouse ears. I have never been a morning person, but I’ve always been a Disney person.

About Last Night – 10/16/15

17 Oct

Let’s get right to it, shall we?

Black-ish

This show is quickly losing appeal for me. Dre was so obnoxious tonight, it wasn’t even funny, just overdone.

Hell’s Kitchen

Gordon puts Sterling on the red team, and back in the dorms he proceeds to give a crazy monologue that doesn’t make any of the women feel good about this change. Then they have to pick a person on the other team to face off against and pick an opera. There are opera singers holding up scrolls with names of different operas on them, and they turn them around to reveal the name of an Italian dish. Yeah, it seemed overly complicated and pointless to me too. Ashley has no idea what saltimbocca is. Other than that it’s business as usual.

The Biggest Loser

The first temptation of the season! No one goes totally overboard (remember seeing people put away thousands of calories on these in seasons past?) but how will it play out on the scale? Well I’m not telling you. #SpoilerFreeZone

About Last Night – 10/15/14

16 Oct

Happy Hump Day!

The Mysteries of Laura

I watched two episodes today, and I have to say that I’m really started to get bugged by the relationship between Jake and Laura. Am I wrong in thinking there is no way in hell an ex-husband would ever be in a position over his ex-wife in a police department? Also, they said the Times Square blind spot is at 43rd and 4th, which doesn’t exist. Irksome. Why bother to make up a fake Times Square intersection? It’s kind of a well-known spot; people will notice. I really love the twisted plots – they do a great job of keeping things interesting – and the show would be near perfect if it weren’t for Jake.

Law & Order: SVU

I deleted last week’s episode because the young actress/statutory rape thing has been done to death. Not sure when I’ll watch this week’s because it’s yet another “ripped from the headlines” episode. It used to be that they’d do these once a season or so, and it was interesting to see what kind of spin they put on some of the most famous news stories. But three episodes in a row? Does this show even have writers anymore? Have they been replaced with a few interns combing newspapers? Come one, SVU, don’t get lazy on me now.

Modern Family

I don’t know, this week was only okay. Not bad, not great, just okay.