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A Family Owned Gem Near John Wayne Airport

The History of the Atrium Hotel at Orange County Airport

As Orange County’s oldest landmark hotel, The Atrium Hotel at the Orange County Airport was the first hotel to open its doors in May 1970 as the Airporter Inn.

Originally owned by the Duffy Family, the hotel sits on 6.5 acres of MacArthur Boulevard. Founder Richard E. Duffy began construction in 1968 on what was the original site of the Airporter Inn owned by the Irvine Company. The Irvine Company also owned the entire undeveloped parcel around the hotel before the area was incorporated into the city of Irvine in 1971.

Throughout the 1970s the hotel was a popular site for television press conferences attended by both local and national government officials. Former Senator John Tunney, former Governor Jerry Brown, former President Ronald Reagan, and White House aides for the late president Richard Nixon were just some of the attendants.

Then what was known as the Orange County Airport, was making headlines of its own. The Orange County Airport (now John Wayne Airport) was a popular site for stunt pilots to film movies. It was also a place to meet various celebrity aviation pioneers, including legendary Howard Hughes and Eddie Martin of Martin Aviation. Martin built the first landing strip at the Airport after World War I, which eventually paved the way for the successful commercial airline/aviation business.

In 1992, Golden Hotels Limited Partnership purchased the hotel from the Duffy Family. A $4.5 million renovation took place from 1992 – 1998. Focal points of the renovation include a dramatic waterfall, with fountains and a two-story atrium lobby, and a pyramidal skylight.

The Atrium Hotel underwent its most recent renovation in 2020 and 2021, with an emphasis on highlighting some of its unique & charming characteristics while showcasing local artists in our community.

Today you can still enjoy the warm hospitality from our staff and the beautiful tropical setting of this family-owned “gem” in the heart of Orange County!

Room Features and Amenities

Atrium Hotel offers comfortable guest rooms to make your stay in Irvine enjoyable. Take in the vibe of The Atrium in our rejuvenating guest rooms, including complimentary wireless Internet access, hairdryer, coffeemaker, work desk, two phones, voicemail, iron/ironing board, and many more. Sit outside on our furnished patio balcony and enjoy refreshing breezes off Irvine city. High value, excellent service – that’s how we do things at The Atrium Hotel.

Property Features and Amenities

There are plenty of property features to take advantage of at our Orange County Airport hotel. Enjoy free wireless internet access throughout the hotel and guest room voicemail. Take a dip in our tropical pool and relax in the private cabanas. We also offer guest laundry services to laundry your clothes without having to leave the hotel. Our friendly front desk staff members are available around the clock to attend to any questions or requests you might have.

Policies, Location, and Attractions

We accommodate guests of all kinds, leisure, or business travelers. Smoking is not permitted in our Orange County hotel. Guests of our hotel are a short walk away from Irvine Business Center, and with entertainment options provided by the cities of Irvine, Anaheim, and Newport Beach. Ranked as the “Safest Big City” by the FBI, Irvine is the perfect place for a vacation. There is so much to do in Irvine city; take a look at the best things to do in and around The Atrium Hotel.

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Atrium Hotel amenities

ADA/Accessible Features for the Overall Property

  • Door hardware (lever, pull, panic bar, etc.) usable with one hand, without tight grasping, pinching or twisting of the wrist
  • Signs on The Property Include Braille are Easy to Read and Free From Reflective Material
  • All hallways and corridors free of any steps or abrupt vertical level changes
  • Registration Desk, Lobby, Guest Rooms, and Exterior/Interior Amenities are Accessible From The Public Sidewalk
  • Accessible Registration Check-in Counters/Other Counters Serving Guests Have A Lowered Portion No More Than 36" High or Has A Folding Shelf At 36" High To Allow Persons Who Use Wheelchair
  • No steps or abrupt level changes that will impede access for persons who use wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility aids between accessible parking and guest room entry
  • Accessible Meeting Rooms
  • Meeting Space on Ground Floor
  • Wheelchair Accessible Route From The Accessible Parking Space To The Facility’s Entrance, Registration Desk, Guest Room, and Exterior/Interior Amenities
  • 32 Inch Wide Openings to Common Areas
  • Hotel Provides Proper Number of Accessible Parking Spots Including Van Accessible Spots Stipulated by ADA
  • WCAG Level 2.1 Website
  • Ground Floor Hotel Entrance
  • Staff Has Access to Information About Guest Rooms
  • All sidewalks and walkways free of any objects that pose a hazard to persons with low vision
  • Roll-in ADA showers available
  • ADA Accessible Guest Room
  • On-Site Designated Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Pool Entrance
  • No steps or abrupt level changes that will impede access for persons who use wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility aids between accessible guest rooms and common areas
  • Accessibility Equipment for The Deaf
  • Key card reader positioned so persons who use wheelchairs may approach and operate the opener
  • Wheelchair Accessibility Throughout Guest Room and Guest Bathroom per ADA Standards
  • Hotel corridors a minimum of 36” wide
  • Staff is Trained to Offer Assistance to Ensure Accessibility
  • Connecting Rooms Available
  • Service Animals Allowed At No Additional Charge
  • All doorways to and within Accessible Guest Rooms are Wheelchair Accessible
  • People in Need of Accessible Features Can Book Accessible Rooms During The Same Time and Terms That Others Can Reserve Rooms
  • Accessible Public Restroom
  • No steps or abrupt level changes that will impede access for persons who use wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility aids between accessible parking and entrance
  • Accessible Guest Rooms with 32 Inch Wide Openings
  • Main Features of Hotel Accessible on Ground Floor
  • Wheelchair Accessible per ADA Standards
  • Hotel Provides Proper Number of Accessible Guest Rooms Stipulated by ADA
  • Van Accessible Parking


These are general hotel policies. Policies may vary per room type. Please check the accompanying room details accordingly.

Check in Time: 03:00 PM Check out Time: 12:00 PM Currency: USD ($)

Children of any age are welcome.  We will extra bed upon request with US$10 per child, per night.


Well behaved pets, therapy & emotional support animals are welcome for an additional fee of $75 per stay if disclosed prior to check-in, and weigh under 40lbs. Animals exceeding the weight limit and pets other than dogs may be accepted into the hotel at the Managers discretion. 

Undisclosed pets, therapy, and emotional support animals will result in an additional fee of $250 per stay.

Service Dogs are allowed at no additional fee. For more information click here


Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Cash. This hotel reserves the right to pre-authorize credit cards prior to arrival.


24 hours


We have a 24 Hour Cancellation Policy. If you wish to cancel or modify a reservation, you must do so by 1 day prior to your arrival date. If you cancel or modify post the expiration of the Cancellation Period or you fail to show up, a no-show charge will be levied on your credit card for one full night.

Please be advised the property requires a USD 75 refundable deposit upon check-in. Please contact the hotel for more details.

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all special requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply. In the event of an early departure, the property will charge you the full amount for your stay.

A damage deposit of USD 100 is required on arrival. This will be collected by credit card. You will be reimbursed on check-out. Your deposit will be refunded in full by credit card, subject to an inspection of the property.



Our hotel in Irvine, CA offers clean and comfortable guestrooms. Our property also features, self-parking, free WiFi, and an around-the-clock front desk.


Please note that due to COVID-19 food and beverage services are limited and our pool bar is unavailable until further notice. In replacement, we currently have a mini market at the front desk with various snacks, drinks, sandwiches and salads.


We offer a Self Parking facility at $24 Per Day.


WiFi is FREE when you stay at our hotel.

Terms & Conditions

This property is privately owned, and the management reserves the right to refuse service to anyone and will not be responsible for accidents or injury to guests or for loss of money, jewelry, or valuables of any kind. Once checked in, no cancellations. All linens are inventoried: missing or damaged linens will be charged. Any damages to the hotel property will be charged an additional fee upon assessment. We are pet-friendly. Any damages to the hotel property will be charged an additional fee upon assessment. This is a non-smoking property. We do have smoking room types. Guest acknowledges that smoking and vaping is not allowed in the non-smoking guest room or common areas. If anyone in the guest's party smokes or vapes, the guest hereby expressly authorizes hotel management to charge the credit card the amount to reimburse the property for the additional cost of cleaning a guest room. If your reservation has been paid in advance or you elect to pay by cash, a security deposit via credit card will be required upon check-in and will be charged in the event that damages outlined herein occur. The hotel takes a credit preauthorization but does not accept cash deposits.