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Best Hotels With A View Near Orange County

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With miles of coastline, rolling hills, and utterly fantastic venues, it's no surprise that Orange County is home to hotels with some of the most unforgettable views. Scenic vistas and photo opportunities are abound with these island getaways that offer a glimpse of Orange County from a distance. So, whether you enjoy sunny beaches backed by rolling hills or other views, these five Orange County hotels will give you a great new perspective.

Catalina Island Inn
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Catalina Island Inn
125 Metropole Ave.
Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-1623

Orange County is famous for its sunny shores, but at the Catalina Island Inn, guests get a unique view of the mainland from this remote island getaway. In addition to seeing the OC from a new perspective, visitors are treated to panoramic views of the Pacific, including a breathtaking view of Avalon Bay. The one hour ferry ride to the island offers its own unique view of the island as guests are transported to a relaxing island retreat with a Mediterranean feel. For stunning views and a "real" vacation feeling that keeps you close to home, the Catalina Island Inn tops the list.

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The Inn At Laguna Beach
211 N. Pacific Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(800) 544-4479

The Inn At Laguna Beach has one of the most picturesque beach views in Orange County, hands down. Located just north of Main Beach, guests are afforded front row seats to a sparkling shoreline backed by rolling hills. Sunset could not be more romantic as visitors gaze across the vast Pacific while the sun dips down at the end of the day. Add to that the rooftop bar at The Inn which provides the best view in an open atmosphere, along with the fact that most rooms also include balconies that open up scenic seaside vistas, and you have the perfect combination for a great stay. In this beautiful, art-centered city, The Inn paints a very pretty picture.

Waterfront Beach Resort
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The Waterfront Beach Resort
21100 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 845-8000

Located just steps from the beach, the Waterfront Beach resort gives guests a great view of the Huntington Beach Pier and all the exciting surfing and volleyball action. Views from the guest-rooms are great, and the pool and outdoor Shades Restaurant and Bar provide a closer look at Surf City's sparkling shoreline. Located just a few steps from Main Street and the pier, the Waterfront conveniently allows guests to stay in their sandals for a short stroll and get an up close and personal look at one of Orange County's most popular beach cities.

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Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel
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Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel
1717 S. Disneyland Dr.
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 999-0990

For a fantastic view of the happiest place on Earth, a visit to the Paradise Pier Hotel gives guests an eyeful. Located right next to Downtown Disney and both the Disneyland Resort and the California Adventure Theme Park, visitors get a view of absolutely all the exciting action. A rooftop pool with waterslides offers an excellent bird's-eye view, and when the sun goes down, the nightly firework show lights up the sky and can be seen clearly from the third floor pool level. For a thrilling vacation with magical views, Disney's Paradise Pier doesn't disappoint.

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The Resort At Pelican Hill
22701 S. Pelican Hill Road
Newport Coast, CA 92657
(855) 315-8214

With an endless stretch of ocean to gaze upon, a stay at The Resort will make guests feel they are at the very ends of the Earth. The relatively isolated location of this upscale resort offers absolutely breathtaking ocean views with fewer city buildings crowding out the natural beauty. Dining at Andrea or the Pelican Grill lets visitors enjoy a romantic sunset dinner, while watching the sun slowly dip down, painting the sky in pink, orange and purple before night falls completely. The Resort offers a one-of-a-kind upscale experience with a unique perspective of the Pacific.

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David McDonald is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on
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