IDEA #1 – HOTEL ROOMS & SUITES:
There is always the option of renting a hotel space, but you don’t want it to LOOK like you’re at a hotel, so it would need to be a hotel suite that fits the decor of your brand, or a nice hotel room that has a really nice separate living room setting area.
The best way to search for this is to Google hotels in the specific area you want to stay in, and see what comes up. Then, just go to the websites and look at the pictures of the rooms, suites, conference rooms, common areas, etc.
Keep in mind that when you rent a hotel room or suite, you typically need to rent it for 2 full days, since checkout at a hotel is normally between 10am-12pm, and check-in is usually between 3pm-4pm. So you’ll want to rent the room for the night before the shoot and the night of the shoot, at the minimum.
If you’re coming in from out of town, try to find a space in Orange County (preferably Irvine or Newport Beach), which will make it easier and faster for us to get to the location, and also allow us to start the earliest, so we have more time in the day to get as many shots as possible.
We’ve included a hotel location list below, for your convenience. The hotel location list includes a list of hotels we have previously filmed in with past clients that may be of interest to you, and it also includes a list of nearby hotels that we haven’t yet filmed in, but look like they have suites that could be great for filming. We’ve also included pictures of the spaces we’ve already filmed in, so that you can see what the shot looked like once it was properly setup.
We will continue to add to our location list as we film in hotels with more and more clients. So if you find something here that you absolutely love and want to book the same spot, then that’s great! And if not, then at least you’ll have an idea of what has worked well for our clients in the past.