In terms of the Avenue of the Arts, which you mentioned as being a hotel you wanted to stay at (and is available via the discount services), is there something about that hotel that would not be a good fit? The only concern becomes that listings do change all the time and if there is something that would be a good fit (and is showing at a considerable discount, there is always the chance with HOTWIRE or PRICELINE EXPRESS that it might not be there tomorrow. I'm still seeing what is potentially the Avenue of the Arts for $114 early this morning on PRICELINE EXPRESS (4*, Costa Mesa, no amenities), which is about $20 less than it's showing for on HOTWIRE.
The 4* Newport Beach-Fashion Island for $103 would be a possible match for the Fairmont.
I'm seeing a 4* Irvine w/Boutique, Shuttle, Restaurant, Pool, Fitness, Hi-Speed Internet, Business, Golf, Tennis, Blind Accessible, Deaf Accessible, Travel Accessible, Room Accessible, Bathroom Accessible, Wheelchair Accessible, Handicapped Parking, Roll-in Shower, but for $157. This listing has not yet been ID'd/reported, but the Hyatt Regency Irvine would be a guess.
Are there particular amenities or is there a particular style (or location) you are looking for in terms of hotel? Let us know specifics you are looking for and we would be happy to offer recommendations based on those, as we definitely want to help you find a great hotel for your birthday weekend!
Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases.