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“Casual Elegance on the water in Newport Beach”
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Balboa Bay Resort
Ranked #4 of 17 Hotels in Newport Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Newport Beach, California
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“Casual Elegance on the water in Newport Beach”
Reviewed 4 July 2012

Beautiful resort located on Newport Harbor and within walking distance to restaurants and shops. Rooms were lovely with comfortable beds and large bathrooms with plenty of water pressure. Front desk, valet, room service and maid service are outstanding and friendly. First Cabin and more casual Duke's restaurants both have amazing views. The food at First Cabin is very good and you can use the first cabin menu in Dukes which has a limited menu. Bikes, Duffy boats, paddle boards and kayaks can be rented at the resort. Based on the location and resort amenities, I think the rates are very reasonable. I can't think of any other hotels in Newport Beach actually located on the water. A real treat.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 June 2012

We went and stayed at the Balboa Bay Club for my friend's birthday celebration and were not terribly impressed. We booked a "standard room" and were not clear that meant a view of a parking lot and a busy street. It was probably one of the worst hotel views I have ever seen. There was a ton of street noise and a view of a parking lot so we asked to be moved, which at first they were not willing to do, but after I spoke with management they eventually acquiesced. There were also ripped and stained blankets on the bed (room 242 I believe). If they had kept us in that room, I would have only rated this hotel only one star. Thank goodness they moved us to a room overlooking the front entrance view, which at least had less street noise and decent blankets.

We went down to the pool and were surprised that there was no poolside service and that if you wanted to be served, you had to go find a special phone to call room service.

When we got back to the room, the hotel had sent up balloons for my friend's birthday. That would have been a nice touch had the balloons said "happy birthday" instead of "happy anniversary."

The two redeeming qualities about this hotel were:

1) They are across the street from Pizza Mozza which was an outstanding restaurant that I highly recommend and made the trip worthwhile
2) They had some great jazz playing at the bar downstairs on Saturday evening

If you are a looking for a great experience in Newport, I would not recommend going out of your way to visit this hotel. There was nothing remarkable about it.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Pasadena, California
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Reviewed 27 June 2012

I hosted a party for friends there and arranged for out of town guests to stay the night at the hotel. We were delighted with every detail! Catering dept was first class...food was excellent...valet was amazing...rooms were so beautiful and luxurious...We Loved It!!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Dayton, Ohio, United States
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Reviewed 27 June 2012

We loved our stay at The Balboa Bay Club & Resort. The front drop off driveway could be a bit busy at times but we never had to wait too long for valet service. Room and bathroom exceeded our expectation. Housekeeping staff did an excellent job cleaning the room in a timely fashion. The view was spectacular; we enjoyed the yachts right outside the back door. Great pool areas and friendly staff are added bonuses. We will return to this resort in the future and would highly recommend it.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 June 2012

I stayed here for two nights with my boyfriend for my sister's wedding in May. I ended up paying about $350/night for a bay view room. Upon entering the room, I was greeted with the view of a barge. It made the location feel like I was in some industrial town. Apparently there was nothing the hotel could do about the barge obstructing the view of the bay, so the barge hung outside for the duration of my stay. Plus, I couldn't exchange rooms because the barge was every bay view's view. My sister, who also stayed in a bay view room specifically for wedding pictures, had to talk to the desk for a bit to try and change her room. After she got a response, they were able to move her to the adjacent building. Her new room overlooked the bay and a swimming pool, which seemed kinda loud with all the kids hanging outside downstairs. It wasn't the tranquil stay that I was hoping for. The room itself was very nice and fancy. There's a tub and a separate shower (drain was kinda clogged). When I drove up to the hotel entrance, they said the self-parking was full and it seemed like I wasn't given an option anyway before my keys were taken. The self-parking lot wasn't easy to spot, as the signs are tiny (it's on your left as you turn into the hotel entrance). I mainly forked out $$$ for the occasion to relax, but the bay view didn't turn out to be too relaxing. View was not spectacular. If I stayed here again, I would not pay extra for the bay view. Prices are super expensive and I would rather choose a decent hotel not overlooking the bay for a better bargain and experience.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Balboa Bay Resort

Property: Balboa Bay Resort
Address: 1221 W Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663-5026
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Region: United States > California > Orange County > Newport Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Newport Beach
#3 Luxury Hotel in Newport Beach
#3 Business Hotel in Newport Beach
#4 Romantic Hotel in Newport Beach
Price range (per night): ₹ 17,368 - ₹ 38,624
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Balboa Bay Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 159
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience life and style that's perfectly balanced at the Balboa Bay Resort. A boutique ambiance combined with plush accommodations, sophisticated and personalized service, gourmet dining and unparallel location close to scenic beaches, nearby world-class shopping, restaurants and award winning designed golf courses make it the perfect destination for those seeking the quintessential Southern California lifestyle experience. Whether you're planning a romantic weekend getaway, a large-scale business function, or the wedding of your dreams, the Balboa Bay Resort offers unparalleled services and amenities to suit a variety of needs. Located on 15 waterfront acres in the heart of Newport Beach, halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, the four-diamond property sprawls along the bay like a meandering Mediterranean villa. **Please note that starting Friday, November 6 through Thursday, January 7, 2016, the resort will begin a very exciting and highly anticipated guest room enhancement project. Each guest room will be updated with fresh, modern and contemporary furnishings including carpet, wall coverings, furniture and fixtures, along with a select number of rooms which will receive reconfigured bathrooms. We anticipate the noise level to be slightly higher than normal during the hours of 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Please be assured that your guest room will be far removed from the area of work so you can fully enjoy your time with us and delight in a quintessential Southern California lifestyle experience.** ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
The Balboa Bay Club Hotel Newport Beach
The Balboa Bay Club And Resort
The Balboa Bay Hotel
The Balboa Bay Resort
Balboa Bay Club

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