Balboa Bay Resort

1221 W Coast Hwy | Newport Beach, CA 92663-5026  [SEE MAP]Newport Beach, CA  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

Water lovers will love resort's outdoor pool and proximity to Newport Bay
Property's pricey cuisine and room rates make this a better option for wealthier travelers

Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, California, offers spectacular views of the water and passing boats. And while you're here, you can take full advantage of the property's maritime locale by renting kayaks, paddleboards or motor boats and taking to the seas. If you're more of a landlubber, get your fill of H2O by swimming in the outdoor pool, or get to know the area, which is home to many shops, golf courses and restaurants. But you won't have to go too far to find a good meal: The in-house Waterline Newport Beach restaurant offers fantastic (albeit pricey) locally sourced cuisine, while A&O Kitchen+Bar serves up more casual fare like burgers and sandwiches. Visitors rave about the rooms – the bedding, the size, the balconies – and the service. Some recent guests do observe that the resort caters mostly to the moneyed, 40-and-older crowd, with its high prices and subdued atmosphere.

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Location
Newport Beach, CA
Hotel Class
4.5-star
Property Type
Resort, 159 rooms
Primary View
Bay
Style
Traditional, Modern
Best For
Business travelers, Families, Couples

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Scorecard
  • 4.5Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating

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Other Awards

  • Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards 2018

Fodor's

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Sharing the same frontage as the private Balboa Bay Club that once hosted Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and the Reagans, this watefront resort has one of the best bay views around. A+O is the resort's lively gastropub that opens to sea breezes, part of a renovation that gave the lobby a fresh, contemporary look and added a coffee bar.

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Balboa Bay Resort is one of Newport Beach's most upscale properties, and has excellent restaurants, a spa, plenty of meeting facilities, and an Olympic-size swimming pool. Rooms have elegant Mediterranean style, and all come with private balconies.

AAA

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Reminiscent of an Italian piazza, this waterfront resort offers deluxe rooms with a tropical feel. Many of the spacious suites have a fireplace and a fabulous marina view.

AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019

Other Awards

  • Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards 2018

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 981 have reviewed the Balboa Bay Resort, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 981 reviews 4.5 (based on 981 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Guest rooms and suites at Balboa Bay Resort are beachy, decorated in beiges and blues with wooden furnishings. Accommodations are spacious and come with flat-screen TVs, Frette linens on pillow-top mattresses, writing desks and walk-in showers. Rooms also have private balconies, some of which overlook the bay.
  • Suites have soaking tubs and separate living areas
  • Daily $25 resort fee includes in-room Wi-Fi and bottled water, newspaper delivery and local phone calls

Standard room size500 square feet

  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Situated in Newport Beach, Balboa Bay Resort is located near a number of boutique shops, restaurants and beaches, though the heart of Newport Beach is not within walking distance. The 15-acre property sits right on the water, overlooking the posh Balboa Bay Club's marina and Newport Bay.
  • Located less than 3 miles west of Fashion Island, a premier shopping complex
  • John Wayne Airport sits approximately 6 miles northeast of resort; LA/Ontario International Airport is 49 miles northeast
  • 24-hour valet parking ($30)
  • 24-hour self-parking ($20)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping
  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach

Dining

Waterline Newport Beach, the resort’s signature restaurant, features a menu of fresh seafood, steaks and other American fare. The nautical-themed restaurant offers harbor views, which often include the multimillion dollar yachts lined up in the marina. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Balboa Bay Resort's other eatery, A&O Kitchen+Bar, serves gastropub fare in a rustic dining room and on an outdoor patio with two fire pits.
  • Grab-and-go pastries, sandwiches, gelato and espresso beverages available at Blend
  • Complimentary coffee offered daily between 6 and 9 or 10 a.m.
  • Free wine reception hosted in resort lobby every Friday and Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m.

Number of restaurants2

Cuisine TypesAmerican

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast

Pool

Balboa Bay Resort has an outdoor pool with several lap lanes, as well as a whirlpool. The pool deck offers padded lounge chairs and umbrellas. Guests can also rent kayaks, paddleboards and motor boats at the adjacent Balboa Bay Club's marina.
    • Family pool
    • Infinity pool
    • Whirlpool/hot tub
    • Adults-only pool
    • Lap pool
    • Wading pool
    • Lazy river
    • Seasonal
    • Indoor
    • Outdoor
    • Indoor/outdoor combo
    • Pool bar
    • Lifeguard on duty
    • Poolside service
    • Waterslide
    • Deck chairs or cabanas

    Spa

    Balboa Bay Resort’s full-service spa offers a full range of treatments and therapies. The spa has nine treatment rooms, including a eucalyptus steam room. Saunas and whirlpools are also available. Treatment offerings include massages, facials, salon services and body scrubs.
    • Spa open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6 or 7 p.m.
    • Specialty services like prenatal massages, couples treatments and men's facials offered

    Services offered:

    • Massage
    • Facial
    • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
    • Salon services
    • Outdoor treatment area
    • Steam room
    • Sauna

    Kids

    This property does not offer any designated kids amenities, but families will appreciate the resort's outdoor pool and proximity to area beaches. Children can also rent bicycles, kayaks and paddleboards on-site.
      • Kids club
      • Cribs
      • High chairs

      Fitness

      The resort has an on-site fitness center, which houses a variety of cardio machines and weight-training equipment, as well as free weights, exercise balls and stretching and yoga mats. The fitness center is open 24 hours a day. Fresh fruit, water and towels are stocked for convenience.
      • Motor boats, bicycles, kayaks and paddleboards are all available to rent
      • The concierge can help arrange hikes or suggest jogging paths
      • Weight equipment
      • Cardio equipment
      • Yoga mats
      • Free fitness classes
      • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
      • Bicycles (with fee)
      • Tennis
      • Guided runs
      • Paddle boats (with fee)
      • Motor boats (with fee)

      Business

      Balboa Bay Resort offers a business center with a computer workstation, a printer and a fax machine. Access to the business center, which is open 24 hours a day, is covered by the property's resort fee. For business meetings and conferences, the resort has12 indoor and outdoor event spaces to choose from, including two boardrooms, a library and a 6,867-square-foot ballroom. The resort's 128-foot yacht – The Ambassador – can also be reserved for business functions.
      • Ballroom can accommodate up to 1,000 guests for receptions
      • Audiovisual equipment available

      Number of meeting rooms12

      • Business center
      • Meeting rooms
      • Meeting and event planners available

      Pets

      One dog that weighs up to 50 pounds is permitted in each accommodation for a one-time fee of $100. Dogs cannot be left unattended in guest rooms at any time.
        • Pets allowed (with fee)
        • Dog walking
        • Pet-sitting

        Wedding

        Couples getting married at Balboa Bay Resort can choose from the resort's yacht, two lawns, two rooms and the Grand Ballroom, which offers space for up to 450 guests. The resort works with a number of outside vendors, and a wedding planner is available to help with planning and organization. Several catering packages are offered as well. The property's standard Lido Package includes hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, a three-course plated dinner and three hours of bar services.
        • Bridal spa services offered at on-site spa
        • Discounted room rates available for wedding guests

        Maximum wedding guest capacity450

        • Hotel hosts weddings
        • Outdoor space for weddings
        • Wedding planners available

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