$229 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Sep 1, 2014 Check-out: Sep 2, 2014

Balboa Bay Resort

4 stars
1221 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92663
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.3
out of 5
40 reviews
Fantastic couple getaway

Beautiful hotel and surroundings, relaxing, perfect place to recharge See full review

  • Jen G.
  • Aug 17, 2014
weekend gateway

perfect location with perfect weather. Can't get better than this!! See full review

  • GolfManiac
  • Dec 1, 2013
Understated elegance at this upscale waterfront Newport Beach resort
The 15-acre  Balboa Bay Resort defines understated elegance, starting with the lobby's classical columns and cream and gold stone floors, which invite guests to relax in luxurious style. Surrounded by yachts and nearby Balboa Island, the Mediterranean-style Balboa Bay Resort  is the only waterfront hotel in Newport Beach. The 160-room resort has an award-winning fine dining restaurant and bayside terrace, The First Cabin Restaurant, as well as lively nightly entertainment and dancing at Duke's Place.
Highlights
  • Marble and granite bathrooms featuring deep soak tubs
  • Full-service day spa
  • The First Cabin, award-winning on-site restaurant
  • Full-service wedding staff and facilities
Balboa Bay Resort Rooms

The  Balboa Bay Resort's 160 spacious rooms evoke a tropical hideaway, blending natural wood finishes with rattan lounge chairs in the sitting areas. All rooms come with large flat-screen TVs, plush down duvets and oversized pillows, private verandas, 24-hour room service and marble and granite bathrooms with deep soak tubs. Deluxe rooms offer stunning views of Newport Bay. Larger suites include living rooms with dining table and wet bar. The Governor Suite features a Jacuzzi, while the Presidential Suite boasts a canopied king-size bed, fireplace and full-size grand piano. For longer stays, the resort offers short-term studio and two-bedroom apartments.

Features

The Balboa Bay Resort's accolades include AAA's Four Diamond Award and being named one of Travel + Leisure Magazine's top 500 hotels. The Balboa Bay Resort features 23,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 7,000 square foot ballroom, 10 meeting rooms and a boardroom. The award-winning First Cabin Restaurant serves breakfast lunch and dinner and specializes in steak and seafood. In the evening, guests can unwind at Duke's Place, which features more than 600 wines and live jazz. 

Recreation

The Balboa Bay Resort's luxuriant, 17,000-square-foot day spa features nine treatment rooms, whirlpools, sauna, Sonya Dakar skin care products as well as a relaxation lounge with fireplace. The hotel also offers an on-site fitness center and salon.

Transportation
  • John Wayne Airport (7 mi/11 km)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (42 mi/67 km)
  • San Diego International Airport (87 mi/140 km)
Attractions
  • Balboa Island (2 mi/3.2 km)
  • Fashion Island shopping center (4.2 mi/ 6.7 km)
  • Pelican Hill Golf Club (5.7 mi/9.2 km)
  • Disneyland (19 mi/30km)
Policies and fees
A hospitality service fee of $20 per room per night will be charged, which includes: 24-hour access to resort fitness center, 24-hour access to business center and printing of boarding passes, in-room coffee and tea service, lobby coffee and tea service from 6AM until 9AM, unlimited use of fax services both incoming and outgoing, unlimited local and 1-800 telephone calls, bottled water in room replenished daily (up to 2 maximum), choice of newspaper daily delivered to room, and wireless internet service in guest room for unlimited devices.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

Hotel Map

33.6165 -117.9158
Area served
Newport Beach, CA
Nearby airports
John Wayne Airport
Area description
Secluded in the heart of Newport Beach on the coast of California in Orange County and 14 miles (22 km) west of Disneyland/Anaheim, Balboa Bay Resort is one of Southern California's premier year-round destination resorts. It lies 50 miles (80 km) south of Los Angeles, 85 miles (136 km) north of San Diego and 14 miles (22 km) south of Long Beach. Visitors can arrive via Highway 5 or 405 from the south and north, John Wayne Airport 7 miles (11 km), San Diego International Airport 87 miles (140 km), or Los Angeles International Airport 42 miles (67 km). Visitors can also arrive by private aircraft at John Wayne Airport.

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Balboa Bay Resort Rooms

Standard Room
Guestrooms evoke a true tropical hideaway; blending natural wood finishes with rattan lounge chairs in a sitting area. Tropical patterned drapes complement crisp plantation shutters which lead guest to a spacious patio. Baths are appointed with dual sinks featuring granite countertops, marble baths and flooring and picture window sized beveled glass mirrors. Sumptuous duvets filled with down and oversized pillow shams, fashioned in a color palette of soft creams, gold and honey toned fabrics, lure travelers to sleep.
Courtyard
Guestrooms evoke a true tropical hideaway; blending natural wood finishes with rattan lounge chairs in a sitting area. Tropical patterned drapes complement crisp plantation shutters that lead guest to a spacious patio with chaises that look onto a courtyard and pool. Baths are appointed with dual sinks featuring granite countertops, marble baths and flooring and picture window sized beveled glass mirrors. Sumptuous duvets filled with down and oversized pillow shams, fashioned in a color palette of soft creams, gold and honey toned fabrics, lure travelers to sleep.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Airport shuttle
  • Pool
General
Concierge
Pet friendly
Activities
Pool
Fitness Center
Spa
Dining
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Business center
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi
Transportation
Airport shuttle
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Dining

Duke's Place
Bar and Entertainment lounge, just off the lobby on the first floor and open daily for cocktails with nightly entertainment. It is named after famed actor and former Balboa Club Member and governor John Wayne. Wayne loved the Newport Beach marina and photos of the legendary star attire the walls of the lounge. A special coctail menu is available, with of course, "Duke's Favorite" featured. There is seating for 80 inside and 100 on the deck overlooking the Bay and Marina.
First Cabin Restaurant
Waterfront dining room showcases the culinary talents of Executive chef Josef Lageder. The restaurant features innovative California cuisine served amid a relaxed atmosphere with alfresco dining overlooking breathtaking views of Newport Bay. Employees have uniforms with nautical attire and the room has warm colors of bronze and gold with rattan furniture. The restaurant has 80 seats in the main dining room, accomodating 15 in the private dining room, and seats 60 on the outdoor patio deck. It is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
The 7,000-square-foot grand ballroom, accommodating up to 750 for receptions and 550 for banquets, makes a grand statement and is the perfect venue for weddings, winemaker dinners, reunions and corporate celebrations. The Resort also spotlights a 1,250-square-foot outdoor pre-function area, ten meeting rooms and a boardroom. Each conference venue is well-equipped with state-of-the-art audio visual capabilities.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1600
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (40)

Ratings and reviews for Balboa Bay Resort

Overall score

4.3 / 5
5.01.0
40 out of 40
Amenities:
4.4
Room cleanliness:
4.6
Hotel staff:
4.5
Room comfort:
4.7
Location:
4.5
Value:
4.2

82% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Jen G.
Los Angeles, California
Aug 17, 2014

Fantastic couple getaway

Beautiful hotel and surroundings, relaxing, perfect place to recharge

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Balboa Bay Resort

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Reggie001
Business
Santa Rosa
Apr 15, 2014

Nice Staff

Hotel Staff was very nice and efficient. Hotel is going through a lot of construction. View is nice, location is good. Call to see if construction is complete before booking.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Balboa Bay Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Lvas
San Dimas, ca
Feb 4, 2014

The guy at the front desk hooked it up

Excellent customer service! We got a good deal for this hotel 25% off and they still treated us amazing. The young gentleman at the front hooked us up with a water view room with no extra cost and took off our resort fee. The pool was awesome and the room quiet and clean. Can't wait to go back!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of Balboa Bay Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
RDNY
Business
New York, NY
Dec 12, 2013

Great, relaxing Views!

Hotel staff was great, great views of the harbour and very relaxing atmosphere! Will stay again soon!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Balboa Bay Resort

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
GolfManiac
Los Angeles, CA
Dec 1, 2013

weekend gateway

perfect location with perfect weather. Can't get better than this!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Balboa Bay Resort

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Renee Haircolorist
Business
Chicago
Aug 10, 2013

Great stay

I was pleasantly surprised on how beautiful the room was. The bed was so comfy! And the bathroom is just perfect. I love how they had a bamboo plant in the bath tub area. I wish I had more time there to take a bath. It's very relaxing. I can't wait to come and stay again!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Balboa Bay Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Mcmolleen
San Diego
Jun 3, 2013

Wedding guest

Excellent value here. Will return for future weekend getaways.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Balboa Bay Resort

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
michcobear
Phx,AZ
May 7, 2013

wonderful hotel

Great location, staff is very attentive and friendly. Rooms were nice.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

duffy rental on premises for a little sunset cruise. Cross the street @ light turn right 2 blocks pizza place is outstanding!

Review of Balboa Bay Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Greenwood Village Mom
Denver Colorado
Apr 8, 2013

Nice Hotel

The resort was lovely, but did not like the idea that it wasn't on the beach but located on the intercoastal type waterway.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
4
Dining tip: Long walk from hotel

A Market for breakfast and lunch

Review of Balboa Bay Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Nostaglic return
Virginia
Aug 6, 2012

Great location

Right on the harbor. Big, comfortable room. Staff very helpful.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

El Ranchito on on Balboa Peninsula for very good Mexican food.

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