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Balboa Inn

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Very quaint old hotel. Peeling paint in places. You can tell they tried to update it and give it a makeover. We had people yelling outside our window til two. There was a bug in the bed and the mattress was terrible. The staff offered to find us a new room but the king deluxe room was really small and I could t afford to get another sleepless night so we changed hotels.

I realize that you will always pay for location but in this case, I was surprised by the condition of the "inn". It starts with the elevator that was a disaster --- filthy and looked/smelled like it hadn't been cleaned in months, if not years. I'm not sure I've seen more dirty handprints on a brass wall. That's your welcome. Grime. Then you look at the walls in hallways --- beyond dirty and worn -- looked more like a bus station than a hotel that charges these rates. I guess the room itself was okay; clean enough but tiny and you can hear your neighbors (other guests) loud and clear -- but you'll find a better room at the mid-level chains. TIME TO RENOVATE and GET A NEW CLEANING CREW....

Warmed over death. So disappointed. A new coat of paint does not make this a nice hotel.

While this hotel has an excellent location, the hotel itself left a little to be desired. The room we received was not the room pictured on this website. There was no seating area, just the bed. The bed was extremely uncomfortable. We couldn't call the front desk with our room phone. The "ocean" view we were sold is actually a parking lot view. The hotel's restaurant was out of the food we wanted to order. I do not suggest going there at all, Siena I believe it is called. There is no hotel parking, only public parking lots so please note that if you go. Parking there was actually $18 per night. The hotel charges $45 per night for SUVs for their valet. If you go, expect an ok view and an uncomfortable bed. But the location is walking distance to the beach with lots of restaurants and shops nearby.

It was ok there for the night, but there was no refrigerator in our room, no microwave, that totally sucked! They advertise the complimentary breakfast, that was ridiculous, juice, coffee, packaged muffins and rolls, fruits, when paying $350. for a night with parking you would think they would have hot breakfasts like most hotel/motels have. The lobby set up was in an odd place, maybe they were remodeling, strange but ok for the night! Yes we were disappointed for what we got for the price.

This was a quick birthday overnight trip to hang with friends and enjoy the beach scene and bars. This Inn was in a great spot, was clean (enough...) and the staff were all really nice. The bed was comfortable and there was a flat screen tv and mini fridge which was great. You can tell this place is older, even though renovated, the quality is not high end but it does appear nice. The noise level is higher in this area, we heard every person who strolled down the hallways but you can't beat the location. Oh and don't get excited about continental breakfast it's packaged muffins, limited fruit, coffee and tea. All things considered we would stay there again.

I've stayed here before due to the location and have had really nice rooms, but this time I got an old dingy room with lots of problems. I asked to change as soon as I saw the room, but they did not accomodate me. For over $300 a night for a queen bed this room was not worth it. Dirty vents, dirty old carpet, ill functioning shower head and sink, no windows to let in the fresh ocean breeze!! I had to ask for a fridge, which the room was supposed to have, and it did not have the safe it was supposed to have neither. Most of the staff is not friendly, and one was particularly unprofessional. If I stay here again I will make sure to request the newer rooms ahead of time.

Check in is late, and the man was rude. On the other hand check out was smooth and the lady was very pleasant. The hotel towels were awful! They were supposed to be white, but were old and definitely not white anymore. I see no reason for the resort fee, as you have to pay for parking and the breakfast is just a danish and coffee. Oh and its plus tax. I stay here for location, its right on the beach.

Lets start by saying the staff (bellhop & front desk) greeted my wife and i while on their smoke break. After checking us in we proceeded to the room to see where we would be spending our weekend. The first thing that i noticed was the very small room space however i figured this would be the case that we would be paying for location (On the Beach). The first thing that i always check when staying at a hotel are the linens on the bed after pulling back the blanket, I noticed body hair on the sheets, stains and just unclean and unchanged linen. After goign down stairs to request a room changed I was informed that their where no more rooms available in a very quiet hotel. However the gentlemen said he would have housekeeping bring up more linen. 30 minutes later housekeeping arrived and asked if we would be willing to change our room. Not sure how magically a room came available. Honestly I am not the person to write reviews or bad talk an establishment but this ruined a special weekend for my wife and i. This hotel was very unprofessional, construction and rehab going on, thin walls. I just had a very bad experience here. Its possible that after the construction and adjustments that this could be a pretty decent hotel. However I will never stay here again!

I was a little disappointed in the room. It was suggested by a friend that we stay there and so we booked at the last minute. We booked an ocean front room which turned out to be fine and the place is clean. However, the room (older hotel) had some issues: Heater did not work (turned out to be cold night), fireplace did not work, windows did not shut correctly, and the weather stripping under the doors was completely gone. All-in-all a cold night for all of us where we discovered these issues too late at night for it to matter. Additionally, the jacuzzi tub turned on spontaneously during the night twice inducing a near heart attack in one instance. Long story short, if you want quaint and kind of broken, you'll like this place.

This hotel is right where you want to be! On Balboa, near restaurants, bars, and shopping. Definitely will stay there again!

The hotel is right on the beach with good pier access and easy walks to restaurants. Noise is a huge problem but the beds are very comfortable! The restaurant in house has outstanding good though the personality of the woman in charge is not friendly overall and she is only tangentially interested in serving customers. The jacuzzis are amazing. We ventured out early and saw whales just offshore and sea lions. Swimming was amazing just as I remembered fr my belly boarding and body surfing days. Shopping for beach stuff is easy. Parking is close by at the municipal lot for $15 a day with easy multiway pay machines. Fabulous time.

We stayed at the Balboa for our son and daughter in laws wedding. It was comfortable and convenient. The persons working there could not have been any more accommodating and friendly. We felt like we were treated special but then realized they are wonderful to everyone! Super visit! The only suggestion would have been to wipe the dew off of the tables and seats in the morning at the breakfast area.

Great hotel, staff, perfect so close to beach. Great stay. Room was very nice. Perfect place to stay.

great location: at the beach and close to disneyland (but not to close

Great location, good service. My room was a little small but manageable with one person. Location is a little tricky, hard to find.

I love this hotel. But room was not very clean .they are remodeling part of hotel They put us in the older section. Doors were very dirty plus they did not have maid service I had to go get towels I will stay again I hope they get their staff in order

Very friendly staff, cute boutique hotel. Can't beat the location!

Dirty wood floors; old, cracked bathroom tiles; torned shower curtain; one small towel rack for everyones' bath towels; no extra electric plugs; had to plug small coffee pot on stairwell. Extra charge for WIFI; $25/night for parking; no ice machine; steep, unlit staircase to suite; no smoke alarm in living & sleeping area. Noisy cantina across the street; deafening jet noise from Orange county airport all day and all night. Definitely not worth the price, even with 40% discount. Our family will not return and will not recommend it to anyone.

Our room was great with a wonderful ocean view. The only problem is the hotel is in 2 parts. The more expensive ocean view building with the Jacuzzi is separated from the main hotel by a bike lane. There is a 2nd bridge. However, on the Sunday we stayed, for some reason, they were "remodeling" the 1st floor so they closed the 2nd floor bridge. This meant anyone in the ocean building had to walk down to the streets to walk over to the 2nd floor breakfast buffet. Anyone in the main building also had to walk the streets to use the Jacuzzi. At 11:00 A.M. we used the Jacuzzi and returned to our room to discover the key no longer worked (check out is noon). Since I was soaking wet in a robe & swimsuit I decided I didn't want to walk the streets. I broke the yellow tap & used the 2nd floor bridge. After getting a new key card I walked back to the bridge. I was verbally assaulted by some employee in Spanglish that the area was closed. Used a hand sign to let him know I didn't care and proceeded to my room. Otherwise, everything was great.

Room options

Family Suite, 2 Queen Beds

Queen 2 | Sleeps 5

Suite, 1 King Bed with Sofa bed, Courtyard Area

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Suite, 1 King Bed with Sofa bed, Ocean View

King 1 | Sleeps 5

Suite, 1 King or 1 Queen Bed, Ocean View

King 1 | Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Guest reviews for Balboa Inn

Everyone (9) Couples (19) Business (2) Family (9) Other (2) Friends (1)
2

don't recommend

Everyone

Very quaint old hotel. Peeling paint in places. You can tell they tried to update it and give it a makeover. We had people yelling outside our window til two. There was a bug in the bed and the mattress was terrible. The staff offered to find us a new room but the king deluxe room was really small and I could t afford to get another sleepless night so we changed hotels.

By , from arizona on Sep 12, 2017

2

very disappointed

Everyone

I realize that you will always pay for location but in this case, I was surprised by the condition of the "inn". It starts with the elevator that was a disaster --- filthy and looked/smelled like it hadn't been cleaned in months, if not years. I'm not sure I've seen more dirty handprints on a brass wall. That's your welcome. Grime. Then you look at the walls in hallways --- beyond dirty and worn -- looked more like a bus station than a hotel that charges these rates. I guess the room itself was okay; clean enough but tiny and you can hear your neighbors (other guests) loud and clear -- but you'll find a better room at the mid-level chains. TIME TO RENOVATE and GET A NEW CLEANING CREW....

By , from Detroit on May 16, 2017

2

lipstick on a pig

Everyone

Warmed over death. So disappointed. A new coat of paint does not make this a nice hotel.

By on May 12, 2017

3

great location

Everyone

While this hotel has an excellent location, the hotel itself left a little to be desired. The room we received was not the room pictured on this website. There was no seating area, just the bed. The bed was extremely uncomfortable. We couldn't call the front desk with our room phone. The "ocean" view we were sold is actually a parking lot view. The hotel's restaurant was out of the food we wanted to order. I do not suggest going there at all, Siena I believe it is called. There is no hotel parking, only public parking lots so please note that if you go. Parking there was actually $18 per night. The hotel charges $45 per night for SUVs for their valet. If you go, expect an ok view and an uncomfortable bed. But the location is walking distance to the beach with lots of restaurants and shops nearby.

By on Mar 27, 2017

2

an ok hotel next to the beach

Everyone

It was ok there for the night, but there was no refrigerator in our room, no microwave, that totally sucked! They advertise the complimentary breakfast, that was ridiculous, juice, coffee, packaged muffins and rolls, fruits, when paying $350. for a night with parking you would think they would have hot breakfasts like most hotel/motels have. The lobby set up was in an odd place, maybe they were remodeling, strange but ok for the night! Yes we were disappointed for what we got for the price.

By on Oct 3, 2016

4

1 night stay for fun at the bars!

Everyone

This was a quick birthday overnight trip to hang with friends and enjoy the beach scene and bars. This Inn was in a great spot, was clean (enough...) and the staff were all really nice. The bed was comfortable and there was a flat screen tv and mini fridge which was great. You can tell this place is older, even though renovated, the quality is not high end but it does appear nice. The noise level is higher in this area, we heard every person who strolled down the hallways but you can't beat the location. Oh and don't get excited about continental breakfast it's packaged muffins, limited fruit, coffee and tea. All things considered we would stay there again.

By , from Los Angeles on Sep 12, 2016

3

on the beach, old room

Everyone

I've stayed here before due to the location and have had really nice rooms, but this time I got an old dingy room with lots of problems. I asked to change as soon as I saw the room, but they did not accomodate me. For over $300 a night for a queen bed this room was not worth it. Dirty vents, dirty old carpet, ill functioning shower head and sink, no windows to let in the fresh ocean breeze!! I had to ask for a fridge, which the room was supposed to have, and it did not have the safe it was supposed to have neither. Most of the staff is not friendly, and one was particularly unprofessional. If I stay here again I will make sure to request the newer rooms ahead of time.

By , from Henderson, NV on Aug 8, 2016

4

on the beach

Everyone

Check in is late, and the man was rude. On the other hand check out was smooth and the lady was very pleasant. The hotel towels were awful! They were supposed to be white, but were old and definitely not white anymore. I see no reason for the resort fee, as you have to pay for parking and the breakfast is just a danish and coffee. Oh and its plus tax. I stay here for location, its right on the beach.

By , from Las Vegas on Jun 17, 2016

1

worse valentine's day stay ever

Everyone

Lets start by saying the staff (bellhop & front desk) greeted my wife and i while on their smoke break. After checking us in we proceeded to the room to see where we would be spending our weekend. The first thing that i noticed was the very small room space however i figured this would be the case that we would be paying for location (On the Beach). The first thing that i always check when staying at a hotel are the linens on the bed after pulling back the blanket, I noticed body hair on the sheets, stains and just unclean and unchanged linen. After goign down stairs to request a room changed I was informed that their where no more rooms available in a very quiet hotel. However the gentlemen said he would have housekeeping bring up more linen. 30 minutes later housekeeping arrived and asked if we would be willing to change our room. Not sure how magically a room came available. Honestly I am not the person to write reviews or bad talk an establishment but this ruined a special weekend for my wife and i. This hotel was very unprofessional, construction and rehab going on, thin walls. I just had a very bad experience here. Its possible that after the construction and adjustments that this could be a pretty decent hotel. However I will never stay here again!

By , from So Cal on Feb 18, 2016

3

expecting more ...

Families

I was a little disappointed in the room. It was suggested by a friend that we stay there and so we booked at the last minute. We booked an ocean front room which turned out to be fine and the place is clean. However, the room (older hotel) had some issues: Heater did not work (turned out to be cold night), fireplace did not work, windows did not shut correctly, and the weather stripping under the doors was completely gone. All-in-all a cold night for all of us where we discovered these issues too late at night for it to matter. Additionally, the jacuzzi tub turned on spontaneously during the night twice inducing a near heart attack in one instance. Long story short, if you want quaint and kind of broken, you'll like this place.

By on Nov 18, 2015