Fodor's Expert Review Balboa Bay Resort

1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, 92663, USA

Sharing the same frontage as the private Balboa Bay Club that long ago hosted Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and Ronald Reagan, this waterfront resort has one of the best bay views around, especially at its lively gastropub. Take in the sea breezes while overlooking million-dollar yachts and sipping a cocktail or glass of wine. Guests have a variety of land and sea wellness and enrichment outdoor options to choose from. The more formal restaurant and bar, Waterline, retains a classic nautical vibe. The spacious rooms and suites offer balconies with bay views or views of the swimming pool or garden courtyard. Rent a Duffy electric boat or stand-up paddleboard from the resort's private marina. The lawn area next to the marina is a popular spot for weddings.

PROS

  • exquisite bayfront views
  • comfortable beds
  • a raked beach for guests
  • exquisite bay-front views
  • two popular restaurants for locals and visitors

CONS

  • not much within walking distance
  • $20 nightly hospitality fee
  • $25 nightly hospitality fee
  • $34 nightly hospitality fee
  • some rooms have courtyard-only views
  • swimming pool in the middle of the resort has no views
  • $35 nightly hospitality fee
  • some rooms don't face the bay

QUICK FACTS

Beachfront
Local Flavor
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 949-645–5000

HOTEL DETAILS

159 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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