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Balboa Inn

2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   105 Main Street, Newport Beach, CA 92661
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Albany, New York, USA
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55 reviews 55 reviews
47 hotel reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

My wife and I spent two nights at the Balboa Inn in August, 2014 because it is a short walk from the Inn to the Catalina Flyer that goes to Avalon on Catalina Island. Staying at the Inn before we went to Catalina made it easy to make a 9 AM sailing time on the way to a five-night stay... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Such a disappointment! I brought my mother her for her last trip to the sea (she passed of cancer 3 months later) I chose this location because on the proximity to the water. It's in a great location but that's where it ends. The room looked like it had been furnished from a garage sale from 1980. Even the towels... More

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Not even the beachfront location could overcome the mediocre facilities. We stayed in the remodeled section. It was poorly done, loose plumbing fixtures, missing grout in the shower, Hardly any drawer space. The continental breakfast seemed to be an afterthought, constantly running out of coffee, milk, and juices, etc. Several staff members were not helpful or very friendly. Seemed to... More

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San Luis Obispo, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We booked at the Balboa Inn, even after reading quite a lot of negative reviews. I can see why the reviews were so bad. It is not a bad hotel, but, for the price--even at this location--you really would expect more. The room is small, but comfortable. Our room was on the 2nd floor and the restaurant is also on... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Worst hotel experience of my life. Poop in toilet upon arrival bad, RAT in room horrible, customer service atrocious. My family (me, wife, 2 young daughters) had a large RAT in room 333 on late Saturday (August 2, 2014) night, early Sunday morning. Management did NOTHING to rectify the situation. In fact, I wound up cutting my vacation short by... More

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

A friend raved about Balboa Island and suggested that we stay at the Balboa Inn on the peninsula. Perhaps one of our mistakes was going on the July 4th weekend, when the Balboa area was overrun with the Great Unwashed. But judging from the plethora of tee-shirt and tchotke shops, this area is just a tourist trap with expensive residences.... More

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Santa clarita
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

Tried to have a quick 2 day relaxing trip with my family. Absolute horrible experience stay away. I called the hotel Monday the 23rd asking about the rooms the picture shows the family suite with an old style and an updated style. Laura had explained to me all rooms were remodeled so I went ahead and booked the room trusting... More

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Mesa, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

After reading reviews that were less than great , I went ahead and booked a two night stay at the Balboa Inn to take a fishing trip for my husbands birthday. It was a wonderful experience! Taking heed of some reviews, I booked a suite. I was able to negotiate a fair price, and actually got the best room in... More

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Anaheim Hills, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We loved being in such great walking distance to the Fun Zone, several restaurants and bars, bike rentals, and the whale watching opportunities, Walked to both piers and spent time on the beach. The view from the Jacuzzi was lovely. The parking was reasonable for the area--we self parked one car and used the valet for the other.

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Palm Desert, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Just returned from a 4 day stay, reservation through booking.com. advertised free bike rental, breakfast, outdoor Jacuzzi, refrigerator inn room, restaurant and parking might have a fee! No bike rental included, continental breakfast - not breakfast, Jacuzzi broke 3 of 4 days there, gave us a refrigerator last night, restaurant closed Monday and Tuesday, parking $45.00 per night. Mold on... More

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Miche M, General Manager at Balboa Inn, responded to this review

The customer was booked for a Deluxe room and was given a free upgrade to a Junior Suite. There was a fridge delivered to the guest upon their request. We do have 2 outdoor Jacuzzis one of which was under repairs and the guest could have used the other one with no problem. We do offer complimentary continental breakfast for... More

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Additional Information about Balboa Inn

Address: 105 Main Street, Newport Beach, CA 92661
Location: United States > California > Orange County > Newport Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Balboa Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 45
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