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Balboa Inn

2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   105 Main Street, Newport Beach, CA 92661
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Ranked #17 of 17 hotels in Newport Beach
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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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Greenwich, Connecticut
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
5 reviews 5 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
1 review
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
1 review
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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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Had 3 days planned in a suite, ocean view-216. Left after one night. Window cranks broken, could not close some windows, no screens on windows, 3 light bulbs out, TV advertised as time Warner, it did not have digital cable box so limited tv- night manager was surprised he thought all rooms fully equipped. We missed NBA playoff game. Electric... More

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San Francisco
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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

What a great location, totally up to date property. Beautiful finishes in the room. The Balconies facing the ocean are a dream come true: having a cup of coffee or reading a book between activities. The only alternative is to rent a house on the ocean for a week. Comments about noise from the street from beach partiers was unfounded.... More

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

There are really 2 different hotels, the Balboa Resort which is what they show you on the website and the Balboa Inn which is under renovation. The Balboa Inn has old rooms with bathtubs from the 70's, poor lighting, no clock etc... I changed to a different room on my 2nd night for what I thought was $30.00 dollars more... More

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Hemet, CA
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57 reviews 57 reviews
14 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We probably had the best room, upstairs corner, facing the ocean. Spacious with a coffee area, desk and a loveseat and coffee table. Sounded like there was water running next door all night...couldn't figure out what that was. The metered parking close by was free until 8am - we were planning to be at the dock by then so it... More

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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*
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The newly remodeled Balboa Inn, in Newport Beach, Orange County, is a place where casual beachside ambiance and classic Old World charm combine in a historic landmark that’s lured Southern California's rich and famous for decades. Set on the colorful boardwalk at the foot of the Balboa Pier, this oceanfront establishment’s relaxed air may have you kicking off your high heels before you stroll down the aisle. Built in 1929, this upscale Orange County inn has entertained such notables as Howard Hughes, Barry Goldwater and a host of other politicians, entertainers and honeymooners. Once owned by the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kareem Abdul Jabbar, its nine-foot ceilings still bear a telltale sign of the basketball star. A recent $6-million addition features two oceanview terraces, a new oceanview Italian tile sundeck with hot tub, 34 upgraded rooms, 11 top-of-the-line suites and convenient subterranean valet parking. Guests enter the Inn through the Mediterranean-style courtyard, a natural space for pre-ceremony mingling. With its original tile, adobe walls, potted palms, bar and the soothing sound of surf crashing in the background, the space is a comfortable area for people to come together. Meanwhile, you, your groom and all your attendants have full use of an oceanview honeymoon suite with a Jacuzzi and fireplace. For the wedding ceremony itself, options include the hotel’s magnificent second-floor Siena Terrace overlooking the ocean, as well as the nearby gazebo at Peninsula Park and the adjacent rugby field fronting the ocean, where a decorated arch can provide a focal point. After you’ve said your “I do’s,” the Pacific Ocean provides fabulous scenery for photos taken on the pier, the sand or the grassy field next to the beach. When you’re ready to receive your guests, return to the upstairs terrace with its panoramic views from Catalina Island to Dana Point. Or, hold your wedding reception in the Siena Grand Dining Room and adjoining courtyard, where antique streetlights and colorful murals of gondolas on canals capture the romance of Venice. Along with five-star Italian cuisine by the restaurant’s gifted executive chef, you’ll enjoy a dreamy indoor-outdoor setting cleansed by refreshing sea spray. Far removed from the straight-laced formality of more corporate properties, the Balboa Inn is just steps from Newport’s famed Fun Zone. Here, you can pose for some playful photos on the historic carousel and Ferris wheel, or take a stress-busting ferry ride across Newport Bay. After you’ve returned to your guests to dance the night away, there’s one more thing you’ll probably want to do before heading for your honeymoon suite: go for a moonlit stroll along the sand. ... more   less 
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