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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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Albany, New York, USA
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55 reviews 55 reviews
47 hotel reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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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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