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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
    2.5 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I booked this hotel for my companies annual sales meeting for 10 employees for 4 nights. I could not have made a better choice. Michel and his staff were very accommodating and made us feel at home. We used the meeting rooms and they took care of the catering and our needs for the meetings each day. For price and... More

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Marblehead, Massachusetts
11 reviews 11 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

The professional photos show rooms from the "resort" section of the inn. The inn section is something completely different and under renovation. We were originally given a room in the "inn" section. OMG - parts of the hallway consisted of broken wooden flooring. The door to our room didn't close properly. The room was filled with newer furniture, but the... More

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Austin, Texas
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

The location of this hotel is almost perfect. Very near to local hot spots, easy access to the highways, beautiful spot next to the water. The inside of the hotel is nice and the location makes for good people watching at the bar/restaurant. However, the rooms are not that impressive... they need some major updating, especially for the price.

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Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
15 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Nothing special and could be cleaner. The breakfast is not worth to go for. At the end $129 for the night was ok but I doubt to come back again. The view is outstanding, great sundowner and some nice bars around made at the end the rating.............

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

We stayed at Balboa Inn for one night between Sunday and Monday. Great value for what we think must have been the best room. A corner room on the top floor overlooking the beach. Probably the best room we have had for a long time. I can agree with other reviewers that it is noisy if there are people on... More

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Wimberley, Texas, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Centrally located in Balboa and recently refurbished. This is an older character property but it was clean and the beds were comfortable. Traveling in off season earned us a rate that was more palatable the in high season.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

This hotel and Lisa; the event planner, was extravagant, the hotel and Lisa were the best, we had the best wedding, nothing went wrong, all went smoothly. Lisa was more than helpful and the event went off without a hitch. She was the best and the venue was perfect. Everyone went out of their way to make sure we had... More

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Additional Information about Balboa Inn

Also Known As:
Balboa Hotel
Balboa Hotel Newport Beach
Balboa Newport Beach
Address: 105 Main Street, Newport Beach, CA 92661
Location: United States > California > Orange County > Newport Beach
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Newport Beach
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Newport Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Balboa Inn 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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