This resort was wonderful. Arrived and marvelled at the architecture of the buildings and paths. Check in was prompt and efficient. Quickly whisked away to guest room. Wow! Lots of plants and the room was spacious. Nice view out towards ocean. Staff was constantly available to offer rides, but preferred to walk.
The Coliseum pool is a marvel. Not a fan of 3 1/2 feet depth, but otherwise, what a great design. Lots of area for sun and shade. Food service was courteous and fast service.
The grounds were spectacular with several breath-taking ocean views. Walking the paths along the golf course was an excellent workout. The walk down to the ocean was also a good workout. Shuttles were available to avoid the hike back up the hill.
The car show (both guest's and rentals) outside the lobby was very fun browsing. Ferraris, Porsches, etc. made for great window shopping.
The Golf Course Pro shop was a bit of a hike and very pricey. The staff was the least helpful at the resort. The poor girl working alone in the bakery/cafe seemed startled that anyone would visit in the afternoon but she was very polite and friendly.
Definitely not for the budget minded.
The bar cocktail service was very friendly.
The landscaping on the grounds is fantastic. Not being a particular fan of gardening, the work that the staff must do is unbelievable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on 504 acres by the Pacific Ocean in Newport Beach, The Resort at Pelican Hill(R) features: 128 two-, three- and four-bedroom villas with magnificent coastal views and an unparalleled array of appointments, immersing guests in the absolute finest of everything; 204 luxuriously appointed bungalow guest rooms and suites with private terraces; a rejuvenating Five-Star spa with a menu of the world's most celebrated therapies; world-class restaurants, including Andrea serving authentic Northern Italian cuisine; an iconic "Coliseum Pool," one of the largest circular pools anywhere with tiered decks and luxurious cabanas; and Pelican Hill Golf Club with 36 dramatic holes by Tom Fazio, nearly all with ocean panoramas. A Five-Star, Five-Diamond destination, Pelican Hill has earned acclaim as the 2012 Grand Resort selected by Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report; as Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards Top Southern California Resort (2013 & 2012), Top U.S. Resort (2011), Top-Rated Golf Resort Worldwide (2012) and Top-Rated California Resort Spa (2012); in Travel + Leisure's "Top 100" World's Best Hotels (2011 Readers' Poll), and with two courses ranked among Golf Digest's America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses (2011). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pelican Hill Hotel Newport Beach
- Hotel At Pelican Hill
- At Pelican Hill Hotel