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The Resort at Pelican Hill
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Beach, CA 92657   |  
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Ranked #3 of 17 hotels in Newport Beach
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“Fantastic experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

We got an amazing Hotwire rate for the resort and stayed in a bungalow king. Everything about the property is superior. Rooms are huge, 847 sq ft with huge bathrooms, great in-room amenities, and even with our Hotwire rate, they gave us an ocean view bungalow. You drive to your bungalow and park your car in front of it, which was handy for coming and going.

The pool itself is a destination, it's HUGE and one of the most beautiful pools you'll see. We loved dining in the Coliseum Grill overlooking the pool, then the golf course, then the Pacific. Even though the resort is across PCH from the ocean, sitting there and looking at it, it seems to be "right there."

Service was exceptional, everyone was so friendly and went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed.

There are two 18 hole courses on the property, a spa, the pool and hot tub, and a wonderful common area with huge living room, a great tea shop, and a beautiful restaurant and bar. What they don't have are a lot of kid things like playgrounds, which is great by me, as couples sometimes need their own oasis away from it all!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

This is by far one of the best hotels I have ever seen. From the minute we arrived and were taken to our suite ( 2 large rooms with see thru fireplace) until we left , service and amenities were perfect. The bed linens are so comfortable; and the view terrific. Be sure to take in the spa and dining outside by the pool. Car service is immediately available whenever you call. They also have 2 bedroom villas available for rent.

Room Tip: MY request view of ocean but then ones R top of the hill are also terrific
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

We were towards the end of a long holiday in the USA and ready to return home to Australia but had the last 2 nights booked at the pelican hill resort. We arrived and as we had booked through centurion card got an upgrade to a 3 bed villa overlooking the ocean. It was beautiful, extremely well appointed, fireplace, fabulous beds and linens etc etc. the weather was perfect and the pools at the hotel and villa club great. The most amazing thing about the hotel is the service - the best I have ever experienced. There are so many staff and they are all completely ' on it' I had to take a coffee back ( as we had left it to go cold - totally our fault) and the manager came straight back to see me to check what the problem was.

Brilliant restaurants, fantastic service, such friendly and helpful staff and all in a perfect setting - we extended our trip by an extra 5 days - no wonder it won no 1 resort in the USA 2012 Conde Nast - well done very well deserved

Loved it!!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

We spent our Christmas holiday in a 2 bedroom villa with friends and loved it! High end kitchen appliances, extremely comfortable beds and furniture. We had the gas fireplace on daily. Two Huge baths with separate bath and huge shower and a powder room. Plus a garage and washer/dryer. We were minutes from restaurants and shopping. And we had a view of the Pacific Ocean below. It is definitely on my list of favorite hotels!

Room Tip: 3 & 4 bedroom villas have incredible ocean views. Since we weren't staying in the regular re...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Ocean view, number of restaurants with all different cuisine. Has a circular Coliseum Pool, Sunset view is just too good. One can take walk of one Km to the beach to do surfing,sunbathing, secinic walking trails, bird watching. Pure relaxation

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

1. Beautiful, expansive resort. I love that you can wander around the property. If you don't like to walk they have people who will pick you up in a car and take you anywhere you need.
2. Rooms are awesome. I could see the sunset/ocean from the bath.
3. Service - Overall great service. We had to wait a little bit to get checked in and then they came by one too many times (a call, and three people stopping by). But everyone was really friendly and easy to talk to.
4. Spa - oh beautiful and wonderful. It's expensive, as you would expect from a first class spa
5. The restaurant - great food, expect to spend $200+ for a dinner here.
6. Value - I actually think this is a pretty good value for the large room and great service.
7. Location - amazing views but it is set back from the ocean. Also you can hear PCH from the resort.

Overall, would definitely recommend!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stayed in a villa over New Year's. Fantastic. This is truly the nicest place to stay one of the country's nicest spots. Much better than the nearby Ritz, where we've also spent some time - this just has a much more resort-like feel. Great service, great amenities, garage with washer/dryer, amazing views, beautiful pool area, just all around fantastic. Every meal we ate on site was delicious. Will absolutely return.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Address: 22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Beach, CA 92657
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Location: United States > California > Orange County > Newport Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Newport Beach
#1 Business Hotel in Newport Beach
#2 Romantic Hotel in Newport Beach
#2 Spa Hotel in Newport Beach
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Newport Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Resort at Pelican Hill 5*
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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