This was my first stay in a Marriott Vacation Club and maybe my last. Although the facilities and grounds are great the crowd staying with you in the Newport Beach club is awful.
+ Apartments: The apartments or as they call it ‘villas’ are spacious, clean and fit 8 people easily. They are equipped with decent appliances and cozy beds. From most patios you have nice views over the shore. Just try to stay away from the ground floors since I had the impression that these apartments are much darker than the ones on the upper floors.
+/- Grounds: The Marriott has several large pools with small tide pools. Some of them are stunning and very inviting but since they are packed with families and their kids you won’t find a quiet area to relax. Those looking for a relaxed day at the pool should rather stay in the Pelican Hill Resort. They won’t find any quietness at this vacation club.
In addition to the pools you have two fitness centers, several tennis courts, a putting green, basketball court, and a spa. I didn’t see the tennis courts, but the putting green was messed up with sand and toys…
On the grounds you have a restaurant that unfortunately closes around 9pm and is more a beach bar. In addition there is a market place where you can buy some snacks and supplies for your vacation.
+/- Service: The concierge service was wonderful and we were given a discount card and several info sheets about the club’s activities, restaurant recommendations etc.
When I requested a different apartment after checking into our assigned one I was able to switch without hassles to a top floor apartment.
Our stay came with the catch to attend a Marriott Vacation Club sales pitch. As I learned every guest gets an invitation and I encourage everyone to think twice before signing up for it! It takes 1.5 hours and if you do not sign up for a time-share the sales person’s friendliness get some scratches. Besides they try to take you for a fool.
Just in case you love the area of Newport Beach, Crystal Cove or Laguna Beach and are looking for a nice place to stay I recommend looking into the Crystal Cove Cottages or hotels in Laguna. If you prefer a luxurious stay take a closer look at the Pelican Hill Resort.
By the way from the Coliseum Grill at Pelican Hill you have a stunning view over the coastline. And you get outstanding food at the Bear Flag Fish Company on the Balboa Peninsula and Crystal Cove, at Nick’s in Laguna Beach, and the Summer House in Corona del Mar.
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