We recently spent a week at the Marriott Newport Coast. This was our second time there and we had an enjoyable stay.
We were in building 4400 on the second floor. We had requested a higher floor but with the second floor, we could still see a decent view of the ocean. Being on the 2nd floor, we could hear to people above us walking (or clomping) around and could hear their somewhat muffled voices. They were usually speaking in the “outdoor” voices (that is, fairly loudly). Of the 6 different Marriott locations that I’ve stayed at, this one seems to have the least amount of sound deadening. Unfortunate….
BTW, the units on the upper floors have the best views. The units from 3800 on up to 5000 are a bit newer, are higher on the property and probably have the better views.
We were celebrating an anniversary and I had mentioned that when I turned in my unit preferences (at this place you can request particular units and views). We were pleasantly surprised when we heard a knock on the door and someone delivered a congratulatory bottle of Pinot Noir (wine). That was a very nice touch.
The pools were nice and warm and being September, there weren’t a lot of kids. Most of the kids who were there were well behaved. The pools are salt-water pools and they were crystal clear. We tried swimming in the ocean one day and it was nippy - - perhaps 68 degrees F. But the Pacific ocean rarely gets much warmer in southern Ca.
The unit was is very good shape and everything was generally clean and functional.
During check in on Friday and Saturday, they have complimentary snacks and beverages. Another nice touch! In addition, the wine/cheese event is even better. Of the various Marriott’s that I’ve been at, this particular wine/cheese event is probably the nicest. It included live background music, a nice variety of good bottle-wines, fresh fruit, and a variety of cheeses. All of the senior management staff attends and talks to the guests individually.
One day we heard loud whistling and yelling “Here Boxer, Here boy!!” I could also hear barking. It turns out that someone’s dog was on the loose. It headed down the canyon and then across the golf course. It was ignoring the owner’s commands. Eventually it came back on its own perhaps 15 minutes later. It was a young high-strung little yippy dog (probably under a year) and was poorly trained. It wasn’t even leash-trained (It was pulling the 3 or 4 year old child to whom they eventually gave the leash. I asked the owner how he was able to get the dog in, as the place has a “no pets” policy. He lied and told me that the yippy out-of-control adolescent dog was a “service dog”. That’s a shame for pet owners to do something like this, because some people do need service dogs and people who abuse the system do them and others a disservice. Apparently the loud shenanigans raised the attention of other guests and security came. I think that they were hit with a $250 deep cleaning bill. I think that is the same amount they charge if they catch you smoking.
The free wireless internet worked fine and was perfectly fast enough to get emails and watch a couple of Youtube videos without a problem.
When you check in, they give you a “Marriott Card” that entitles you to discounts at about 15 different local restaurants. It is worth using the ten to fifteen percent discount, especially if you would be going there anyway. We had a couple of lunches at the on-site pool grill. Reasonable prices. If you bought more the $25, they would give you a free cookie or brownie. They were out, but the bartender honored the dessert a few days later when we were back. We went to Ruby's at the end of Balboa pier. The prices were reasonable and the view was gorgeous. We also drove up to Huntington Beach and had lunch on the beach at a place called Duke's. The fish was excellent and the prices were high but fairly reasonable. (Dukes is owned by the same people who own Dukes of Oahu, Kimo's (Maui), Leilani's (Maui), and Jakes (Del Mar, Ca.) and some other restaurants. We mentioned that we were celebrating an anniversary and they gave us a free "Hula Pie" (icecream, whipping cream, chocolate, and crushed oreo cookies).
We took the free shuttle down to Crystal Cove and had a beverage at the restaurant. It is a great site. The shuttle runs every hour until 6 pm and then there is a last-call at 7:30 pm. That is new and is nice for people who want to experience a sun-down dinner on the beach.
We are looking forward to going again.
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