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“The Best Place to Stay in Newport Beach...Period!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1800 West Balboa Boulevard, Newport Beach, CA 92663   |  
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Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Newport Beach
Los Angeles, California
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“The Best Place to Stay in Newport Beach...Period!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I have stayed at the Bay Shores Penninsula Hotel several times now, first on business and then recently on personal travel and I am always impressed by the stellar service and the quaint charm this 25 room hotel provides its guests. On my most recent trip the staff was kind enough to honor our request for a beachview room and was always extremely personable and attentive to our every need. All of the staff members are very friendly and customer focused, however I would like to make particular mention of Warren and Ralph who have always gone out of their way to ensure a memorbale stay.

You will enjoy the personal touches such as the varierty of breakfast items, afternoon cookies, bottled water, beach umbrellas, chairs and towels which are all complimentary. The fourth floor roof top terrace overlooking the pennisula is hands down one of my favorite places to be in the world to watch a beautiful sunset over the water while sipping on a glass of wine.

If you are looking for a charming hotel with exceptional service and attention to detail, I highly recommend the Bay Shores Inn. Sure there are other more lavish chain hotels in the area, but none can match the charm and locatoin of this exceptional property and even more impressive stafff. Keep up the spectacular work...we WILLL be back soon!

Room Tip: Ask for the ocean view rooms...avoid the first floor or second building if you can.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fred-BSPH1, Owner at Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel, responded to this review, August 18, 2014
We love all our guests but particularly those who like you, come back time and time again. I am honored that, when you have such a range of choices in Newport Beach, you choose my hotel. I will pass on your particular compliments to Ralph and Warren and am glad that all my staff took great care of you.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We booked this place on a trip from Australia and we were so happy with our choice! Staff were amazingly friendly, breakfast included and the rooms were really comfortable. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who is looking for something with a bit of old world charm that's different from every other hotel you stay in.

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 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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Fred-BSPH1, Owner at Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel, responded to this review, August 18, 2014
Thank you for coming so far to see us and for taking the time to write the lovely review. Glad that you appreciated our vintage vibe and for naming us 'Best on the Boulevard' - looking forward to using that quote in an future newsletter! Hope you had a safe trip home and that we get to enjoy your company one day in the future.
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights as part of our honeymoon. We had a warm welcome and show around. The room was available to us straight away. The room was very nice and had all of the amenities we needed.
We were able to use beach equipment free of charge from the hotel. (which is literally just across the road from the beach).
They have homemade cookies on a daily basis!! There is a roof terrace with tables and chairs.
The location is amazing.
We loved it here and even received a thank you postcard from the owner!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fred-BSPH1, Owner at Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel, responded to this review, August 18, 2014
Congratulations on your recent marriage and thank you for honoring us with being part of your honeymoon! Sounds like you had a lovely time; perhaps we'll get the pleasure of your company on subsequent anniversaries!
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Mom and I did a "bucket list" two day trip to Newport, shopping all day one day at South Coast Plaza and Crystal Court, stayed at the Bay Shores that night and shopped Fashion Island the next day. A friend warned me away from the peninsula this time of year due to " a lot of partying". However, after reading that the hotel does not do reservations for anyone under a certain age and seeing all the great reviews, we decided to go for it. Included breakfast and cookies in the afternoon helped, too! We were very pleased with the location, the property, the staff (and cookies!). Everything was neat and clean, parking a little tight but worked out on the street nearby. A quick walk to the beach for an early morning walk after coffee in the room. Did I mention the cookies? Breakfast of cereals, juices, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, muffins, toast. Coffee available in the lobby most of the day.
We had a very quiet room with two double beds. I'm sure fellow travelers have the potential to make or break the stay with inconsiderate noise, but we lucked out.
Thanks for a great stay Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel! Hope to be back again sometime.

Room Tip: A top floor room is probably quieter.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fred-BSPH1, Owner at Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel, responded to this review, August 18, 2014
Thank you for your review and for particularly mentioning that we are not a party hotel. There are plenty of hotels in Newport Beach which are; we are just not one of them. Glad that you were able to take a couple of things off your bucket list - happy to oblige with "eating a delicious, fresh baked cookie at Bay Shores" !
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Favorite place to stay when I'm in the area. Rooms are clean, hotel is in a great location close to both the Newport and Balboa piers. Food and drink are just a short stroll away in a beautiful setting regardless of your desired choice. All you need for a day at the beach is at your disposal and the staff is always there to give you options. Bruce has always come through with great suggestions and recommendations for dinner and fun.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fred-BSPH1, Owner at Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
So glad you had a wonderful time and thank you for being a much valued repeat guest! Sounds like you were able to enjoy many of our amenities and that my staff took care of you with regards to restaurants and attractions. Hope to see you again soon!
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3 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel is a friendly, clean, comfortable hotel with a nice continental breakfast served each morning. It is located just a block from the beach, is close to Newport Pier and about 1 1/2 miles from Balboa Pier. One thing to be aware of is that not all rooms have elevator access, so if climbing stairs is difficult, be sure your room has elevator access.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fred-BSPH1, Owner at Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Thank you for coming to stay with us and for the nice review. Good note on the stairs for future guests; we do have plenty of lovely rooms accessible by elevator or on the ground floor. Just let us know at time of booking or when you check in.
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32 hotel reviews
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Lovely rooms with great toiletries, safety deposit box, fridge and wifi. The staff were friendly and helpful, free hire of beach towels, chairs, umbrellas, boggie boards and beach toys was great. Cookies in reception each afternoon was definitely a highlight for me! Also a vast selection of DVD's in reception for free hire was great. Great location, super breakfast, quiet and safe at night and across the road from the beautiful beach, the harbour is behind the hotel and bars, restaurants, shops and a convenience store are within a 5 minutes’ walk.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fred-BSPH1, Owner at Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel, responded to this review, July 19, 2014
Thank you for coming so far to visit us and thank you for taking the time to leave a review. 'Cookies in reception each afternoon a highlight'? Me too! I own the hotel and still get excited by that! So glad that you got to enjoy so many of our amenities and that while you were here you felt welcomed and safe. Hope we get to see you again one day!
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Address: 1800 West Balboa Boulevard, Newport Beach, CA 92663
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Location: United States > California > Orange County > Newport Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Newport Beach
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Newport Beach
#4 Business Hotel in Newport Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Celebrating over thirty years under the same family ownership and operation, the Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel is the perfect place for tourists, business travelers and beach people who love to find value and quality in a small, B&B style environment. Only steps from America’s finest beaches on the "California Riviera", we are just 3 blocks from the historic Newport Pier including the shopping, fine dining and nightlife you would expect from the southern California beach scene. ... more   less 
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Peninsula Bay Shores
Peninsula Newport Beach
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