My husband and I spent 9 nights at this hotel in early October, and loved our stay. Our room was an elegant Junior Suite on the 10th floor in the corner, and was roomy and very quiet. We had a large balcony with a table and two chairs, and the most comfortable King bed I have ever slept in. I can’t say enough about this bed, it was BEYOND WONDERFUL! The bed was soft and cloud-like, although not too soft, and the bedding was light and airy, yet warm enough. The bathroom was large, with two sinks, a tub, and a walk in shower. The toilet was in a separate little room. The only suggestion I would have to spruce up the bathroom would be to provide a chair or bench to make the counter top into a “vanity” near the makeup mirror. Our room was clean when we checked in, and was kept very clean for the 9 nights we were there.
The location of the hotel is convenient to many things. It’s only a mile from the Orange County Airport, and is just a few minutes from Fashion Island, one of the area’s large malls in an outdoor setting. It’s two blocks from Jamboree Road, one of the main streets running through Newport Beach, Irvine, and northeast. Any type of business you’d need is located on Jamboree.
The day we checked in, we were warmly welcomed and the bellman assisted us to our room with our luggage. I asked front desk staff if they could send up another chair, as my husband and I both wanted to use our laptop computers at the same time at the desk in the room. We went out for the day, came back and an additional chair was already placed at the desk.
The air conditioning unit was a bit loud, but efficient. There was some room noise from the room next door, but not too much. (We were in a corner room so only shared one wall with another room.) I see others complaining about noise from adjoining rooms, so maybe it’s something engineering can address in the future. The elevators were quick, and with six of them running, everyone was accommodated reasonably fast.
The Bambu Restaurant on site was wonderful. The food was delicious, and the servers were very attentive and made some great suggestions when we couldn’t decide on various items. From Susan in the restaurant, to Ana and Amanda in the lounge, we were treated like long lost friends, instead of merely customers. Chad, the Food and Beverage Manager, was very attentive and friendly as well. Our package deal included a $20 daily Food and Beverage Credit, so we tried out various drinks and appetizers at the lounge. The Seasonal California Cheese Plate was elegantly prepared, and had the most wonderful variety of cheeses on it. The price was $15, but with our credit it was free! There was a great choice of desserts…such as the Warm Buttered Rum Cake! The Filet Mignon was so tender, you could cut it with a fork, and was flavorful and juicy. My favorite salad was the Organic Spinach Leaves, which was made with: Frisée, Candied California Pistachios, California Dates, Drake Family Farm Goat Cheese, and Strawberry Vinaigrette dressing. SO GOOD!! Breakfast at the Bambu was presented very well and was delicious. We ordered off the menu, so can’t comment on the buffet.
The valet staff was always quick, professional and attentive, and had our car to us within minutes of us asking for it.
To address some of the previous reviews: Yes, the Fairmont is expensive. It is a luxury hotel, luxury hotels are pricey. However, if you research your stay, you can save a bundle. Tip #1: Join the President’s Club! It’s free, and it gives you some pretty nice perks, such as free Internet Service. I see many reviewers complaining about the daily Internet charge, which would have been free if they’d only signed up for the President’s Club. Tip #2: Book a package that includes valet parking! Although you should tip the valet attendants, you probably won’t spend $28 a day doing so. Tip #3: Don’t go through a “discount travel” site, book through www.fairmont.com and search for a package that fits your needs. You can get just as good, or better, discounts directly from the Fairmont chain and it’s much easier to change reservations if needed, or cancel altogether if you need to. Someone complained about the $7.00 bottle of water in their room. Tip #4 is simple: Don’t drink it! There is free water in the lobby, and if you have a car and use the valet service, the attendants hand out free bottled water as they send you off for your day.
We enjoyed sitting on our balcony in the evening, looking over the city lights and watching the planes land and take off from Orange County Airport, and can’t wait to be able to do it again. Good job, Fairmont Newport Beach, you impressed us!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Fairmont Newport Beach hotel in Southern California radiates a dramatic feel from both an architectural and design standpoint. Each and every aspect is designed to surround you in total 'O.C.' Luxury. To complete the luxury hotel experience, the Fairmont Newport Beach hotel is thrilled to also offer its full-service urban Spa, TheSpa Sante. With more than 8,000 square feet of space, the Spa features eight decadent spa treatment rooms offering the finest in spa services and using only the finest in products and techniques. Prepare to be pampered like never before! Fairmont Newport Beach hotel welcomes you to the charm and allure of Southern California with its sun-drenched beaches, world-class shopping, and exciting nightlife! Fairmont Newport Beach hotel offers 440 luxury guest rooms, including 54 exquisite suites, most feature over-sized soaking tubs. Fairmont Newport Beach is also gaining favor as one of the most ideal locations for weddings. Of all the special moments of your life, there are very few that approach the importance of your wedding day. Having your wedding with us in beautiful Newport Beach means it will be filled with the class and elegance you've always dreamed of. All guests receive daily courtesy shuttle service to and from John Wayne Airport, Fashion Island, South Coast Plaza, The District and Balboa Island. For rental car information, please contact on-site Hertz Rent-a-Car. Fairmont Newport Beach offers wireless Internet access available in all of our meeting rooms, as well wireless high-speed Internet access in each guestroom. Year-round, guests can enjoy relaxing at the hotel's Palms Pool and Cabanas. The re-designed self-serviced Business Center accommodates the needs of its corporate guests. To best enjoy our Newport Beach, California hotel's amenities and the riches of Orange County, consider one of our many appealing packages available and maximize your visit to the OC. Complimentary "Green" Parking: Overnight guests who drive hybrid vehicles can enjoy free parking at the Fairmont Newport Beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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