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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went back to this hotel after 8 years and it's still the same. Needs some serious updating and care. Bought the best room in the "Resort" side so that helped a bit. If you can get a top room on sale do it but other than that there are better value in Newport Beach

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Upon arrival the price for our room price was higher than quoted. Everything, I mean everything needs a scrub brush and some TLC. It's tough to pay for Valet parking and have your car come back covered in bird poop! The breakfast is free but....the least they could do is provide a nice presentation, pastries in plastic wrappers and old... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My sister and I wanted to get away for the weekend, and some website she found gave this horror five stars, which would be like giving a pothole a perfect score. The Balboa Inn is the worst hotel either of us have ever stayed in. This hotel is on the other side of a huge public parking adjacent to the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Expensive hotel but understandable because their location which is really close by (walking distance) of the pier. Reserved an ocean view room but when checked into our room its was Remotely/PARTILY ocean view. other stuff were involved too when by the pool one of the teenagers started smoking a joint but by the time he reached the half of it... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

Great location but hotel needs some serious updating and cleaning. The good.... the location is perfect for anything you want to do in Balboa...... beach, restaurants, Fun Zone, people watch, etc. We paid for the ocean front room which was nice you could sit outside on the patio and enjoy a evening cocktail while watching the sunset. The bad..... the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

This hotel is very over priced for what they offer....room totally Substandard...when I complained they offered to uber me to Marriott....bad management...will never stay here ever again. At the bar wine was bad... bartender gave me attitude. Manager gave me cheap bottle of wine for free...wow

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

If you can get this hotel for under 100.00 the go ahead for one night it's fine. We had just finished a cruise and wanted to spend a day at the beach they had one two bed available. The room had been remodeled not well but remodeled. not sure how you do an upgrade and the leave a toilet seat... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Some of the people traveling in my group seemed to get the more recently renovated rooms, but mine was a different story - and for the same price. Just very, very overdue for an update. I'm pretty sure the walls hadn't been cleaned or painted in 20 years. A fresh coat at least would work wonders. Outdated fixtures and paper... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Booked this hotel on-line because of the location. It advertised free wifi, free breakfast, outdoor pool and parking on site. When we arrived, we could not find the lobby or the parking area. Finally someone came around and told us where the lobby was and where to leave our car. At check-in, they informed us there was a resort fee... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

The outside looks decent but pass this one up. The hotel is a 2 min walk from the catalina flyer and balboa fun zone and pretty much on the beach but it is horrible. It was difficult to find the lobby which was being renovated so we had to walk down a hall many employees passing us but no one... More 

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  • Free Internet
  • Beachfront
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  • Free Parking
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  • Spa
  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The newly remodeled Balboa Inn, in Newport Beach, Orange County, is a place where casual beachside ambiance and classic Old World charm combine in a historic landmark that’s lured Southern California's rich and famous for decades. Set on the colorful boardwalk at the foot of the Balboa Pier, this oceanfront establishment’s relaxed air may have you kicking off your high heels before you stroll down the aisle. Built in 1929, this upscale Orange County inn has entertained such notables as Howard Hughes, Barry Goldwater and a host of other politicians, entertainers and honeymooners. Once owned by the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kareem Abdul Jabbar, its nine-foot ceilings still bear a telltale sign of the basketball star. A recent $6-million addition features two oceanview terraces, a new oceanview Italian tile sundeck with hot tub, 34 upgraded rooms, 11 top-of-the-line suites and convenient subterranean valet parking. Guests enter the Inn through the Mediterranean-style courtyard, a natural space for pre-ceremony mingling. With its original tile, adobe walls, potted palms, bar and the soothing sound of surf crashing in the background, the space is a comfortable area for people to come together. Meanwhile, you, your groom and all your attendants have full use of an oceanview honeymoon suite with a Jacuzzi and fireplace. For the wedding ceremony itself, options include the hotel’s magnificent second-floor Siena Terrace overlooking the ocean, as well as the nearby gazebo at Peninsula Park and the adjacent rugby field fronting the ocean, where a decorated arch can provide a focal point. After you’ve said your “I do’s,” the Pacific Ocean provides fabulous scenery for photos taken on the pier, the sand or the grassy field next to the beach. When you’re ready to receive your guests, return to the upstairs terrace with its panoramic views from Catalina Island to Dana Point. Or, hold your wedding reception in the Siena Grand Dining Room and adjoining courtyard, where antique streetlights and colorful murals of gondolas on canals capture the romance of Venice. Along with five-star Italian cuisine by the restaurant’s gifted executive chef, you’ll enjoy a dreamy indoor-outdoor setting cleansed by refreshing sea spray. Far removed from the straight-laced formality of more corporate properties, the Balboa Inn is just steps from Newport’s famed Fun Zone. Here, you can pose for some playful photos on the historic carousel and Ferris wheel, or take a stress-busting ferry ride across Newport Bay. After you’ve returned to your guests to dance the night away, there’s one more thing you’ll probably want to do before heading for your honeymoon suite: go for a moonlit stroll along the sand. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Balboa Inn

Address: 105 Main St, Newport Beach, CA 92661-1397
Location: United States > California > Orange County > Newport Beach
Price Range: $191 - $381 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Balboa Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 45
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Also Known As:
Balboa Hotel Newport Beach
Balboa Newport Beach
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#7 On the Beach Hotel in Newport Beach
#8 Spa Hotel in Newport Beach
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