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The Resort at Pelican Hill

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22701 Pelican Hill Road South Newport Coast, Newport Beach, CA 92657-2008
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What you can expect during your stay
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 03/17/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 03/17/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#3 of 18 hotels in Newport Beach
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Set on 504 acres by the Pacific Ocean in Newport Beach, The Resort at Pelican Hill(R) features: 128 two-, three- and four-bedroom villas with magnificent coastal views and an unparalleled array of appointments, immersing guests in the absolute finest of everything; 204 luxuriously appointed bungalow guest rooms and suites with private terraces; a rejuvenating Five-Star spa with a menu of the world's most celebrated therapies; world-class restaurants, including Andrea serving authentic Northern Italian cuisine; an iconic "Coliseum Pool," one of the largest circular pools anywhere with tiered decks and luxurious cabanas; and Pelican Hill Golf Club with 36 dramatic holes by Tom Fazio, nearly all with ocean panoramas. A Five-Star, Five-Diamond destination, Pelican Hill has earned acclaim as the 2012 Grand Resort selected by Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report; as Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards Top Southern California Resort (2013 & 2012), Top U.S. Resort (2011), Top-Rated Golf Resort Worldwide (2012) and Top-Rated California Resort Spa (2012); in Travel + Leisure's "Top 100" World's Best Hotels (2011 Readers' Poll), and with two courses ranked among Golf Digest's America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses (2011).
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Property amenities
Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Babysitting
Wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Saltwater pool
Plunge pool
Yoga classes
Yoga room
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Fitness classes
Personal trainer
Sauna
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Kid-friendly buffet
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Boating
Golf course
Hiking
Aerobics
Bicycle tours
Patio
Walking tours
Nightclub / DJ
Highchairs available
Free shuttle or taxi services
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Photo copier / fax In business center
Spa
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Makeup services
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Salon
Steam room
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Convenience store
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shops
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
ATM on site
Butler service
Doorperson
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
Shoeshine
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Additional bathroom
Desk
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Separate living room
Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
On-demand movies
Radio
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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Sherry M wrote a review Jan 13
Springfield, Missouri240 contributions118 helpful votes
Stayed in Jan as part of a medical conference. Just me - but I will bring someone with me next time. It's too special not to share. Transportation: Quick $25 Uber from John Wayne airport (great little airport). Walked to / from while on property, but I saw shuttles. Looked like they had a beach shuttle as well. Accommodations: Stayed in bungalow 344 and LOVED it. Fireplace, balcony, easy walk to lobby, pool, etc.. Fun: It's a great place to be alone - or with someone. I walked and enjoyed sunrises and sunsets. When the conference was over, I rented an e-bike and rode for hours - to the beach, historic Crystal Cove, Corona Del Mar, around the amazing ritzy coastal neighborhoods. The pool is spectacular. Food: The food I had at the conference was great - they served all 3 meals and a reception. Weather: The weather was perfect. Short sleeves during the day and a sweater / wrap at night. Service: Perfect. I got early check-in and late check-out. They held my bags while I zoomed around on the bike and watched a final sunset.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Trip type: Traveled on business
Room Tip: 344 was close to everything - other bungalows required more of a walk
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thesidekicks wrote a review Jan 3
Mission Viejo, California20 contributions7 helpful votes
I am actually reluctant to share how above-and-beyond Pelican Hill is compared to the other 5-star resorts in the area, but must confess… I keep checking out the Montage, Ritz-Carlton and now, the Waldorf-Astoria…Pelican Hill still reigns supreme! Food service is wonderful & varied! Poolside: love the chicken tenders & Berry Collins Coliseum: great salads & pizza Pelican Grill: service at either the bar or patio is my preference…love the short ribs and crab cakes there! Market Caffe…easy for breakfast, lunch, snacks or that bottle of wine for your patio…all reasonably priced. Always have to make sure that we visit for a scoop of pistachio gelato…while enjoying that view!!! Also: don’t miss out on the resort’s stellar room service brought out to your patio…We love to split an omelette or frittata for breakfast…their steak frites (with an added salad is plenty for lunch or a lite dinner) or a charcuterie platter ordered in time to enjoy your sunset viewing. Take the complimentary tram to Crystal Cove and enjoy the infinity pool for an hour or two…or just wander through the main building to view the plein-air paintings and the authentic Italian tapestries (two in the lobby Great Room are museum quality) love the value…that and the ambience supersedes anything else on the coast in Orange County!!! We always do a staycation in October for my birthday, but in 2022, we’re also including an anniversary stay in January…have loved how they’ve handled the pandemic!! Such amazing staff throughout the resort… Danielle DeBeaubien is an AMAZING resource in Guest Services…her outreach is unique in this jaded industry. She remembers returning guests and treats them beautifully! So impressed with this professional, yet friendly and accessible employee…she obviously enjoys her job! “Thank you for your service” has taken on a new meaning these days…please remember to acknowledge the people who are coming to work these days to ensure that you have a great vacation.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Gerard Widder, General Manager at The Resort at Pelican Hill
Responded 2 weeks ago
We are so thankful that you overcame your "reluctance" to share such wonderful feedback about your visit. Danielle certainly is a rock star and an incredible ambassador of Pelican Hill AND of our industry. Thank you too for recognizing all of the hard working people (around the world) that have come to serve each day through this pandemic. All of us appreciate the kindness. Happy Anniversary and we look forward to seeing you again for your birthday in October (if not sooner!). Gerard Widder Managing Director
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jujubean4 wrote a review Dec 2021
Asheville, NC485 contributions273 helpful votes
WOW. The grounds of this property are amazing. Beautifully landscaped with lemon trees and flowers and botanicals everywhere. We stayed in a villa and it was huge! Loved walking daily through the resort and beyond. Breakfast everyday was excellent. Definitely recommend.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Response from Gerard Widder, General Manager at The Resort at Pelican Hill
Responded 2 weeks ago
Glad that you enjoyed the 504 beautiful acres of open space with over 100 different types of trees on property. Our landscape maintenance crew takes great pride in their work and it's nice to have you appreciate it. Thank you, Gerard Widder Managing Director
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Robert H wrote a review Dec 2021
Los Angeles, California18 contributions45 helpful votes
We spent Christmas Eve and Day at the resort as first time visitors. Splurged a bit on one of the better rooms and were not disappointed. The layout of the resort is somewhat unusual, and almost has the feel of a residential complex, with individual parking spots, winding lanes and sidewalks. Not sure if you call it a room or is it a villa, but being single story, thick walls and private patios with views of the on-site golf course, the ocean and if you are lucky Catalina, we felt very isolated and loved the quiet. Room was in excellent condition and spacious, with a minimalistic design. I’m no interior designer, so not sure what the theme is. I guessed at California coastal with some Scandinavian touches due to the colors and light wood. Great bathroom with double sinks, tub and a large walk-in shower and lots of extra towels. Comfortable bed, but not sure what the lumpy pillows was about… maybe some new fad we are not aware of. We were brought a bottle of Champaign just after arrival. Not sure if everyone gets that or we were “special”! We were not celebrating anything other than getting away for Christmas. We sat on the patio and polished it off that afternoon! The rain put a bit of a damper on things in all honesty. No fault of the resort, but did make it rather a ghost town, which I guess was OK by us, although eating at the Coliseum Pool & Grill restaurant in the evening was rather chilly even indoors due to the large open doors everywhere. In hindsight, it might have been warmer eating outside under a heater. Second night we ate at the Pelican Grill which requires taking the shuttle as it is offsite at the golf course clubhouse. A much nicer (classier?) facility than the Coliseum Pool & Grill which is more utilitarian. Every member of staff we encountered were friendly, courteous and professional, whether we were just passing each other, or they were actually serving us or assisting us in some way. Kudos to them as they worked on Christmas Eve and Day and during all the restrictions we all face at this time. I should add all staff we saw or delt with wore masks without exception. I hope we get the opportunity to return in the new year when the weather is better and maybe some of the COVID restrictions have been lifted so we can relax by the amazing pool with a nice cold cocktail.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Room Tip: We were fortunate enough to have a room overlooking the golf course, the ocean and even Catalina.
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Happy Tales wrote a review Nov 2021
Toronto, Canada55 contributions78 helpful votes
Just spent a week at The Resort at Pelican Hill, for a much anticipated golf holiday with friends. It was our first vacation since the beginning of the pandemic. The resort staff (front desk, waiters, house keepers) were very friendly and the concierge team was exceptionally helpful. Our garden view room was comfortable, but dated and ordinary- not worth the hefty daily price of $1200! The resort is vast and we felt like we were vacationing in the suburbs. We were disappointed to learn, just days before arriving that the main restaurant (Andrea's) was closed for the week, as was the South Golf Course for much of the week. It would have been nice to know this prior to booking. Breakfast service in the hotel restaurant does not open until 8 am which doesn't work for early tee-times or early risers arriving from the East Coast. We used room service for breakfast each day which was adequate. We played The North Course twice and we played the newly aerated South Course once. Both courses are beautiful and challenging. We were disappointed in Oak Creek, a local inland mediocre course. We played at Shady Canyon Golf Club, which was spectacular and my favourite of the week. Our favourite restaurants for dinner were Fable and Spirit, Bluefin Japanese Cuisine and The Farmhouse at Roger's Garden. We loved our delicious lunch overlooking Laguna Beach at Las Brisas. The concierge was very helpful in booking our reservations for us and provided a car service for the closer destinations. We took long walks on the beach and enjoyed watching the surfers. One day we took a rigorous hike in Crystal Cove State Park- it was fabulous! We needed our car to get to all hikes. I am a hiker and I was disappointed that there were absolutely no good walks or hikes at the resort. Overall, a lovely, active week with friends in a beautiful part of California. That all said, this resort wasn't for me- too big, too impersonal, nowhere to walk and not worth the price.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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PRICE RANGE
$540 - $1,499 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
pelican hill hotel newport beach, hotel at pelican hill, at pelican hill hotel
LOCATION
United StatesCaliforniaOrange CountyNewport Beach
NUMBER OF ROOMS
332
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Resort at Pelican Hill
Which popular attractions are close to The Resort at Pelican Hill?
Nearby attractions include Heisler Park (4.4 miles), Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt (4.7 miles), and Sherman Library & Gardens (1.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Resort at Pelican Hill?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Resort at Pelican Hill?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Resort at Pelican Hill?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at The Resort at Pelican Hill?
Yes, a parking garage, secured parking, and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Resort at Pelican Hill?
Conveniently located restaurants include Gelato Paradiso, Nick's Laguna Beach, and 230 Forest Avenue Restaurant & Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Resort at Pelican Hill?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does The Resort at Pelican Hill have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Resort at Pelican Hill offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does The Resort at Pelican Hill have airport transportation?
Yes, The Resort at Pelican Hill offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Resort at Pelican Hill?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does The Resort at Pelican Hill offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.