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Reviewed August 19, 2009

The noise from the bar across the street was bad enough, but when night management does nothing (except make excuses) to keep other guests from partying and swearing right outside your window till 3:30 in the morning; that is inexcusable. We had to call and complain 3+ times several of the nights we were there. Our room/bath was in need of major updating and very overpriced for what you got. We booked this hotel because my daughter planned her wedding/reception on sight and we thought it would be convenient. A good number of our wedding guests’ booked rooms also. They were just as displeased about the noise a condition of rooms. Although the wedding was lovely (wedding coordinator/staff helpful) I really expected a much classier place for the location and price of the room. The huge challenge on the wedding day was parking for guest. Although all arrived at least one+ hours prior to the wedding, several could not find parking till after the ceremony was over. We love the Balboa/Newport area and visit family/ friends there frequently, but would not stay here again.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 18, 2009

Great location at the foot of the pier. Easy walk to the beach, or the interesting shops and restaurants in the Balboa area.

However....
It's perhaps the noisiest hotel we've ever stayed at. You have to understand the architecture. The brochure shows the new, airconditioned, sealed window wing of the hotel. With a price to match. The older, original building has no A/C. But that's not a problem with the cool sea breeze right? Nope. With windows only on one side, there's no way to get airflow through the room. The only cooling is with the windows wide open.

Don't try to nap Sunday afternoon. Loud band in the bar below. Don't try to sleep at night. Loud patrons in the bar below, and from the bar across the street. Don't try to sleep late in the morning. Street sweepers and trash trucks at 6:00 AM.

Beds comfortable, but furniture in disrepair. Drawer missing, desk drawer front broken, cracked sink in bath. Oh, and $10 per day for internet access? Give me a break!

Continental breakfast outside, in the elements, on tables that haven't been cleaned in forever.

Would I stay here again? Yes, but not on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night. If you want the location, you pay the price.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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1  Thank gemax
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Reviewed August 5, 2009

The delux rooms are sooo small and hot and lacking in every thing. The hotel is OLD and has no upgrades. The bar has over priced drinks, $8 beer. The lack of air conditioning is top on my list of never going back to this hotel. the hotel staff claim that if you book on expedia (or any on line booking other then theirs) you get the oldest part of the hotel and stuck over looking the alleys with the noise.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank 1sunset
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Reviewed March 23, 2009

We booked a room in the Inn at an off-season price of $199 and then upgraded for another $100, making the rate $299. The $299 room was gorgeous and had many amenities, but the air conditioner was on top of the roof above the room, causing constant noise. The toilet was broken and ran all night. The next day we changed to a cheaper and quieter room. It, too, had a shower that did not work; a towel rack that was falling off the wall and continental breakfast that was laughable. The location is noisy, near the bars, but close to the boardwalk which was convenient and pretty. This is a very expensive hotel in the high season - over 600 per room and, definitely, not worth it.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank sullyp
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Reviewed November 4, 2008

Ideally situated, overlooking the beach, but right in the middle of everything. Really delicious food. Staff not as switched on as at a 5* hotel, but that's what gives it such a friendly atmosphere.

Stayed: July 2008
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