Pelican Hill is an enormous gorgeous property. It has a very opulent, posh feel from the moment you drive up. Most rooms seem to have fireplaces which I love. Bathrooms, bar and electrical conveniences are well set-up in the room with attention to detail apparent. It isa very spread out property which is nice for privacy. There seems to be a great set-up for golfers but tennis is 5 miles away which was disappointing. The three shops are really nice with great stuff - fun for some retail therapy when the weather turned foggy. Andrea is a great restaurant - five star in terms of food and service, and is actually fairly priced. Pool food service was weak - they got our order wrong but replaced it and room service forgot a few ingredients. I thought the hotel was expensive but provided a decent value for the money. The hotel is not that close to the beach and it seemed, which had some construction going on ( June 19th weekend ) which made the pool far more appealing and an easier option. The huge round pool is quite striking and has a distant but gorgeous ocean view over the golf course. There is a very nice spa and gym facility. I have to say two things kind of bothered us about the gym. They let our teenaged kids ( very experienced athletes who use gyms all the time) use the gym the first day and then said they could not on Father's Day Sunday which was a bummer, although they did let them rent bikes for $70 for a half day instead. The other strange thing is that they upcharge about 50% for "weekend rates" at the spa..never heard this anywhere in the world before and I have been to many top spa hotels. We opted to try this hotel over the top two other Laguna Beach resorts we have been frequenting for years. The other two have an easier flow between the spa and the pool. One weakness of this hotel is the spa is far from the main pool in a different building completely and there is not an easy flow between the two. Both of the other hotels we frequent have a lap pool with immediate access to the spa. Pelican Hill was nice to try this time but in the future I would probably return to the other properties if I was with kids as they have easier beach access and are more relaxed about teens using the workout facilities and just go to visit Pelican Hill for a meal or maybe return if we were just going as a couple for a peaceful, comfortable getaway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pelican Hill Hotel Newport Beach
- Hotel At Pelican Hill
- At Pelican Hill Hotel