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Newport Beach Hotel
Ranked #11 of 17 Hotels in Newport Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Nashville, Tennessee
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Not What I Expected”
Reviewed August 13, 2012

Now that title could indicate either something good or something bad. It all depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for a peaceful, upscale, 4 star boutique hotel / bed and breakfast, this would not meet your expectations. If you are looking for a place to stay that is right on the beach in the heart of a bustling (and sometimes noisy) and busy public boardwalk that is convenient to several local bars, this may be just what you would expect. The room itself was fairly nice, but the view was terrible which necessitated keeping the curtains closed. The continental breakfast was a rather sparse. The parking was expensive ($18 a day) and challenging to get in and out of. It was nice that they offered bikes. I appreciated them taking half off my room rate because the air conditioner didn't work. All in all, being someone who loves staying at a bed and breakfast, it wasn't what I expected.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

We are spending $350 a night to stay in a suite (room 114), we walk in and the air conditioner says "system error". I called the front desk and she tells me "Oh, yeah. We are having problems with the air back there. Nothing we can do." She could have said something to me when I was checking in. She even called the hotel owners and they would not do anything about it. While we were taking to the front desk person, she said that while we were taking about things, the jacuzzi bathtub does not work either. When I turned the ceiling fan on high, the fan shook so hard, that I thought it was going to come flying off, not to mention the squeaking noises that you would not be able to sleep through. Make sure that you call before you book your room and ask specifically if there is anything broken at the time,because they WILL not do anything to help you!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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San Diego, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2012

Clean, nicely renovated rooms, and steps from the beach - overall this hotel was nice. However, the website was a bit deceiving in that there were not any true "Ocean View Rooms" (partial view with windows that opened & across from a parking lot) and the Lobby and "Bar" areas left much to be desired as they were not overly inviting with minimal & uncomfortable furnishings - a few cozy leather chairs,books and games were redeeming elements though.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Turlock, California
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed July 21, 2012

We stayed here one night in room 108 and really enjoyed ourselves. 250 a night plus 18 parking. a bit pricey but worth it to be so close to where we wanted to be. So delighted to step out of the hotel and practically be on the beach. Room was basic with the queen bed but had a dresser in the closet and a nice large bathtub. Staff was very polite and helpful when asking to borrow the chairs for the beach and to use the bikes to cruise along the beach the next morning. Loved sitting upstairs and looking out the beautiful window to see the beach and all the people before heading to bed. Hotel was quiet for us but heard someone else complain of a loud party next to them. Nice light breakfast the next morning. Would definitely come back again and recommend that others do the same.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Redding, California
Level 6 Contributor
99 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed July 11, 2012

Clean, adorable, comfortable, and right on the beach. Parking is terrible, but everything else is fabulous!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2012

This fabulous hotel is 2 steps from the beach in ultra casual, bohemian Newport Beach (no dressing up required here!!). It is a calm & delightful place in the midst of noise and craziness; the minute you step inside this charming hotel you feel welcome and relaxed. Our basic room was small, with an open-plan bathroom and no opening window, but it was well furnished and comfortable, with the exception of the bed that had a plastic mattress cover making it very hot & sweaty! There was only a fan to keep us cool as the a/c was managed by the front desk. There is a nice sitting area on the first floor with opening windows overlooking the beach and comfy chairs downstairs in front of a big screen TV. The breakfast was plentiful and free hot drinks are available all day. It was fun to use the free hotel bikes on the boardwalk, though pedalling backwards to brake took some getting used to! It is very hard to criticize this delightful hotel but two things come to mind that we consider worth mentioning . . . . Given that this is not a cheap hotel, we think it is wrong to charge extra for car parking - the word "greedy" comes to mind. Our more serious concern was regarding security at the hotel - there were many times the reception desk was unattended and, more than once, we witnessed people coming in off the street and taking a look around unaccompanied, even upstairs. There are no safes in the rooms, or at reception, so we were deeply worried about the security of our belongings when the rooms were being cleaned and doors were wide open. Apart from that we loved every second of our stay and wouldn't hesitate to visit again.

Room Tip: Pay extra fro a large, oceanview room if you can.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 6, 2012

Charm!!!!!!! Charm!!!!!! Charm!!!!!!!!!!!! What a wonderful place to stay!!!!!!!!!!! If you want a relaxing place just to get away this is the place!!!!!!!! Clean beautiful rooms!!!!!!! Wonderful friendly staff!!!!!! Absolutely Great!!!!!!

Room Tip: They have bikes that you can use and it is easy to get anywhere!!!!!!! We stayed 4 days and never go...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Newport Beach Hotel
Address: 2306 W Oceanfront, Newport Beach, CA 92663-3405
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Location: United States > California > Orange County > Newport Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
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Ranked #11 of 17 Hotels in Newport Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Newport Beach Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As 'Newport's Closest Hotel to the Beach,' the Newport Beach Hotel is located in the heart of one of California's most popular beach settings. The hotel is ideal for guests who enjoy being surrounded by youthful energy including an eclectic beach scene as well as an exciting nightlife. Just steps from the sand, the updated hotel features coastal-inspired decor and each guestroom offers a king or queen bed, flat panel television and many feature a jetted spa tub and fireplace. Opt for the Oceanview Guestroom and enjoy panoramic views of the active Newport Beach and ocean beyond.As part of the Chic Hotel Collection, the Newport Beach Hotel offers a complimentary Continental breakfast, use of the hotel's bicycles and beach toys, complimentary wireless Internet access and a lobby bar where beer and wine may be purchased. Secured onsite parking is available for a fee. ... more   less 
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