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Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Newport Beach
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“great location, great hotel, great staff”
Reviewed August 24, 2012

The location was great. The water in the fridge daily was appreciated, the fresh baked cookies a nice touch, the hotel staff helpful, and the fresh flower in the bathroom sweet. The rooms were kept very clean, the bed was comfortable and the breakfast a bit more than continental. This is not the cheapest place as it was $200.00 a night but if we did not want to we did not have to drive, there was so much to do within walking distance, the breakfast was filling and adequate, we did not have to pay for parking. The hotel supplied boogie boards and nice towels and chairs( this would be the only small thing that could be updated , but at least they let the guests use them for free), so the price may seem a little steep but you save on so many other things and the staff is so wiling to help and take care of you, same as a five star.... I will be back and tell all my friends the same.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Fred-BSPH1, Owner at Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel, responded to this review, September 3, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to let me know how you found my hotel. With regard to the free beach equipment, with the end of the summer, we'll be taking a look and checking if replacements need to be made. Looking forward to your return!
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed August 24, 2012

Let me start by saying that I prefer to stay at Fairmont's and Four Seasons. However, that being said, if you want to stay at a property in walking distance to the water this tiny little hotel is lovely. The outward appearance is a little dated, but the interior is clean and thoughtfully decorated. The front desk staff is welcoming and professional. Complimentary breakfast is nice, coffee available all day, fresh baked cookies in the afternoon. Walking distance to restaurants and beach. The rooms facing the main street get a bit of street noise.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Fred-BSPH1, Owner at Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel, responded to this review, September 3, 2012
Thank you for commenting on the interior decorations; based on our customer feedback we wanted them to be as welcoming and comfortable as possible. I am glad that, along with our customer service, they were to your liking.
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West Des Moines, Iowa
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

We stayed at the Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel based on the reviews on tripadvisor. It was just an OK experience.

For $170/night, we were expecting more. The rooms were outdated and we had problems with our TV. The customer service was great, but we will probably pick another hotel based on the price.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Fred-BSPH1, Owner at Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel, responded to this review, August 22, 2012
Thank you for your review - despite not meeting your expectations on price, I am very glad you found that our customer service was great.
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

We will return! Location is ideal. The room was immaculate and inviting. The shower water pressure was excellent, and the bed was comfortable. The staff made us feel welcome and at home. Access to the beach was so close, and what an amazing beach! We brought dinner in and dined on the rooftop terrace. The views are wonderful. We took our breakfast up there as well.
The only thing missing was more time.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Fred-BSPH1, Owner at Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel, responded to this review, August 22, 2012
If I could give you "more time" I certainly would! Nothing gives us more pleasure than having guests for an extended stay. Looking forward to your return!
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

The staff at Bay Shores is friendly, helpful, and always smiling. The self-serve breakfast is extensive, the rooms are clean and spacious, and the fresh-baked cookies (in the lobby) are wonderful. Also, I had to check out a day early (decided to explore other parts of California), yet the desk clerk did not charge me for the last night, and was very gracious about it, too. One very minor complaint: my room was on the front of the building, with an ocean view, which was of course terrific, but the neon hotel sign and street lights were extremely glaring ta night, and unfortunately, the room had no heavy curtains to draw across to shut out the fierce glow, leaving the room lit up all night long.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Fred-BSPH1, Owner at Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel, responded to this review, September 3, 2012
Thank you for your comment about the neon sign - I have made a note of that and will see what can be done to address the issue. Glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

We have been coming here for the past ten years if not more! We always feel like we are home! We grew up in the area but have lived in the Bay Area for the last 25 years. The rooms are immaculate. There is fresh fruit in your room and a welcome note on your bed. Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies are available every afternoon. Everything you need for the beach (towels, chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards) are free. The staff has ALWAYS been super friendly! Any time of the year, this is our #1 "go-to" spot!

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Fred-BSPH1, Owner at Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel, responded to this review, August 22, 2012
As a long-term guest, we so appreciate your business and for taking the time to share with others what you've enjoyed for a decade! Looking forward to always being your " #1 go-to spot!"
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed August 17, 2012

I was a little nervous about booking this hotel, despite all of the rave reviews. When I saw the pictures of the surfers on the wall I thought that it might be kitchy or some divey beach hut. Boy, was I wrong! From the second you walk in the door, the staff treats you like an old friend. We always felt welcome and at home when we walked through the door.

The staff is friendly and willing to answer any questions and offer you suggestions about the area. There's free parking on the premises and if you can't get a spot, park across the street in a public lot and they feed the meters for you! They constantly have fresh baked cookies at the front, a pretty extensive collection of DVDs that you can borrow 2 at a time, provide you with bottled water and fruit in your room at no charge, and have a great free breakfast. They also have tons of beach gear (towels, chairs, umbrellas, etc.) that you can take to the beach for free.

The room was spacious, the bathroom looked like it was newly done, and the bed was extremely comfortable. We had a first floor room that was in front of the parking lot, but we barely heard any noise throughout the night or in the morning. The toiletries they provide were also great (and who provides makeup remover wipes?! That was a nice touch).

The area is also really nice. The beach is pretty, and the area is clean and very safe. There are also a lot of neat shops and restaurants within walking distance.

From top to bottom, the staff at Bay Shores seems to have thought of everything possible to make their guests happy. We are sorry that we couldn't stay longer and can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Fred-BSPH1, Owner at Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel, responded to this review, August 22, 2012
Thank you for your review; we're glad you felt right at home because that is our intention! Looking forward to you coming back soon.
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Property: Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel
Address: 1800 W Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663-4515
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Location: United States > California > Orange County > Newport Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Newport Beach
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Newport Beach
#4 Business Hotel in Newport Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Celebrating over thirty years under the same family ownership and operation, the Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel is the perfect place for tourists, business travelers and beach people who love to find value and quality in a small, B&B style environment. Only steps from America’s finest beaches on the "California Riviera", we are just 3 blocks from the historic Newport Pier including the shopping, fine dining and nightlife you would expect from the southern California beach scene. ... more   less 
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