My wife and I searched the internet for a place to stay in Newport Beach that allowed easy access to Orange County International Airport. We had traveled to catch a flight home after a trip to Yosemite and Kings Canyon parks and wanted to relax after a week of hiking and site seeing. We booked two nights at the Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel because it was on Balboa Blvd., running up the two-block-wide peninsula between the ocean and the large marina area. We both loved this "surfer boutique" hotel and the low key hassle free vibe. It is an older three story motel with convenient parking that fits in with the residential beach community neighborhood. We arrived early in the afternoon, but they allowed us to occupy the room immediately. They gave us a free upgrade to an ocean view room, free internet access and offered fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. The room had ample windows opening to an ocean breeze. It was decorated with a tasteful surfer mural, contemporary lighting and fixtures, a huge new LCD HD TV and had a relaxing beach cottage motif. The hotel does not have a restaurant or bar but offers a well stocked continental breakfast with the room. The hotel's uncrowded roof top sun and lounge deck was perfect for sipping morning coffee or your own evening drink. The comfortable seating offers a nice view of the ocean front neighborhood, the beach and the surrounding marina. The beautiful Newport beach was only a block away and the pier and clustered businesses and restaurants are in easy walking distance. The staff was very friendly and seemed to take pleasure from helping the guests. The rooms were very clean and the exterior hotel had an appealing "weathered" look. The only negative was the boulevard traffic at night which required closing the windows to get sound sleep. We highly recommend this well run business.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Peninsula Bay Shores
- Peninsula Newport Beach
- Newport Beach Peninsula