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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We recently stayed at Balboa Inn and as previously stated the rooms were clean and location was great for the beach and whale watching tours. The resort fee of $15 per night will be charged and discussing with front desk is useless. He stated it was for breakfast ( which is a joke with prepackaged rolls and apples) and for...

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Newport Beach, California
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We always go back to what we love! The Balboa Inn is a gift. We are always greeted by the warm friendly staff.The sunshine is hot, the surf is up, the oceanviews are breathtaking and the rooms are cozy and clean, We relaxed on the beach and enjoyed the seafood platter at Siena Restaurant with a lovely glass of wine,...

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Los Angeles, CA
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were coming to Newport Beach to watch the Newport Beach boat parade and to go on a boat excursion the next day. Called the Balboa Inn and got a cheaper rate than online but still was not worth it in terms of the hotel accommodations, but the location was great for the things we wanted to do around town....

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We booked a "standard" room for Saturday and Sunday night for the weekend of the Newport Beach Holiday Boat Parade. The Balboa Inn is the perfect location for not having to move your car once parked. Walking distance to multiple eateries and the waterfront to watch the parade. The room we got was small but adequate. Some annoying flaws in...

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Burbank, CA, United States
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As a surprise I had given my partner a one night stay at this Inn for the boat parade. I was pleasantly surprised to find the property very close to the pier and beach and very convenient to all the events in downtown. I do have to say I felt a little misled in that I had assumed that we...

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Omaha, Nebraska
Reviewed 20 October 2016

I booked this room because we were coming back from Catalina on the ferry and this was within walking distance. I paid for an upgraded room (290.00 total with the stupid 15.00 resort fee) so we were really looking forward to a nice stay in a nice room. I travel every week for work and was blown away on how...

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Henderson, Nevada
Reviewed 18 October 2016

First of all, the place was hard to find, and once we found it, couldn't find a place to park to go in and register. They charged $45.00 per night for a truck to park on their property. A Valet told us we could park across the street by the beach in a city parking lot that was only $18...

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Reviewed 15 October 2016

We stayed there primarily for the location (were going on a fishing tour very early) and found it to be very well located for other things as well (walk to the ferry, Balboa Pier, etc.). But as mentioned by others, it is a bit awkward as it is actually 2 buildings that are linked and there is no parking. They...

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Seal Beach Usa
Reviewed 6 October 2016

Difficult to find the lobby, located on a one way system and so circling around was difficult. No parking unless you paid to park in their parking lot!!! I drive an SUV so it was $45, beach parking (which was very close by) was much cheaper but because I had my two grandchildren, strollers and cases we paid for parking....total...

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

This is a strange hotel with a weird internal layout. It is also pretty hard to find when driving, as in there is nowhere to park near to the reception so you end up circling around until you manage to find out that you either pay $35 for the hotels parking or pay for the public car park. Check in...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Beachfront
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  • Restaurant
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  • Free Parking
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The newly remodeled Balboa Inn, in Newport Beach, Orange County, is a place where casual beachside ambiance and classic Old World charm combine in a historic landmark that’s lured Southern California's rich and famous for decades. Set on the colorful boardwalk at the foot of the Balboa Pier, this oceanfront establishment’s relaxed air may have you kicking off your high heels before you stroll down the aisle. Built in 1929, this upscale Orange County inn has entertained such notables as Howard Hughes, Barry Goldwater and a host of other politicians, entertainers and honeymooners. Once owned by the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kareem Abdul Jabbar, its nine-foot ceilings still bear a telltale sign of the basketball star. A recent $6-million addition features two oceanview terraces, a new oceanview Italian tile sundeck with hot tub, 34 upgraded rooms, 11 top-of-the-line suites and convenient subterranean valet parking. Guests enter the Inn through the Mediterranean-style courtyard, a natural space for pre-ceremony mingling. With its original tile, adobe walls, potted palms, bar and the soothing sound of surf crashing in the background, the space is a comfortable area for people to come together. Meanwhile, you, your groom and all your attendants have full use of an oceanview honeymoon suite with a Jacuzzi and fireplace. For the wedding ceremony itself, options include the hotel’s magnificent second-floor Siena Terrace overlooking the ocean, as well as the nearby gazebo at Peninsula Park and the adjacent rugby field fronting the ocean, where a decorated arch can provide a focal point. After you’ve said your “I do’s,” the Pacific Ocean provides fabulous scenery for photos taken on the pier, the sand or the grassy field next to the beach. When you’re ready to receive your guests, return to the upstairs terrace with its panoramic views from Catalina Island to Dana Point. Or, hold your wedding reception in the Siena Grand Dining Room and adjoining courtyard, where antique streetlights and colorful murals of gondolas on canals capture the romance of Venice. Along with five-star Italian cuisine by the restaurant’s gifted executive chef, you’ll enjoy a dreamy indoor-outdoor setting cleansed by refreshing sea spray. Far removed from the straight-laced formality of more corporate properties, the Balboa Inn is just steps from Newport’s famed Fun Zone. Here, you can pose for some playful photos on the historic carousel and Ferris wheel, or take a stress-busting ferry ride across Newport Bay. After you’ve returned to your guests to dance the night away, there’s one more thing you’ll probably want to do before heading for your honeymoon suite: go for a moonlit stroll along the sand. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Balboa Inn

Address: 105 Main St, Newport Beach, CA 92661-1397
Region: United States > California > Orange County > Newport Beach
Price Range: RM857 - RM1,366 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Balboa Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 45
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Also Known As:
Balboa Hotel Newport Beach
Balboa Newport Beach
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#7 On the Beach Hotel in Newport Beach
#8 Spa Hotel in Newport Beach
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“The oceanview "Resort" suites are my favorite...but the new rooms on the historic side are nice for the price.”
 of 5 bubbles BeachBalboa, 29 Dec 2016 | Read review
“The rooms on the 2nd floor off to the side don't face the street or have any view but they are quieter than the other rooms”
 of 5 bubbles allbusinessnoplay, 20 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Stay at a different hotel, really nothing nice about this place except that it was right by the beach”
 of 5 bubbles 653JohnW, 17 Oct 2016 | Read review
“The rooms that face the ocean are probably the most expensive, but might have some street noise.”
 of 5 bubbles ruthf418, 14 Oct 2016 | Read review
“resort side, oceanview”
 of 5 bubbles dand165, 29 Sep 2016 | Read review
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