Hotels on the Coast in Newport Beach, California

by Joanne Thomas

As one of California's best-known beach destinations, Newport Beach offers almost 3,000 hotel rooms, but only a handful of hotels boast locations directly on the city's 10-mile stretch of the Pacific coast. These hotels complement their coveted beachfront locations with high-end amenities and comprehensive concierge services to ensure guests enjoy all the destination has to offer.

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Balboa Inn The Resort

Balboa Inn The Resort started out in 1929 as the the Spanish-style Balboa Inn, and while the property has been thoroughly modernized since, it retains its original architecture and historic charm. The beachfront hotel offers 45 guest rooms, 20 of which offer ocean views, and several types of suites including some with fireplaces. Eleven ocean-view "VIP" suites have extra luxurious features including Italian marble flooring, jetted bathtubs, custom contemporary furnishings and a private sundeck. All guests enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast. The on-site Siena Restaurant offers views of Catalina Island from its terrace and specializes in Northern Italian cuisine.

Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel

Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel is steps from a sandy beach and the oceanfront boardwalk connecting Balboa Pier and Newport Pier. It is an intimate, family-owned hotel with 25 guest rooms and suites. Some feature a balcony furnished with rocking chairs overlooking the courtyard. The Bay Suite, located in a private annex, includes a full-size kitchen, living room and a private bay-facing sundeck. The hotel provides an array of complimentary inclusions such as a daily breakfast buffet; fresh baked cookies; use of beach towels, chairs, umbrellas and boogie boards; wireless Internet access; access to a 300-title DVD library; and a daily newspaper delivered to your room.

Best Western Newport Beach Inn

Best Western Newport Beach Inn is a centrally located, AAA Three Diamond hotel offering direct views of the beach and ocean, which are about 100 steps away. The inn consists of 48 guest rooms, all with a 37-inch LCD-screen television, plush bedding, complimentary high-speed Internet access and black-out drapes to facilitate a restful stay. Some rooms offer a balcony with partial ocean views. Guests have access to a heated outdoor swimming pool and a fitness room. The complimentary breakfast buffet includes fresh fruit, bagels and egg dishes. A concierge desk offers assistance with planning activities and excursions in Newport Beach and throughout Orange County.

Newport Beach Hotel

Newport Beach Hotel sits in the heart of Newport Beach's liveliest beach spot, just steps from the sand and the Newport Boardwalk. The hotel provides guests with complimentary beach-cruiser bicycles for exploring the vibrant area. The decor is inspired by the hotel's oceanfront setting, incorporating pale blue accents and coastal-themed artwork alongside all-white furnishings and linens. Rooms are available in four categories, ranging from Newport Guestrooms with marble bathrooms and flat-panel televisions, to Oceanfront Guestrooms with beach views and an oversize spa tub. Several rooms feature a fireplace. A light continental breakfast is included with all room rates, and wireless Internet access is also complimentary.

About the Author

A writer of diverse interests, Joanne Thomas has penned pieces about road trips for Hyundai, children's craft projects for Disney and wine cocktails for Robert Mondavi. She has lived on three continents and currently resides in Los Angeles, where she is co-owner and editor of a weekly newspaper. Thomas holds a BSc in politics from the University of Bristol, England.

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