Newport Beach & Pier Hotels

by Karen Sprinkles

The elite community of Newport Beach, California, unveils a coastal playground for the wealthy -- from fleets of luxury yachts that cruise Newport Harbor to multi-million-dollar homes that overlook the waterfront. Visitors to this South Orange County destinations will find world-class shopping at Newport Fashion Island, a bounty of restaurants on Balboa Island, and a roster of lodging choices that range from ultra-upscale to California casual.

Newport Beachwalk Hotel

Guests of the Newport Beachwalk Hotel will experience cottage-style accommodations near Newport Pier fronting the boardwalk. Located just steps from the sand, the hotel offers nautical-themed guest rooms outfitted with "beachy" furnishings, hardwood flooring, crown moulding and French doors. All rooms come complete with marble bathrooms, jetted spas and vessel sinks. An on-site bar offers beer, wine and snacks, while a light continental breakfast is served each morning in the breakfast room and fresh-baked cookies are served each afternoon. Guests can borrow complimentary "beach-cruiser" bicycles and beach chairs during their stay. Secured parking is available for $18 a night, as of 2010.

The Island Hotel

Located on Newport Center Drive near Newport Fashion Island shopping center, The Island Hotel offers executive accommodations highlighted by marble bathrooms, frosted glass French double doors, armchairs with ottomans and live orchids in every room. Furnished patios reveal views of the hotel's swimming pool, Newport Back Bay or Fashion Island. On-site dining takes place at the Palm Terrace Restaurant, where signature dishes include Blue Caledonia Prawns Roasted with Ricotta Gnocchi, or Scottish Salmon Seared with an Artichoke Ratatouille. The hotel's spa offers a roster of therapeutic treatments including hot stone massage and collagen infusion facials. The hotel is located near the 36-hole Pelican Hill Golf Course.

Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel

Featuring 25 guestrooms and suites, the Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel is located steps away from the sandy beaches of Newport Peninsula. Brightly colored rooms reflect the California "fun in the sun" lifestyle, from wall murals depicting Newport Beach's surfing history, to complimentary Boogie boards, beach towels and chairs for every guest. The hotel's Bay Suite features separate living room, full kitchen and dining room table. Some rooms offer views of the ocean or Newport Bay, where sun-soaked days and neon nights beckon visitors to enjoy the city's many maritime offerings.

Little Inn by the Bay

The 18-room Little Inn by the Bay offers casual accommodations located within easy proximity to Balboa Island, Newport Peninsula, Newport Harbor and the Balboa Fun Zone. With the beach located directly across the street from the hotel, guests enjoy access to the hotel's beach equipment including chairs, towels and games. In-room amenities range from mini fridge and microwave to premium cable TV with HBO. Continental breakfast is served each morning, highlighted by muffins, croissants and fresh fruits. On-site parking is free for hotel guests.

About the Author

Karen Sprinkles has been a freelance writer since 1988. She's currently the managing editor of a luxury home magazine and has written for regional newspapers and magazines. Sprinkles received the Award of Excellence from the Hawaii Book Publishers Association for "The Hawaii Home Book," which reached No. 1 on the Hawaii bestsellers list. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California.