Newport Beach Resorts & Hotels

by Karen Sprinkles

The elite coastal community of Newport Beach, California, offers an array of ocean-side activities, from strolling the Balboa Fun Zone on the Newport Peninsula to swimming at Balboa Island or watching the famous surf breaks at the Wedge. Whether basking in luxury at the Resort at Pelican Hill or enjoying California-casual accommodations on the pier, Newport Beach offers visitors several upscale lodging choices within close proximity to world-class shopping, dining and maritime opportunities.

The Balboa Bay Club & Resort

Fronting the water at Newport Harbor, the Balboa Bay Club and Resort offers 160 guest rooms and suites highlighted by the 3,000-square-foot presidential suite. Featuring a private membership club, the resort opens its on-site spa and club to guests, where amenities include a eucalyptus steam room, dry sauna, nine treatment rooms and roster of therapeutic services. In-room amenities include down-filled duvets, sunken tubs and plantation shutters. Founded in 1948, the resort has attracted honeymooners and Hollywood elite through the decades. Fine dining takes place at The First Cabin Restaurant, as well as nightly entertainment and dancing at Duke's Place.

The Newport Beach Hotel

Located steps from the sand, the Newport Beach Hotel showcases beachy decor highlighted by cool pastels, nautical themes and beach-cottage furnishings. With marble baths and jetted tubs, each room features deluxe toiletries and plush linens. Offering nightly entertainment overlooking the ocean, the Sunset Room provides a cozy retreat. In the lobby, a guest bar serves beer and wine. A light continental breakfast is served in the morning, while water, coffee and tea are available throughout the day. Guests can make use of complimentary beach-cruising bicycles and beach chairs. Secured, on-site parking is available for less than $20 a night.

The Resort at Pelican Hill

Defined by Italian-inspired architecture, the acclaimed Resort at Pelican Hill features 204 bungalows and 128 villas. Bungalow amenities include granite wet bars, deep-soaking tubs and gas-lit fireplaces made of Italian limestone. Villas feature elite accommodations, including gourmet kitchens with Sub-Zero refrigerators, private washers and dryers, one- or two-car garages and gated entries. The Villa staff includes butlers and personal chefs, upon request. On site, a 36-hole championship golf course unveils scenic ocean views, while the spa offers a Roman bath with dry saunas and steam room.

Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel

Featuring 25 guest rooms, the Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel offers ocean-side accommodations on the Peninsula in Newport Beach. Just steps away from the boardwalk, this casual hotel features a homey atmosphere with brightly colored rooms and furnishings in the "Crayola Crayon" color palette. Guests can make use of free boogie boards, beach towels and beach chairs, as well as an extensive collection of complimentary movies on DVD. Air-conditioned rooms also include DSL connections, HDTV and courtyard balconies with rocking chairs.

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.