Newport Beach, CA

Balboa Bay Resort

Carina Stebbins
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Why We Love It

  • Rated AAA 4-Diamond, it's the only full-service waterfront resort in Newport Beach
  • Renovated in 2014, the property feels chic and new -- be sure to spend an evening by an outdoor fire pit overlooking the multi-million dollar yachts 
  • Huge accommodations -- basic rooms start at 500-square-feet and come with a private balcony and soaking tub
  • The nightly "hospitality fee" of $20 for items like Wi-Fi and coffee is a bit annoying, but the hotel chips in a welcome bottle of Chardonnay

"Perennially popular destination" -- Frommer's

91% (139 Member Ratings)

"A tie---the friendly, helpful staff and the well appointed rooms."
May 10, 2014
Porterville, California, United States


Map & Directions

Balboa Bay Resort is approximately a 20-minute car ride from the John Wayne Orange County Airport in Santa Ana. Cab fare is approximately $25 one way.

Rooms & Rates

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Just off the Pacific Coast Highway along 15 waterfront-acres is the Mediterranean-style AAA 4-Diamond Balboa Bay Resort. Come hungry so you can check in, and then dine at Waterline. The restaurant showcases a water-to-table concept and picturesque views of sunsets. This dining experience will entice all of your senses with fresh entrees and unforgettable harbor views.

With a satisfied appetite, head to one of many local beaches for a stroll, or back to your guest room that opens to a private furnished balcony and invites relaxation in a marble bathroom with deep soaking tub.

This waterfront gem offers plenty of outdoor activities including Duffy boats which seat up to 12 people for a tour of the bay (fees apply). And an Olympic-size pool is ideal for swimming laps or soaking in the sun.

Note: Guests are responsible for a $20 nightly hospitality fee that covers 24-hour fitness center access, lobby coffee and tea service from 6 am-9 am, bottled water in room replenished daily (up to two maximum) and unlimited Wi-Fi access.

From the press:
  • "Spread out over 15 acres, this bay-front resort retains late '40s charm but with many modern day amenities; it's been a perennially popular destination for the duration" -- Frommer's



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Pet-friendly
  • Spa


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Hair salon (fees apply)
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Video games on request


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Wi-Fi in guest rooms (fees apply)


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower
  • Slippers


  • Parking (fees apply)
  • Public car park
  • Valet service (fees apply)

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 4pm

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 12pm

Pets: Pets allowed

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Pets allowed Check-in time starts at 4pm Check-out time is 12pm

You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed.Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.

Know Before You Go

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply). Guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 25 and USD 30 per person (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 12.95 (for 24 hours, rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: USD 25 per night (rates may vary)
  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 30 per vehicle (one way)
  • Self parking fee: USD 20.00 per night
  • Valet parking fee: USD 30.00 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Pet fee: USD 100.00 per accommodation, per stay (maximum USD 100.00 per stay)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 30.00 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Mandatory Fees and Taxes

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the hotel:

  • Resort fee: USD 25.00 per accommodation, per night
The hotel resort fee includes:
  • Fitness center access
  • Business center/computer access
  • Internet access
  • Newspaper
  • Phone calls
  • Faxes
  • In-room coffee
  • In-room bottled water

We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Have a Question?

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Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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139 Member Reviews
(91% Positive)
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Enjoyed Most: Location
Other Comments: The construction was an inconvenience. We should have been notified at time of booking. We appreciated the transportation services to local restaurants.
Robert May 10, 2014 Indian Wells, California, United States
Enjoyed Most: A tie---the friendly, helpful staff and the well appointed rooms.
Gil May 10, 2014 Porterville, California, United States
Enjoyed Most: Everything was outstanding! They took very very very good care of us! All staff and services were remarkable!
Other Comments: I did a survey for their manager and told him the same great news!
Jeff Mar 21, 2014 Alta Loma, California, United States
Enjoyed Most: The free upgrade to a Bay View room!
James Mar 20, 2014 North Hollywood, California, United States
Other Comments: The hotel was under massive remodeling, which meant only one elevator worked. Staff was scarce. Very disappointed.
Colin Mar 20, 2014 Los Angeles, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: It was an all inclusive resort
Other Comments: Loved the view, restaurant and spa
Marilyn Feb 04, 2014 Redondo Beach, California, United States
Enjoyed Most: peace and quiet
Mark Jan 26, 2014 Yorba Linda, California, United States
Enjoyed Most: Beautiful accommodations and an excellent spa
Other Comments: Recommend getting a massage!
Teresa Jan 26, 2014 Camarillo, California, United States
Enjoyed Most: We enjoyed the comfort of the room and the spacious size. We enjoyed part of the evening in the Duke's Lounge downstairs. We were surprised when room service delivered the wine to our room. It could have just been left in our room when we arrived, and ended up very awkward receiving it late in the evening. It was a very nice get-away.
Linda Jan 26, 2014 Upland, California, United States
Enjoyed Most: amenities, location
Other Comments: staff friendly,efficient, nice library to sit & have morning coffee w/Bay outside the doors
Patricia Jan 03, 2014 San Diego, California, United States

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