Balboa Bay Resort

Luxury retreat right on the waterfront

Newport Beach’s only full service waterfront resort, Balboa Bay Resort is an exclusive abode for those seeking glamour and style close to the Californian Riviera. Designed in a stunning neoclassical Spanish style, the grand hotel building conceals a secluded outdoor pool courtyard, several top-notch food and drink venues and light and airy guest rooms for you to enjoy. Watch the yachts cruise by as you enjoy fine dining at Waterline or rent a Duffy boat and explore the serene Newport Bay during your waterfront stay.

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Hotel highlights

  • Enjoy excellent cuisine and beverages on-site
  • Watch the yachts floating past
  • Excellent location right on the waterfront
  • Great for boat access
  • Soak up the sun in the courtyard pool

Hotel Features

General Information

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  • 159 rooms
  • Minimum age: 18

Main Facilities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities

Board Basis Options

  • Room Only

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Balboa Bay Resort

  • Beach
  • Rent a Paddle board or Kayak and explore the local waters
  • Dine in one of the many water front eateries
  • Hire a bike and cycle along the coast
1159 Reviews 78% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 758
  • Very Good 213
  • Average 92
  • Poor 56
  • Terrible 41

What to Expect

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Feb 20, 2020

Beautiful resort

Palm Desert, California

Booked this resort last minute. Excellent service and accommodations. Loved the location and beautiful views. Restaurants on site were great. Easy check in & check out. Definitely coming back for another stay.
Feb 20, 2020

Handicap shower & broken toilet paper holder

Not sure if it’s because we booked through Priceline express deals, but we did feel a little second rate here. It’s unfortunate, as we spent a good amount of money just to check in at 11pm and sleep for the night in what we expected would be a nice place. When I googled the rooms, I saw patio doors which opened to the bay. It looked peaceful and quiet. The room we got was in the furthest corner of the hotel from the bay, closest to the street. We were surprised, when we arrived, to see we were in a room with a handicapped shower. As I was checking in, the only other lady I saw in the hotel was at the front mentioning they had just checked into their room, and they wanted to know if they could get a room with a bath tub. Sounds like they were given a handicapped room as well. I won’t fault them for taking 20 minutes to bring us a rollaway bed for our son, as they didn’t know we would need it prior to our arrival, but I was confused as to why they gave us a room where the toilet paper holder was broken. It falls completely off and I had to pick it up about 4 times during my stay. Throughout the night on this side of the hotel we heard many cars roaring their engines on Coast Hwy - the parking lot is empty so we’re not sure why we were given this room when there must have been so many others available. Overall, although the staff was friendly, the hospitality side of this hotel fell very short and made us wish we’d saved some money and just stayed somewhere a little less expensive. I’m sure we’d haven gotten a room with a regular shower/tub, a toilet paper holder that worked, and probably not been put in the one room of the entire hotel closest to the loud street. All for less than the $300+ we paid to sleep and leave in what we thought would be a better hotel.
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Swimming Pool

At the centre of the hotel’s secluded courtyard is a stylish pool area complete with pool furniture and a hot tub for your enjoyment. The ideal place to go for those seeking to soak up the sun during their stay.

Spa and Salon

Situated right on the harbour, this luxurious and serene facility provides guests with a great opportunity to recuperate, relax and rejuvenate. With whirlpools, a sauna and steam rooms too you can be sure of a soothing time plus the luxurious salon makes it easy to look your best before a meal out or even on-site.