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The newly remodeled Balboa Inn, in Newport Beach, Orange County, is a place where casual beachside ambiance and classic Old World charm combine in a historic landmark that’s lured Southern California's rich and famous for decades. Set on the colorful boardwalk at the foot of the Balboa Pier, this oceanfront establishment’s relaxed air may have you kicking off your high heels before you stroll down the aisle. Built in 1929, this upscale Orange County inn has entertained such notables as Howard Hughes, Barry Goldwater and a host of other politicians, entertainers and honeymooners. Once owned by the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kareem Abdul Jabbar, its nine-foot ceilings still bear a telltale sign of the basketball star. A recent $6-million addition features two oceanview terraces, a new oceanview Italian tile sundeck with hot tub, 34 upgraded rooms, 11 top-of-the-line suites and convenient subterranean valet parking. Guests enter the Inn through the Mediterranean-style courtyard, a natural space for pre-ceremony mingling. With its original tile, adobe walls, potted palms, bar and the soothing sound of surf crashing in the background, the space is a comfortable area for people to come together. Meanwhile, you, your groom and all your attendants have full use of an oceanview honeymoon suite with a Jacuzzi and fireplace. For the wedding ceremony itself, options include the hotel’s magnificent second-floor Siena Terrace overlooking the ocean, as well as the nearby gazebo at Peninsula Park and the adjacent rugby field fronting the ocean, where a decorated arch can provide a focal point. After you’ve said your “I do’s,” the Pacific Ocean provides fabulous scenery for photos taken on the pier, the sand or the grassy field next to the beach. When you’re ready to receive your guests, return to the upstairs terrace with its panoramic views from Catalina Island to Dana Point. Or, hold your wedding reception in the Siena Grand Dining Room and adjoining courtyard, where antique streetlights and colorful murals of gondolas on canals capture the romance of Venice. Along with five-star Italian cuisine by the restaurant’s gifted executive chef, you’ll enjoy a dreamy indoor-outdoor setting cleansed by refreshing sea spray. Far removed from the straight-laced formality of more corporate properties, the Balboa Inn is just steps from Newport’s famed Fun Zone. Here, you can pose for some playful photos on the historic carousel and Ferris wheel, or take a stress-busting ferry ride across Newport Bay. After you’ve returned to your guests to dance the night away, there’s one more thing you’ll probably want to do before heading for your honeymoon suite: go for a moonlit stroll along the sand.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Room service
Breakfast included
Banquet Room
Hot Tub
Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Wheelchair access
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Air conditioning
Non-smoking rooms
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Grade: 92 out of 100
32Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
8Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
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My wife and I have been walking past the hotel and under its' pedestrian bridge for at least 20 years and we always talked about staying some day when we weren't just own for the day or renting a beach house between the piers for our whole family. Her birthday this year was the
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Planning a trip to Newport Beach next month. Like the location but saw the bad reviews. I was in area so I thought I would check it out. Went on a really slow day after lunch and asked man at front desk if I could see a room. He said he was busy come back in 10 minutes.
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We stayed there for the long weekend getaway. We had an amazing time.The hotel is one of the nicest and cleanest hotel we have stayed at. The staff and the service were great. Also, the location is by far the best! Major WOW factor.
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Stay far away from this hotel. At $39 a night it would be too high for what you get. Staff is rude, check You Tube on how they treat guests. Rooms are filthy, floors are dirty, beds are nasty, lamps are broken, stairwells are used as storage a fire hazard, elevators don’t work,
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Where do I start. Parking- park across the street at beach lot, 24 hrs, in/out, no hassles; valet is more, and not very flexible. Only till checkout, unless you make a fuss, then they grant you the privilege of as few more hours, how gracious Continental breakfast ha. Sara
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What is the pet policy? What are the fees associated?
Thank you for your inquiry. we do accept pets however we do charge a fee of $50.00 per pet for the first night and $25.00 per pet for each additional night thereafter.
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"The rooms with the balconies are noticeably smaller but still the best value."
"2nd floor rooms are better"
"The room we stays in had a frosted glass window bathroom door. The light was on a motion sensor and it lit the whole room at night."
"Not sure if they have any."
"We stayed on the second floor of the rooms to the far back. These are the only double queen rooms I believe."
US$190 - US$396 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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