I stayed at the PBH in October '04, and thought I'd share my perspective, given the very wide range of opinions expressed on this site.
First off, you're probably considering the PBH because of its location, right near the Newport Pier, facing the beach. It's fabulous.
The hotel itself is unique, and quite unlike any other hotel I have stayed in, in North America. It reminds me like nothing so much as one of the small 2/3-star hotels in Venice: quirky adaptations of old structures, now converted to hotel use.
I had a room on the north side (even numbers), which just like others have pointed out, means no windows (just a glass block wall and skylight, with no effective light control, not a problem this time of year, but maybe an issue in the summer in the early morning). The rooms do not have individual HVAC control, but the front desk staff appear to be able to adjust the temperature of the room. The furniture is either antique or old, depnding on your perspective. The carpet was worn. The TV was very small. The radio worked but had very poor sound. The included continental breakfast was meagre in its range of offerings. Service was idiosyncratic. The door is locked at 11pm (with a back entrance up some stairs available after that with your key).
BUT, the bed was great. The bed linens were pretty. The room was charming. The bathroom materials (marble, etc.) were fine. The jacuzzi tub/shower was huge, with a 15' ceiling. There was very good in-room lighting. The common areas were large and pretty. The available breakfast items were tasty and the room was pretty. The local papers were available. Parking was free.
Is the glass half-empty or half-full? If you walk in expecting good delivery of "the basics" of a modern chain hotel, you will likely be disappointed on numerous fronts. If on the other hand, you arrive seeking something unique and are pretty flexible about the details, you might be delighted.
Overall I was very happy with my stay. If you like little 2/3-star hotels in the old-town neighborhoods of European cities, you'll likely be happy too. But if your reflex is to book yourself into a Hilton when you're in Europe, I'd suggest you stay away from the PBH.
My biggest quarrel with the hotel is that their web site doesn't give a balanced picture (e.g., it only shows rooms with windows). It's good to put your best foot forward in marketing materials, but when you read the different reviews on this site, it's obvious that some guests arrive with expectations that this hotel doesn't TRY to meet . . . probably everyone would be happier if the site provided a balanced picture and allowed the traveller to decide whether or not "it's for me".
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As 'Newport's Closest Hotel to the Beach,' the Newport Beach Hotel is located in the heart of one of California's most popular beach settings. The hotel is ideal for guests who enjoy being surrounded by youthful energy including an eclectic beach scene as well as an exciting nightlife. Just steps from the sand, the updated hotel features coastal-inspired decor and each guestroom offers a king or queen bed, flat panel television and many feature a jetted spa tub and fireplace. Opt for the Oceanview Guestroom and enjoy panoramic views of the active Newport Beach and ocean beyond.As part of the Chic Hotel Collection, the Newport Beach Hotel offers a complimentary Continental breakfast, use of the hotel's bicycles and beach toys, complimentary wireless Internet access and a lobby bar where beer and wine may be purchased. Secured onsite parking is available for a fee. ... more less
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