In my review searching of hotels on Tripadvisor it is almost a phenomenon to come across a hotel with 95% "Excellent" reviews. Surely, they must be fake or the hotel has cash in the room for you, but honestly this was a great bed and breakfast with a super awesome location.
I can honestly say I would not rate it "Excellent" as this is a bed and breakfast, not a hotel - this is where the disconnect starts for me as I think it should be under B&B reviews and not hotels, but front the staff to the amenities are just awesome.
The hotels location is less than a block from the beach, while not on the beach directly - it is a walk across the street (Busier street) and then you are smack in the middle of it. Being off the beach a bit gives it a little more privacy.
The looks of the building outside are nothing to write home about, but it is set up an a nice fashion. I would say maybe 25 rooms or so total with a few "suites" make it a unique property. No 2 rooms seemed to be the same and one of the rooms one of our parties had was tiny while another one was standard.
The clientele of the area in general are surfers (Younger college kids with large groups and parties etc) The clientele of this hotel seems to cater more to couples and families which is a nice departure from the houses for rent or other small hotels in the area. We went in Oct. so it was a slower period for the area and it was nice and quiet. The overall type of person that was in the hotel was a friendly, outgoing sort that I could compare to a Hilton Garden Inn crowd. No one is lavish or throwing around money, yet no one looks out of place or should be kicked off the property.
The hotel has one small elevator (old fashioned) that stops at the first and third floor - the second floor only has stairs (technically third as well) so just be aware of this. The hotel has parking onsite, but really only say 6 spots, but right across the local street is public parking and just let the front desk know and they feed your meter for as long as you are there for no additional cost! WOW
The staff at the property is just amazing, every person was genuine and kind. We had met maybe three of the front desk staff members and each very nice and helpful. The cleaning staff is so hard working and kind - they are very efficient and do a good job.
We had booked a "suite" at the property which was technically a bed in the living room and a separate bedroom and one bath. The room had some great appointments to it and a comfortable at home feel to it. The carpet I wanted to wash really bad, but it looked clean (I just am not a fan of hotel carpet to begin with) The main living space had a couch, desk and queen size bed with a huge TV! The standard rooms have very small harder to use TVs, but you really don't need that when going to the beach anyways!
Our room came with bottled water, a fridge and a microwave - I think only the suite(s) have this feature. The standard rooms I did not see a fridge, but some might. No microwave though - and all standards had small TVs and small bathrooms.
The amenities in the bathroom are plentiful and at the time are LaSource which is a decent brand. The towels are clean and bathroom is in good shape - the shower was standard, but they still were able to have a nice marble tiled floor! The bathroom had a fan in it, but still got really steamy which is always annoying to me.
Bed was comfortable and bedding was ok, pillows a little rough but no worries. The furniture in the room was a little old, but was in good condition. We were facing the street and it was a bit noisy, but the window is actually pretty sound proof. The AC unit in the room is loud, but if you know my reviews - that is normal as the unit is in the actual room - this one though was very noisy but kept the room cool at night. (No automatic settings though so it is either on or off which can be annoying in the middle of the night)
The amenities that the hotel features rocked, warm cookies at 3PM all evening are a great thing to come back to. Parking is included and seemed to be enough of it (Although during peak season) I can see how it is tough to find. The Internet in the room is complimentary! As many devices as you want - great perk and it was pretty fast, but a little spotty at times. Breakfast is decent - good spread of breads, fresh uncut fruits and breakfast sandwiches you warm up. There is cereal and oatmeal etc as well - no juices (Just OJ in a carton), but for a free breakfast it worked nicely! The breakfast area is super small though, when two people are in there it is busy so that was kind of annoying, but space is limited for them so I understood - just give yourself a little more time.
Coffee available 24 hours! Rock on!
The hotel also has beach towels and beach equipment for daily complimentary use! Awesome - kids toys are available as well!
The team at the property can really make the stay, they know the area - are super outgoing and work very hard to keep the property going.
Check out the rooftop deck, do not miss it - GREAT views of the area - bring breakfast up there or a couple drinks at night during sunset! There are some great restaurants and bars within a less than 10 minute walk and a 7-11 for grocery needs near by.
SNA airport is about 15 minutes away and I would say LAX is maybe 30ish minutes away. Downtown LA is pretty far, keep in mind this in South LA. You really do not need need a car, but it is nice to have.
Overall, a great find - it really is a hidden gem - there are a lot of houses for rent in the area and this is a nice little B&B tucked in the middle of it all. It was not an "Excellent" experience for me and am still a little skeptic of the amount of Excellent, but come with high expectations and they will be met! Just note it is not a Hyatt or Hilton - no gym, no pool, no large lobby, no onsite restaurant etc.
Great job team! Lovely property!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Celebrating over thirty years under the same family ownership and operation, the Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel is the perfect place for tourists, business travelers and beach people who love to find value and quality in a small, B&B style environment. Only steps from America’s finest beaches on the "California Riviera", we are just 3 blocks from the historic Newport Pier including the shopping, fine dining and nightlife you would expect from the southern California beach scene. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Peninsula Bay Shores
- Peninsula Newport Beach
- Newport Beach Peninsula