"Quaint hotel close to the beach and Balboa Pier. "
It was a perfect spot for me since I was visiting friends on Balboa Island and could easily take the ferry back and forth. Plus, being on Main Street I could walk around and check out the shops and restaurants. Excellent location.
Very nice and comfortable atmosphere, peaceful, and relaxing. Staff were very friendly, accomadating and helpful with everything that I needed. The cleaning staff all said hello and smiled at me when they saw me walking down the hallways, " Good Morning". Very pleasant stay.
The building dates from 1891, and the décor is pure 1890s (with modern conveniences added, of course). Charming, romantic, evocative. The furniture and fixtures seemed authentic antiques, though the kitschy half-nude paintings were 1970s/80s schlock. If you're looking for a delightfully quirky and atmospheric hideaway right on the beach, this is the place. The breakfast was sumptuous and superb for a so-called "continental" breakfast: there was quiche, hard-boiled eggs, bagels, fruit, delicious coffee, and more. Staff were uniformly friendly and accommodating. The only downside was the noise: off-season construction, street-sweeping, traffic, diners and drinkers right below us -- a constant din (even with closed windows) that kept me awake most of the night. Our room was right on the beach parking lot, so book one in the heart of the building, away from the seaside windows.
Newport Beach's affluent population frequents the three-mile-long Balboa Peninsula, home to a picturesque waterfront pavilion and the Balboa Fun Zone, an arcade with carnival rides, shops, restaurants, and the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum. Nearby Newport Pier includes the Dory Fishing Fleet and Fish Market, where fishermen sell their daily catch to the public each morning on the shore.