Portofino Hotel & Marina – A Noble House Hotel
What We Love
- Free bikes to head to nearby Hermosa or Manhattan Beach
- Watching sea lions frolicking in the sunset over drinks from the hotel’s Pacific-facing lounge
- Being a stone’s throw from some of Southern California’s best beaches
- Knowing that you’re lowering your carbon footprint by staying in an eco-friendly hotel
What To Know
- The Portofino sits on King Harbor, a sea lion sanctuary; photo opportunities abound, but the sea lions can be quite vocal, even at night
- Valet and self-parking are both $26 per day
- Redondo is 24 miles from downtown LA and 34 from Disneyland
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
The Portofino Hotel & Marina, A Noble House Hotel’s nautical atmosphere is no affectation. The 161-room hotel sits on a peninsula between the Pacific and a 181-slip marina, and sailing is the preferred means of arrival for some guests. Though yacht club may conjure some stuffy images, this charming seaside spot is anything but with cool breezes and warm vibes that attract a diverse crowd, from families to pro surfers to CEOs grabbing a quick getaway.
Bed and Bath
The navy and sunny yellow color schemes complement the water views through floor-to-ceiling windows and from private patios/balconies. Expect mod cons like iPod/iPhone docks, flatscreen TVs with DVD players and eco-friendly touches like motion sensors that cut down on energy use and permanent toiletry bottles in lieu of single-use ones.
The ambience at the hotel’s restaurant, Baleen, is distinctly elegant (after all, it does overlook a yacht-filled harbor) but buzzy, and sustainable seafood dishes top executive chef Richard Crespin’s California cuisine menu. Think a modern bouillabaisse of fresh scallops, shrimp, mussels, rockfish, calamari and chorizo. The Portofino’s exercise room is a tad small, but your fitness needs can be met SoCal-style, with a swim in the heated oceanfront pool, some kayaking in the harbor or surfing Redondo Beach’s choice waves. The hotel also provides free bike rentals for enjoying the 27-mile beachfront path on which it sits.
In the Area
Though only 40 minutes from downtown LA, Portofino’s marina locale — surrounded by sailboats, sea lions, beaches and boardwalks — could hardly be more relaxing. A 10-minute walk brings you to Redondo, a quaint village with one of Southern California’s best beaches and a family-friendly boardwalk. On a clear day you can see Catalina Island from the Portofino’s top floor; you can make a day trip there on the Catalina Express. Beginning just north of Redondo Beach, the Strand is a paved, car-free path that runs alongside the beach and is popular with joggers, bicyclists and skateboarders. The Portofino’s free beach cruisers are ideal for the ride. The sand dunes of Dockweiller State Beach (six miles north of Redondo) are prime hang-gliding grounds. Wind Sports offers full flight lessons for $120 and tandem flights for $199. Some say Redondo Beach is where California’s surf scene was born. It’s impossible to prove, but who are we to argue? We can promise that the waves at Redondo, Manhattan and Hermosa beaches are second to none, and shops to rent gear are plentiful.
How to Get There
The walls and floors are so thin that 2 our our 4 rooms had sleepless nights due to the noise from neighboring rooms. My room was above the gym and the noise from the treadmill was so loud I couldn't sleep. Management was not sympathetic to our concerns the first time we approached them and it took repeated attempts to get them to switch one of our rooms. I would not recommend this hotel.
Every hotel stay should be as relaxing yet enervating as this one was. I came back home totally re-energized. Perhaps it is the attention to detail your staff exhibited or the excellent cuisine I received via room service that made my stay so memorable. Speaking of the staff, they were kind, compassionate and courteous. I guess I could sum it in by saying it was the little things your people did so well that made it a great stay. Thank you so much.
Stayed one night on our drive to San Diego. Deanna at the desk was amazing!
She found out it was our 25th anniversary and upgraded our room and left us a surprise.
Great hotel with excellent service and location!