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
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- 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 staff was very nice, however I was not impressed with the rest of the hotel. There were dirty towels in the bathroom left over form the prior occupant. There were streamers and balloons taped to the walls left there by the prior occupant. there were no outlet covers on the walls. The alarm clock/ charging station did not work, I tired to call the front desk and the phone died. So i tried to check the plug only to find a nest of outlets and electrical cords under the bed. Very unprofessional. My wife went down stairs to let them know and the staff did fix the electrical outlet and towel issue. Overall for $250 a night I was not impressed. Also the "beach front" view is really more of a closed harbor with a few boats.
Had some issues with check in, bussiness center toner was out of ink, room initially assigned to was damp. Otherwise, the staff was friendly, accommodating and apologetic re any issues. Appreciate their help and the otherwise nice hotel in a quiet, and calm location. Didn't get to try their restaurant, but it seemed nice.
Love this hotel!The Staff is so Helpful, professional. It's fun to walk around the back and listen to the Sea Lions. The restaurant is delicious, the staff there Super! My coffee got cold and it was not a big deal to warm my cup & get fresh coffee. Get the Avocado Toast!
This is a very good location at the Ocean. The hotel has its own style. I am a frequent customer, but unfortunately this is a pity that there is no reward policy nor upgrade possibility at the Portofino.
I had such a fun experience here. I stopped in the hotel lobby one night on a whim while visiting Redondo and had a great time with Erica. She made me feel so welcome and gave AMAZING suggestions about places to visit in the area. Such great energy and a breath of fresh air! I will definitely be back!