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
Great location, overall clean. Bikes need to be updated. Hotel has parking and resort fee that adds a couple hundred dollars or more depending on how long you're staying. Left something valuable in the room and they made housekeeping responsible for looking for the item instead of a manager looking into themselves. Item was not found.
Kevin at the reception desk made my stay, I had called to inquire about parking and checking while I was in route to the hotel. He was extremely helpful and when I arrived, which was early, my room was ready and he had the availability
to up grade me. My room was on the second floor overlooking the harbor with views of the coastline in both directions. Room and hotel lobby are beautifully decorated and very clean.
We used to close Shade but they have priced themselves out. Portofino has better ocean views and the Baleen Resteraunt is superior in our opinion. Lounge has quiet entertainment Friday night. A nice plus.
View was beautiful on the ocean side. No road noise at all. Room was clean. Restaurant acceptable. Otherwise, there were many issues. Reservation system is seriously messed up. Room not ready at 7:30 pm (appreciated dinner on the house, though). Friend's room wasn't ready until even later. Another friend was sent to a different hotel due to overbooking. Rooms weren't serviced until the evening. No soundproofing. Rooms need refurbishing. Don't appreciate being the cheap attitude--you can't use the coffee maker without being charged and nothing is complimentary. This is not a 4-star property.
There are some great sights near by. Take one of their bicycles and go for a ride along Hermosa and Manhattan beaches. There are also plenty of restaurants in the nearby area for dining and beverages.