Balboa Bay Resort
What We Love
- Private marina and dock offering charter boat excursions and kayak, paddleboard and electric Duffy boat rentals
- The OC Body Scrub at the full-service spa
- Only eight miles from John Wayne Airport
What To Know
- Guestrooms will be undergoing renovations from November 6, 2015 through early January, 2016
- The hotel is on Newport Harbor, not the ocean
- Parking, whether valet or metered, can get pricey
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The AAA four-diamond resort has only been around since 2003, but it’s adjacent to The Balboa Bay Club, a private club whose members have included Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. The classic, Old World elegance that attracted the stars of yore shines through at the newer resort, and especially at Duke’s Place, named for the resort’s most famous member, John Wayne. It’s a great spot to sip one of the resort’s signature drinks — the Duke’s Cocktail or a BBC (short for Balboa Bay Club) mai tai, perhaps? — while taking in the sounds of local jazz musicians.
Bed & Bath
Furnished balconies in Bay View rooms make a memorable escape with magnificent views of multimillion-dollar yachts docking in Newport Harbor as the sun sets. Standard and Courtyard guestrooms are also a treat; all are decorated with understated nautical flair, highlighted by plantation shutters opening to courtyard or pool views.
Dinner is at the award-winning First Cabin restaurant, where Austrian chef Josef Lageder serves up delectable morsels of fresh mahi-mahi and dry aged filet mignon with béarnaise sauce. The spa is an escape unto itself. Treatments include a volcanic clay wrap, a caviar facial and the signature OC Body Scrub for a skin-refreshing dose of orange blossoms and Vitamin C followed by some more lounge time by the courtyard pool.
How to Get There
Just arrived for a conference that starts tomorrow. My first impression upon checking in was that the staff is genuinely friendly. I’d like to give a shout out to front desk team members Becca and Timothy and also to server at A&O restaurant Pamela.
My stay will be short but as the saying goes “you only get one chance to make a good first impression” and they did!
Stayed here for the weekend nice rooms & beautiful resort! Want to shout out to Caesar who brought me balloons & champagne in the morning!!! And shout out to Becca who we loved made our stay fun and comfortable and she went the extra mile! And Jason thank you for getting the coffee beans for our sambuka!!!!
Visited the hotel for a girls day out and had a great time at A&O. Service was wonderful from start to finish. All of the staff from valet to front desk to management was outstanding. I will definitely go again to try out some different food and drinks on the A&O menu and to take in the wonderful view!!