Island Hotel Newport Beach
What We Love
- Unwinding in the spa’s eucalyptus steam room and relaxation lounge before and after an indulgent massage
- The 3,000-square-foot heated pool ringed by lush gardens
- It’s this close to the shopper’s paradise of Fashion Island
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Although the fitness center closes at 9PM, it can be accessed after-hours using your room key
- Even-numbered rooms face the city and back bay, odd-numbered rooms overlook the pool and ocean
- The best views (of the ocean and towards LA) can be had from north-facing rooms on high floors
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Its name may conjure up images of a tropical escape, but the 295-room Island Hotel is actually located in Newport Center, a 600-acre development along the Pacific coast that is chock-full of Fortune 500 companies. So you’d expect the conference facilities, buzzing lounge where deals are made over the martini of the day, and the locally-sourced fare at the Oak Grill. What you might be surprised by are the off-duty pursuits, from the nine different types of massages on offer at the spa, the outdoor fireplace by the heated pool and the live DJ jams at the Aqua Lounge.
In the Area
Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm are nearby, but many hotel guests prefer to get a taste of adventure out on the water while fishing, whale watching, or catching rays aboard an impressive chartered yacht. Plus there’s horse racing at one of the five nearby tracks including Hollywood Park and Santa Anita. But the most popular competitive sport in Newport Beach just may be shopping, thanks to Fashion Island, an outdoor, oceanfront shopping and entertainment center steps from the hotel, where you can pick up everything from a scented candle to a Cadillac. It’s also home to restaurants including Rick Bayless’ Red O and Fig & Olive.
How to Get There
I went for my grandfather’s birthday and, for the most part, it was great. We had a beautiful room and they left two complimentary cakes in the room saying “happy birthday”. Granted the cakes were stale and tasting weird by the time we came, it was a pretty nice addition. My only real complaints are the the pillows weren’t as soft as I would like, the location of the hotel is noisy, and the water was expensive ($5 a pop). However, the rooms came with complimentary tea and a pretty neat coffeemaker.
Very nice hotel. Good fitness center. Nice lobby and bar. Staff is friendly. And hard to beat the weather. Lots of good restaurants nearby, and a good one in the hotel too. It’s a bit far from the beach, but makes for a good run.
Fashion Island is the place to stay! Gorgeous pool, fabulous location, wonderful food and vibe!! there is also a solid gym on premises. The hotel is directly across from the open air Fashion island Mall that literally has everything
Brunch and happy hour are my personal favorites-