Get an overview of this hotelHistoric Orange County resort overlooks marina

On Balboa Bay

Overlooking a marina on Balboa Bay, this Mediterranean-style resort in Orange County's Newport Beach is set on 15 acres close to golfing, shopping, and beaches.

Old glamour, posh spa

Opened in 1948 as a private club (public resort added in 2003), Balboa Bay Resort has hosted presidents and Hollywood icons—and now hosts the public, which enjoys its yacht charters and extensive spa.

Sand and rattan

The 159 beach-inspired rooms at Balboa Bay Resort offer balconies, marble bathrooms, rattan accents, and DVD players. Beds have bamboo headboards, pillowtop mattresses, and down duvets.

Renovations & Closures

The hotel will be renovating from 06 November 2015 to 07 January 2016 (completion date subject to change). The following areas are affected:
  • Guestrooms
Renovation work will only be conducted during business hours on weekdays. Every effort will be made to minimize noise and disturbance.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

There’s no better way to experience life and style that’s perfectly balanced than at the Balboa Bay Resort – a full-service, waterfront property in Newport Beach. For those seeking the quintessential Southern California lifestyle experience, this destination offers deluxe spa facilities, plush accommodations with balconies in every room, and gourmet-dining.

The resort is close to scenic beaches and world-class shopping. Plus, our sophisticated and personalized staff is dedicated to making sure you receive more than you imagined. From the stunning bay views, to the upscale amenities, to the beautifully decorated rooms and suites, your experience will be truly unforgettable and one you’ll soon want to relive. If you’re ready to be pampered SoCal-style, the Balboa Bay Resort staff is ready to show you to your room.

The Balboa Bay Resort provides many unique venues and beautiful landscapes, including a 7,000 square foot Grand Ballroom, blissful private bayside lawn, expansive outdoor terrace, and many well-appointed meeting rooms, all attended to by a 5-star trained staff. Your event is an experience that should both impress and leave a lasting impression. The Balboa Bay Resort delivers that experience to make sure your meeting, wedding, or special event reaches a new level of luxury and a perfect balance of life and style.

  • Spa services on site 
  • Coffee/tea in lobby 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 2 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • Fireplace in lobby 
  • Snack bar/deli 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Free wired high-speed Internet 
  • Year Built 2003 
  • Free area shuttle 
  • Marina on site 
  • Outdoor pool 
  • Spa tub 
  • Full-service spa 
  • Spa treatment room(s) 
  • Steam room 
  • Sauna 
  • Health club 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Airport transportation (surcharge) 
  • Conference space 
  • Business center 
  • Meeting rooms 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Express check-in 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Express check-out 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Total number of rooms - 159 
  • Number of floors - 3 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Shopping on site 
  • Hair salon 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Valet parking (surcharge) 
  • Wedding services 
  • Coffee shop or café 
  • Designated smoking areas 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Concierge services 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Garden 
  • Library 
  • Restaurant 
  • Free parking nearby 
  • Self parking (surcharge) 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Outdoor pool  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Rollaway/extra beds available  
  • Area shuttle (complimentary)  
  • Snack bar/deli  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Refrigerator  
  • DVD player  


Available in all rooms: Wireless internet access (12.95 USD per 24 hours surcharge), Wired high-speed Internet access (surcharge)

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired high-speed Internet


Self parking (surcharge), Valet parking (surcharge), Free parking nearby

Room Amenities

  • Down comforter 
  • Wired high-speed Internet access (surcharge) 
  • LCD TV 
  • Deep soaking bathtub 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Cable TV service 
  • HDTV 
  • Phone 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Video-game console 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • DVD player 
  • Pay movies 
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Room service (24 hours) 
  • Balcony 
  • Climate control 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Free newspaper 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Separate bathtub and shower 
  • Slippers 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Desk 
  • WiFi (surcharge) 
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible) 
  • Pillowtop mattress 
  • Rollaway/extra beds available 
  • Cribs/infant beds available 

Where to Eat

Waterline Newport Beach - the resort’s signature restaurant features fresh seafood. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Blend™ - Italian-inspired coffee shop features freshly-brewed coffee and gourmet beverages and light fare. Open daily from 6 AM – 7 PM.

A&O Kitchen+Bar - Brand new gastropub overlooking the harbor.

Nearby Things to Do

The resort sits on 15 waterfront acres, encompassing a private marina on Balboa Bay. The marina is reserved for club members, but resort guests can charter yachts and small electric boats, and arrange fishing trips through the concierge. The hotel also offers complimentary shuttle service to a sandy beach a mile away.

The outdoor heated pool in the main building's courtyard is surrounded by cushioned lounge chairs. A small, artificial beach on site is available for club members only, and is only for sunning. The resort has two fitness centers: the smaller, complimentary center in the main building offers towels and TVs, a pair of treadmills and several pieces of Paramount strength-training equipment; the fitness facilities in the spa are available for a fee.

The 17,000-square-foot spa contains women's and men's locker rooms, each with a living room with a fireplace, comfortable couches and chairs, leather ottomans, and showers stocked with spa products. The spa provides a steam room, dry sauna, spa tub, and nine rooms for massage, skin-care, and beauty treatments. A pro shop with resort wear and work-out clothes is located next to the spa.

Several golf courses are nearby, including Strawberry Farms Golf Club, Aliso Viejo Golf Club, and Pelican Hill Golf Club, with two courses designed by Tom Fazio.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby 
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby 
  • Sailing nearby 
  • Personal motorized watercraft on site 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 
  • Windsurfing nearby 
  • Motor boating on site 

Spa Services

  • Body treatments 
  • Facial treatments 
  • Number of treatment rooms 9 
  • Couples treatment rooms 
  • Body wraps 
  • Body scrubs 
  • Aromatherapy treatments 
  • Hydrotherapy treatments 
  • Sauna in spa 
  • Massages 


To make requests for specific accessibility needs, complete the “Special or Accessibility Requests" section of “Trip Preferences" when you book your hotel.

  • Accessibility equipment for the deaf 
  • Braille or raised signage 
  • Accessible path of travel 
  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • Accessible parking 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time starts at 4 PM

Minimum check-in age is 18


Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 30.00 per night.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available.


Pets allowed, Only dogs are allowed, Maximum number of pets per room 1, Pet maximum weight in lb is 50

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the hotel:
  • Resort fee: USD 20.00 per accommodation, per night
The hotel resort fee includes:
  • Fitness center access
  • Business center/computer access
  • Internet access
  • Newspaper
  • Phone calls
  • Faxes
  • In-room coffee
  • In-room bottled water
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 12.95 (for 24 hours, rates may vary)
  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 20.00
  • Self parking fee: USD 18.00 per night
  • Valet parking fee: USD 28 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Pet fee: USD 100.00 per accommodation, per stay (maximum USD 100.00 per stay)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 30.00 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

We should mention

This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply). Guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Awards & Affiliations

  • The property is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts.
Sorry, we seem to have had an issue loading our review content. Try again?