Stay & Play: Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel
Conveniently situated just five minutes from Orange County’s John Wayne Airport, Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel offers comfort and elegance for those in search of a SoCal getaway. The 10-story property features a whopping 444 guest rooms, including 56 exquisite suites, each furnished with a tasteful selection of coastal-chic decor. Before you head to your room, take a stroll through the stylish lobby, which offers plenty of space to lounge, get some work done or enjoy a craft cocktail. Hues of blues and greens combined with a mix of midcentury modern furniture make this Newport Beach hotel a love-at-first-sight kind of staycation.
In addition to its dreamy, ocean-inspired aesthetic, Renaissance Newport Beach also boasts an assortment of sumptuous amenities that are sure to meet all your needs. These include a shuttle service to and from the airport, a rooftop pool with cabanas, an outdoor patio complete with a fireplace and waterfall, a full-service restaurant, a 24-hour fitness center, basketball and tennis courts and of course, Wi-Fi. To put it simply, when it comes to luxury, this hotel has it all…you may never want to leave! But even with all these luxuries, the real draw of Renaissance Newport Beach is its prime location. The hotel sits at the epicenter of Orange County, providing easy access to Newport Beach’s best attractions and neighboring cities like Costa Mesa, Irvine and Huntington Beach. So while it may seem difficult to leave the property given its array of pleasures, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of the central location and explore all that Newport Beach has to offer!
On vacay with your sweetheart? Show your other half some love with a romantic sunset gondola ride! Located on Bayside Drive, Gondola Adventures, Inc. specializes in romantic date night endeavors that’ll surely spice things up. Choose from a variety of customizable rides, including options like antipasto cruises, pizza cruises and dessert cruises. Pop open a bottle of bubbles and enjoy an evening on the water as your gondolier navigates the sparkling bay.
Somewhere in between eating, drinking and lounging, you’ll want to explore the natural beauty of Newport Beach. Located just minutes from the property sits the expansive Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve, or as locals call it, the “Back Bay.” This region of protected space offers access to an assortment of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, kayaking, paddleboarding and more. Take a walk around the 10.5-mile Back Bay Loop or rent bikes and explore the bay’s rugged terrain on wheels.
A straight shot down MacArthur Boulevard lies the iconic neighborhood of Corona del Mar. Spend a day on PCH exploring the town’s charming array of shops and restaurants or head to Corona del Mar State Beach for a day of sun and sand. If you do decide to head to the shore, be sure to visit the tide pools at Little Corona Beach, where you’ll find a variety of ocean creatures such as sea anemones, crabs and starfish!
For a true taste of Newport Beach history, zip down the Balboa Peninsula to Balboa Village. This time-honored enclave has been a part of Newport Beach for decades and is home to the historic Balboa Pavilion and the family-friendly Balboa Fun Zone. Walk around and discover an assortment of attractions, including a Ferris wheel, souvenir shops and waterfront restaurants like Newport Landing, Pizza Pete’s and Balboa Bar-B-Que.
Written By: Kaylin Waizinger