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Where To Stay For #PlanForVacation Day

January 28, 2020
  • Lido Hotel in Newport Beach
  • Lido House Newport Beach
  • Island Hotel Newport Beach
  • Balboa Inn

Allow us to be your alarm clock chiming to tell you that now’s the perfect time to spend those vacation days you’ve been hoarding for a while. Here’s why. National #PlanForVacation Day is today, which serves as a reminder of just how important it is to dedicate some time every year for a relaxing getaway (or two). Not only does it help you get some much-needed R&R, it also boosts your productivity in the workplace, as well as your overall health and wellbeing. Now that you’ve finally begun planning your escape, this perfect-for-every-kind-of-traveler list of Newport Beach hotels will surely come in handy.

Discover the epicurean Lido House

Boasting a coastal palette that feels very much of the place, Lido House is an elevated beach house retreat that plays more than the good-taste card. For starters, it’s got a prime location smack-dab in the middle of Balboa Peninsula—a three-mile stretch of pristine waters hugging the sand. The hotel touts 130 guest rooms, including spacious suites and five custom-designed three-story cottages. It’ll be tempting to hang a Do Not Disturb sign on the door and lounge around, but hear us out. The Lido House houses a top-notch restaurant, The Mayor’s Table, which you’re going to want to snag a table at when hunger gets the better of you. The hotel’s rooftop bar is another perfect place to idle the evening—cocktail in hand, of course.

Go glam with Fashion Island Hotel

Sure, Fashion Island Hotel’s proximity to one of Newport Beach’s premier shopping centers has unbeatable value, but the hotel is a destination in its own right. This modern Californian dig is a blend of coastal ambiance and round-the-clock luxury. Do your shoulders need a little kneading? Take the elevator to the hotel’s 4,000 square-foot spa, where you can tuck your feet into a pair of fluffy white slippers and indulge in an array of treatments and perks. Hungry? The property also houses Oak Grill, which stands out for its California cuisine and al fresco seating under a canopy of oak trees.

Find charm at Newport Beach Hotel

Even though the history of the hotel can be traced back to 1904, the rooms’ design overhaul make it feel entirely new (while still retaining its historic charm). The real bonus, however, is the hotel’s location on lively boardwalk of Newport Beach. It sits just a stone’s throw away from the beach, which means you and your swimsuit-clad family will have your toes in the sand on the regular when the weather warms. Other perks? A complimentary breakfast and—if you just ask—access to bicycles, lounge chairs, sand toys for the tots and more beach-friendly gear. Not to mention, the hotel is close to many eateries and watering holes, which you can hit up before you hit the hay.

Cozy up to oceanfront views at Balboa Inn

Aside from a sundeck, ocean-view balconies and architecture that hews to a Mediterranean style, this intimate 45-room inn also boasts an in-house restaurant which serves stellar Italian cuisine on an oceanfront terrace. And if views are what you’re after, listen to this: the hotel sits just in front of the Balboa Pier—one of two piers in the city—where you’ll be treated to unparalleled vistas of the ocean and shoreline. We also can’t ignore the fact that the inn is a mere three-minute walk from the Balboa Fun Zone, which, as any Newport Beach local will tell you, should be an indisputable part of your itinerary. If you’re staying in town sans a vehicle, then we strongly urge you to take the ferry to Balboa Island, where quaint eateries and picturesque bayfront homes will keep you coming back for many vacations to come.

Written By: Mariam Makatsaria

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