Located in the heart of Southern California’s Newport Beach, the Hyatt Regency makes it easy for guests to take advantage of everything this seaside city has to offer. Set on 26 acres, with Newport Bay practically in its backyard, go for a walk and chances are you’ll stumble upon a hotel amenity you didn’t know about. From swimming to golf, biking and horseshoes, you may find you actually have to set aside time to enjoy doing nothing here.
The Hyatt Regency Newport Beach has a sophisticated but relaxed beach charm. The lobby is airy and bright. Beach tones prevail, but whimsical artwork and decorative pillows add fun splashes of color that spill over to an outside patio with ample, comfy seating. The complimentary fruit water is tasty and decorative in its own right, but the chocolate chip cookies you get at check-in tend to steal the show.
The resort has 407 guestrooms, including nine suites and four three-bedroom villas. My Bay View Double room was located on the third floor of the Catalina Building. The view of Newport Bay was a great perk, but since I was traveling with my family, the added outdoor living space that came with the balcony was an appreciated surprise.
All guestrooms at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach have usable refrigerators, not ones stuffed with mini-bar options. As the early riser in the family, I was thrilled to discover the automatic nightlight that illuminated the walkway between the beds. It gave off just enough light to get dressed and out the door for a morning run without waking up the entire family.
Guestrooms at the hotel are divided into four separate buildings. The Catalina Building is attached to the lobby and on-site restaurant. Getting to all of the other buildings requires a short walk. The Bay Building surrounds the busy main pool, the Balboa Building the adult pool and the Lido Building is centered around the third pool.
You can keep yourself busy from the time you get up in the morning, until you fall into bed at night. The main pool, complete with waterslide and miniature poolside putting green, is a favorite with families. If you’d rather stay dry, shuffleboard, volleyball, horseshoes, a giant outdoor chess board and a 9-hole golf course will quickly fill your day. Bicycles are also available and make for a fun way to explore nearby Balboa Island. Two hours rental are included in the resort fee.
SHOR American Seafood Grill, the on-site restaurant, offers indoor and outdoor dining at breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Lobby Lounge offers grab and go selections, along with morning lattes and evening cocktails.
The hotel’s location makes it a good starting point to visit a number of popular attractions. The beach is just minutes away. Fashion Island, an outdoor shopping mall is only two miles away. Disneyland is about a half an hour drive and there are two airports less than 30 miles from the hotel.
Pet lovers should note the hotel is dog friendly. All you can drink Doggie Bars, or water bowls are scattered throughout the property.
The Hyatt Regency Newport Beach charges a daily resort fee of $23 plus tax. I’m not a big fan of resort fees, but active guests should take advantage. It covers activities like golf at Back Bay Golf Course, bike rentals, beach kit rentals, and shuttle service to and from John Wayne Airport, Fashion Island and Balboa Island. It also provides internet and daily bottled water. Hotel parking is $25 per night for self-parking or $34 per night for valet parking.
Dana received a media rate for her stay at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, but as always her thoughts and opinions are her own.