I have two young children (3 and 6) - looking at either Newport Beach Marriott Bayview or the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa and leaning towards the Hotel & Spa. Any recommendations from people who have stayed at one or both? Ideally looking for a fun family-friendly atmosphere for the weekend but also plan to spend quite a bit of time at the beach.
I have not stayed at either but have had friends do so. Both are nice. It is a matter of what you want to do..The Marriott Hotel and Spa is located in the Fashion Island area where one would find high end shopping and many restaurants. The Bayview is more relaxed and the views are nice. No restaurants beside the hotels are close. It is an all suite hotel which gives privacy when traveling with kids. From what you said, I think this would be best for you. Either way, you would have to drive to the beach.
Thanks for the info californian Any other properties in the area that you or anyone would recommend?
Club Renaissance - Aliso Veijo. has full gym attached, large atrium, outdoor lap pools, etc. Check it out. I have stayed there a few times and enjoy it. They often have specials for AAA as an example, that will also include free parking and breakfast (full service or buffet).
Thanks 702rugbyref we looked at Club Renaissance - Aliso Veijo, it looks nice but staying closer to Newport seemed to fit more in to our plans. I noticed the Long Beach Marriott but it didn't stand out, why so highly recommended?
I almost forgot about Dana Point, CA, Hotel | Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa which is a mere 15 miles south on PCH. The resort if wonderful with beautiful views and close to a few restaurants that you can walk to from the property.
Yes. Nice hotel. Good food and can walk to harbor where you will find gift shops, restaurant and boat rides. Dolphin Safari is a good one. They take you out for a couple of hours and most likely you will see dolphins, a lot of them, maybe 500 in a pod. Leaves from Dana Point Harbor. The marine institute is nice for kids. They have touch creatures.
A little late to the party. As californian mentions, both properties (Newport Marriott and Newport Bayview Marriott) are not within walking distance to the beach. Of the two, I favor Bayview, because of 1) the suites, which are very nice and 2) the nice view of Back Bay, although if you don't get upgraded, you may end up with a city view.
Also nice about the Bayview property, is it is right across the street from the Back Bay trails which are great for cycling, walking or jogging. At Bayview, if you want to save on parking fees, you can park for free on the street just below the property (many guests do this, including myself), a very short walk. There is no CL at Bayview, but we were offered a fantastic buffet breakfast with an omelette chef.
Newport Marriott CL is closed on weekends, continental breakfast in restaurant in lieu of.
A third option for you might be Marriott Vacation Club at Newport Coast. There are lots of wonderful activities for children, and the main pools are terrific for families. It's really a beautiful property. Parking is free. I wouldn't hold my breath for an ocean view upgrade however over the Labor Day weekend. You can walk to the beach (Crystal Cove) from the property, but maybe not with a 3 year old. They have complimentary shuttle service that takes guests to/from Crystal Cove and Fashion Island every half hour. There is no dining on site.
Newport Beach proper
Laguna Beach is nice too (Heisler Park 375 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651)
Balboa Island and the Balboa Fun Zone is a great place to take the kids. 600 E Bay Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92661
Balboa Fun Zone
Main Pool at Marriott Vacation Club Newport Coast
Fun Activities for the Kids
A colleague of mine owns at the Newport MVCI and says it is just wonderful. Your pics sure look good. Will have to give it a try. I had it on my "no stay" list because it's not right on the beach, but if the walk isn't too bad and/or there are convenient shuttles, I will reconsider.
Thanks for all the feedback - since we're planning to be at the beach and beach activities most of the weekend we decided to stick with the Newport Beach Hotel & Spa. The Vacation Club Newport Coast would be better I think but since we're planning to use points it wasn't an option this trip (they aren't allowing points for the days we'll be there) - I'll keep an eye on it, maybe points redemption will open up.