Exceeded Expectations            April 2020
A great find. Beach hotels get pricey; and we only needed to stay over for a night to attend a friend’s party in Newport Beach. Bay Shores more than exceeded our expectations: spotless, charming room, lovely people at reception, very pleasant complimentary breakfast. Everything about it makes it clear this is an owner who cares. Would definitely return if the occasion called for it. Unless you’re looking for something fancy and high-end, this is a place we strongly recommend.                           Andrea G.  Los Angeles

Dear Bay Shores Team,
thank you for another wonderful stay at your hotel. There is a reason why you are the number one rated hotel in NB!

The actual Covid 19 situation forced us to stay a few more days in the area what is not so bad I guess? I visited this hotel about 8 or 9 years ago and there was absolutely no alternative for me than staying here again. Your lovely rooms, location, breakfast, free parking, sun deck, fresh cookies and most important your team was just another reason why we came back.

Warren and Donna are the most friendly and helpful people we met in hotels during the years. Absolutely outstanding service. No matter what we needed they were there to help us out and provided informations and help. The moment we walked though the door we felt welcomed. So it was even harder to check out from this hotel and my most favorite city NB.
We hope we all get through this fast and safe and we can’t wait to come back.

Stay safe and healthy,
with best regards
Dominik (303)

P.s Future visitors please book through the hotel directly, not Expedia or Booking etc. They always have the best rate via direct booking.

My hubby and I stayed here for 2 nights in Feb 2020…this has to be one if the most charming hotels I’ve ever seen!

The rooms were very clean and had so much character…the rooftop deck has a beautiful view and would be a lovely place to enjoy breakfast.

The breakfast (included) was great! They offer breads, fresh baked croissants, muffins, cereal, fruit, boiled eggs, oatmeal ect. as well as breakfast sandwiches that you put in the microwave. While I didn’t try one of those, my hubby seemed to enjoy them.

In the afternoon we came back and found fresh baked cookies in the lobby as well as delicious spa water flavoured with different fruits like pineapple and strawberries.

They have a large collection of DVD’s that you can borrow for free if you want a quiet movie night in your room, and you can buy a bag of microwave popcorn for $1.

The staff here are amazing! Very friendly, quickly learned our names and genuinely thanked us for our visit.

Included with your stay is free use of their beach gear (chairs, boogie boards, beach towels ect) which is a great value over renting from nearby shops. The beach is just across the street, so you can leave your car (free hotel parking!), grab a few toys and walk across to find a spot on the beach.

We will absolutely be back to stay here again! Loved every minute! 😀.   Christina, Edmonton, Canada

Stayed for two lights and all I can say is: I am coming back! Excellent service by all the staff and the night receptionist, Bruce, was helpful in so many ways. The vibe is cozy and the rooms are quaint, yet comfortable. This is not a 5 star hotell, but the stay was a 5 star experience. Ut is real and authentic. The morning breakfest buffet was great. Just a good start. And the beach only a 5 minute walk. Absolutely recommended.     Norway

After a six hour drive due to fires around two major freeways , I walked in to be greeted by Bridget who checked me in and made sure I had everything I needed.

This is my third time staying here and I will always come back! You can’t beat the amenities, especially if you want to spend time on the beach. Towels and boogie boards are all provided!

I really like this place and you will too!

 Lynette M.  Santa Maria, CA

A gem of a hotel

Sept 2019

My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights, as part of our 60th birthday celebration and holiday to Southern California and wow!! what a lovely hotel.
The staff we dealt with Donna, Jenny and Warren could not have been more helpful and welcoming. The hotel has a great location, a few minutes from the beach and bay. The cleanliness of the rooms was excellent. The Wi-Fi was fine, bedrooms, linen and bathrooms all good.
The team assisted with hotel parking and they very helpfully provide free beach towels, sun loungers and umbrellas.
The value for money was excellent compared to other hotels we stayed in during our stay.
The breakfast was adequate to get you started in the morning with coffee, cereal and plenty of fresh fruit.
We stayed at 5 hotels in our 16 day visit, and this hotel overall we felt was the best, staying at San Diego, Santa Barbara, Morro Bay, Newport Beach and Monterey.
An absolute gem of a hotel, thank you for such a lovely stay.
Jim T., Essex, UK

Sept 2019
Great location staff could not have been nicer or more accommodating we totally enjoyed our stay and look forward to returning. Just a short walk to the boardwalk and then longer walk to Balboa Island but we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Cozy Friendly Place

July  2019

One of the nicest little cozy places that my wife and I have been to. The staff was so friendly and accommodating. Our stay felt like we were at a bed and breakfast.
The hotel is just across the street from the beach and they supply all patrons with beach chairs, umbrellas, towels and even toys for the kids. 
Although the room was small, it was very comfortable and clean. The free breakfast was not expansive but had everything you might want for a continental style breakfast. One of my favorites freebies were the fresh baked cookies in the afternoon. We are looking forward to a future visit.

Michael S.

Its like visiting family!

July  2019

We grew up in the Newport area and after moving out of state visit the Newport area regularly to visit family and have family vacations. This is the first time we stayed at bay shores and believe me it won’t be the last! We have stayed at other boutique hotel and the “big ones” and this little gem was fantastic. 
The rooms were quite roomy and clean. Everything you could possibly need was available (chairs, boogie boards etc) the walking distance to beach and restaurants super easy. The entire staff was so helpful and friendly. I wish I knew all the names but Donna and Warren stuck out in my mind. 
If there was a sixth star I’d have given it!

Alanna P.

Awesome Stay

June  2019

From the moment we checked in until we checked out, the property, room, staff, amenities and location were and are 5 Star. We were informed of places to go, things to do and restaurants to dine. Additionally, the property offered, as part of the stay, free gear for our beach excursions. If you have the opportunity to stay here, do so. You and your loved ones will not be disappointed.

Jason F.

Amazing front desk and old school great hospitality

June  2019

Wow, there is a reason why this hotel is #1 in Newport Beach. Even though the exterior may look like an older hotel, my room was very clean and felt comfortable. The front desk provides amazing service and a great conversation (Donna, you are awesome!) I also loved the little extras and guest customization that’s hard to find these days, from the hand written card on the pillow with chocolates to the post card they send to your home address after you depart. You start feeling like more than a guest, but more like a friend that they welcome back again in the future. Well done! I am so so glad I switched to this hotel at the last minute after first booking at the Balboa Bay Resort, where they charge a hefty valet parking fee on top of a ridiculous resort fee. Bay Shores Peninsula provides ample parking, NO extra hidden costs or resort fees, free breakfast and walking distance to the beach. I felt like I saved money and had a very comfortable time staying here. There is also a very chill roof top balcony on top of the hotel, great for sunset viewing with a lot of tables and chairs. I would totally return again!

Tammy T., San Jose

Beach Boy…..

May 2019

Arrived and was given a warm welcome by Jenny who checked me in and then gave me a tour of the hotel and facilities. Allocated Room 208 on the side of the hotel and away from the main road. Room comfortable and well equiped. Personalised welcome note from the hotel. Ate far too many of the cookies and then hit the streets and the beach!
Great base for the area and the beach.
Lots of beach equipment and towels to hire. Desk staff full of local information and recommendations in terms of cycle hire, bars and restaurants.
Sad to leave when the time came to Uber back to LAX.

Donald M., London

April 2019

Chose to stay at the Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel based on other TripAdvisor reviews and was not disappointed!! Great location. Easy walk across the street to the beach and several restaurants close by. The staff is great, very friendly and helpful. Room was clean and well kept. Parking can be a bit of a challenge, but we were never without a spot and it’s free with the room!! Overall great stay, we will definitely visit again!

Douglas U, Idaho

Dear the team at Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel,

March 2019

Thank you for a lovely stay for 5 nights at your hotel with a team of 6 colleagues from Norway . The rooms were comfortable and clean, the staff is friendly and helpful and the atmosphere is pleasant and homely.

This was my second stay with you, and you will be our first choice when we will be coming back some time.

Marianne, Norway

Amazing Staff – Mar 2019

This has been the best hotel we’ve ever stayed in!! The staff was amazing and the hotel was perfect! Would definitely recommend this place!
Erik T.

Hidden Gem  – Feb 2019

I was pleasantly surprised at this hidden gem in Newport Beach. The entire staff was so welcoming and knowledgeable. We enjoyed our stay and can not wait to book our next stay. We will definitely be returning to this lovely small hotel.

We had never stayed here before, but as many others have done, we took a chance based on the reviews online and the pictures on the site.  

We were, and are so pleased with the Bay shores that we took a chance on this little gem, and we can’t wait to go back.

We had never stayed here before, but as many others have done, we took a chance based on the reviews online and the pictures on the site.  

We were, and are so pleased with the Bay shores that we took a chance on this little gem, and we can’t wait to go back.

Gem of a Hotel! – Dec 2018

Fantastic place! Room was perfect (clean, nice comforts), breakfast was great, and staff was friendly (and most had been at this family-owned hotel for 15-20 years)!! It is central to Newport Beach – between the Bay and the Beach, a few blocks from Newport pier. We’ve already reserved our room for next year!
Jeff F.

Seattle, WA

A treasure – Dec 2018

It is a great little B & B. Breakfast was great, location was perfect and the extra touches were excellent…ie…free parking, chocolate milk, beach toys, location, warm cookies, great rooftop patio…we will return!

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Amazing place in Newport Beach  –  Nov. 2018

This is one of the small best independent hotels I’ve found in my 36 years in California. The facilities are all there– buffet breakfast, coffee in room, all bath lotions, fee parking, free WiFi, free afternoon cookies in the lounge, and wonderful views of the harbour. Add to that a VERY friendly staff, all eager to help. They deserve to be #1 in Newport Beach, and in my view #1 getaway beach hotel in Southern California. Love the surfer wallpaper in the bath!

Thomas S

Seattle, WA

Great Place!  –  Nov 2018

If you want to feel like you are a guest in someone’s home, this is the place for you. Cute country cottage guestrooms and a super helpful and friendly staff. I lost my hotel and luggage keys while out, and called the front desk and they immediately went to my room and changed the keys for me and then cut the luggage lock when I returned. Beautiful roof top with an ocean and back bay view. Walk across the street to the beach. Also walking distance to the Newport Beach pier and many restaurants and activity rentals. Hot cookies every afternoon and a good breakfast. Was here for business and will return when I am back in the area.


Wonderful Stay, Great Location!  –  Oct 2018

Besides the perfect location in Newport Beach, what you’ll also notice most is the awesome service from the very friendly and helpful staff. We stayed in the Bay Suite which was fantastic for the 3 of us on our weekend getaway. This isn’t the Ritz, but very clean and comfortable with complimentary amenities like fresh baked cookies in the afternoon, breakfast in the morning, and everything you need for a day at the beach (towels, chairs, umbrellas, and boogie boards.) Walk a block to the beach, and just a couple more to the pier, shops, great restaurants, and bike rentals (we rode bikes to Balboa and took the ferry to Balboa Island—so fun!) I can’t recommend Bay Shores highly enough!

Karen Idema

Grand Haven, Michigan

Great Location, Cozy, Clean and Friendly  –  Oct 2018

Perfect spot with access to the bay and ocean. Walking distance to many restaurants. Staff was very friendly. Rooms were small but very clean and comfortable. Great breakfast. Don’t miss the rooftop deck for incredible views of the water and sunset.

Josh B

Stellar service, Super Staff!  –  Oct 2018

Our visit to Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel was memorable and fun. The staff was incredibly attentive, and it felt more like a bed and breakfast because we were treated so well. We will definitely return again!

Michael M

Beach and surfing decor is fantastic  –  Sept 2018

Second time in 2 years staying at the Bay Shore Inn on the Balboa Peninsula. Great fun hotel with excellent staff, breakfast and great beach access. Room are nicely decorated, very clean with fresh flowers and fruit provided daily. Highly recommend the Bay Shore Inn!

Arno B

Location is Perfect                                                     April 2020
Such a cute and quaint hotel with a personal touch. The rooms are adorable and the hotel staff is very friendly and helpful. We even got a note on our pillow when we checked in that was personalized!! This type of service is very rare and the price of the room was incredible! The location is perfect and I would definitely stay there again!!                                  Kathy B.   Garden Grove

Absolutely beautiful. Room was wonderful, bed was comfortable but what really made this stay perfect was the staff. HUGE shout outs to Donna and Brigitte! These 2 young ladies are phenomenal and one of the reasons I’ll be a frequent resident. Thanks to Brigitte for saving my bestie’s cell phone from the roof. Lol. Hugs! See you all soon! 
Deb D.  Los Angeles. 

We’ve stayed at Bay Shores several times and always enjoy it. It’s not a fancy place, but has everything you’d want in a B&B. The staff is always friendly and helpful. The rooms are very comfortable. The rooftop deck has beautiful views in every direction. And this February we very fortunate to have warm, sunny weather. SO great to pick up a towel and a chair and walk across the street to the beach! Hope we’ll be able to return again and again! 
Kathy D., Fort Collins, CO

We visited Dec 29- Jan 1 and have nothing but great things to say about Bay Shores.

The staff was super friendly from when we arrived- Donna welcomed us with a tour and suggestions for Newport, Reggie was nice and helpful as well.

It’s a hotel that pays attention to the little things- the fresh bagels at (free) breakfast from the bakery down the street, warm cookies in the afternoon, free movie rental and free popcorn. My girlfriend was also very happy with the shampoo/conditioner/makeup remover provided (crabtree and evelyn), and the room cleaning was very thorough (twice a day).

The location can’t be beaten. It’s steps from the beach. The rooftop deck has a beautiful view of the Bay and Beach. You don’t need a car, but it’s LA- it’s easier with a car, so good thing there’s free parking!

Blake M.

What a great stay! I spent two nights here with my 11 year daughter for a beach getaway and would love to come back. I chose Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel because of the great reviews I read and I must say everything is true. Coming from Chicago we loved the beachy feel and decorations and the amenities include thoughtful touches other hotels don’t provide. We had everything we needed for beach fun and the staff were so friendly and helpful in giving us recommendations. I wondered if I would mind not being directly on the beach but it is adjacent to a lovely park with lighthouse and there is a beach on the bay one block in one direction and the ocean beach one block in the other direction. We never needed a car. Really, really great classic beach hotel. Thanks for the memories and especially the warm cookies!!

Lindanitz,  Chicago

This hotel is safe, clean, comfortable, well maintained, conveniently located and staffed by some of the nicest people you will ever meet.  It also has free parking, continental breakfast and lots of beach toys to borrow for a great day of relaxation with the family.  I would definitely come back here again!

Laureen P.,  Folsom, CA

Our favorite hotel in Newport Beach, by far. Immaculate service, excellent location, reasonably priced. They accommodate our every request, beginning with our favorite room and ending with late check-out.

David C.,  Scottsdale, AZ

Small but beautiful, clean, well-maintained hotel. Awesome staff! They helped us use our Uber app, took us on a tour of the facilities, recommended places of interest.  Fresh fruit & fresh flowers in room,  refrigerator, room safety box, TV/DVD player, comfy bed, cookies & infused water in lobby every afternoon, bountiful breakfast in the morning. Beautiful deck with breathtaking view on rooftop, accessible via a 1960s-style elevator. We loved everything about this place.

Van T.,  Redondo Beach

The staff was amazing!!! Everybody was nice and went out of their way to be helpful.
The complimentary breakfast had lots of options to choose from. They had everything you needed for a day at the beach. The hotel is only a couple of blocks from the sand, and the Newport pier is in walking distance. It has the relaxed beach town feeling. The list goes on and on of how nice this hotel was. We will definitely be back.

Amy A.

Newport Beach, meh. Bay Shores? Wonderful.

Stayed here on a business trip and was absolutely thrilled. It feels like you fell through a wormhole with all the best parts of beach chic from days past. 

One block away from the beach, amazing service and not a dang thing I would change. Highly recommend.

Matt W.

We found this place by random searching and we were so happy with our choice. I want to personally thank Ralph for all his help and tips and kindness. He made us feel like family, rather than just customers. Also Donna and Mark were just as friendly too. The hotel is clean, provides free parking , wifi and as well as free breakfast including some hot items too. I would not hesitate to stay here again . I can’t enough say We love this place
Michael K. Toronto, Canada

 Beth – Jan 2019

Awesome gem in Newport Beach. The best hotel staff I have encountered in all my years of traveling. The rooms are small and quaint that very clean and well-stocked. The best part is you can wake up in the morning and walk on the beach just a few steps away. This is my new favorite.
Beth Ann S.

This hotel was just our style, cozy with character. We felt right at home. Jenny, at the front desk, was a big help to us. She gave us the grand tour and let us know that my husband could store his fishing catch in the freezer over the weekend until we headed home on Sunday. There were so many things within walking distance. The itinerary for couples was very helpful too. We definitely would like to return with our family
Kimberly S.

I took my wife to the Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel for her birthday weekend. From the time we got there until we left, the staff treated us like royalty. The room was clean and was just the right size. Had a nice view of the bay and everything was within walking distance. Will definitely come back
Robert E.

If there are truly hidden gems, this is one. It may not be fancy, but the nicest folks work here and all the amenities you need are here. Very convenient to the ocean and the marina. Easy walking to great food and drink up the boardwalk. The view from my room could not be nicer



The best Newport Beach small hotel  –  Nov 2018

The staff was extremely helpful of all of our needs. I liked he roof top area. The rooms were well furnished and quiet. The hotel was within walking distance to the beach as well as the back bay. The staff went out of their way to assist you.


Ralph K

Stay Here & You Will NOT Wanna Leave!  –  Nov 2018

Location, amenities, AMAZING staff, cleanliness, roof top deck, the list goes on and on. This place is a gem. First time in Newport Beach. Everything you want for a vacation is literally steps away. Ownership has thought of everything to make a stay special. We will be back sooner than later – hopefully.



Whidbey Island, Washington

Awesome!  –  Oct 2018

This was a great place to stay right across the street from Newport Beach. Walkable from hotel. Staff and amenities are excellent. I had the suite with a couple of friends. We really enjoyed it, although didn’t user the kitchen. If I book the suite again I would definitely plan to cook. Have planned to go again next week, but a regular room, not a suite!


Patricia B

Hidden Gem!  –  Oct 2018

This is exactly what an older hotel should be – clean, refurbished, charming, and comfortable! Staff Ralph and Donna welcomed us like we were family, and made sure we knew where to find the beach stuff (towels, chairs, toys, ice) available for guests to use. The rooftop lounge is great! Tables, chairs, loungers, and unbeatable view. Ralph made sure that we knew we were welcome to take a bottle of wine up to enjoy the sunset and that our friends (residents we were there to visit) were welcome, too. We were also welcome to use the dining room when we ordered our pizza. Our friends will have their visiting family stay there. Location is terrific – one block from beautiful beach, with restaurants, park, and shopping nearby. Post-stay follow up was in the form of an email from the owner and a postcard from Donna.


J Summer W

Bellingham, United States

The Staff makes the difference.  –  Sept 2018

Great little hotel with the friendliest staff in the world. Very clean and nicely decorated. I was expecting much less for the price but I was pleasantly surprised. Parking is a little hectic but it’s worth the trouble. Great views from the roof.


A Hill

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Magic moments  –  Sept  2018

From the first time you enter this delicious hotel with cookies smell you feel in a magic place. Perfect position between the ocean and the laguna, a lovely terrace, an excellent breakfast and the very nice Warren. Simply go there Raffaella, Italy

Maggie Lunel

Turin, Italy