This hotel is more like a motel in standard as you enter your room from a balcony running all along the back - which I find kind of charming and old Californian. However it IS a hotel with an excellent reception service offering you to lend a large range of DVD-films, magazines beach towels, beach toys, beach chairs and even boogie boards. We stayed in rooms 221 and 223 on the second floor and could just see the beach through the houses on the other side of West Balboa Boulevard. Although we could hear the traffic at points it was not disturbing during our stay (in early January).
This hotel puts service first. It isn't the fanciest hotel but the kids took advantage of all the free services (DVDs, Beach toys, Breakfast and Fresh cookies).
Located walking distance to the beach, wharf and many restaurants.
Let me join the chorus of reviewers who LOVE this small hotel. Great location, GREAT staff members who truly believe in customer service. Ralph and Bridget were both so helpful and friendly. Only a block from the ocean and walking distance to the pier, shops and restaurants. The rooms were lovely and the turn down service was a nice touch as were the evening cookies and the comnplimentary morning breakfast. I will definitely be back. Well done!
I relied on tripadvisor to find a good hotel close to Irvine where I had a medical procedure scheduled. The Bay Shores Peninsula was rated #1 and close enough for me. My husband and I felt welcomed from the time we walked in the door! Warren greeted us with fresh baked cookies and several good recommendations for dinner within walking distance. The room is small but very comfortable bed. The DVD was important as I needed to continue an exercise program I was using. They also have a ton of movies to choose from if you want.
Very friendly staff and little extras made this the perfect place for us for a couple of days.
We spent 2 nights at the Bay Shores Peninsula, though wish we were there for longer! We were greeted very warmly by Warren and it was lovely to go to our room and find a welcome note, a fruit basket, chocolates on the pillows, good quality toiletries and other little extras which made us feel very welcome and pleased that we had not chosen a chain hotel. It was lovely sitting up on the balcony enjoying the views while having the complimentary breakfast - a nice relaxed start to the day. We borrowed boogie boards and dvds which was great for the kids.
I found all staff lovely, warm and very helpful. A home away from home and I'm from Australia. Top quality toiletries and linens. Beds were comfortable and rooms quaint nautical and cosy. I highly recommend it for short or long stay. Rosemary, Melbourne Australia
We would never have found this gem without TripAdvisor reviews and we see now why people rave about the Bay Shores. We stayed 2 nights with our two teenagers in their suite (unit 100). We had a large living area with full dining table for 6, a queen bed, two sofas and a half bath. In addition was a separate bedroom with a king bed, and a large full bath with double sinks. Very comfortable beds and great shower.
First visted May 2011 and have been back twice since then, Fall 2011 and Spring 2012. Spring time brought other family members (mid 20's) and they loved the place too. Hotel and staff GREAT as always and we'll be back again.
We stayed here at the beginning and end of a business trip to Annaheim. What a treat! The staff is so incredibly helpful and nice. Yes, the rooms, bathrooms, breakfast room are small- it's a cute little vintage hotel and you're a block from the beach and the harbor! The rooms have just the right amount of "kitsch." It's nice to have breakfast right there, and there's coffee and cookies all day. They have their own parking lot, which was great, and a washer and dryer if you go for a stroll on the beach and get accidentally soaked by a rogue wave (like I did.)