We found Bay Shores on line, (while travelling Route 66) read the reviews and decided it was the place for us and wow what a place. Looks small from outside but inside is great. The rooms where spotless, the beach is not even 2 minutes walk and the staff fantastic. I had the misfortune of spraining my ankle the 2nd night in and the staff could not have been more helpful. They even offered to put me on the luggage trolley to get me back to my room. (haha) The homemade cookies were a fantastic treat for my partner also.
We stayed here for 1 night during our trip up PCH last September. I read the reviews on TripAdvisor and wasn't disappointed! The hotel doesn't look like much from the outside, but inside it is clean, spacious and the hotel staff are so friendly and welcoming. There were delicious (still warm!) homemade cookies in the lobby which really hit the spot on our arrival from the San Diego area and they had a good DVD library - we did end up checking out a DVD to watch that evening which was very enjoyable.
Other than all the typical comments on location, value, good breakfast etc, the thing that comes to mind about this hotel is the outstanding friendliness.
From the moment we checked in, we felt welcome. There was even a handwritten card in our room welcoming us.
We had the privelage of having Warren checking us in, but they were all very nice.
We would stay here again in a heartbeat
We'd never visited Newport Beach before this trip, and chose the Bay Shores Peninsula based on its previous Tripadvisor reviews. We can only echo the vast majority by saying our stay was very good. As it turned out, we didn't spend a whole lot of time in Newport Beach [b]ut the time we spent here was very comfortable. All of our interactions with the front desk staff were great. (And, yes, they did feed the meter for us the one time we weren't able to get a parking space in the hotel lot.) The breakfast was just fine, with plenty of options. And the DVD library was a very nice touch.
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.