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). The distance to the really beautiful beach is a 1-2 minute walk, and another 5 to reach the closest pier where a range of shops, coffee places, ice cream parlors and restaurants can be found. We found a place just meters north of the pier that served a double espresso, a latte and three donuts for $7.
The breakfast at the hotel was really good for being in the US. They offered a self service breakfast buffet with boiled eggs, bagels with hamburger&eggs, several kinds of cereal, juice, milk, yogurt, bread and different spreads.
My only trouble with this lovely clean hotel so close to a classical surfers beach (with life guard booths running every 100 meters) is that we stayed too short - but it was worth dropping by! Newport is so laid back and lovely!