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Anyone who visits Newport Beach quickly learns just how intoxicating it is. It’s sophisticated yet laid back, lively but also relaxing, and it’s home to the largest recreational harbor on the West Coast. Newport Beach was even rated one of the Top 10 Beaches by the Travel Channel. When you visit this serene seaside oasis, staying at the right hotel can really elevate your experience.

1. The Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel

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This is a family-owned no-frills property, but what it lacks in amenities it makes up for in charm. The rooms at the Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel are spotless and comfortable, the employees go out of their way to make you feel at home, and the location is perfect. They offer a buffet breakfast each morning and freshly baked cookies in the lobby every afternoon.

To book: (949) 675-3463

2. Island Hotel Newport Beach

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Looking for a little more luxury? The four star Island Hotel Newport Beach offers views of Newport Harbor, Newport Back Bay and the Pacific Ocean. This is the place to go for a romantic getaway, though they also welcome families and have lots of services for business travelers. You’ll find a fitness center, spa, restaurant and lounge on the property, which has an upscale resort feel.

To book: (949) 304-5118

3. Newport Channel Inn

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The Newport Channel Inn is a quirky little hidden gem with an amazing location not far from the beach. You won’t find many amenities here aside from the basics, like WiFi and coffee makers. But the rooms are extremely affordable, and they’re within walking distance of some great restaurants and bars.

To book: (949) 642-3030

4. Balboa Bay Resort

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It doesn’t get much more sophisticated than Balboa Bay Resort. Their guest rooms are pristine, comfortable and furnished with contemporary furniture, luxury bedding and custom details. They offer all the amenities you’d expect at a resort, including waterfront dining, boat and bike rentals, and a day spa. Balboa Bay is always offering specials for couples, so it’s an ideal place to spend an anniversary.

To book: (844) 241-3503

5. Doryman’s Oceanfront Inn

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This intimate boutique hotel has 11 rooms and direct access to the beach. But don’t expect a brightly colored starfish-studded theme — the rooms are very elegant, with upscale touches like fireplaces and soaking tubs. The rooftop terrace is perfect for relaxing on a warm day.

To book: (949) 675-7300

6. Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

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Looking for something a little further back from the beach? You’ll find the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach a mile away, though it does have some views of the bay. Between the three outdoor pools with hot tubs, water slide, private outdoor amphitheater and award-winning 9 hole golf course, this is a true destination property.

Would you love to stay at any of these hotels? There’s no better time than now to start planning your next trip!