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BALBOA INN

Newport Beach , CA

LOCATION

105 Main St.
Newport Beach, CA US 92661 (map)

PHONE

949-675-3412

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

The newly remodeled Balboa Inn, in Newport Beach, Orange County, is a place where casual beachside ambiance and classic Old World charm combine in a historic landmark that’s lured... Read more
The newly remodeled Balboa Inn, in Newport Beach, Orange County, is a place where casual beachside ambiance and classic Old World charm combine in a historic landmark that’s lured Southern California's rich and famous for decades. Set on the colorful boardwalk at the foot of the Balboa Pier, this oceanfront resort establishment’s relaxed air may have you kicking off your high heels before you stroll down the aisle.

Built in 1929, this upscale Orange County inn has entertained such notables as Howard Hughes, Barry Goldwater and a host of other politicians, entertainers and honeymooners. Once owned by the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kareem Abdul Jabbar, its nine-foot ceilings still bear a telltale sign of the basketball star. A recent $6 million addition features two oceanview terraces, a new oceanview Italian tile sundeck with hot tub, 34 upgraded rooms, 11 top-of-the-line suites and convenient subterranean valet parking.

Guests enter the Inn through the Mediterranean-style courtyard, a natural space for pre-ceremony mingling. With its original tile, adobe walls, potted palms, bar and the soothing sound of surf crashing in the background, the space is a comfortable area for people to come together. Meanwhile, you, your groom and all your attendants have full use of an oceanview honeymoon suite with a Jacuzzi and fireplace. For the wedding ceremony itself, options include the hotel’s magnificent second-floor Siena Terrace overlooking the ocean, as well as the nearby gazebo at Peninsula Park and the adjacent rugby field fronting the ocean, where a decorated arch can provide a focal point.

After you’ve said your “I do’s,” the Pacific Ocean provides fabulous scenery for photos taken on the pier, the sand or the grassy field next to the beach. When you’re ready to receive your guests, return to the upstairs terrace with its panoramic views from Catalina Island to Dana Point. Or, hold your wedding reception in the Siena Grand Ballroom and adjoining courtyard, where antique streetlights and colorful murals of gondolas on canals capture the romance of Venice. Along with five-star Italian cuisine by the restaurant’s gifted executive chef, you’ll enjoy a dreamy indoor-outdoor setting cleansed by refreshing sea spray.

Far removed from the straight-laced formality of more corporate properties, the Balboa Inn is just steps from Newport’s famed Fun Zone. Here, you can pose for some playful photos on the historic carousel and Ferris wheel, or take a stress-busting ferry ride across Newport Bay. After you’ve returned to your guests to dance the night away, there’s one more thing you’ll probably want to do before heading for your honeymoon suite: go for a moonlit stroll along the California sand.

Besides weddings, the Balboa Inn is the perfect Orange County venue to host your Anniversary Party, Award Banquet, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Birthday Party, Bridal & Baby Shower, Business Meeting, Christmas Party, Corporate Meeting, Holiday Party, Quinceañera, Retirement Party, Sweet Sixteen, Wedding Rehearsal Dinner or any other Special Occasion. We are here to help you and look forward to hearing from you soon!

Contact Lisa Harmon, Event Coordinator, for additional information via email events@balboainn.com or via phone (949)-675-3412. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1929
When was your venue last renovated?
2014
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic Site, Hotel
Describe the style of your venue
Coastal, Garden / Romantic, Waterfront
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
170
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
45
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
2000
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
60
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

When was your venue built?
1929
When was your venue last renovated?
2014
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic Site, Hotel
Describe the style of your venue
Coastal, Garden / Romantic, Waterfront
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
45
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
2000
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
60
Event Coordination
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Ashlee
Wedding:
5/17/2013
5.0/5.0
Lisa is amazing. She was everything and more. We are so happy with how the whole evening went. Lisa was ver nice and attentive. She was the best cordinator a girl could ask for.
Lisa is amazing. She was everything and more. We are so happy with how the whole evening went. Lisa was ver nice and Read more...
Lisa is amazing. She was everything and more. We are so happy with how the whole evening went. Lisa was ver nice and attentive. She was the best cordinator a girl could ask for. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Christina
Wedding:
7/24/2010
5.0/5.0
Michael was better than anything I could have ever expected! He helped me through all the pre-wedding gitters and kept everything so efficient. Everyone said it was the most organized wedding they've ever been to. Michael was the sweetest coordinator ever!
Michael was better than anything I could have ever expected! He helped me through all the pre-wedding gitters and kept Read more...
Michael was better than anything I could have ever expected! He helped me through all the pre-wedding gitters and kept everything so efficient. Everyone said it was the most organized wedding they've ever been to. Michael was the sweetest coordinator ever! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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JulsIntheHB
Wedding:
4/21/2007
5.0/5.0
I chose the Balboa Inn because I wanted a place where there would only be 1 wedding, mine. Santi, the event coordinator for the Balboa Inn, was absolutely amazing. She made sure that everything was perfect for my wedding day. The food was amazing and the bartender was great! Everyone enoyed themselves immensely.
I chose the Balboa Inn because I wanted a place where there would only be 1 wedding, mine. Santi, the event coordinator Read more...
I chose the Balboa Inn because I wanted a place where there would only be 1 wedding, mine. Santi, the event coordinator for the Balboa Inn, was absolutely amazing. She made sure that everything was perfect for my wedding day. The food was amazing and the bartender was great! Everyone enoyed themselves immensely. Read less
Services Used: Rentals & Photobooths
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scuba_shannie
Wedding:
8/15/2009
4.7/5.0
I loved the Balboa Inn...It was the first placed that we looked at and loved it!!! Michael, the event coordinator, was amazing!! Anything that we needed or wanted he got! We used their centerpieces, simple sand, candle, shells, all in a small fish bowl! I would recommend the Inn to anybody that wants a wedding by the sea!!! The catering was amazing! They provided almost everything! We had to find our own cake, florist, photographers and music. They provided all the tables, linens, chairs, isle runner, etc. Everything we needed for the ceremony and the reception. Michael worked with us and got us anything we asked for, we got appetizers saved for the wedding party and he made sure everything was perfect...the one problem is parking...we got married in August and it was a beautiful day and some of my guests had to park several blocks away and it took about an hour to find parking!
I loved the Balboa Inn...It was the first placed that we looked at and loved it!!! Michael, the event coordinator, was Read more...
I loved the Balboa Inn...It was the first placed that we looked at and loved it!!! Michael, the event coordinator, was amazing!! Anything that we needed or wanted he got! We used their centerpieces, simple sand, candle, shells, all in a small fish bowl! I would recommend the Inn to anybody that wants a wedding by the sea!!! The catering was amazing! They provided almost everything! We had to find our own cake, florist, photographers and music. They provided all the tables, linens, chairs, isle runner, etc. Everything we needed for the ceremony and the reception. Michael worked with us and got us anything we asked for, we got appetizers saved for the wedding party and he made sure everything was perfect...the one problem is parking...we got married in August and it was a beautiful day and some of my guests had to park several blocks away and it took about an hour to find parking! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Samantha
Wedding:
4/26/2014
3.8/5.0
The event coordinator , Stephanie, is amazing ! She took care of everything and was very helpful creative and professional yet fun . The hotel general manager however was less than friendly . The location is beautiful and fun
The event coordinator , Stephanie, is amazing ! She took care of everything and was very helpful creative and professional Read more...
The event coordinator , Stephanie, is amazing ! She took care of everything and was very helpful creative and professional yet fun . The hotel general manager however was less than friendly . The location is beautiful and fun Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Ana Maria
Wedding:
6/27/2009
2.5/5.0
Here are the bad points:

They only have one person working the front desk, so when my guests walked in, they were not directed to where my wedding was because the front desk person was checking someone into their room. They got frustrated and left.

I didn't get a bridal dressing room, I got a hotel room, on the iffy side of the hotel, which didn't have much room to get ready in.

It seems like Michael Gandy, (who I spoke with over e-mail) didn't seem to be present much at the wedding - he was in the bar, because he is the hotel bartender. It seems like if I would have chosen another reception site, the person i would have been corresponding with would have been there every step of the way.

Here are the good points:
It really was a beautiful wedding, and the location was cheaper than many of the other locations in the area. If you DO choose to have your wedding here, I would recommend that you purchase the services of a wedding planner to oversee everything and make sure that you don't have the annoying hiccups that I did.
Here are the bad points:

They only have one person working the front desk, so when my guests walked in, they were Read more...
Here are the bad points:

They only have one person working the front desk, so when my guests walked in, they were not directed to where my wedding was because the front desk person was checking someone into their room. They got frustrated and left.

I didn't get a bridal dressing room, I got a hotel room, on the iffy side of the hotel, which didn't have much room to get ready in.

It seems like Michael Gandy, (who I spoke with over e-mail) didn't seem to be present much at the wedding - he was in the bar, because he is the hotel bartender. It seems like if I would have chosen another reception site, the person i would have been corresponding with would have been there every step of the way.

Here are the good points:
It really was a beautiful wedding, and the location was cheaper than many of the other locations in the area. If you DO choose to have your wedding here, I would recommend that you purchase the services of a wedding planner to oversee everything and make sure that you don't have the annoying hiccups that I did. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Sandy
Wedding:
7/30/2011
1.4/5.0
The "general manager" who is now the wedding coordinator is unprofessional, rude, and makes promises that weren't kept. Michael the previous wedding coordinator was great, but now that he is no longer at Balboa Inn, there is no organization whatsoever. The venue for the wedding is beautiful but not worth the stress given because things are not taken care of i.e. tables and chairs set up when promised, adequate employees on duty for the event, non working DVD player for slideshow. The "general manager" was more concerned about his restaurant being open for business rather than a wedding event that cost thousands of dollars to put on. And to top it off, there was a huge water leak in the ceiling of the reception room minutes before guest entered. The "general manager" packed his bags and was on his way out because he was "off for the day." He was leaving in the middle of the event and leaving one server there the whole night. If you're looking for a beach venue, look elsewhere. Not to mention, parking is TERRIBLE, even after 5:00 PM when we were told there would be adequate parking.
The "general manager" who is now the wedding coordinator is unprofessional, rude, and makes promises that weren't kept. Read more...
The "general manager" who is now the wedding coordinator is unprofessional, rude, and makes promises that weren't kept. Michael the previous wedding coordinator was great, but now that he is no longer at Balboa Inn, there is no organization whatsoever. The venue for the wedding is beautiful but not worth the stress given because things are not taken care of i.e. tables and chairs set up when promised, adequate employees on duty for the event, non working DVD player for slideshow. The "general manager" was more concerned about his restaurant being open for business rather than a wedding event that cost thousands of dollars to put on. And to top it off, there was a huge water leak in the ceiling of the reception room minutes before guest entered. The "general manager" packed his bags and was on his way out because he was "off for the day." He was leaving in the middle of the event and leaving one server there the whole night. If you're looking for a beach venue, look elsewhere. Not to mention, parking is TERRIBLE, even after 5:00 PM when we were told there would be adequate parking. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue

DEALS

Complimentary Honeymoon Suite with Ceremony Package!
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Redeem In-Store   $300 Value
Contact us today for more information - 949.675.3412 or events@balboainn.com
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