Newport-meets-Montauk at this nautical hotel in Newport, California. The moment you pull up to the hotel, you're greeted by the valet crew dressed like Vineyard Vines models. Their pomegranate pants, navy blue vans, and denim button ups scream, "fresh off the yacht."
The nautical theme continues throughout the hotel with crisp white paint, navy blue, red doors, and polished wood. Here is a video of our king room.
Mayers Table restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and is quite lively on the weekends. The bartender had the most amazing beard!
There were lots of events going on. A wedding on Saturday night, plus a corporate event throughout the weekend.
The rooftop bar, Topside, is a place to see and be seen. Lots of local Orange County socialites frequent the bar and it's always great people watching.
The hotel is walking distance to great shopping at Lido Marina Village. The RealReal, Le Labo Perfumery, Jenni Kayne, and Cynthia Rowley to name a few. My favorite independent book store, Lido Village Books just opened a new space, and it's lovely!
Great restaurants like Nobu, and Malibu Farm are staples in the shopping district, as well as more casual cafes and coffee shops. We stopped at Circle Hook seafood restaurant for some delicious calamari, fried pickles, and drinks.
You can rent an electric boat from Electric Boat Rental and cruise around the harbor. It's one of our favorite things to do when we visit. We pack snacks and champagne and look at all the beautiful homes and boats in the marina. There are also great places in the area to rent paddle boards, kayaks, and fishing gear.
Overall, I think the location is the best part of this hotel. Although the property gives the illusion of being large, it's actually quite small. If your looking for a private getaway, this would not be the place. The common areas are few, and the balconies are connected, so not a ton of privacy. It's a fun hotel! They have cottages available that sleep 5-6 people. I imagine they get booked by bridal parties, bachelorette parties etc.
The nice thing is, you're less than a 10 minute walk to the beach, where you can surely find a quiet place, especially in the off season. There are bicycles available as well, and the bike trails run from Newport Beach north, through Huntington Beach.
The rooms are chic, but not very large. Our room was only cleaned once during or stay, but I imagine that's because of staffing issues. I joked that the hair dryer was a good unit of measure for the hotel. A $20 conair that we all had as kids. Southern California is meant to be casual after all, but there are some luxuries you won't find here.
For us tennis fans, the Newport Public Tennis Courts are just a few blocks away!
There's nothing quite like Newport in the summer, but it was nice to visit in the off season when things a calmer, quieter, and you can feel more like a local. Lido House is a locals hangout just as much as a spot for visitors. The owner and creator lives close by, and the hotel is modeled after his home! This boutique hotel is very special, and if you're visiting Newport, I'd say it's definitely the place to stay for fun, great food, and SoCal sunshine!
Love & Tennis,