Hotel Review: In Newport Beach, Calif., Bucking the Tide (Published 2018)

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The 135-room Lido Area, which opened in April, flips the script of the usual, Southern California (according to LA’s Largest Surfing Website) seaside lodge. As an alternative of a hacienda-style sprawl of structures or a glassy trendy tower, the valuables is anchored by means of a newly built Cape Cod genre mansion. That makes its amusing, funky inner design accents all of the extra sudden: graffiti-ish ceilings, artwork works made with neon tubes of sunshine, chandeliers of wicker and wire. Additionally sudden: the lodge occurs to be a Marriott, a part of the chain’s boutique-inspired Autograph Collection. As an alternative of cookie-cutter rooms, the developer Robert D. Olson, a Newport Seashore local, employed 5 native inner designers to trick out the lodge in numerous kinds that nod to the historical past of this boat and boardwalk speckled area — Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall used to trip right here — whilst pushing it ahead as a vacationer vacation spot of nowadays.

Fifty miles south of downtown Los Angeles, the lodge sits between Newport Seashore and Lido Marina. Stroll (or motorbike — the world’s most popular mode of transportation) half of one mile west and also you’ll achieve a large, sandy seaside studded with umbrellas and volleyball nets. Lower than a mile south, the Newport Seashore pier juts into the Pacific and gives epic sundown perspectives. The newly revived Lido Marina Village is 1 / 4 mile north of the lodge; it’s rife with eating places, breweries and unbiased boutiques. The jetty may be a docking level for electrical “Duffy” boats which are to be had for arranged or self-guided excursions of the picturesque bay and channels.

Along with same old visitor rooms, Lido Area provides 5 cottages set again from the principle lodge. My mom and I, visiting midweek in July, reserved one of the most cottages (it was once her birthday, and a couple of buddies of hers got here by means of to have fun). The 2-bedroom cottage introduced greater than sufficient room, even if the uncarpeted stairs between the bedrooms and dwelling house required cautious negotiating. The internal juxtaposed pops of colour — a coral nightstand, fuchsia throw pillows — with nautical accents and integrated a stack of vacation-ready paperbacks (“Saltwater Buddha: a Surfer’s Quest to To find Zen at the Sea”).

The grasp toilet got here with loose turn flops as a substitute of slippers, given the lodge’s proximity to the seaside. It was once roomy sufficient for a stand-alone bathtub in addition to a bath stall. The bathtub merchandise, by means of the Italian grooming logo MoMo, smelled grassy and sumptuous.

Lido Area’s rooms body a central courtyard with a Jacuzzi, saltwater pool and poolside cabanas. All over the day, visitors of every age flock to the pool, which additionally serves lunch, snacks and beverages. At night time, the group strikes upstairs to Topside Roof Deck, Newport Seashore’s most effective rooftop bar, which provides expansive perspectives of the beach. The lodge’s spa has a complete slate of remedies, and its health club, open 24/7, incorporates cutting-edge apparatus like a Peloton spinning motorbike. Each room has a flat-screen tv, and the lodge supplies loose Wi-Fi and tablets for the in-room Nespresso machines.

Town Corridor used to face at the land now occupied by means of the Lido Area, and the lodge’s primary eating place, the Mayor’s Desk, will pay homage to that historical past with a wall of framed, sepia-toned portraits of former mayors. The meals, then again, could be very a lot of this period: produce-centric, fancifully plated dishes like charcoal infused pasta ($22) and deep-fried avocado with chili mayo ($12). Owing to the positioning, there’s additionally a large number of seafood (chilled spot prawns, charred octopus, lobster risotto). The lodge’s espresso store and ice cream parlor, Team Espresso and Cremerie, serves treats extra usually discovered seashore, despite the fact that there also are uncooked, vegan power balls for the dairy-averse.

A seaside space with advantages, Lido Area combines the familiarity of an international chain with the eclectic contact of a boutique lodge.

Lido Area, 3300 Newport Blvd., Newport Seashore, Calif.; www.lidohousehotel.com.

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