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A Review of the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

I’ve stayed three times at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach between 2016 and 2018. I find it to be one of the best valued, and kitschiest properties in Hyatt’s portfolio.

A Review of the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach


The Hyatt Regency Newport Beach is located in Newport Beach, along the Back Bay of Newport Harbor. While not technically oceanfront, the property is a short walk to the Back Bay, and a slightly longer walk uphill, over the Pacific Coast Highway, and downhill to Balboa Island and Newport Harbor. It’s also located very close to Fashion Island, one of the best outdoor malls in the country.

The Property

The Hyatt Regency Newport Beach is a traditional resort, built in the 1960s and definitely shows its age in places. Much of it has been redone, but some remnants of its past remain, including the layout of its rooms, on multi-levels that must be an ADA nightmare.

There are several pools on the property, and one with a waterslide. There’s also a 9-hole par 3 course that’s included in your resort fee. It’s nothing special, but a fun diversion. Two-hour beach cruiser rentals are also included in one’s resort fee. There are also shuffleboard and giant chess games across the property.

Two restaurants, SHOR and the Lobby Bar, serve food and drink. SHOR we used mainly for breakfast, and my thoughts on that are below. The Lobby Bar has excellent food as well- I can recommend the Brussels sprouts and street tacos.

Elite Recognition

All three times I’ve stayed at the property, I’ve been a Diamond or Globalist. I’ve stayed twice on free Category 1-4 certificates, as the property is only a Category 3 (12,000 points a night). The first time, I received a massive, if strangely laid-out, suite with a free drink coupon. The suite itself was one large room, with a conference table that had seating for 8.

The second time, Laura joined me, and we were surprised to learn that we were upgraded to a pool villa, the best room on the property, despite the property being sold-out.

The room includes a separate bedroom and living room, with a kitchenette and private pool. This was definitely one of the better upgrades that I have received as a Globalist, domestic or international.

The final time, our upgrade luck was not as good, as we had a regularly-sized room, but it overlooked the golf course. In terms of typical Hyatt Regency rooms, it’s pretty standard.

Breakfast for Globalists is served in SHOR in the morning, and one can either elect to have breakfast via the buffet or the menu. I found the food to be great both from the buffet and off the menu- lots of healthy options including açai bowls and avocado toast.

Parking has been waived in the past for me on certificate stays, and a discounted rate of $15/night for self-parking on paid stays, which I thought was reasonable enough.


We find ourselves coming back to the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach over and over, not only for the service and the location, but also for the value. Room rates here are often below $150 per night, and at that price, there’s no better bargain in the area.

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