The Best Hotels with Pools to Book in Newport Beach, California

The Resort at Pelican Hill features a spectacular circular pool with views over the Pacific Ocean
The Resort at Pelican Hill features a spectacular circular pool with views over the Pacific Ocean | Courtesy of the Resort at Pelican Hill / Expedia
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5 November 2021
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Newport Beach is beloved for its year-round sunshine, but sometimes all you want on a hot Californian afternoon is to take a dip in a refreshing swimming pool. That’s why we’ve collated our selection of the best Newport Beach hotels with pools – which range from boho clifftop retreats to modern resorts overlooking Newport Beach’s glamorous marina – bookable on Culture Trip.

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, for classy comforts

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach's large asymmetrical pool with a water slide and blue lounge chairs around it
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Synonymous with class and comfort, the Hyatt Regency portfolio delivers again at this stylish hotel, which boasts contemporary-designed rooms with modern features like iHome stereo systems and video-on-demand services. The stars of this hotel are the three outdoor pools, which are lined by palm trees and succulents and feature fun slides. The hotel is also a venue for the celebrated Newport Beach Jazz Festival.

Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel, for coastal Cali design

Aerial view of the pool area of the Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel with potted palms and cabanas
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The sand-hued wooden floors and blue-and-white maritime color scheme of the bathrooms recall Newport Beach’s stretches of golden sand, while some rooms overlook the hotel’s outdoor pool or the mountains inland from their private balconies. After a day hiking on the coast or in the hills, the body wraps, facials and scrubs at the hotel spa are particularly tempting.

The Resort at Pelican Hill, for spectacular views from the amphitheater

The Resort at Pelican Hill's impressive circular pool
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When it comes to Newport Beach hotels with outdoor pools, few are as spectacular as this one: a colonnaded amphitheater surrounds a circular pool that looks down over clifftop vegetation and the Pacific Ocean beyond. Rooms are spread across luxurious bungalows and villas – self-contained with private terraces and classic California coastal design touches like wooden shutters and ceilings. Golf, a spa and a salon are among the relaxing activities on offer.

Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach, for modern amenities

Close-up view of the pool at Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach
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This hotel may be perfectly placed for accessing Orange County’s John Wayne Airport, but it has much more to offer besides its location. Rooms combine a contemporary style with modern perks such as smart TVs and, in the bathrooms, beautiful quartz and marble tubs. The hotel’s lovely outdoor pool – shaded by palms – is a beautiful spot to take a dip on a hot afternoon.

Balboa Bay Resort, for a nod to nautical

Balboa Bay Resort's pool area with lounge chairs, daybeds and marine blue umbrellas
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Luxurious Frette linens, dark wood furniture – including four-poster beds in the suites – and views over the glamorous Newport Bay marina await at this nautical-themed hotel. The lovely outdoor pool features a cocktail bar and a poolside menu, so there’s really no need to be anywhere else – but do tear yourself away to visit the restaurant, where the lavish Sunday seafood brunch is the weekly highlight.

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, for central coastal convenience

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa king room with two separate balconies with expansive views
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Ocean views of the legendary Southern California coast can be seen from the guest rooms of this modern hotel, which also boasts a lip-smacking plethora of dining options within walking distance – the casual Wahoo’s Fish Taco is particularly recommended. The outdoor pool is a perfect place to spend an afternoon in the sun – while the harbor is not far away, just beyond the golf course.

Ayres Hotel Costa Mesa/Newport Beach, for refined style

Ayres Hotel Costa Mesa/Newport Beach chic pool area with banquette seating nooks
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Old-World elegance abounds at this stately hotel – from the marble fireplace and Persian rugs that adorn the lobby to the classic aesthetic of the rooms. There’s a lovely patio courtyard shaded with plants where you can relax with a coffee or a cocktail, while there are no fewer than two outdoor pools and hot tubs – among the finest offerings in Newport Beach in this regard.

Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas, for So-Cal vibes throughout

Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas' large multi-pool area with palm trees and lounge chairs
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Perched on a headland jutting out into the Pacific Ocean, this collection of luxe villas is classic So-Cal in its look and feel. Villas feature full kitchens, washer/dryers, two bedrooms and living areas – so they’re a real home away from home. Furnished patios or balconies allow you to take in the view in peace, while the villas share a beautiful outdoor pool – framed by palm trees – which overlooks the ocean.

Inn at Laguna Beach, for the artists

Panoramic ocean view from Inn at Laguna Beach and its pool area
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Laguna Beach has long been famed as a hub for the arts, bohemianism and the high life – and all three are in evidence at this gorgeous clifftop resort. Wooden shutters open onto balconies that overlook the Pacific – while some boast direct access to the hotel’s outdoor pool. For another place to take a dip, the beach sits right at the bottom of the photogenic clifftop on which the hotel sits.

Newport Beach Marriott Bayview, for late-night dips poolside

Newport Beach Marriott Bayview upscale pool area with lounge chairs, daybeds and views to the creek
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The outdoor pool at this lovely Newport Beach resort hotel is lit by lanterns, flanked by palm trees and boasts views of the Pacific Ocean. Rooms are all suites, with a classic look and separate sleeping and living areas. Fitness fanatics will love the wellness suite here – which features a state-of-the-art Peloton bike so you can keep on top of your workout in the privacy of your own room.

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