Staying at Marriotts
Newport Coast Villas
I highly recommend Marriotts Newport Coast Villas.
The accommodations and public areas at Newport Coast Villas are wonderful.
Although Marriott scrapped Disneys designs and drew up their own,
the resort is still themed as an Italian Village.
The hillside location is one of the most valuable pieces of residential
real estate in the country.
Theres nothing between the Marriott property and the ocean except for a
country club, the Coast Highway, and Crystal Cove Beach State Park.
All units have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a jumbo shower with two
shower heads and a large soaking tub in the master bath, a balcony with
table and chairs, a full kitchen, a stacking washer and dryer, and a pull-out
sofa in the living room.
The Disneyland parking lot is only about a half hour drive awaybut it can
take another half hour to get from the parking structure to Disneylands Main Street USA.
Theres no shortage of things to do around Newport Coast.
Newport Beach is a great place for shopping and dining.
You can walk all the way around Balboa Island in Newport Bay, enjoying
views of the yacht harbor.
Nearby Laguna Beach is famous for its artists, art galleries, and art festivals.
Anyone staying at Newport Coast Villas should, if at all possible,
fly into Orange County Airport (SNA), not Los Angeles International (LAX).
The drive from LAX is a pain.
SNA is just 15 minutes away.
Marriotts Newport Coast Villas resort trades through Interval International (II).
Its a tough trade for summer weeks.
Because DVC switched from II to rival exchange company RCI at the beginning of 2009, DVC members can no longer obtain DVC World Passport Collection exchanges into Newport Coast Villas.
Unlike many coastal timeshare resorts which have designated view categories for ocean views and other views, there are no such categories at Newport Coast Villas.
In theory, all units have excellent views.
But, in fact, the views range from spectacular 180° ocean views to views
of buildings and parked cars.
The best view locations go to multiple week owners staying multiple weekssome
stay the whole summer.
Exchange guests should expect a great condo (all condos are essentially the same), but not necessarily a great view.
The three photos below are examples of ocean views.