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Construction begins on Lido Hotel in Newport Beach, Calif.

Jun 30 2016


Construction begins on Lido Hotel in Newport Beach, Calif.June 30, 2016 12:23 PM MST

Steve Pike

National Resort & Spa Examiner

Diane Dixon, Mayor of Newport Beach (center) helped break ground on Lido Hotel

R.D. Olson Development

Stepping up the revitalization of Southern California’s Balboa Peninsula, R.D. Olson Development has broken ground on its latest hotel development – the Lido House – a much anticipated boutique hotel located on more than four acres on the former Newport Beach City Hall site.

Set among the city’s marina, beach and retail mix at the entrance to Lido Isle and the Balboa Peninsula, the four-story project has been billed by both city officials and residents as a key element in the years-long effort to redevelop the Peninsula, an enduring oceanfront destination since the early 1900s.

The hotel’s owner and developer, Newport Beach-based R.D. Olson Development, has an 85-year lease with the city of Newport Beach to develop and operate the property, which will be the premiere hotel on the Peninsula – and situated next to Lido Marina Village – a pedestrian friendly retail and dining complex currently undergoing a comprehensive renovation. Lido House was designed by the renowned international architecture firm, WATG.

“This hotel is a key milestone for the redevelopment of Lido Village and a great benefit to the economic vitality of the Peninsula and Newport Beach,” said Bob Olson, founder and CEO of R.D. Olson Development. “With its accessible location, beautifully planned architecture and many amenities it will fill an important void here and is poised to be a vibrant destination for locals and tourists alike – a true community hub.”

As is customary for all R.D. Olson Development hotels, Lido House design will pay tribute to the local area and feature a crisp Newport Beach nautical flair that merges with classic Cape Cod-style architecture to capture the spirit of the surrounding coastal community. With a timeless appeal, the hotel will pay homage to the historic Balboa Pavilion, a 1906 landmark and one of the last remaining waterfront pavilions in California.

When complete in summer of 2017, Lido House will feature 130 luxury guestrooms, including two signature circular suites – each located in the Pavilion tower – and an expansive presidential suite, as well as five residential-style, three-story cottages.

The hotel will feature 4,000 square feet of meeting and event space to include a ballroom, pre-function space and an executive boardroom; a central courtyard and pool area; a lawn area with communal fire pits, croquet and lawn bowling areas; a three-meal restaurant, The Mayor’s Table, honoring the hotel’s City Hall history; and a spa and fitness facility.