Newport Beach Hotel and Suites is not located directly on the beach, as the hotel’s website would have you believe -- you actually have to cross a pretty busy street to get to the ocean. Once there, the water is full of seaweed. But this upper-middle-range hotel has some nice on-site amenities, such as a lovely rooftop deck with a hot tub and fire pit (not to mention views of Newport Pond), a small spa, and a decent fitness center. The rooms are spacious enough, and have modern amenities like flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. But this is about a mile outside downtown, so you'll need to drive to get to anything.