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Newport makes way for Lido House Hotel

Bob Olson of R.D. Olson Development

Bob Olson of R.D. Olson Development addresses public officials and business leaders Wednesday during a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Lido House Hotel, a four-story, 130-room boutique hotel that will be built on the site of the former Newport Beach City Hall.

(Kevin Chang / Daily Pilot)

With hard hats firmly affixed and shovels in hand, Newport Beach city officials and business leaders Wednesday ceremoniously broke ground on the Lido House Hotel, which will take the place of the former City Hall at the entrance to the Balboa Peninsula.

Lido House, which will be operated by Marriott, will be a four-story boutique hotel with 130 guestrooms, meeting and retail space, a spa, restaurants, a pool and recreation area and a rooftop bar.

The project, approved by the City Council and the California Coastal Commission, has been billed by city officials and nearby residents as a key element in a years-long effort to revitalize the peninsula.

Lido House groundbreaking

Bob Olson of R.D. Olson Development, second from right, joins Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon and other members of the City Council during the groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for the Lido House Hotel.

(Kevin Chang / Daily Pilot)
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Diane Dixon

Mayor Diane Dixon speaks Wednesday during the ceremonial groundbreaking for the 130-room Lido House Hotel on the site of the former Newport Beach City Hall.

(Kevin Chang / Daily Pilot)
Lido House Hotel rendering

A rendering shows what the Lido House Hotel is planned to look like on the site of Newport Beach’s former City Hall at the entrance to the Balboa Peninsula.

(File illustration)

The hotel’s owner, R.D. Olson Development, has an 85-year lease with the city for the property at 3300 Newport Blvd.

While the hotel is moving forward, R.D. Olson will be heading back to the council and the Coastal Commission this year seeking approvals to expand parts of the project.

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The city Planning Commission has already agreed to allow the developer to expand Lido House Hotel’s lobby, management office, spa, and restaurant and retail area. The plan would increase the project’s footprint by 4,745 square feet, to 103,470 square feet.

R.D. Olson also received the Planning Commission’s permission to enlarge two guestrooms on the second floor into suites and to decrease the size of the ballroom space by 925 square feet.

The developer has said it does not expect the expansion effort to delay the hotel’s planned opening in 2017.


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