Lido House Hotel

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RD Olson has filed an application for amendments to the General Plan, Coastal Land Use Plan (CLUP), and Zoning Code to increase the maximum allowable floor area for the previously approved, 130-room Lido House Hotel by 4,745 square feet. Additionally, the applicant seeks amendments of the previously approved Site Development Review and Conditional Use Permit for the hotel to reflect the added floor area.

No increase in hotel guestrooms is requested and the added floor area would support: enclosure of an exterior pre-function space in front of the ballroom with the actual ballroom space decreasing by 925 square feet; expansion of the lobby by pushing the entry doors out at both the north and south sides to enhance circulation space; expansion of the hotel management office areas to meet management needs; enlargement of the spa sitting area to create a more generous relaxation space; enlargement of “back of house” areas for improved circulation and storage; enlargement of two guestrooms into suites located on the second floor with no increase in the number of total guestrooms; and an increase to the proposed ancillary retail area by 191 square feet and a 5 square foot increase to the proposed restaurant.

The amendments can be viewed and downloaded here: Draft Amendments

The City has prepared an Addendum to the previously certified Final Environmental Impact Report for the change to the project in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act: Addendum No. 1

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, June 23, 2016, in the Council Chambers at 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach 92660.  If you have any questions, please call James Campbell, Principal Planner, at (949) 644-3210 or e-mail to

Demolition and Construction Begins

On May 3, 2016, RD Olson took control of the site and the construction fencing was installed. Demolition of the old City Hall began on May 26, 2016. Construction should be completed and the hotel open for guests sometime during the Summer of 2017.

Coastal Commission Approval

The California Coastal Commission approved the Lido House Hotel on Wednesday, October 7, 2015. The meeting was held in the Seaside Ballroom at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center located at 300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. Mayor Selich, Mayor-pro-tem Dixon, City Manager Dave Kiff and Bob Olson of RD Olson Development presented the project to Commissioners. The Commission required modifications to the Coastal Land Use Plan that were subsequently approved by the City Council.

Project Description

The proposed Lido House Hotel is a luxury, 130-room hotel set on a 4.25 acre site that formerly housed the City's City Hall. Along with the hotel, a landscaped public plaza along Newport Boulevard is planned and the two large ficus trees will be retained. Guestrooms would include standard king, double queen, extended stay suites, extended stay villas, and a presidential suite. The hotel would also include meeting rooms, accessory retail spaces, a restaurant, lobby bar, rooftop patio, guest pool, and recreational areas. The four-story hotel would be organized around a central courtyard with outdoor pool, fire place, water feature, and formal lawn area. Guestrooms and suites, including a Presidential Suite and extended stay suites and villas, would occupy levels two through four. The villas would be two-stories and include a rooftop terrace and private entry with a front yard and porch. Ballroom and meeting areas would be housed in a separate building, separate from the sleeping accommodations areas of the hotel. The rooftop patio would include a bar area, fire pit, and cabanas and provide views of the bay and ocean.

Plans for the project can be accessed in the "Lido House Hotel" folder here.

City Hall Reuse

City Hall Reuse


If you have suggestions for the site or if you need further information, please contact:

James Campbell, Principal Planner
City of Newport Beach
Community Development Department
949-644-3210 or 

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