My husband and I just spent three incredibly relaxing nights at this Ritz property. We are already looking at our calendar to figure out when we can go back! Located on a bluff overlooking Salt Creek Beach, the property has incredible views of the Pacific and the coast. Although we were not fortunate enough to get an ocean view room, there are plenty of areas btoh inside and ourside of the hotel where you can enjoy the view. If you are looking to be part of the Laguna scene, this is not the right hotel for you. Downtown Laguna is an easy 15-20 minute drive from the hotel, but not within walking distance. Cabs are easily accessible.
We stayed in a one bedroom suite on the Club level overlooking one of the hotel pools, which was lovely and spacious. Had the pool been busier, I'm not sure what the noise would have been like. However, is was very serene during our stay. The service was excellent and friendly. Upon check in, we were greeted by Tonee, who took us up to the Club level, and the excellent service continued. The concierge staff on the Club level was at the ready to answer any question, make reservations, offer suggestions on things to do, etc. My husband and I decided to take a surfing lesson one day. The instructors pick you up in the lobby and take you to a beach in nearby Laguna about 20 minutes away. This was fun, but not for the faint of heart. With no surfking experience, we were surprised at how rocky the bottom was and worried about cracking our heads under the surf. The instruction was adequate; but the conditions were unfortunately sub-optimal the day we went. We also enjoyed two massages each at the spa. The spa is lovely and sits across the hall from the fitness center, which has fllor to ceiling windows facing the ocean. If you can, ask for Donna for a deep tissue massage!
One night we stayed in and had dinner at Raya. Since we wanted to watch the Bulls game, we chose to have dinner in the bar adjacent to the restaurant, and they were more than willing to accommodate our request. The food was good but not exceptional. We also ate at 230 Forest and Mastro's, both of which are good. The food at 230 Forest was overcomplicated between too many flavors and too many cooking methods showcased on the plate, but the ingredients were fresh and high quality...and the chocolate croissant bread pudding is to die for! Mastro's is an overpriced steak house and a total pick up scene, but the people watching is outstanding.
Most of our time was spent walking on the beach and relaxing on the balcony off the Club level reading and relaxing, and we could not have asked for more. The bar on the Club level is well stocked and the food is refreshed a few times a day, so we could not have been happier.
Overall a great visit and the perfect recharge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience luxury coastal living at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, a resort in Dana Point, California situated high on a seaside bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and offering a relaxed Southern California vibe near Laguna Beach, Los Angeles and San Diego. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel Hotel Dana Point
- Ritz Dana Point
- Ritz-Carlton Dana Point
- Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel