My family of four, icluding a 7-year-old and a 9-year-old, stayed here for a three-day weekend. We didn't have any agenda for the trip and booked a room based on what we read on TripAdvisor. What we experienced was near-perfection in a hotel property and hotel management.
We booked a regular room which had two double beds, and upon check-in we were happy to find the roll-away that we had requested on-line already in our room. ($15/day for roll-away) The room itself was spotless with no carpet stains, no loose bathroom fixtures, and even the shower was mildew-free, which seems like a rarity in hotels.
The hotel sits up on a bluff above the harbor, which is about a 10-minute walk/climb. There is a nice-looking beach that we did not go to but looked to be about a 15-minute walk away. Adjacent to the harbor is the Oceanic Institue which provides lots of hands-on activities for children (touch the sea stars, guide an underwater camera, etc.) for a small fee. The hotel itself has two good-sized pools that were never crowded, and we were offered complimentary fresh pineapple and samples of a smoothie drink.
There were some minor negatives as there always seem to be with a hotel stay. We were charged for parking when this was to be included in our booking (corrected at check-out), and I didn't think the food at the Vue restaurant was all that good (wish hotels would focus on a smaller selection of good foods rather than trying to please everyone with a vast selection).
I have to particularly compliment the staff on being attentive and approachable. This hotel has achieved something that seems rare to find: a hotel experience that works for the kids yet lets the adults feel like they are staying in a nice, upscale place that satisfies them as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dressed in charming Cape Cod style, the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort rests atop the majestic cliffs of the "California Riviera" overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Dana Point Harbor and is fronted by 42 acres of park, rolling lawn, and radiant gardens laced with bicycle and jogging trails. Take a short walk to the Harbor’s numerous shops, restaurants and ocean activities and to the beautiful sands of the Pacific. Each of the Resort’s 378 rooms includes a TV w/remote, Nintendo, work desk, STSN high-speed Internet, CD/clock radio, coffee maker, hair dryer, lighted makeup mirror and individual climate control. 24-hour health club facilities top the list of amenities, along with tennis, croquet, bicycle rentals and more. Enjoy two ocean-view heated pools or relax in the adjacent whirlpools. Recognized for its excellence in meeting services with a Gold Key Award by Corporate Meetings and Incentives Magazine, the Resort offers 50,000 sq ft of flexible indoor and outdoor function space with state-of-the-art technological capabilities. Our newest addition to our AAA 4-Diamond resort is the 14,000 square foot spa. Enjoy treatments tailored to your own tastes. Our spa facilities, including a sauna and whirlpool, are also available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Laguna Cliffs Marriott Hotel Dana Point
- Marriott Laguna Cliffs
- Marriott Dana Point
- Dana Point Marriott