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“Nice Stay in Dana Point” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa

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Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629   |  
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“Nice Stay in Dana Point”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

My husband and I were in Southern California for 5 days for a wedding in September. The Laguna Cliffs Marriott was a convenient and nice stay. The staff was friendly and the grounds were really beautiful with two nice pools. The "Vue" restaurant at the resort had a playful menu and the food was good. I took advantage of the Starbucks bar in the lobby each morning and took daily strolls through the gorgeous paths, down to the marina. We booked the "California Dreaming" package, which included valet parking and really impressive breakfast daily - a great value! A group of family members also stayed that week, all of the guest rooms were standard and clean, most had incredible views and really nice balconies. I would stay again and recommend this hotel to others.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LCMRS, Manager at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you booked the “California Dreaming” package, it is one of our most popular packages and our guests continue to give us wonderful comments regarding the great value this package offers. We love hearing about our guests adventures and activities when they visit Dana Point. We are happy to hear that you took advantage of the beautiful scenery around the property and walked the trails that surround the harbor. We have to agree with you, the views are absolutely breathtaking. We thank you for recommending the resort to your family and friends and we are looking forward to your next visit.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

I have stayed at the nearby Ritz and this place is just as wonderful at a fraction of the price. This location has a wonderful and thoughtful staff. The location is right across the street from the beach, which is a very easy walk.

The resort's restaurant (Vue) has a wonderful chef who has worked with local organic farmers to develop a very special menu and unique dining experience. Our Server (Erika) was awesome. She was knowledgeable of the specials and menu items, and was quick with a smile. A very pleasant smile I must add. I drink a lot of water with my meals and they kept my glass full.

The rooms were AWESOME!!! I love my home, and I like the furniture that I have put in my home. This hotel's furniture is classic, elegant, and chic. I wanted to take the chairs and the table home with me. Very comfortable and attractive furnishings. I loved the fact that one of the windows was screened and allowed for opening so that the ocean breeze could cool the room.

The spa is nice. I am a spa snob, and I would rate the facility as above average. I would say that this spa is superior to that of the JW Marriott in Santa Monica. While the spa is average, their staff is OUTSTANDING. I had a 60 min. deep tissue massage with Marina, and it was the best massage that I have ever had. I have had treatments at the Claremont in Berkeley, the Hotel Del Coronodo, and countless other top tier destination spas and Marina is the best of the very best. She had techniques that surprised this spa veteran.

The resort bar/night club (OverVue) is a relaxing and fun place to catch a game, have a drink or listen to local musicians. There is a wide variety of folks that will keep everyone, even kids feeling welcome. If you a a simple rum and coke guy or an apple-tini fan you will enjoy this bar. I would encourage everyone to try the "Coastal Caramel" drink, and if you're like me and don't want to be viewed as a wuss for drinking "one of those drinks", they'll even serve it on the rocks for you.

The rooms all have good views. The layout of this resort is very thoughtful. There are two pools with hot-tubs near them. There is a great splash pad for families with younger kids.

Room Tip: If you can find a room package on Marriott.com that includes your breakfast, jump on it. It added...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LCMRS, Manager at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa, responded to this review, January 3, 2013
Wow! Thank you for your detailed review and for rating our resort with 5 stars! We truly appreciate the time you took to describe our resort and your experience. Your compliments are very humbling and we are very proud that as an avid traveler you enjoyed and experienced all of our outlets from the restaurant to our spa. We are delighted to hear that your spa treatment was the best you’ve ever had. Our staff is truly exceptional and we are pleased that they provided superb service during your stay. Your comfort, experience and opinion is very important to us. Thank you again for your wonderful compliments. We will be sure to share your review with our entire staff.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Stayed at this hotel on a Saturday night for a side trip from my vacation in San Diego. Although the hotel is named Laguna Cliffs and may, in fact, be in that area do not think you are staying in or near Laguna Beach. This is actually Dana Point and Laguna Beach is about an 8 mile car ride away. That said, the hotel property is lovely situated on a cliff. Our room was stylishly decorated with a balcony overlooking the pool. While the woman who checked us in stated we had a pool and water view - it would have been the water in the pool and not the ocean. The hotel staff was excellent and very welcoming at check in. Unfortunately, we did not get to use the spa due to time constraints. The only Con I truly see is the mandatory valet for $29 a night and the resort fee. Using the resort facilities should be built into the price of the hotel. Simply put, if you do not use the resort activities and services you are being charged for nothing. In our case we did not have time to use any of the bikes etc that this fee covered so.... Would absolutely recommend the hotel if you are traveling in this area. But do not miss Laguna Beach!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LCMRS, Manager at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
We are glad that you chose the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa as your mini vacation destination on your way up from San Diego. Our staff aims to provide excellent service to all of our guests and we are delighted that you experienced their warm welcome upon arrival. We hope that the next time you visit you are able to enjoy the beautiful Spa that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed from the moment you walk in. We appreciate your feedback regarding our parking fees and will certainly take your comments under review. In recent parking surveys we’ve conducted with our fellow resorts located on the coastline, we have found our parking rates to be in line and are actually the most economical. Thank you again for your review and we look forward in welcoming you back.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

My wife and I stayed over ad the Marriott Cliffs Resort the week after Christmas. This was a getaway from Chicago weather in December and the 66 degrees and Sunny weather was nice. The resort sits on top of a hill with a commanding view of the Pacific and is right next to a city park with a short walk to restaurants on the pier as well as the city beaches at the bottom of the entrance drive.

It is a major resort so we were pleased it was off season and their was only one night with a wedding that brought a crowd to the adjoining conference. Ballroom. It would be a spectacular location for business meetings, but I liked the place with low volume of customers in the restaurant and elevators.
It is a large hotel property but since it is only three stories high you don' feel like it.

Highlights are the Spa, exercise room and the Vue restaurant the has a deck with heaters. And a fireplace to enjoy a cocktail at sunset. Rooms are nice with all the amenities and I strongly recommend the 4th floor rooms with views of sunrise.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LCMRS, Manager at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
Thank you for your review and 5 stars. We greatly appreciate your compliments. We are happy to hear that the weather was sunny and perfect for your arrival. We hope that you enjoyed the city of Dana Point and the beautiful ocean views from your guest room. We are delighted that you took advantage of the amenities the resort provides including the fitness center and the Spa which was recently awarded “Best for Romance” by Spa Finder. We look forward in welcoming you back in the new year.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

We are currently on vacation and staying here with another family. We both we're upgraded to rooms with ocean views. Our room rate includes parking and buffet breakfast which is super-nice. Staff is kind and room is good quality, cozy beds, quiet, clean. Pols are warm and the location is excellent.

Only negative is rooms are kinda small but they are well-appointed. Breakfast is dynamite. We're having a great time here.

Room Tip: Ask for an ocean view. Refrig also free if you have a young child, to store milk. Very kind.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LCMRS, Manager at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa, responded to this review, December 28, 2012
Thank you for your 5 stars. We are happy to hear that you are enjoying your time here at the resort with your family and friends. Thank you for all your wonderful compliments regarding our Staff’s kindness and the quality of the rooms. We hope that you are able to continue to take advantage of the pools and harbor activities that are walking distance from the resort. We are always at your service and we would be delighted to assist you in any way that we can during the remainder of your stay. Welcome.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

Due to my gold status, we were upgraded to an ocean view room, which was quite nice. The room was well decorated, but the bathroom is small and very basic, and noise from the hallway is rather pronounced. Note that there is a daily resort fee and valet only parking ($29/night). The breakfast buffet is good, but relatively expensive. Dinner service was ok, although the restaurant was deserted on Saturday night at 6 pm. The hotel is within walking distance (down 100+ stairs) to the Dana Point harbor, which has some decent restaurants and small shops.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LCMRS, Manager at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa, responded to this review, December 28, 2012
Thank you for your review. We appreciate your loyalty to the Marriott brand and we are delighted that you were able to be upgraded to an ocean view room. We thank you for your compliments regarding our breakfast buffet. The close proximity of the resort to the harbor is perfect for strolls along the beach or marina. We hope to see you again soon.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012 via mobile

Yes great location and pleasing view of the harbor. Room very nice bit on the small side for being upgraded do to status. Thinking I would not like the other room if this was and upgrade. On Bussiness did not eat at the property nice bar.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LCMRS, Manager at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa, responded to this review, December 18, 2012
Thank you for you review. We appreciate your compliments regarding our “great” location and “nice” bar. We hope you are able to visit us again for a leisure stay and dine at our Vue Restaurant and OverVue Lounge. We know you will be very pleased.
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Address: 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
Location: United States > California > Orange County > Dana Point
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Dana Point
#4 Business Hotel in Dana Point
#5 Romantic Hotel in Dana Point
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 378
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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