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The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   1 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019   |  
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Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Half Moon Bay
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“Superb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

We had drinks in a quiet area before we were taken to our private dining room. We had 3 waiters looking after our every whim and they did a great job. We were 14 and tightly packed around the table, not that it detracted from our enjoyment. We went for the set menu with wine but the bill was still around the $4,000 mark. Pleased it was not me paying!

Great food although unusually for the US the portions were quite small, ie the crab dish which I think was from a hermit crab. All in all, a great experience and would stay with the wife here in the future.

Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

The fireplaces, the cliffs, the waves crashing...the setting is spectacular. We took a long walk along the golf course that I will never forget. The weather is chilly, perfect for a comfy sweater and for cuddling up with a warm blanket near a fire pit in the evening. Dinner at the hotel's restaurant, Navio, was one of the best meals we had in California. We only stayed for one night, as there isn't much to do in the area, but it is a perfect stop on your trip along the coastal highway. We enjoyed the spa pools as well and the sitting rooms with magazines and fruit. The hotel is pure relaxation and calm. Highly recommend it to couples, not a place for kids.

  • Stayed July 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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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

After three days at the Ritz in HMB, I came to the conclusion that for a local getaway in the Bay Area, one would get much more bang for the buck heading north to Wine Country. The room was small, but nice. The food was below average for extremely high prices. The staff was very nice and attentive, but inefficient. Food at the corporate events was below average. We were fortunate to have great and warm weather, so I thought it would be relaxing to sit on the one of many chairs outside, the the service was so poor, it became more stressful to order a drink. By lower prices, or upping their standards, this place would be worth a weekend getaway, but they have a way to go. I've stayed at several Ritz Carlton properties, and this one does not live up to the Ritz standard.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Tinley Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Totally awesome. Great service all around. Great time at the Half Moon Bay pumpkin festival. Great restaurants. Room with ocean and golf course views. Plenty to do. Add a trip to San Francisco and wine tasting to complete the experience. Will visit again.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

As a treat our friends surprised us with a nights stay at The Ritz Carlton. Wow! The 4 of us were upgraded to the presidential suite. This was September 2011. We also had access to the 'Lounge'. What a treat. An overall pleasant stay. Loved the detail in the gardens. And the most amazing view from any angle. The staff were very friendly and we could see they love to be there.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Stayed with them in July of 2012. Stayed on the Club level with an online offered upgrade.
Best money you can spend at this hotel is to say on the Club Level. The service and free drinks and snacks in the Club are worth the extra cost alone.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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San Clemente, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

My wife and I just spent a beautiful Anniversary celebration, at this Jewel of a hotel, in Northern California. Its a short drive from SF airport, to a very magical setting. Kaleen in the Conceirge dept. set up a wonderful Spa experience for my wife, as well as making reserv. for wonderful Italian dinner in town. The staff from the Bellman to the Housekeeping staff were wonderful. Our experience in the Ritz Carlton Club was well worth it. Everyday, Max, would greet all with a smile and a wonderful breakfast, lunch, and lite snacks, and wine for dinner. Just wonderful and the views were awsome. When we got back from our dinner on Sat. night, we were greeted with beautiful Rose pedals on our bed, so romantic. We will be back, staff and management needs to recognized for a wonderful job, well done. We loved it.

Bob and Elizabeth, San Clemente, CA.

Room Tip: bare in mind that resort fees and overnight valet parking is very expensive, the only downside.
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  • Stayed November 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
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Address: 1 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
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Location: United States > California > Half Moon Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Half Moon Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay 5*
Number of rooms: 261
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, an elite golf and spa resort hotel. With two distinct guest room experiences from the guest houses to our main building, the hotel combines the beauty of the Northern California coast with the history of old Scotland. ... more   less 
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