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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 #2 of 8 Hotels in Half Moon Bay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“One of the nicest hotels I've ever stayed at”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

I stayed here recently for an event at the property. This hotel has everything - beautiful views, outstanding amenities, typical top-notch Ritz-Carlton Staff, and excellent food. I'd stay here again in a heartbeat.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 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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  • 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
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We stayed there on points, but nothing indicated that we were treated less then other guests, on the contrary. A couple of days before we arrived I received an inquiry from the hotel whether they could make reservations, or that we were on a special trip. I indicated that we were travelling to celebrate my wife's 50th birthday, but also indicated that her birthday was the day after we left Half Moon bay.
When we arrived my wife was greeted with a genuine happy birthday. We received a very nice room, and went for a walk along the coast. After we returned, we received a very nice gift for my wife's birthday (although it was two days later and the hotel knew this).
We dined in room, and that was also a treat.
I have nothing but good comments about this hotel. Nice staff, good room, great bed, etc. etc.

  • Stayed February 2014, 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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Ritz-CarltonHMB, Executive Office at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, responded to this review, March 17, 2014
Dear Stef V,

Thank you very much for sharing your review of your recent visit. We are so pleased that you chose The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay for your wife’s 50th birthday celebration! It sounds like you both enjoyed a very special stay.

A walk on the beach and private in-room dining are hallmarks of a romantic couple’s getaway. Next time you join us, I’d welcome you to plan a wine tasting or a round of golf. There’s so much to do and see here in Half Moon Bay!

Until we meet again, please let me know if there’s anything we can do to be of service.

Sincerely,
The Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014 via mobile

We stay on February 21/22 at this great hotel set above the cliff tops.it reminder us so must of Scotland,the morning fog and the piper at dusk.This hotel is top notch,great value for the money and the staff are great .we had a problem with some noise above our room when we contacted the desk mr.Manuel Terra took control of the problem moved us to new room and check the next day to see if we needed anything else he is a credit to the ritz carlton group,service at its best!they are great with kids as well with a ongoing treasure hunt going on all the time.My only regret was that we were only here for two nights before we moved on to L.A .thanks for a great stay .

Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Ritz-CarltonHMB, Executive Office at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, responded to this review, March 17, 2014
Dear HowgateRestaurant,

We appreciate you taking a moment to share your review your stay with us this February. With fabulous golf and rolling green hills, Half Moon Bay is very reminiscent of a Scottish getaway!

We apologize for the issue of room noise, but I’m very pleased to hear that Mr. Terra was so helpful. He is certainly known for going above and beyond for guests. Thanks so much for mentioning our V.I.K. (Very Important Kid) program – it’s such a blast for young guests.

We hope you enjoyed the rest of your vacation and will join us again soon. I look forward to speaking with and seeing you again soon.

Sincerely,
The Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

We were greeted from the time we got there and felt like celebrities the whole time. Had club lounge access so we felt like we were in an all in inclusive hotel. Food great, view spectacular, bag piper amazing, spa treatments to die for, sunsets beautiful,
fire pits outside our room. Golf course view beautiful.
Would love to visit again.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ritz-CarltonHMB, Executive Office at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, responded to this review, March 17, 2014
Dear Natalie S,

Thanks for your review! It’s wonderful to know that you enjoyed your recent stay here at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. As you found, there is nothing quite like the Club Level experience, and we would love to be able to give you the celebrity treatment again soon. Next time you find yourself daydreaming about bagpipes at sunset and peaceful evenings spent fireside, just give us a call.

Sincerely,
The Ladies & Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

We spent 4 nights at the hotel - a mix of business (attending a conference) and pleasure. As expected at a Ritz Carlton, the service was excellent and nothing was too much trouble. The hotel has an excellent position overlooking the sea and surrounded by the golf course. When the tide is out, long walks on the beach are possible. The outside area has plenty of seating and the fire pits are great in the evening. However, if the weather is poor, there is limited indoor lounge space. The food is good but portions are small (as commented on by guests that we invited to join us). The only niggle we have with this hotel is the excessive charge for the compulsory valet parking at $45 per night (day guests were only charged $10 per day).

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Ritz-CarltonHMB, Executive Office at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
Dear John C,

Thanks for sharing your recent experience here at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. We always love hearing from business travelers who managed to have a little fun during their stay. If you enjoyed the hotel in the winter, you’ll have to visit again during the warmer months to experience summer on the coast. There’s nothing quite like it, and we’re confident that with a little more leisure time, you’ll find even more to love. Until then, please let us know if there’s anything we can do to be of service.

Sincerely,
The Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
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Orinda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

We are Bay Area locals and love this property. It is a great place. We have gone for romantic get aways, family weekends (including our dogs) and just for the day. The outside fire pits are great for making s'mores and drinking hot chocolate. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Roanoke, Virginia
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

We spent 3 nights at this fantastic location. We were on the club floor and felt like royalty. Everyone knew our names and we never could figure out how they did it!! The service in all areas of the hotel were outstanding. Watching the bagpiper at dusk was such a treat since you could enjoy the ocean view at the same time. The hosts on club floor gave us great ideas for day trips and places to dine while enjoying the beautiful area. We WILL be back again and again even though we live on the east coast!!!!

Room Tip: Club floor is worth the extra $$$
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  • Stayed February 2014, 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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Ritz-CarltonHMB, Executive Office at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
Dear Jerrie10,

It’s wonderful to hear from you, and to know that you enjoyed your recent three-night stay. As you found, our Club Level is like a hotel within a hotel, and our staff takes great pride in making every guest’s experience magical.

We look forward to seeing you again soon. Remember: even when you’re on the East Coast, Half Moon Bay is just a few hours away.

Sincerely,
The Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
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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:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Half Moon Bay
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Half Moon Bay
#3 Family Hotel 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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