My husband and had a couple of free days and decided to stay at The Montage Resort in Laguna Beach for our anniversary. We have stayed twice before and have always had a good experience. The spa is very pampering and the hotel location, right on the ocean, is the best spot on the coast.
When we arrived at our room they had a complimentary bottle of champagne on ice (the good stuff!) and the most amazing chocolates (made in house) with a card wishing us a Happy Anniversary. Even better, when we were down at the spa, one of the gals that worked there overheard us say we were there for our anniversary and she made up a gift bag of lotions and a candle and brought it to us while we were sitting by the pool (complete with a bow!)
Also, the food, albeit pricey is excellent quality. We had breakfast, dinner and lunch (at the Restaurant by the Spa and the Restaurant right below the lobby level) and were impressed with the portions and the taste.
It was unseasonable warm when we visited and we wanted to hang out down by the beach for the day. However beach service is closed after Labor Day. But true to Montage's attitude that they will do whatever they can to make your stay memorable, they had 2 lounge chairs and an umbrella waiting for us on the beach when we walked down. It's a pricey place, but unlike a lot of expensive 5-star hotels, these guys make it worth the cost.
Note: The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because every time we have been there we try to get an upgrade with our Amex Platinum and we never are able to get it. Last time we went in the middle of the week and were surprised nothing was available. Seems like they may want to stop offering the Amex "deal" if they never have it available as it does cause bad feelings after 3 tries (all stays were on the off season in the middle of the week). Although I seem to have that issue with my Platinum card a lot lately (last place was the Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco). Maybe I just need to find a new credit card ;)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Montage Resort & Spa Laguna Beach is a luxury California beach resort where guests enjoy premium services including gourmet restaurants, an oceanfront spa, swimming pools, and sports facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Montage Laguna Beach Hotel Laguna Beach
- Montage Hotel Laguna Beach
- Montage Resort Laguna Beach