I've spent more than a collective year of my life in this hotel in the last 10 years, so believe me when I say this place is firing on all cylinders and running better than i recal it running.
My family and I were thoroughly impressed with some of the subtle updates improvements and simple touches that have been improved over the past two years. Prices are up here as-well but in-line with the season, the amenities and fair given the cost of maintaining this grand-dame.
The key here (to make sure you get the full experience) is to request a club-level ocean-front (not ocean-view) room or suite. The best suite to that end is the old crown suite which is a fourth floor corner suite. That suite can get noisy with the Santa Anna winds in the winter months but in summer it is just delightful.
The remaining rooms adjoin so are workable for a family during a short stay. We stayed that way for 4 days with a family of four and it worked well enough during our short stay. The ocean front rooms are what California luxury beach vacations are all about, and there are just a handful of them so be sure to book early. There is always lots going on at the hotel due to it's irreplaceable setting and grand public areas and ballroom facilities. You can expect to see lots of weddings during the summer months and meetings during the spring and fall.
Be sure to use the facilities and walk down to the beach.. this place truly ppersonifies the American Riviera .. it is a genuinely special place and you will not be disappointed if you book as I suggest above.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience luxury coastal living at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, a resort in Dana Point, California situated high on a seaside bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and offering a relaxed Southern California vibe near Laguna Beach, Los Angeles and San Diego. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel Hotel Dana Point
- Ritz Dana Point
- Ritz-Carlton Dana Point
- Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel