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“Spectacular Views of the Pacific” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

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The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Half Moon Bay
Certificate of Excellence
NYC
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72 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Spectacular Views of the Pacific”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013

This is an outstanding Ritz Carlton in one of the most beautiful settings in California. The hotel is perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The rooms are very nice and cozy - mine had a gas fireplace - and the Club level provides great value. There is a walking/jogging path that runs along the coast for about a mile. Outside, there are seating areas around fire pits, where guests can roast marshmallows and star gaze. Very special and romantic!

Room Tip: The ocean view rooms are worth the upgrade.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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40 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013 via mobile

I just spent the last three days here. Service was top notch. Food was top notch. Amenities are top notch. The views leave me speechless. Am at a real loss for words to say more. I would highly recommend staying here.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles, California
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66 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

I first saw this hotel in a magazine then oddly on a American Pie movie. Then I tried it, surprisingly close to SF city. It is a very good looking property and when/if the fog is clear, the views are gorgeous. BUT there is really no beach access, just views and for half my trip it was all fog. When I tried going out to see the ocean from the hotel, 3 yelled at me, as the front is a golf course hole and they wanted to play through, very disconcerting that it is crammed into that space. The restaurant was fine, and pretty, the lobby as well, and the room was nice. This is more retreat for solitude, very quiet area. But no, it isn't a place where the ocean is intergrated, its a place where you go for a misty time of seclusion and hopes that the fog disappears.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Tomk626
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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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52 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

My wife & I visited the Ritz for our 20th anniversary and absolutely enjoyed it. Our room was in the main hotel overlooking the 18th green of the Links course and the ocean. We loved sitting in the Adirondack chairs on the back side of the hotel at sunset and at night at the fire pit with a nice glass of wine. It's expensive but worth every dime! If you want to splurge, make sure you have the Sunday brunch.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

Ok, this is the Ritz. Sitting on this amazing cliff overlooking the pacific waves, birds and the occasional bag piper in the afternoon. I am here on a company sponsored trip. Whoever is complaining about the rooms deffinitely did not get mine. It is gorgeous, my ocean view is surreal, for lack of a better description. The food is good, service is excellent. Not a horrible drive to San Francisco. Hate the parking rates, just ridiculous. $220 for a massage is also bad, but again: Its the Ritz. It is a secluded hotel, so expect to rent a car or depend on shuttle, if you are not here for the golf, which is pretty amazing.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Carla A
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Liberty, Missouri
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191 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

Here is one beautiful location in the world! One that has it all! Beautiful hotel; challenging golf course; friendly staff; and a view you can't beat.
Sitting on a bluff above the ocean, windows look out on a surf that is jumping with high waves and excitement. follow the nearby paths however, and you will find restful pools and gentle tides for wading. Such a combo for the senses.
We didn't stay to eat but did notice lovely spots for dining outside. all in all, a place I'd love to spend the night in luxury.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, California, United States
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14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

Positives: The staff is incredibly friendly and reasonably competent.

Negatives: The rooms are old-ladyish & have thin walls and thus given the price, the place is not good value. The gym is pretty modest & the food ranges from good to poor. Most aggravating is the nickel-dime-ing. $45 for valet (when there is no shortage of parking in the area) & $30 "spa fee" whether you use it or not.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Jake A
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Property: The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
Address: 1 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-2376
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Location: United States > California > Half Moon Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access 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 Family Hotel in Half Moon Bay
#1 Romantic Hotel in Half Moon Bay
#1 On the Beach 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 highlights the beauty of the Northern California coast with a modern and elegant decor. ... more   less 
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