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“Beautiful location!” 4 of 5 stars
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The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Half Moon Bay
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“Beautiful location!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013 via mobile

This Ritz is set in a beautiful location on the California coast. The quality of the facility, service and food is on par with the Ritz brand. I particularly like evening bon fires, relaxing and making s'mores. Very nice touch!

  • Stayed October 2013
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Livermore, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

The Ritz is a first class hotel with a very attentive staff. I happened to stay on my Birthday and the staff was aware of this. They were all very kind and had a variety of thoughtful gifts throughout my stay (from chocolate truffles to bath salts to rose petals on the bed). The grounds around the hotel include a path that you can walk or bike around, so next time we will bring bikes. They also have segways available but be sure and check for availability and reserve before you arrive. The massages were excellent and the food at Navio was amazing (just like Top Chef).

Room Tip: Rooms on the ground floor with the private fire pit are a real treat.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

Great oceanside view, service as you would expect from the Ritz, excellent food, very quiet....refreshing and calming. Would have liked to stay in main building. Nice walk to the cottage but not in the chill of the evening.
Ideal for retreat...or for an intimate conference. Stimulating. Beatiful sunset. Beautiful starry skies.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

My wife and I went there for our wedding anniversary and had a great time. We had to ask for a room change, since there was a party going on and we wanted a more quite stay. The hotel staff was really helpful, nice and willing to respond to our requests.
The hotel has a small beach, and although the water is very cold, it is a nice place to enjoy a picnic.
We had a great time!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Penn Valley, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We have stayed at other fine resorts and Ritz Carlton locations, but this was by far the best. The views are incredible and the golfing (recommend ocean course) was quite difficult but a wonderful experience. The service and people are incredibly kind and warm and the fire pit at dusk is a ton of fun! Navio was a great dinner and our waiter was the best we have had at any restaurant! We tend to like to visit new locations each time we travel, but this is one we will certainly return to. Highly recommend!

Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Farmington, New Mexico, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

We went out over Father's Day in June and of course the prices were very high but we really wanted to stay there so we did. We had two rooms with private firepits that overlooked the 18th green and ocean. Wonderful view. The staff was very accommodating in the outdoor bar and both restaurants. The guys played the ocean course which was beautiful. We took a segway tour on Father's Day morning which was really fun.

Would I stay here again? Absolutely. Lovely facility, rooms, and grounds. Great staff.

Room Tip: The private fire pit rooms are just too much fun to not stay in one.!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Karen B
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Excellent resort and hotel.
It is expensive, you definitely get what you pay for.
The staff can make every reasonable request happen. Pet friendly.
Pros-
Everything. Beautiful views, comfortable swanky hotel. Wines - incredible, of course.
Cons-
Pricey.
25-30 minute ride from San Francisco depending on traffic.
Food - was good, but not fantastic. Excellent presentation and plating. Seemed a little bland. Califonia "healthy living"influence? Enjoyed cheaper, tastier food in the town of Half Moon Bay.

Came here for golf. Even if you are not a golfer this is a great place.
And the town of Half Moon bay is quaint, easy to navigate and interesting.
Golf-
What a beautiful course(s).
Strange thing- no driving range to warm up on.
Greens- the most difficult ones you will putt on. They do not hold the ball. A mid iron shot must be played short with the strategy to run up. Even a pitching wedge will run. Plan to use your gap, sand or lob wedges for a high shot that drops straight down if you plan to go flag hunting.
The Ocean Course in a thing of beauty. It is for giving allowing you to recover errant shots without too much penalty.
The Old Course is more challenging. Here you need to bring your A game.
Green fees are $180+ particularly on weekends.
Food at Mullins was just OK and service can be slow. Cart girls were invisible. Apparently for such a swanky expensive course, they only hire 2 or 3 cart ladies.

The hotel staff is fantastic and accomodating. I asked one of the housekeeping staff if they liked working here and the answer was, "It is like family here". And it shows.

Don't over think the decision to stay here. You will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: Any room is great. They have rooms with private gas flamed fire pits. Ocean views are the best.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
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 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 Romantic Hotel in Half Moon Bay
#1 Family Hotel in Half Moon Bay
#2 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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