The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel


When booking a room at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, guests expect to receive superb service. And that's what they get. But what they are shocked to find is a breathtaking ocean view and gorgeous grounds just northwest of Dana Point Marina. If you need any help reaching inner peace, the well-reviewed spa is happy to accommodate you. And this is no ordinary Ritz: In addition to the standard pool-tennis-fitness center combination, this property has access to several area golf courses and some excellent surfing waves. Plus, guests can explore the local environment above and below the sea with expert naturalists on eco-adventures organized by the hotel. As for dining, you can satiate your appetite at one of several on-site eateries. And when it comes time to call it a day, you won't be disappointed with the accommodations. Previous visitors love the serene pastel blue and cream decor in the guest rooms, as well as the private balconies and state-of-the-art technology (LCD flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations and high-speed Internet access) housed within.

Quick Stats

  • Dana Point, CA


  • 5.0-star


  • Resort hotel, 396 rooms


  • Ocean


  • Traditional, Opulent


  • Business travelers, Families, Couples, Groups


How It Ranks


  • Hotel Class
  • Critic Rating
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating Based on 1511 reviews
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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • AAA/CAA Five Diamond Awards 2016
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2015


Combine the Ritz-Carlton's top-tier level of service with an unparalleled view of the Pacific and you're in the lap of luxury at this resort. ... Splurge for the Club Level, where the list of additional amenities is exhaustingly long. Ocean view rooms are worth the expense; some have outdoor fire pits.
Fodor's Choice


Situated atop a 150-foot bluff overlooking the ocean, the Mediterranean style villa that house The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is an elegant retreat. ... Surfing lessons are available at the beach, and the spa is fabulous with its contemporary California-glam décor and full menu of luxurious treatments. Golfers come to play several spectacular courses nearby.
Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards 2015

Travel + Leisure

On a bluff between L.A. and San Diego, the Ritz-Carlton offers surfing lessons and a Healthy Taste menu for kids. For adults, the property boasts beachy-hued rooms and a serious spa.

This 396-room luxury hotel sits atop a 150-foot bluff that's up against a beach, which means breathtaking views from the hotel and grounds, plus a place to surf and boogie board below.
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Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1511 guests have reviewed the The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: | 4.5 (based on 1511 reviews)

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Guest Rooms

Guests have the option of accommodations with varying views, including panoramas of the ocean or the surrounding property. Rooms include marble bathrooms with Asprey Bath essentials, a furnished balcony or patio, 42-inch flat-screen TVs with DVD player, coffee makers and 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens.

  • Daily $30 resort fee includes Wi-Fi access, use of the business center, tennis courts, sauna and steam rooms, among other features

Standard room size: 400 square feet

  • Internet (free)

  • Premium channels

  • Workspace/desk

  • Minifridge

  • Bathrobes/slippers

  • Minibar

  • Shower/tub combo

  • Separate shower

  • Separate tub

  • Wireless Internet

  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies

  • Adjoining rooms available

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Perched on a bluff overlooking the Salt Creek beach, this Ritz-Carlton is located midway between Los Angeles and San Diego in Laguna Niguel. The nearby Dana Point area features art galleries, boutiques and restaurants, and there are several golf courses nearby.

  • John Wayne Airport is 22 miles north
  • Los Angeles International Airport is 60 miles north
  • Disneyland is about 35 miles north
  • Complimentary shuttle service to the beach and golf courses

  • 24-hour valet parking ($35)

  • 24-hour self-parking

  • Airport shuttle (with fee)

  • Car service (with fee)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop

  • Train station

  • Subway/metro stop

  • Restaurants

  • Beach

  • Grocery store

  • Movie theater

  • Theater

  • Shopping


The Ritz-Carlton offers several distinct dining experiences from the casual poolside Dana Café to Raya, which dishes out pan-Latin cuisine utilizing sustainable seafood, local produce and natural and organic meat. For dinner, enoSteak serves up prime, grass-fed, pasture-raised beef, local organic and seasonal produce, artisanal cheeses, charcuterie and an excellent wine list. Enjoy small plates from bar Raya and handcrafted cocktails at 180blũ at the resort's oceanfront lounge balcony. For a quick snack, the Market Place serves gourmet coffee, pastries, sandwiches and snacks throughout the day.

Number of restaurants: 4

Cuisine types: American, Latin American

  • Fine dining

  • Casual dining

  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace

  • Bar/lounge

  • Room service

  • 24-hour room service

  • Free breakfast


The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel has two outdoor swimming pools and two whirlpools. The larger, lagoon-style Dana Pool is perfect for family fun and offers the complimentary use of pool toys. The Dana Pool Café serves tropical drinks, appetizers, salads, sandwiches and also has a children’s menu.

  • Pool food and beverage service also available at small pool

Number of pools: 2

  • Lap pool

  • Wading pool

  • Lazy river

  • Family pool

  • Infinity pool

  • Whirlpool/hot tub

  • Adults-only pool

  • Seasonal

  • Indoor

  • Outdoor

  • Indoor/outdoor combo

  • Lifeguard on duty

  • Poolside service

  • Waterslide

  • Deck chairs or cabanas

  • Pool bar


The spa at The Ritz-Carlton offers treatments that incorporate essential elements from the ocean, such as minerals, sea salt, algae and water. Spa facilities include a full-service salon, couples treatment suites and a water therapy room with a Vichy waterfall shower.

  • In-room massages available

Services offered:

  • Massage

  • Facial

  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)

  • Salon services

  • Outdoor treatment area

  • Steam room

  • Sauna


The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel's Ritz Kids program (fees vary) features activities and excursions inspired by the local area, including whale watching and a class about sea life on the beach. Programs are offered by age, with kids adventures for ages 5 to 8, youth adventures for ages 9 to 16 as well as family adventures for everyone. The resort also offers a variety of complimentary amenities for kids of all ages including beach and pool toys, coloring books, a library of movies for in-room use, complimentary use of sports equipment and an on-site play center. Kids activities include summer poolside movies, face painting and treasure hunts.

  • Teen spa treatments
  • Kids menus

  • Kids club ($80 to $110)

  • Cribs

  • High chairs


The fitness center at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel overlooks the ocean and features cardio machines, strength-training equipment and free weights. In addition to its fitness center, the resort fee includes complimentary daily yoga and Pilates classes in the Gazebo overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

  • Tennis (including rackets and balls) included in resort fee
  • Golf nearby with preferred tee times and complimentary shuttle service
  • Surf lessons on-site (additional fee)

  • Weight equipment

  • Cardio equipment

  • Yoga mats

  • Free fitness classes

  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)

  • Bicycles

  • Tennis (free)

  • Guided runs

  • Paddle boats

  • Motor boats


The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel offers both indoor and outdoor meeting and event space, with venues ranging from meeting rooms and garden courtyards to oceanfront lawns, pool terraces and a cliff-top gazebo. With more than 26,224 square feet of indoor space and 54,000 square feet of outdoor event space, the hotel can accommodate events for up to 900 guests. Meeting services include computer equipment, cell phone rentals and audiovisual services and support.

  • 24-hour business center
  • VolunTeaming programs for team-building activities
  • Variety of meeting packages available

Number of meeting rooms: 18

  • Business center

  • Meeting rooms

  • Meeting and event planners available


The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel not only welcomes dogs, but offers a wide variety of pet-centric special events throughout the year including seasonal events such as Howl-O-Ween and dog photos with Santa on Howl-iday. While there are no weight limits, however, the hotel charges a nonrefundable cleaning fee of $150 per stay and an additional $50 per night pet fee. The hotel's “Posh Pooch” amenities include a dog bed, water bowl, complimentary chew toy, doggie room service menu, walking trail map and waste bags, and a Club Yappy card for discounts at hotel outlets.

  • Up to two dogs allowed per room

  • Pets allowed (with fee)

  • Dog walking

  • Pet-sitting


Guests at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel receive preferred tee times at the part-70 Monarch Beach Golf Club. The resort also provides complimentary shuttle service to and from the course. There are also four additional courses in close proximity to the hotel.

  • Golf carts

  • Golf packages

  • Club rentals

  • Club house

  • Refreshment stand or restaurant

  • Caddie service

  • Pro shop


The hotel has multiple options for couples interested in indoor and outdoor ceremonies or receptions. The Ritz's Pacific Promenade features a private, half-moon balcony as well as floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom is the hotel's largest wedding reception venue, able to accommodate up to 900 guests for a reception. Outdoor venues include Monarch Bay Sunset Terrace, a Spanish-tiled courtyard that overlooks the ocean, also featuring spectacular ocean views.

Maximum wedding guest capacity: 900

  • Hotel hosts weddings

  • Outdoor space for weddings

  • Wedding planners available

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