Best The Ritz-Carlton Hotels & Resorts in California

Part of Marriott International's "Luxury" division, The Ritz-Carlton amplifies the opulence of... READ MORE
Part of Marriott International's "Luxury" division, The Ritz-Carlton amplifies the opulence of travel with breathtaking properties, fine dining and unique guest experiences. Its award-winning hotels offer 24-hour room service, twice-daily housekeeping and elegant decor reflective of each property's location. Perhaps the biggest differentiation between The Ritz-Carlton and other luxury brands is the The Club level. Guests registered on The Club level enjoy access to a personal concierge, daily complimentary food and beverage buffets and location-specific amenities, such as free souvenirs. At The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, for example, guests receive cocktails, Po'boys, seafood gumbo and pralines, along with local bourbon and whiskey tastings. The Ritz-Carlton has roughly 100 hotels around the globe, with 44 additional hotels in the pipeline. Many of those properties occupy a spot on our Best Hotels in the USABest Hotels in Europe, Best Hotels in Mexico and Best Hotels in Canada rankings. Because The Ritz-Carlton falls under the Marriott umbrella, guests participating in the Marriott Rewards program can accrue and redeem points at The Ritz-Carlton properties.

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    The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
    Truckee, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1157 reviewsTripAdvisor (1157)
    Free WiFi

    Sweeping mountain vistas and rustic furnishings are just two of the many reasons why guests are drawn to The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. Others include fantastic customer service, great food and a sumptuous atmosphere. With a ski-in/ski-out location near the shores of Lake Tahoe, California, this Ritz allows visitors prime access to the slopes and two nearby championship golf courses. As for the hotel itself, on-site amenities include a tranquil spa and several gourmet restaurants. As far as lodging goes, recent guests raved about the large rooms, comfy beds and beautiful setting. Rooms and suites adopt a mountain lodge feel with stone fireplaces, wood trim and beautiful views. Guests generally loved their stay here, however, some visitors lamented the resort fee, especially given the hotel's high room rates. Marriott Bonvoy members can use points to keep costs down, though.

    Truckee, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1157 reviewsTripAdvisor (1157)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
    San Francisco, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1520 reviewsTripAdvisor (1520)
    Free WiFi

    Located on the southern fringes of Chinatown, The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco earns high praise from recent guests, who say that the hotel makes for a convenient choice for both business and leisure travelers. The rooms here are dressed in blue and white and Frette linens, as well as a variety of high-end amenities, such as flat-screen TVs, coffee makers and high-speed internet access. Visitors to this property will also have access to the in-house Spa L'OCCITANE by the Bay and its full list of treatments, as well as the raved-about contemporary Californian cuisine served at Parallel 37. But for many guests, the highlight of staying here was the exceptional level of customer service they received. Visitors say that the employees were friendly and respectful, providing an overall feeling of being treated like royalty (though you may have to shell out like royalty to stay here). Plus, Marriott Bonvoy members can earn and use points by choosing to stay here.

    San Francisco, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1520 reviewsTripAdvisor (1520)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
    Dana Point, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2624 reviewsTripAdvisor (2624)
    Free WiFi

    When booking a room at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, guests expect to receive superb service. And that's what they get. On top of that, they get 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 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 technology such as flat-screen TVs and internet access (included in the $50 daily resort fee). Plus, this hotel particpates in the Marriott Bonvoy program, so members can earn and use points by staying here.

    Dana Point, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2624 reviewsTripAdvisor (2624)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage
    Rancho Mirage, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1716 reviewsTripAdvisor (1716)
    Free WiFi

    This Ritz outpost is located about 9 miles southeast of Palm Springs, California, in Rancho Mirage. The hotel's suites feature balconies, stone bathrooms with separate showers and soaking tubs, beds with 400-thread-count Frette linens and Nespresso coffee makers. But with the resort's ample amenities, guests won't want to spend all their time in their rooms. The property has multiple pools and a spa boasting treatments like the Coconut Body Polish and the Sec-He Rock Ritual. Plus, nearby hiking trails and the on-site fitness center offer ample opportunities for exercise. When it's time for a bite to eat, try the casual cuisine at the Air Pool Bar or go for a more upscale meal at  either The Edge Steakhouse or the State Fare Bar & Kitchen. Recent guests said the hotel's setting is beautiful but warn of exorbitant prices for everything from food at the on-site restaurants to the mandatory valet parking. Keep in mind that because of its Marriott ties, the Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage allows Marriott Bonvoy members to earn perks or use points to cover stays at the property.

    Rancho Mirage, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1716 reviewsTripAdvisor (1716)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
    Half Moon Bay, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2345 reviewsTripAdvisor (2345)
    Free WiFi

    The palatial Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay's jaw-dropping setting atop sea cliffs along the Pacific Coast is hard to beat. As its name suggests, this Ritz-Carlton property is in Half Moon Bay, California, located between San Francisco and San Jose. But the exceptional service is what has most travelers talking: From the congenial front desk staff, to the spa therapists to the restaurant servers, travelers praise the entire staff for its friendliness and efficiency. But that's not all guests have to say. The Ritz's guest rooms earn a thumbs-up for their goose-down bedding, marble bathrooms and spacious floor plans, and those traveling with pets will be pleased to know that accommodations here are animal-friendly. But don't plan on spending too much time in your room. Through the concierge, you can book surf lessons, bird watching excursions, bike rides, Segway tours, horseback rides and even whale watching tours. Back at the resort, you'll find two golf courses, a spa and four eateries. Families like to take advantage of the Ritz Kids Day Program, which includes trips to the beach, as well as movies and s'mores at the fire pit. Keep in mind that Marriott Bonvoy members can earn and use points by staying here.

    Half Moon Bay, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2345 reviewsTripAdvisor (2345)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 742 reviewsTripAdvisor (742)

    Sitting on the fringes of downtown L.A. just a short walk from the STAPLES Center and The Grammy Museum, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles has what it takes to make it in this town. The hotel's 123 guest rooms and suites exude an aura of "California cool" with wooden and cream-colored furnishings, crisp white linens and bright splashes of color. Meanwhile, in-room amenities such as iPod docking stations, flat-screen TVs and large windows with sweeping city views ensure that you'll be living it up L.A.-style (you can also enjoy skyline views from the hotel's 26th-floor outdoor rooftop heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi). To keep you looking fabulous, the Ritz houses a 24-hour fitness center and an 8,000-square-foot spa, not to mention a pool lined with cabanas. And if you're looking to see and be seen, the in-house WP24 Restaurant by Wolfgang Puck provides the trendy atmosphere, as well as plates of contemporary Chinese cuisine. Despite all its modern amenities, visitors insist that the Ritz stands out among its (equally pricey) competition thanks to attentive customer service. Plus, if you're a Marriott Bonvoy member, you can earn or redeem points for choosing to bed down here.

    Los Angeles, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 742 reviewsTripAdvisor (742)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
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    The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey
    Marina Del Rey, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 809 reviewsTripAdvisor (809)

    Right on the marina and about 5 miles from Los Angeles International Airport, The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey attracts visitors with its picturesque location. Guests describe the rooms here as comfortable, with warm blue and gold tones reflecting the hotel's harbor vistas (not to mention balconies and feather beds). Visitors also appreciate this Ritz's convenient and luxurious amenities, such as the bicycle rentals  perfect for riding along the boardwalk  and the waterfront pool and whirlpool. Make the most of the hotel's harborfront location with some California cuisine at Wave Poolside Bar + Grill, or sample the locally sourced small plates at Cast & Plow. For even more pampering, indulge in a treatment at Sisley Spa. Though a stay here can cost a pretty penny, you can offset the cost (or earn points) with Marriott Bonvoy points.

    Marina Del Rey, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 809 reviewsTripAdvisor (809)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
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    The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
    Goleta, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2665 reviewsTripAdvisor (2665)
    Free WiFi

    The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara in Goleta, California, has all the essentials of a luxury seaside resort – a spa, several infinity pools, multiple dining venues and, of course, dramatic Pacific Ocean views. The Ritz's 358 luxurious guest rooms feature gas or wood-burning fireplaces, marble showers and private patios or balconies, not to mention flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. When it's time for a meal, head to the oceanfront restaurant, Angel Oak, to feast on steak, seafood and more. Many guests are quick to note that the prices here are steep, especially if you indulge in a spa treatment or a fancy meal. But overall, visitors say they very much enjoyed their stay, chalking their good times up to excellent customer service and the property's relaxed atmosphere. Because of this hotel's Marriott ties, Marriott Bonvoy members can earn and use points by staying here.

    Goleta, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2665 reviewsTripAdvisor (2665)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi