The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

1 Miramontes Point Road | Half Moon Bay, CA 94019  [SEE MAP]Half Moon Bay, CA  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

There are two on-site golf courses
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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.

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Location
Half Moon Bay, CA
Hotel Class
5.0-star
Property Type
Resort hotel, 261 rooms
Primary View
Ocean, Bay
Style
Traditional, Opulent
Best For
Business travelers, Couples, Groups, Families

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  • 5.0Hotel Class
  • GREATCritic Rating

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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018
  • Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards 2018

Fodor's

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With its enormous and elegantly decorated rooms, secluded oceanfront property, and a staff that waits on guests hand and foot, this golf and spa resort defines opulence.

Fodor's Choice

Travel + Leisure

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Two championship golf courses dominate the landscaped grounds, which also include six tennis courts and a 16,000-square-foot spa.

Oyster.com

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The romantic 261-room Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay serves the Ritz-Carlton name well, offering stunning rooms, a large spa, and beautiful bay views — though the fog sometimes makes it difficult to get a good glimpse.

AAA

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On a high bluff that juts into the Pacific Ocean, this seaside resort is surrounded by gorgeous golf courses. The rooms feature upscale artwork, beautiful furnishings and luxurious bedding. At sunset, while the surf thunders from below and the moon and stars shine from above, outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are lit and you are treated to spectacular images that will last a lifetime.

AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018
  • Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards 2018

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 2345 have reviewed the The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2345 reviews 4.5 (based on 2345 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The ocean-inspired color palette of subtle blues and grays creates a tranquil, soothing atmosphere in the spacious guest rooms. Duvets and 400-thread-count Egyptian sheets top the feather beds. The luxurious marble bathrooms feature a separate tub and rainforest shower, luxury bath amenities and terry robes.
  • Laptop-sized safe in room
  • Wi-Fi is included in the $35 daily resort fee
  • Minifridge available upon request

Standard room size450 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

Location & Parking

Resembling a sprawling baronial manor, this luxury resort sits atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A five-minute stroll along the coastal path takes you to the water. The resort is 4 miles south of Half Moon Bay State Beach and 3 miles from historic Main Street with its restaurants, Coastside Farmers Market and Coastal Repertory Theatre.
  • The hotel is about 25 miles southwest of San Francisco International Airport, 40 miles southwest of Oakland International Airport and 40 miles northwest of Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking ($49)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping
  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach

Dining

Navio serves sea-to-table fare in a nautical setting. The Conservatory’s “growing wall” provides fresh herbs used in creative cocktail concoctions. Take in sweeping Pacific views while sipping cocktails and nibbling light bites on The Ocean Terrace.
  • Navio’s decadent Sunday brunch features a raw bar, caviar and sushi
  • Room service is available 24 hours

Number of restaurants3

Cuisine TypesAmerican

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast

Pool

The heated indoor pool sets aside early morning hours for adult lap swim, then opens up for family use. Swim noodles and beach balls are available for pool play, as well as kick boards and buoys for adults participating in swim aerobics.
    • Family pool
    • Infinity pool
    • Whirlpool/hot tub
    • Adults-only pool
    • Lap pool
    • Wading pool
    • Lazy river
    • Seasonal
    • Indoor
    • Outdoor
    • Indoor/outdoor combo
    • Pool bar
    • Lifeguard on duty
    • Poolside service
    • Waterslide
    • Deck chairs or cabanas

    Spa

    The spa and full-service salon draw inspiration from the beauty of the Northern California coast. Signature treatments include a luxurious lavender body massage and an ocean mist stone ritual.
    • The daily resort fee includes access to the spa’s co-ed whirlpool, locker rooms, relaxation lounges, whirlpool, sauna and steam room
    • Spa services are available for guests ages 18 and older

    Services offered:

    • Massage
    • Facial
    • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
    • Salon services
    • Outdoor treatment area
    • Steam room
    • Sauna

    Kids

    The Ritz Kids Day Program offers half- and full-day programs daily for children ages 5 to 12. Activities might include swimming at the pool, exploring the beach, doing arts and crafts and making s’mores. The Kids Night Out program provides supervised activities from 6 to 9 p.m.
    • 24-hour advance registration required
    • Kids club (fee varies)
    • Cribs
    • High chairs

    Fitness

    The fitness center provides weight-training and cardio equipment, including Cybex treadmills and stair climbers. The daily resort fee includes daily group exercises classes as well as use of the six tennis courts and such amenities as rackets, balls, ball machine and private or group lessons with reservations.
    • Coastal jogging and biking path for outdoor exercise
    • The resort offers surfing lessons
    • Bicycle use included in resort fee
    • Weight equipment
    • Cardio equipment
    • Yoga mats
    • Free fitness classes
    • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
    • Bicycles (free)
    • Tennis (free)
    • Guided runs
    • Paddle boats
    • Motor boats

    Business

    More than 35,000 square feet of venue space can accommodate groups of 10 to 600 people. Conference concierges are on-site to assist with any issue.
    • Business center includes PC workstations and office supplies

    Number of meeting rooms16

    • Business center
    • Meeting rooms
    • Meeting and event planners available

    Pets

    Four-legged friends are allowed at this Ritz location. There is a $150 cleaning fee per stay in addition to a $50 per night boarding fee, a portion of which is donated to the Peninsula Humane Society.
    • Dogs must be on a leash or held in guest’s arms at all times
    • Pets allowed (with fee)
    • Dog walking
    • Pet-sitting

    Golf

    The resort is home to two championship 18-hole, par 72 courses. The Ocean Course was designed by Arthur Hills in a traditional Scottish style with prevailing ocean winds, tight fairways and knolls and Pacific views from every hole. The parkland-style Old Course was originally created by Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane and redesigned by Arthur Hills.
    • Practice green includes two pitching greens, a bunker and large putting green
    • Golf carts
    • Golf packages
    • Club rentals
    • Club house
    • Refreshment stand or restaurant
    • Caddie service
    • Pro shop

    Wedding

    Couples have several indoor and outdoor venues from which to choose. The ocean lawn overlooks the sweeping coastline and provides a breathtaking backdrop for ceremonies. The ballroom can accommodate up to 300 reception guests and has 17-foot-high vaulted ceilings and chandeliers.
    • The staff wedding advisor can provide referrals for local vendors such as photographers and florists
    • Options for chef stations include a Dungeness crab sampler and a Tuscan tastes station

    Maximum wedding guest capacity300

    • Hotel hosts weddings
    • Outdoor space for weddings
    • Wedding planners available

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