Worst Service in the Ritz Family
Having stayed at nearly all the Ritz Carlton properties in the US, we found the service here to be dramatically worse than any other...even in the club lounge, the staff were inattentive and indifferent, bordering on incompetent. Staff in the fitness room were only interested in chatting with each other, and things like water were never replenished... Otherwise, the physical plant is very nice...
Some very noisy rooms
A lone bagpiper strolls the cliffs at sunset...perfect accompaniment to the magnificent grounds, reminescent of Scotland. Unfortunately, the sounds in our room were not as pleasant. Although we asked for a quiet room, we were given, unbeknown to us, a room directly above a ballroom. In reality, it felt as if we were directly BELOW a large Greek wedding. We were kept awake all night by the pounding of dancing feet, noisy dee-jays, and loud music. Our complaints to the front desk were mostly ignored, with barely an apology or explanation. We were told that we could not have a room change because the hotel was full. Finally a bottle of champagne was brought to our room only because we requested it. We believe that it was unconscionable of the RC to put guest rooms in these locations. Of note, several other guests mentioned having difficulty sleeping because their rooms were located too close to the hotel's restaurant and lounge. We would not return.
Spent 1 night at this property in February 2005. Beautiful hotel, location and grounds, but - not at all like other properties owned by Ritz. We arrived and wanted an upgrade to Club Level - was told that it was only open on weekends. No bagpiper either until weekend. Room was so so with a great view, but no patio - $35 charge for parking -
The views are superb and the golf course looks appealing. Bartender was superb.
A Wonderful Experience
We had a wonderful stay in July last year. Booked the key to Luxury Package which entitled us to the use of a Mercedes S-Class for the duration of our stay. We had an oceanfront room and were treated excellently from the moment we arrived. We were greeted on the front door by three members of staff and walked to the front desk, checked-in very quickly and escorted to our room.
The room had a wonderful view and small balcony overlooking the ocean. On the Saturday evening there was a charity concert held downstairs which we listened to from our room.
Dinner downstairs was fantastic, definitely the best steak frites I've ever taste (and I've lived in Paris). Would stay there again, although not sure how fantastic it would be had we not the ocean view.
We also had access to the Club Lounge which served excellent nibbles and champage all day.
The staff were all incredibly helpful, particularly the concierge staff - Marissa and Judy.
Nice Area - Beautiful Property - Good Golf
Decided to stay here for a three night extended weekend getaway. Stayed in one of the suites in the guest houses. Although there are definitely some disadvantages to staying in the guest houses, it is also closer to the ocean and more private. It is inconvenient to get back to the main hotel for dinner etc. The property is comparable to other Ritz Carltons we have stayed at(Las Vegas, Maui, Cancun and SF). The rooms are spacious and a little spartan for my taste, but overall the room was fine. Dinner at Navio was nice. Played both the Ocean and Old course which was also nice, although obviously not as nice as Spanish Bay, Aviara and others. I would highly recomend this property if Golf and rugged ocean views are what you are looking for. The service will not disappoint you. The area is one of my favorite spots to visit so I would have probably enjoyed my stay regardless, but the resort added to our wonderful weekend stay.
Half Moon Bay
"Half Moon Bay"
If you are driving down highway 1 (the highway the goes along the west coast of California) there are a few places you should stop and Half Moon Bay is one of them. There isnt much here, but the views of the ocean are great, the people are friendly and there are some really great spots for lunch, golf, hiking, hanging out on the beach as well as a few other things.
If you are here in October you need to stop by the pumpkin fest, it isnt anything special, but is a tradition that has been going on since way before I was born.
"drink and lodging"
They hotel to stay at is the Half Moon Bay Ritz Carlton, it is amazing. The spa is great, the food is pretty good and the golf course is perfection. This is a new hotel that sits on a cliff over looking the sea.
The place to go have a beer is The Moss Beach Distillery. The food is okay, the beer is good and the best part are the benches on the back patio that over look the water. They also provide you with blankets since it gets a little chilly from time to time.