The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
What We Love
- A bagpiper plays in the courtyard to usher in the sunset each evening
- There’s a heated pool inside and two fire pits outside
- Free fitness classes in the gym and a co-ed Roman mineral bath in the 16,000-square foot spa
- Miles of clifftop walking trails overlooking the Pacific
What To Know
- You can stay in the six-story main building, close to the pool and restaurants, or in guest houses farther afield
- Rooms near the restaurant and courtyard do get a bit of noise, especially if you’re out on your patio
- There’s a daily resort fee for access to the tennis and basketball courts, gym, and WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
While many Northern California resorts strive to channel Tuscany, this 261-room property takes its inspiration from Scotland, paying homage with it’s castle-like main building, two championship golf courses, and live bagpipe music every evening. The starkly gorgeous clifftop setting over the Pacific ocean adds to the Braveheart-y romance of it all; guests take in the scenery from the coastal bike and hiking paths, or cozy up in front of the fire pits overlooking the Pacific (or, if they’re staying in a Terrace Fire Pit room, by the private hearth on their very own patio.) In between, they graze at any of the three ocean-view restaurants, or indulge their sweet tooth at Cork Wine Bar, a wine bar that specializes in flights of wine and chocolate.
In the Area
There’s hiking, biking, tennis, basketball, golf, and the beach—and that’s just on the property. When guests venture off-campus, it’s to horseback ride through seafront meadows with Blue Sky Ranch, surf the beaches made famous by the Mavericks Invitational Surf Contest, visit some of the 70 wineries in the Santa Cruz mountains or stroll historic Half Moon Bay, the oldest settlement in San Mateo Country. Unless of course it’s fall. Then sightseeing here is all about the Pumpkin Festival.
How to Get There
We stopped for a drink and the view. It is a massive hotel built right in the water. It was $40 to park the car. We strolled along the beach front and agreed that this is one of the most beautiful spots in California.
My wife & I stayed here during our, now, annual fall west coast excursion. The we stayed in a private room away from the main building that was quiet and well appointed. The service was first class from the front desk to the valet. We enjoyed a pumpkin soup that I considered the best I've ever tasted. The grounds are very well kept and the concierge was helpful with the various amenities that are offer on and off the grounds. I highly recommend stay at this hotel especially in the fall. It is very quiet and well worth the money
This was the first stop on our honeymoon. We drove down the coast and could see the hotel in the distance on the edge of a golf course. The view was extraordinary before we even arrived. Look, this is a Ritz-Carlton and you get what you pay for. This is true five star service. Everything worked like clockwork. The check-in, the bell Captain and all the service was just outstanding. Everyone new our name Which was so welcoming. Our room was decorated with all sorts of nice things.
We stayed on site for cocktails and for dinner and everything was very nice. The outdoor restaurant served dinner until after sunset which was wonderful. We sat at the edge of the green and had dinner while we watched people finish off the golf day. The bagpipes was a nice touch. This hotel is very expensive in every way but I would do it again. Everything was worth it. Thank you to all the staff.
This hotel is beautiful! It sits on a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean. There are many places to sit and watch the water. They also have two golf courses and a spa. The rooms are beautiful. We had a firepit on our patio overlooking the ocean. The staff went out of their way to make us feel special. If I had one complaint (strong word) it would be that the double beds are full and not queen. Two adults may not be comfortable in such a small bed. Other than that, it was a perfect stay!
This is an amazing property, but I'm a bit bummed because we were on the same floor as a wedding party who felt the need to chat all night in the hallway...even after a couple of calls to the front desk. I finally opened the door at 6:30 a.m. and they bolted back into their rooms. I would have loved to have been told when we checked in that the wedding party was on our floor. We would have been happy to adjust accordingly. Is consideration of other guests now just an afterthought? The location of the hotel is gorgeous, drinks are perfect, food is amazing and consider splurging on a room with a fire pit (you won't be disappointed). Also, be prepared to wait for your car from valet.