Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa
What We Love
- Two outdoor swimming pools, including a kid-friendly Splash Zone that’s equally appealing to adults
- Select rooms offer unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean and the neighboring park from furnished balconies
- The state-of-the-art, 24-hour fitness center, with on-call personal trainers
What To Know
- A $25 resort fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Top-notch service throughout the hotel, from the room service to the spa
- Lantern Bay Park flanks the property; partake in activities such as donation-based yoga every morning at 10 a.m.
- The hotel touts fast WiFi, but it's not available at the Vue restaurant or around the pool
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Immortalized by the Beach Boys, Dana Point offers the quintessential SoCal experience. Located on the bluffs looking out over the Pacific, the family and business traveler–friendly Laguna Cliffs Marriot Resort & Spa puts the quaint beachside town at your fingertips. A $60 million property renovation that ended in 2010 imbued the property with a more beachy vibe, including a waterfall wall in the lobby and expansive windows that allow the sunlight to stream in — even in the elevator shafts. In appreciation of the area’s surfing roots, public areas are filled with photography showcasing historic Dana Point.
Bed & Bath
Dressed in sunny yellows and blues or pinky hues, the guestrooms start at a spacious 425 square feet and are equipped to cater to both leisure and business travelers, from the indulgent aromatherapy products in the marble bathrooms to the work desks and multiple outlets. An in-room Jack Pack lets you connect your devices through the flat-screen TV. Meanwhile, a pullout sofa provides a sleeping option for little ones.
The lower-level oceanfront Vue restaurant caters to a wide audience with its all-American cuisine (and lengthy wine list). For a more lively vibe, opt for the OverVue Lounge & Deck, where, in addition to a tapas-style menu, you can indulge in dishes from Vue while soaking up the laid-back SoCal vibe in both the indoor and outdoor areas. Feeling chilly? Get toasty next to the patio’s fireplace. For ultimate relaxation, head to the spa, renowned for its couples treatments.
In the Area
The hotel is close to Dana Point Harbor, where you’ll find a wealth of seafaring activities, from whale- and dolphin-watching safaris to sailing and fishing adventures. Surfers, or aspiring ones, will want to take advantage of neighboring Doheny State Beach. In the mood for a daytrip? Head to nearby Santa Catalina Island on one of the express ferries. For local flavor try the clam chowder at Jon’s Fish Market, said to be the best in town.
How to Get There
I stayed here (room 4017) because I was attending a nearby conference.
PROs: They’ve recently renovated this resort. The location was convenient & view from the main areas was beautiful. My room was nicely appointed with a beachy vibe. It was very clean, the bed was comfortable, and the water pressure in the shower (one of my pet peeves) was strong enough to quickly rinse my hair. The staff was welcoming and polite. I really liked the new advance check-in feature on the Bonvoy app, too.
CONs: The walls are really thin so I could hear my neighbors’ conversations in the hallways, doors closing, hairdryers running & footsteps on the hardwood in the room above mine.
This isn’t a big issue but I found the closet odd. It’s pretty small and there’s a small set of drawers (maybe for a pair of shoes in each drawer?) with the safe on top. You can’t close the sliding closet door if the safe is open. One of my closet doors was off its track when I arrived but maintenance came right away to fix it.
To sum up, this hotel is nice but know that you’ll hear the hallway conversations, footsteps, hairdryers & doors of those staying in the surrounding rooms.
If you're gay, stay away from The Laguna Cliffs Resort and Spa. It's the most discriminatory hotel I have ever stayed at. My husband and I were evicted on our second day at the resort because of our "lifestyle" and "presence at the pool" - These were their words not mine. It should be noted that we weren't scantily clad, making out or doing anything to cause guests to turn heads.
The only thing we did do was mention to a family with young kids in the hot tub at a late hour that there was another pool specifically for kids. We came for R&R and purposely picked a resort that had facilities for adults and others for kids.
Apparently that's all it took to get the manager to ask us to leave, not the pool but the entire property when we did nothing wrong. We told the manager at the property to contact the police because we knew we didn't do anything wrong and they obliged and then brought multiple fabricated accusations to the Sheriff's department.
I will say the Sheriff’s department did their best to help us through an incredibly emotional experience that we never saw coming. The Laguna Cliffs Resort and Spa's response was: “we feel the resolution is appropriate for this situation.”
Avoid this resort at all costs.
The upgraded room that were provided for our stay must be one of the nicest rooms I’ve stayed in in the past few years. It was brand new, with excellent finishes and stylish decor. The view was awesome, bed was comfortable. Two reasons for four-star rating: extremely high fees (over and above room rate) $39 mandatory valet parking + $29 resort fee, in addition to the abysmal quality of food served at the restaurant for the price.
This hotel is very quiet. Had a room facing the water. Nice little balcony to sit and read. Super quiet. My room overlooked the driveway and I never heard a single car. Cute harbor to eat at various restaurants. Staff was excellent. Only downsides are the $39 valet only parking (although they were super fast and helpful. Best valet staff I have experienced in a long time) and $29 resort fee. I think the concept of resort fees is such a scam. At all hotels. I wouldn't use many of the things supposedly covered by the fee like bikes and yoga mats and surf boards. The only resort fee amenity I used was the mini fridge in the room. Just put it in the room rate or charge a la carte. So add $80 a day to whatever you think you are paying. That being said, the room was super clean. Even had turn down service to get fresh towels. Hot tub was large and actually hot. Breakfast buffet was a bit pricey but very good w more offerings than expected. Bed was slightly on the soft side. Nice place for a weekend to just relax. I would return.
We frequent Marriott properties, and we will revisit this one. Great property, and great location. Be sure to get a room with an ocean view. Rooms were very nice, as was the staff. We did not eat on the property so I cannot comment on the food.