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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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 would have given this resort 5 stars, except that they charged my son $7 in order to park (valet parking only) in order to come have breakfast with us. I have no idea if the valet parking is owned by Marriott or is contracted out, but considering the prices they were charging for their breakfast, I think they could have validated his parking ticket for free parking. If they contracted out the valet service, they could have paid the parking service for the parking in order to have people come and spend more money at their resort.
This is a beautiful location and a very nice property. We were excited to stay for our anniversary. The valet service was excellent and friendly. Other than those things, there is a lot of opportunity for improvement. Our family left us a a bottle of champagne and some treats and asked the front desk if they could arrange nicely in our room. When we entered the room we found the Trader Joe's bag set on the dresser. We went out to the pool on Monday and there was no service for drinks or food. We were told the pool was technically closed because it was "off-season". We ordered room service which was prompt and the food was tasty. Our stay was 3 nights and our room was only serviced once and only because we called and scheduled a housekeeping service. On day of check-out, we called and were able to get a 1 pm check-out but housekeeping, who never came to the door before, knocked 3 times before 11 am and then the front desk called to ask when house-keeping could come and make up the room. Other than the valets, the customer service for a resort location seemed lacking and not polished. I did not feel like I was at a luxury beach resort for a special occasion.
We were staying at this hotel in October for 4 days 3 nights Wycliffe Associate President’s Conference. The front desk representative Lucy Chu did an excellent job in checking us in, making sure to call us when room is ready, suppressing us with complementary breakfast in celebrating our 21th anniversary, and went extra miles to handle our luggages in person to bring them to our room. What an outstanding service that exceed Marriott’s worldwide branding and reputation fabulously!! This made our stay an unforgettable and rewarding one!! Great service also provided by the Valet parking staffs as well as front desk staff Nick. Great facility with stunning views and walking trails. Will definitely come back again!