Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach

Los Angeles, California

Virgin rating

The hotel

Nestled along the coast of Dana Point, Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach is equal parts sophisticated, approachable, and intimate, with a personality that celebrates the playful coastal lifestyle of Southern California. The distinctive property is nestled hillside and offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, coastal paths leading to seaside bluffs; 400 newly renovated guest rooms and suites, and access to the private Monarch Bay Beach Club. Luxurious amenities abound, including the oceanfront Monarch Beach Golf Links; the immersive experience at Waldorf Astoria Spa; and sparkling swimming pools with infinity-edge whirlpools. Seven exquisite dining concepts adorn the resort, celebrating seasonal cuisine and sustainable practices; ranging from casual grab-and-go stops to the elevated Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina. From the sparkling Pacific Ocean to unique points of interest, including the charming surf town of Dana Point and historic San Juan Capistrano, everything you need for a quintessential California experience is at your fingertips.

Amenities

  • Golf
  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool

Where is it

Located in Dana Point, 1 mile away from Salt Creek Beach. Transfer time to Los Angeles International Airport is 1 hr

Hotel information

All rooms have air conditioning, tv, coffee/tea maker, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, alarm clock, WiFi, safe, bathrobes and slippers. Garden View Rooms with Balcony have a private balcony, desk and sitting area. With 1 king-size bed or 2 queen beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 4 adults.

Resort View Rooms with Balcony have a private balcony with resort views, sitting area and shower with separate bathtub. With 2 queen beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.


Pool View Rooms with Balcony have a private terrace with pool views, sitting area and shower with separate bathtub. With 2 queen beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.


Premium Pool View Two Queen Beds Rooms with Balcony have a private terrace with pool views, sitting area and shower with separate bathtub. With 2 queen beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.


Deluxe Studios with Balcony have a garden view and a sitting area. With 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.


Ocean View Studios with Balcony have a sitting area, shower with separate bathtub and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.


Executive One Bedroom Suites have a private balcony, living room with sofa bed. With 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.


Monarch Suites have a roll-in shower, private terrace, living room and sofa bed/ With 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Signature One Bedroom Suites have 2 balconies, 2 spa inspired bathroom, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.


Ocean View One Bedroom Suites have a private terrace, 2 bathrooms, living room area and sofa bed. With 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.


Grand One Bedroom Suites with Balcony have 2 private terraces, 2 bathrooms, a living room area and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Ocean Grand Penthouse One Bedroom Suite has a private balcony, living/dining room area, 2 spa inspired bathrooms and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Complimentary parking for day use with validation. $35 fee for day use without validation ($10 with validation, payable locally, subject to change). $70 fee per night for overnight guests (payable locally, subject to change).

AVEO Table & Bar (Latin American cuisine), Bourbon Steak (Steakhouse), Club 19 (American fare), Sombra (poolside cantina), 33 North (cocktails and light fare), Part & Parcel Market (market fresh food, picnic baskets and gelato bar), Monarch Bay Beach Club

3 swimming pools. Fitness centre. Spa*. Golf.

Complimentary WiFi is available in all public areas and rooms. Room service*. Pet friendly. Concierge service.

This resort has a mandatory daily resort fee of $63 (payable locally, subject to change).

Please note: Resort fees include Signature group fitness classes, Digital access to over 3,000 newspaper & magazine publications worldwide, Woodie tram to the exclusive Monarch Bay Beach Club Tram rides to Salt Creek Beach Beach, host service with towels, chairs & umbrellas, Beach games & activities, Athletic Club available 24 hours a day, Laundering of work-out gear Includes: 2 shirts, 2 pairs of pants and/or shorts, 1 sports bra and 1 pair of socks daily per room, Anticipated 24-hour turnaround, House bikes with self-guided local tours on a first-come basis, Discounted green fees, savings on Flex Set rentals, & preferred tee times at Monarch Beach Golf Links, In-room coffee & tea, Two bottles of water per day, refreshed at turndown, Overnight shoeshine, Local & toll-free calls, 24-hour business kiosk with free boarding pass printing

*Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating One night battery recharge.

May 23, 2024 IzzysDad Berwick upon Tweed, United Kingdom

Just had a one night stop at the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach resort and was excellent from start to finish. We were upgraded to a suite which was greatly appreciated having travelled almost 24 hours from the UK. Check in was painless and case delivered promptly. Do think the $70 valet parking is a bit heavy but becoming the norm sadly. Breakfast… Read more
Just had a one night stop at the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach resort and was excellent from start to finish. We were upgraded to a suite which was greatly appreciated having travelled almost 24 hours from the UK. Check in was painless and case delivered promptly. Do think the $70 valet parking is a bit heavy but becoming the norm sadly. Breakfast was good with reasonable choice and good service. On check out we had the pleasure of meeting Justin our bell hop what a credit he is to the Waldorf brand friendly chatty and full of useful information and nothing was a problem hope he goes on to achieve more with the Waldorf brand if that’s his aim. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fabulous stay at Dana Point!

May 23, 2024 D0ubleK2 Los Angeles, California

Our family had a great stay! We were only staying for 1 night for our stay-cation and they did upgrade us from basic to pool view rooms. Communication was great before we arrived with Kinza, our personal concierge, making sure that we got 2 rooms close together for our family party of 6. Check in was very easy and the rooms were quite spacious,… Read more
Our family had a great stay! We were only staying for 1 night for our stay-cation and they did upgrade us from basic to pool view rooms. Communication was great before we arrived with Kinza, our personal concierge, making sure that we got 2 rooms close together for our family party of 6. Check in was very easy and the rooms were quite spacious, clean, and comfortable with a nice view of the pool & grounds. The grounds were very well groomed and it was nice to walk around & enjoy the surroundings. Additionally, it was fun to take the little mini tram bus to head to the nearby beach. We also used the complimentary beach chairs and just relaxed and enjoyed the day. Service was top notch! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Terrible Customer Service

May 15, 2024 Jared R

Flew in with my wife and 9 month old baby today early in this morning. We’re celebrating our 10 year and were excited to stay at a ”Luxury Hotel”. Arrived at 9 AM(check in’s @ 4:00 PM) hoping we could check in earlier, or at least drop our bags and go do something while we wait if we couldn’t check in till later this afternoon. When we first… Read more
Flew in with my wife and 9 month old baby today early in this morning. We’re celebrating our 10 year and were excited to stay at a ”Luxury Hotel”. Arrived at 9 AM(check in’s @ 4:00 PM) hoping we could check in earlier, or at least drop our bags and go do something while we wait if we couldn’t check in till later this afternoon. When we first arrived we were greeted right out of our Uber, brought to the front to check in where the receptionist welcomed as well. However, everything started to take a downward turn when we gave him our information. As soon as he looked us up he ask, “oh did you book through a 3rd party?” We said yes we did. I then asked if there were any upgraded rooms available, said it our 10 year anniversary and I wouldn’t mind hearing about any suits that may be available. With disgust on his face he looked us up and down and said “not for free”.. lol I said “of course! I am just wondering what that would look like” After 5 minutes of silence and him looking on the computer he came back with a “we have a Panoramic view suite, for JUST an extra $489 a night.” I said oh, no that’s alright we’ll just stick with the room that we have. I asked if they had a timeframe on when we could check into the room. He said “it shouldn’t be much longer if you’d like I can give you resort keys to walk around or go sit by the pool. ” We said, great we’ll go eat breakfast and come back. We ate at the Aveo Table+Bar on the 3rd floor(pretty good for breakfast). After we sat by the pool for a while waiting. After 2 hours we decided to go back up and see if our room was ready. Walk up to the same guy as before, and said, hey is our room ready by chance? He said oh we use a different system as house keeping so I’d have no idea I’d have to call them… slightly confused I ask if he wouldn’t mind? That way we could know if we should still hang out close or if we should call an Uber to go somewhere else. He said, “well… check ins not till 4 PM so we’ll text you when it’s ready. Confused and a little bit frustrated we walked away, after being told 2 hours prior that “it’s shouldn’t be very long until your rooms ready”Decided to just walk down past the pool and go to a near by park to try to keep our 9 month old occupied and happy. 2 and a half hours went by without a text. Now closing in on 5 hours from when we arrived and checked in we decided to go up and see if maybe the phone number on file was wrong, or if for some reason they just didn’t notify us. To avoid starting the conversation over from scratch I approached the same guy and said, “hey it’s now been almost 5 hours, did we maybe miss a text or give you the wrong number”… He quickly fired back with, “No, as I told you before check ins not till 4, your room hasn’t been completed”.. my first thought was to fire back with “oh I thought you couldn’t see that from your end because House keeping uses a different system”.. lol Long story short, time has continued to pass as I’m sitting here in the lobby writing this Novel. I hope someone reads this and that it deters you from booking. This place wants to be the Ritz sooo bad.. the whole back door view is a complete copy of the Ritz in Kapalua, Maui! 😂 Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating First-time stay at hotel for birthday celebration.

May 12, 2024 Bao N San Jose, California

This is my first time staying at this hotel, and it's to celebrate my birthday. I messaged the hotel via the Hilton app to let them know about my birthday celebration during this stay. Upon check-in, they upgraded my room from a garden view to a pool view. I didn't expect much from the upgrade. On the first night, I had dinner at Bourbon… Read more
This is my first time staying at this hotel, and it's to celebrate my birthday. I messaged the hotel via the Hilton app to let them know about my birthday celebration during this stay. Upon check-in, they upgraded my room from a garden view to a pool view. I didn't expect much from the upgrade. On the first night, I had dinner at Bourbon Steakhouse. The food was good, but the drinks were expensive. I ordered a glass of Insignia wine 2006, knowing that restaurants typically mark up wine prices by double. However, this restaurant marked it up by four times, resulting in one glass of wine costing $328. The retail price for a bottle of this wine is about $360. In addition to the wine, I had one mixed drink, two glasses of wine, an appetizer, and a ribeye cap. After adding the tip, my bill came to $1080. I've dined at 3 Michelin-starred restaurants before, but I've never paid $1000 per person. The next night, I went down the street and enjoyed good Italian food. I ordered a bottle of Opus One 2016 for $406, and my total bill was under $600. On Sunday, I went to the on-site restaurant, Aveo, after 12 pm. The waiter handed me the breakfast menu, and I asked why, since it was already noon. He apologized and then went to speak with someone. Upon returning, he informed me that lunch starts at 2 pm. I was confused because on Saturday, I had lunch at noon, and they served it then. Their inconsistency was perplexing. I messaged the front desk to request a late check-out as a Diamond status member. Their reply stated that check-out at “2 pm would cost $200 and $300 for 2 pm. As a Diamond status member, the regular check-out time is 12 pm”. However, when I stayed at the WA in Hollywood in February, my late check-out was until 4 pm. Additionally, my room was not cleaned until 6 pm on Saturday. In the last six months, I've stayed at Conrad Tokyo and WA in Hollywood, and I've never experienced such poor service. While the hotel's location is nice, the staff needs to step up to the standard of the WA. I've previously stayed at the Ritz in the area and never had such a bad experience." Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing 5 star with a mixed review for the new lobby

May 9, 2024 Tomk626 Los Angeles, California

Very refined experience. Was waiting to see the renovation of the prior public spaces and mostly great with some glaring choices. But first everything from the beautiful refined rooms to the polished service and hospitality is 5 star. The check in was professional and courteous and the service at the Beach Club and 33 excellent. Now about that… Read more
Very refined experience. Was waiting to see the renovation of the prior public spaces and mostly great with some glaring choices. But first everything from the beautiful refined rooms to the polished service and hospitality is 5 star. The check in was professional and courteous and the service at the Beach Club and 33 excellent. Now about that lobby. Needs a second opinion. Gone are the vibrant blues with taupes and textured surfaces. Now a heavier upholstery look and bizarre unfinished looking large vacuous spaces. The fireplace room was elegant but the low slung club chairs while stylish are not really comfortable. The entry way is now a cavernous hole and gone was the often used elegant blue leather large ottoman. The terrace room is also now a vacuous upholstered look that is at best unfinished looking. You be the judge below. But I still love this beautiful resort I just feel the lobby need a second designer to finish the unfinished look from the last elegant, vibrant and original iteration (pre worn look) Read less