Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach

Los Angeles, USA

Virgin rating

The hotel

A luxury retreat in California with excellent service, top quality cuisine and an oceanfront golf course. When you stay at this five-star resort you’ll be treated to the best the Waldorf Astoria has to offer. Relax at the private beach club or cool down in one of the three swimming pools or even pamper yourself with a trip to the spa. Dine on Mediterranean cuisine at AVEO table & bar with ocean scenery as your stunning backdrop or snack while you lounge by the pool with delicious food from Sombra. At the end of the day you can watch the sunset from your private balcony, terrace or patio, and keep warm by the firepit in the Fireside room.

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.

Fireside Terrace Rooms have a private terrace with a fire pit. With 1 king-size bed or 2 queen beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 4 adults.

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

Fireside Terrace Studios have a pool or garden view, patio with fire pit and 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.

Fireside Ocean View Terrace Studios have a pool view, patio with fire pit and sitting area. With 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.

Fireside Terrace Suites have a private patio with fire pit, 2 spa inspired bathroom and living room area. With 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 4 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.

Fireside Ocean View Terrace 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. $18 fee for day use without validation (payable locally, subject to change). $60 fee per night for overnight guests (payable locally, subject to change).

AVEO Table & Bar (Mediterranean 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 $55 (payable locally, subject to change).

Please note: Resort fees include signature group fitness classes, tram rides to the exclusive Monarch Bay Beach Club, tram rides to Salt Creek Beach, beach host service with towels, chairs & umbrellas, 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. 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. Two bottles of water per day, refreshed at turndown. Overnight shoeshine. Local & toll-free calls.

*Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Waldorf keeps getting better and better

Jul 1, 2022 billorangecounty orange county, ca

This was our annual trip to the property with our kids and grandkids. The hotel rooms were recently remodeled, which surprised us as we thought they were pretty nice to start with. But they are even nicer now, as they really did a good job. We always wonder/worry which of our favorite staff members are still at the hotel. The good news is… Read more
This was our annual trip to the property with our kids and grandkids. The hotel rooms were recently remodeled, which surprised us as we thought they were pretty nice to start with. But they are even nicer now, as they really did a good job. We always wonder/worry which of our favorite staff members are still at the hotel. The good news is almost everyone. Danielle Fraiser and Ariel Lindsay always top the list, having between them managed just about every division with the hotel over the years. Danielle does a fantastic job managing the pool, which on a hot summer day with a big crowd is not easy. Ariel is back managing reservations, where every single reservation detail is always taken care of. I believe they are the two longest tenured people at the hotel, having each starting when they were 12 or so, and probably know more about the property than anyone. This trip Olivia at the front desk, who we hadn’t met before, was a huge help with the billing. We continue to feel the Spa is much better than before when it was Miraval. Jamie managing the Spa, along with Jason, Liz and Frankie running things from the front desk all did great work. Virtually the whole staff was back at our favorite restaurant Aveo. Modo, Lauren, and Juliana, all of whom are hotel legends, are still missed from 2 years ago. But Tyler managing the overall restaurant along with Amber and Juliana managing things from the front desk have done an outstanding job filling the holes. Servers Omar, Pascual, Marvin, and Stephanie are equally outstanding. Behind the bar Nick, Jose, and Saul are as good as it gets. Basically, between the view and the staff, you can’t go wrong visiting this restaurant, over and over again. I believe that new memberships the hotel are frozen, with a current waiting list. That’s in large part due to Amanda, Kaitlyn, Amber and Corine, who run the membership division, and have really taken it several steps higher. I’ve said before that being a member and having access to the entire hotel every day, is like being on vacation 365 days of the year. And again, having a special private level for self parking and avoiding the valet line is worth the price of the membership all by itself. Getting on the waiting list is a very smart move. In sum, the hotel keeps getting better and better, in part due to the beautiful physical layout, but more so due to the fantastic staff. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful property, poor staff attitude

Jun 24, 2022 lala155021 Windsor, Canada

My stay started off on a bad note at check in. Daniel was the person that was helping me and every request was met with a snarky “I can’t help you” type of attitude. My room was not ready at check in time at 4pm, but the other 2 rooms my colleagues were staying in were. He told us that he couldn’t put us on the same floor but we could be in the… Read more
My stay started off on a bad note at check in. Daniel was the person that was helping me and every request was met with a snarky “I can’t help you” type of attitude. My room was not ready at check in time at 4pm, but the other 2 rooms my colleagues were staying in were. He told us that he couldn’t put us on the same floor but we could be in the same wing, great. He also asked if the phone number we booked the reservation with was the best way to contact me when the room was ready, it was not so I gave him my cell number. 2.5 hours later still no contact from the hotel, so I went back to Daniel and he informs me that the room had been ready for awhile. He then proceeds to say didn’t we contact you at such and such a number. I informed him that he had taken my cell number and was told that number was not the best way to get a hold of me. Turns out the hotel didn’t contact me at all because there was no message on that number either. He then puts my room in the opposite wing - I reminded him he had told me I could be in the same wing as the others in my party and he replied with “those words did not come out of my mouth” and he became very confrontational. The other 2 guests I was with also recall him saying that - a very poor attitude for a front end hotel staff. The room and views were beautiful, the food and drinks were excellent. I did have to request housekeeping re-change my bedding one day as there were 2 large stains on the top cover after they had cleaned. I’m not sure how they could have been missed since they were large and dark, that same day my in-room coffee was also not re-stocked. The trolly drivers were wonderful taking us down to the beach and telling us about the resort. The couple very poor experiences with staff did put a damper on this trip, and certainly not the kind of treatment I’d expect from a Waldorf Astoria hotel. As another review mentioned, there were many nickel and dime charges on the bill which was frustrating especially when the services were not used. If the service level improves I would otherwise be happy to stay again, but the check in experience was so poor I would second guess returning to this particular property. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Business Conference

Jun 17, 2022 81UTaustingrad Georgetown, Texas

The hotel is lavishly landscaped, the rooms and lavatories are spacious and well decorated, everything very clean. The personnel from the front desk to housekeeping to bartenders were all above and beyond.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Should Be Renamed Nickel & Dime Beach Resort; Stay Elsewhere!

Jun 16, 2022 CiiSteve Carson City, Nevada

I stayed here for a business conference and all I can say is this place loves to nickel and dime you. When we checked in we were offered a refrigerator since all they had in the room was a mini-bar from the 1980's. They brought that in without comment and on our checkout bill there was $50 "Fridge Charge." Upon checkout, I was handed a bill for… Read more
I stayed here for a business conference and all I can say is this place loves to nickel and dime you. When we checked in we were offered a refrigerator since all they had in the room was a mini-bar from the 1980's. They brought that in without comment and on our checkout bill there was $50 "Fridge Charge." Upon checkout, I was handed a bill for one amount and then a day later there was an additional unidentified $7.00 charge. Since they have no way to contact them other than a very inefficient phone service, I had to talk to 3 people and ultimately got no resolution -- until I did a chargeback. The whole attitude is how can we nickel & dime our guests. Will never stay here again! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Top Notch Staff But Beware of Renovation in Progress

Jun 11, 2022 jittery_eric Los Angeles, California

There is a great deal to like about this resort, but your enjoyment of it right now will depend on how you want to spend your time. The staff are professional and polished, warm and friendly, courteous and helpful. Still, the property Is in the middle of a massive renovation. Not a change the wallpaper and drapes and freshen up the paint but a… Read more
There is a great deal to like about this resort, but your enjoyment of it right now will depend on how you want to spend your time. The staff are professional and polished, warm and friendly, courteous and helpful. Still, the property Is in the middle of a massive renovation. Not a change the wallpaper and drapes and freshen up the paint but a “down to the studs” reinvention replete with drills, screeching circular saws and pounding sledgehammering, oh the hammering. Reverberating through the ceiling and echoing through the HVAC vents, the hammering begins promptly at 8:30 am and work continues even on Sunday. If your idea of a resort holiday is reading a book (or perusing social media) on your balcony or grabbing an afternoon nap in your room, then absolutely, positively wait to book a stay until the (unannounced at the time of our reservation and unmentioned by the otherwise very helpful prearrival concierge who arranged our restaurant and activity reservations) renovation is complete. I last stayed at this property back in the aughts when it was operated as a St. Regis. It was ground zero of the “AIG effect” that impacted corporate events for the next decade following the AIG’s sybaritic corporate retreat partially funded by a taxpayer bailout. At the time, Julia Roberts was in residence (with a private jitney to the beach away from marauding fans seeking selfies) and a birthday girl one night arrived at her Sweet Sixteen party on the back of an elephant! Heady times indeed. History may not repeat but it does rhyme. Ms. Roberts and the elephant appear to be gone but the events are back – this time the IMN Real Estate Family Office and Private Wealth Management Forum, and convocation of the Home Depot Foundation. This was always a property that pencils out with 70% conference-event / 30% leisure travelers. These corporate operational priorities remain in place, dear leisure travelers. To accentuate some of the many positives: the spa = fantastic. Our party enjoyed three massages with reviews ranged from “best in life” to “A+.“ Whatever level of Excedrin headache the hammering may cause, the sanctuary of the spa will restore tranquility and then some. The athletic center is also well-equipped, spacious and spotless. The golf course garners a solid “A” grade. With wide, forgiving fairways and picturesque oceanside holes, the Monarch Beach Golf Course is everything one might ask of resort golf. Expertly managed by Troon, the facility boasts an attentive and upbeat staff. Immaculately maintained landscaping. Cool ocean breezes. You won’t find the challenge here of a Torrey Pines but that’s not why you come here. At the risk of incurring the wrath of the golf gods, Jittery Eric did not lose a single golf ball on this course – a remarkable feat as I have been known to lose an entire case of balls during a round, e.g., at The Plantation Course at Kapalua – greatly enhancing my enjoyment. I believe its remains the sole five-star, five-diamond coastal resort with a full golf course in California. And then there’s the pool. No California coastal resort would be complete without a lively pool scene and the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort and Club does not disappoint. With a talented staff of bright-eyed, eager attendants de rigueur for such settings, the main pool is a well-orchestrated, bustling scene in a singular setting. There are families with young children cavorting merrily with their flotation devices. At the same time the pool is also the backdrop upon which all excesses of human folly play out. In one poolside cabana a gaggle of bewitching floozies celebrated a companion’s 50th birthday. Plumped, tightened and augmented by the finest – and unfortunately the less gifted – plastic surgeons of Orange County, the group emerged after multiple rounds of shots and frosty margs to spread good, plastered cheer to all. Soon, two rotund men hailing from the City of Brotherly Love wandered up sans shirts or wedding rings. Bearing down with the fervor of teenagers in the front row watching Harry Styles, two of the saucy and soused tarts pounced on the hapless dadbod duo. They never stood a chance. Love, or at least lust bloomed. The Monarch Pool is lovely, but its patrons… as are we all, a mixed bag. Strategy tip: strike quickly to secure vacant chaise lounges for the spectacular sunset overlooking the sea. As for the F&B outlets, dog lovers will be happy to know large and small dogs abound and are accommodated with surprising alacrity. Not sure if all of the canine companions qualify as true service animals, but hey, it’s a dog’s life moving from the streets of the Bowery to the balcony of the the AVEO Table + Bar. Be forewarned that the “Chile de Arbol” cocktail served one level above at the 33 North “coastal living room” is muy caliente. Also highly recommend taking the shuttle down to the sand to try out the Monarch Beach Club, open to both members and resort guests. The food is nothing short of delicious across a variety of cuisines. Some weird acoustics abound where various members of your dining party may be able to hear the conversations of adjacent and non-adjacent table with stunning clarity. But it really is a seat-by-seat phenomenon. Conversational discretion is advised! I did not sample the fine dining restaurant Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina. It wasn’t the $294 Tomahawk. $300 is the new $200 these days when it comes to Tomahawk steaks, alas. Nor was it the $130 Pot Pie or the $161 fish entree. Well, maybe it was a little bit the $161 snapper. But It was without a doubt the $84 fried chicken that flashed the final red warning light. As one more accustomed to seeing the $4.99 chickens in Costco’s Merchickendizer (yes that is an actual device and it is designed to both keep the chicken warm but also, as the name indicates, merchandise the chickens therein) the $84 fried chicken signaled a venue where I might not be able to spring for anything more than the “Horseradish Crust” ($6) add on. Perhaps the team pricing this menu were inspired by Miami Beach’s “Papi Steak,” which now offers a $1,000 Tomahawk, albeit one delivered with panache in a rhinestone studded briefcase. Upon requesting cancellation of our prime time reservation, the receptionist seemed astounded. She inquired if we understood just how difficult it was to secure such a coveted spot in the first place. And indeed, Bourbon Steak was consistently packed with happy people partying on without a care, well, like it was 2022. Grab a nightcap of Remy Martin Louis XIII and enjoy, people. Somewhere out there, storm clouds are forming. Inflation is at a 40-year high, the Fed is tightening and winter is coming. But in the endless summer in the beautiful environs of the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach the party continues undiminished. Would that we all could enjoy this happy place of refuge and repose, but you may well want to wait until the renovation is complete. Read less