Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay

San Francisco, USA

The hotel

Overlooking Northern California’s stunning coastline just outside San Francisco, get ready to enjoy the world-class amenities and vibrant atmosphere of the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay. In theme with your surrounds, its grand rooms feature coastal-inspired décor and, as well as an indoor heated pool, there’s a spa with sauna, hammam and Jacuzzi to help revive you. Golf enthusiasts are in for a treat — there’s the historic parkland-style Old Course or the Ocean Course, with sea views at each hole. Play tennis courts, check out the biking paths or relax by one of the firepits with a good book and a cuppa. Four superb restaurants are here to tempt you — try the hotel’s signature restaurant with its sea-to-table cuisine and brunch on Sunday. For cocktails, grab a seat at ENO’s and watch the sun set on another day.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Restaurant

Where is it

On the California coast, atop a scenic bluff with views of the Pacific Ocean. Santa Cruz is close by and San Francisco is a 40-minute drive away. Transfer time from San Francisco International airport: 40 minutes.

Hotel information

Navio (signature seafood restaurant, breakfast, lunch and dinner), The Conservatory (all-day dining), Ocean Terrace (al-fresco light meals), ENO Wine Bar. Indoor heated pool (adjacent to the resort at the Colony Club). Spa* and beauty salon*. Fitness centre. Two championship golf courses*. 6 floodlit tennis courts*. Jogging/biking path. 3 gas firepits overlooking the Ocean. The Ritz-Kids and VIK programmes*. Babysitting service* (on request). Laundry/dry cleaning service*. Gift and sundry shop. Complimentary WiFi. 24-hour room service*. Valet parking $49 plus tax per day (payable locally, subject to change).

This hotel has resort fees that are included in the room rate (subject to change)

Resort fee includes: Wine tasting upon arrival – WiFi – Access to the spa’s Roman mineral bath, relaxation lounges, whirlpool, sauna and steam room – Daily group exercise classes – Fitness center access – Bottled water and towels – Family board games and videos – Putter and wedge for use on practice green – Access to tennis courts, racquets and ball machine – Business center access – Local phone calls. Resort fee, tax and inclusions are subject to change - please see hotel check-in for current inclusions available to you upon arrival.

*Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Not worth the price tag, Experience isn’t what it once was

May 4, 2021 hensleye2021

I'm disappointed to have to leave this review, as I visited the property 5 years ago and had an impeccable experience. This one couldn't have been any more opposite. I had booked the penthouse suite to surprise my father for his retirement. The room was booked through American Express. I called the property three times a day for the four days… Read more
I'm disappointed to have to leave this review, as I visited the property 5 years ago and had an impeccable experience. This one couldn't have been any more opposite. I had booked the penthouse suite to surprise my father for his retirement. The room was booked through American Express. I called the property three times a day for the four days leading up to the visit and was unable to reach anyone. I finally called AMEX, who was able to get in touch with their corporate team and redirected me to the property, only to tell me that I'd "maybe" be able to check in early to decorate the room, despite that benefit being outlined through AMEX. Needless to say, we showed up at 1:30 (as they asked) only to be turned away for two hours. Only *ONE* of the benefits AMEX outlined was actually redeemed by the property. The best part? My airpods were stolen by the housekeeping staff, though the hotel staff claimed "all bags are checked at the end of the night." Sure, the views and property are incredible, but this $6000/ night price tag came with a $50/ night level of service. I encourage anyone looking for a traditional high-end experience try another hotel. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Did not live up to expectations

Apr 20, 2021 Spitz1 Boston, Massachusetts

As we all know it is covid time & as such there are precautions & protocols to follow. We arrived at the guard house, were warmly greeted and sent up to the hotel. This is where our problems began. We were greeted by valet parking, which we politely declined. There is something wrong with taking covid precautions & then having a stranger enter… Read more
As we all know it is covid time & as such there are precautions & protocols to follow. We arrived at the guard house, were warmly greeted and sent up to the hotel. This is where our problems began. We were greeted by valet parking, which we politely declined. There is something wrong with taking covid precautions & then having a stranger enter your car, without precautions, and this same stranger is in everyone else's cars sharing their germs. When I asked where to park I was directed to a remote location, only the valet parked & people there for the day can park in the hotel's structured lot??? So I was essentially penalized for taking precautions. Now within the hotel you must wear a mask, only 2 people in the elevator or 1 family. Lots of things are closed due to covid precautions but the hotel does not view the sharing of cars as a potential problem. When I asked to speak to the manager I was advised that they were not on site, they were with other hotel guests, would not be back before I left & on & on. The rooms are spacious but poorly laid out. If you open the closet doors you block the hallway. In the bathroom, which is large, all the doors are hung in the worst possible way. Unless the bathroom door is closed you can not enter the shower. The water closet door blocks the sink but the tub has nothing in the way. The location is great & if you are a golfer you will get in 7th heaven but I was disapointed & found the lack of management on site says it all, they don't care. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beyond Mere Customer Service

Apr 19, 2021 euniquesnackster

We live within an hour of Half Moon Bay, but had never been there. We usually like to travel farther, However, after my husband and I were fully vaccinated, we decided to book a short staycation at The Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay to celebrate his birthday and our anniversary. Despite being vaccinated, I was still wary because my 7YO is… Read more
We live within an hour of Half Moon Bay, but had never been there. We usually like to travel farther, However, after my husband and I were fully vaccinated, we decided to book a short staycation at The Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay to celebrate his birthday and our anniversary. Despite being vaccinated, I was still wary because my 7YO is considered high-risk and is not old enough to get vaccinated. Therefore, I contacted General Manager Kevin Kelly about my concerns. He put me through to Meaghan Blanchard (Guest Relations Supervisor), Julie Allan (Guest Relations Coordinator), and Devanshi Thakker (Assistant Front-of-House Manager). These three ladies are stellar!!!!! They assured me that we'd get a room with an exterior entrance so that my son would not need to enter any indoor public spaces. Additionally, they helped answer questions about nearby restaurants, bike rental, and hiking trails. In fact, Julie even found hiking trails that are wider and of mild difficulty because my son is also legally blind. Devanshi called me to discuss any concerns I had. Meaghan was absolutely on top of everything as well. I was floored by the kindness even before our stay started. We arrived earlier this month for our 2-night getaway. At check-in, Reuben was so kind in explaining the resort and offering to have waters delivered to our room. Julie came out from the office to welcome me, which was extremely sweet. And I was so amazed when they told me that they reserved a parking space for our family closest to our room to minimize the walk for my son. They definitely went above and beyond any expectations I may have had. In our room, they left a bottle of wine and a bottle of "bubbly apple juice" (as my kids call it) to celebrate our anniversary and my husband's birthday. They also left a gift bag for my kids with activity books, bath salts, stuffed animals, and sand toys. It was so, so, so sweet! My 4YO was especially excited by the sand toys. The room was clean and beautiful. It was airy and I loved being able to open the windows for air circulation. I appreciated that there was plenty of room to set up the kids' cots without feeling cramped. The fire pit was a fun touch and the kids enjoyed making s'mores each night. The view was magnificent! The resort is stunning! Everything is very spaced out and I felt very comfortable being out and about with my kids. All the staff members and most guests were great about keeping on their face masks, even at the beach. I appreciated that very much. We loved the nearby coastal trail that led to the beach on one end and towards town on the other end. My kids didn't even need their walking sticks for most of this trail. We mostly ordered take-out from local restaurants or ate outdoors at restaurants if they were spaced enough. But I've heard great things about the hotel's restaurants, so I think we will be ordering some take-out or room service at the hotel the next time we visit. Speaking of returning, our stay there was so relaxing, stress-free, and altogether wonderful, we booked 2 more stays. Our next stay will actually be this coming weekend. I think this is the first time I've booked 2 stays at the same location within one month! But, it was *that* good! And honestly, having an exterior door for my son is clutch. I just don't know of any other nearby (nice) hotels that have exterior entrances for any rooms. Mr. Kelly also reassured me that each room has its own HVAC system! I'm looking forward to being at The Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay again. I was nervous before our first time there. This time, I am relaxed. Mr. Kelly, Meaghan, Julie, and Devanshi made our stay far more pleasant that I imagined and I have the utmost confidence that all our future stays will be just as wonderful. Thank you!!!! TIP: With minimal hotel housekeeping during the pandemic, it would be good to bring some of your own trash bags. Unfortunately, I didn't see any public trash cans around our room, so the trash piled up a little bit inside our room. I'm not sure it would have been appropriate to put them outside our door. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Good for a Relaxing & Scenic Getaway. Will be back.

Apr 12, 2021 WanderingGaruda United States

We have had two stays at this hotel this year. Pros Rooms: Rooms are very well done. Comfortable bed. The bathtub is excellent. All necessary amenities in the bathroom to help you have a relaxing getaway. Breakfast: Breakfast during both the stays was excellent. The view from the Conservatory while having breakfast is great. Service: Excellent… Read more
We have had two stays at this hotel this year. Pros Rooms: Rooms are very well done. Comfortable bed. The bathtub is excellent. All necessary amenities in the bathroom to help you have a relaxing getaway. Breakfast: Breakfast during both the stays was excellent. The view from the Conservatory while having breakfast is great. Service: Excellent service all around to make it a very memorable stay both times and to have us definitely come back in the future. Areas for Development Vegetarian Options for the Dinner Menu: We would loved to have had dinner on-property as the breakfast was excellent. Unfortunately except for a pasta, there were no other vegetarian entrees on the menu. Would love to see more vegetarian entrées added to the menu so that one can enjoy dining on-site. Noise Insulation: Poor noise insulation. We didn't feel it during the first stay (hotel hardly anyone staying) but during the second stay, we were woken up multiple times in the night due to the doors of the other rooms opening/closing as we thought someone was knocking at our door. Replacement Internet Benefit: Given this property has a mandatory daily resort fee that includes internet access, Bonvoy elites are eligible for a replacement internet benefit which is a 1,000 additional Bonvoy points at this property (Loyal Program T&C section 1.3.c.iv). Had no issues getting this the first time but never received it the second time. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The view was excellent

Apr 7, 2021 PhotoTrekkerWalomi Xinzhuang, New Taipei

I have dreamed to stay at this hotel for a really long time. Every time I see the beautiful coast line near the hotel. I wanted to stay. This time I stayed to celebrate anniversary. The room was a good seaside view room, and everything was quite good! I like all the things in the hotel. There are also good indoor pool and bikes free rental. The… Read more
I have dreamed to stay at this hotel for a really long time. Every time I see the beautiful coast line near the hotel. I wanted to stay. This time I stayed to celebrate anniversary. The room was a good seaside view room, and everything was quite good! I like all the things in the hotel. There are also good indoor pool and bikes free rental. The food and wine was not too good but the close-by golf course has a good restaurant just few minutes away. The services in the hotel was really nice. Read less