Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay

San Francisco, USA

The hotel

Ideally located, overlooking Northern California’s stunning coastline, you’ll enjoy a vibrant atmosphere at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay with its grand accommodation and world-class amenities. In theme with your surrounds guestrooms feature coastal-inspired décor, ensuring a wonderful and relaxing base to return to after a full day’s sightseeing. As well as an indoor heated swimming pool at your disposal, guests have full access to a state-of-the-art fitness centre and spa – the latter perfect for banishing any lingering cares. Golf enthusiasts are in for a treat, there’s the historic parkland-style Old Course to navigate or enjoy sea views from every hole at the Ocean Course. There are also tennis courts, jogging and biking paths or simply relax by one of three firepits with a good book and a cup of coffee. Dining is more than taken care of at the Ritz-Carlton with four superb restaurants to tempt you. These include Navio, the hotel’s signature restaurant featuring sea-to-table cuisine and an award-winning brunch on Sunday – make sure you book a table! For cocktails, grab a seat at ENO’s, kickback and watch the sun set on another perfect 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 wonderful views of the Pacific Ocean. Santa Cruz is close by and San Francisco is a 40 min drive away. Transfer time from San Francisco International airport: 40 min.

Hotel information

Navio (signature restaurant, breakfast, lunch and dinner), The Conservatory (all-day dining), ENO Wine Bar, The Ocean Terrace (al-fresco dining – daily 12.00pm to sunset). Indoor heated swimming pool located adjacent to the resort at the Colony Club. Fitness centre with Cybex gym. Spa* and beauty salon*. Two championship golf courses* – the Ocean Course and the Old Course. 6 floodlit tennis courts*. Jogging/biking path. 3 gas firepits overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The Ritz-Kids and VIK programmes for young guests. Babysitting service* (on request). Laundry/dry cleaning service*. Gift and sundry shop. Complimentary WiFi. 24-hour room service*.

*Denotes local charge.

Rating summary

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Nov 8, 2019 Whoiam P

Except for the power outage that occurred during my stay the rest of the time was great. The view from my room was great and the room was definitely nice (Coastal View). I want to commend a couple of staff members. In the dining room the evening of our arrival, which is also the evening power was lost, we were seated and attended to by Lara our… Read more
Except for the power outage that occurred during my stay the rest of the time was great. The view from my room was great and the room was definitely nice (Coastal View). I want to commend a couple of staff members. In the dining room the evening of our arrival, which is also the evening power was lost, we were seated and attended to by Lara our hostess and brought our food by Tony. Both gave excellent service above and beyond what I would have expected. Lauren the Food and Beverage Supervisor also came by to ensure that everything was perfect and to assist if we needed anything additional. Great representatives for this hotel. Read less
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Nov 6, 2019 Robert S

Overall the experience was excellent. Unfortunately the hotel was suffering from a power outtage in the city. The hotel did have generators that kept the lights on in the bathrooms and they maintained their food service for the most part but much of the facilities were without power. The golf course was beautiful but the greens were punched in… Read more
Overall the experience was excellent. Unfortunately the hotel was suffering from a power outtage in the city. The hotel did have generators that kept the lights on in the bathrooms and they maintained their food service for the most part but much of the facilities were without power. The golf course was beautiful but the greens were punched in late October so putting was pretty much impossible. But we could definitely see the appeal of the place. Would love to see it during the peak season. Read less
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Nov 1, 2019 RahBro Los Angeles, California

This review is for the spa and restaurant. I think I’ve learned my lesson when it comes to Ritz spas (this is my 3rd spa experience at a Ritz): over priced and extremely poor service. The facialist was shaming and rushed, the massage was weak and boring. The massage therapist had extremely labored breathing and told me she could not increase… Read more
This review is for the spa and restaurant. I think I’ve learned my lesson when it comes to Ritz spas (this is my 3rd spa experience at a Ritz): over priced and extremely poor service. The facialist was shaming and rushed, the massage was weak and boring. The massage therapist had extremely labored breathing and told me she could not increase pressure when I asked. The spa facilities were very average and do not take advantage of the incredible location... you leave feeling like you just got scammed. At the restaurant, we waited 15 minutes for our table even though there were numerous tables open. We were only seated when we went back to ask the hostess what was taking so long. The food itself was a B+ but came out slow. Server was unable to split the bill evenly 4-ways between my girlfriends and I. Location is stunning but also very corporate, which I guess comes with the territory. Will not be returning. Read less
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Oct 31, 2019 Ross A San Jose, California

On Friday night, 10/25/19, my wife and I stayed part of one night, and had to leave because of loud and sustained kitchen noise from the restaurant, which was next door to our room. When we checked in we were told that although the restaurant was noisy then (late afternoon), it would be quiet at night because the restaurant is closed from 6 p.m.… Read more
On Friday night, 10/25/19, my wife and I stayed part of one night, and had to leave because of loud and sustained kitchen noise from the restaurant, which was next door to our room. When we checked in we were told that although the restaurant was noisy then (late afternoon), it would be quiet at night because the restaurant is closed from 6 p.m. until lunch service the next day. At about 2:00 in the morning, however, some major food prep must have started, because loud noises started up and continued. After an hour, we called the desk and on being given no offer of another room decided to leave (at 3:30 in the morning). The hotel offered nothing to compensate us, and no replacement room. Disgraceful. We were there as part of a group event, and missed most of the event as a result. The toilet was also broken, and still didn't work consistently after it was "fixed" after our first complaint the afternoon we arrived. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Worth every penny (and dollar) spent!

Oct 22, 2019 marysP853XU

This was an amazing experience. My husband and I travel quite bit and have high expectation when we stay somewhere like the Ritz-Carlton. The staff, location and amenities are unsurpassed at this location. We were celebrating our anniversary, we were given a room upgrade, sunset ocean view with our own firepit. A gift was delivered to our… Read more
This was an amazing experience. My husband and I travel quite bit and have high expectation when we stay somewhere like the Ritz-Carlton. The staff, location and amenities are unsurpassed at this location. We were celebrating our anniversary, we were given a room upgrade, sunset ocean view with our own firepit. A gift was delivered to our wishing us well. The dinner reservation and table location were outstanding. From our greeting at the property check in, to our bellman/valet wishing us well at our departure, every interaction was extraordinary. The location can't be beat, the coastal travel should not be missed. A special shout out to Adam in the Conservatory restaurant - he was outstanding! Read less