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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating The outside bartenders are the only reason to go!

Jul 7, 2020 Stephany B Los Angeles, California

My husband and I were celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary and thought this would be a great (and safe) getaway from Los Angeles. From the moment we arrived it was terrible. First off- No one said a word about our anniversary (not that I needed it, but would've been nice way to start the trip) They have first come first seating for dining… Read more
My husband and I were celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary and thought this would be a great (and safe) getaway from Los Angeles. From the moment we arrived it was terrible. First off- No one said a word about our anniversary (not that I needed it, but would've been nice way to start the trip) They have first come first seating for dining outside and there are about 10 tables total for the entire hotel. The guests all order a bottle of wine and sit there all night, leaving other guests to lurk until they leave. We found a spot by a fire pit only to be told we couldn't order fresh crablegs or bottles of wine, when both guests on either side of us were doing just that. Thank god for the bartenders, who hooked us up and we dined in our room. Honestly, we stayed a few places on this vacation and the smaller boutique hotels are taking MUCH better care of guests and being extra cautious with Covid safety protocols while traveling. We stayed at 2 Ritz Carlton's on this trip thinking they would be the best places to enjoy and relax while feeling safe, but it was not the case at BOTH locations. I'd stay somewhere else until they get it figured out. They were all over the place and unorganized. Trust me, I tried to be forgiving and give them the benefit of the doubt, but it was one bad call after another. The raw bar is the only reason to go, IF you can get a table. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating DO NOT STAY DURING COVID!

Jul 5, 2020 SallyCam70 London

Terrible food. Awful depressing room that smelt of smoke. So overpriced I felt taken advantage of. We couldn’t wait to leave. (We considered not staying and driving over night). I’m sure it’s completely different with no Covid but this hotel should not be open for hotel guests until Covid is over. $900 for no service whatsoever is… Read more
Terrible food. Awful depressing room that smelt of smoke. So overpriced I felt taken advantage of. We couldn’t wait to leave. (We considered not staying and driving over night). I’m sure it’s completely different with no Covid but this hotel should not be open for hotel guests until Covid is over. $900 for no service whatsoever is unacceptable.... My family wanted somewhere special to break up our drive from Sonoma County back to L.A. on Father’s Day so we booked a night here. It was expensive, around $900 but it was a Father’s Day gift. We were excited. What a bad decision! We got there early, around 2.30pm. They said our room would be ready soon. They didn’t offer us anywhere to go to wait. when pushed they said the outdoor dining was open or the restaurant. Nothing else was open. The place was PACKED. We (husband, me and our 7 year old) opted for outdoor dining, it was full and had a 90 min waitlist. The area saved for hotel guests was also full. The inside restaurant was depressing and also full. We got our room at around 4.30pm. It was grey and drab, positioned above the main entrance and valet (courtyard view!) and the smoking area. So we could all smell cigarette smoke. There was no room service so we ordered from the restaurant, We ordered simply fearing the worse, the food was unforgivably bad, my daughter and I couldn’t eat our burgers. There was no mini bar in the room so no snacks, and only 2 bottles of water for the 3 of us. As far as we could see there was no store anywhere within the hotel to get snacks and nothing within walking distance. I decided to make the sofa bed for my daughter myself but there was no extra bed linen, so had to call housekeeping, we waited 2 hours for the bed to be made for our daughter. By which time she was asleep in the king, so my husband slept in the sofa bed, they made the bed with one very thin blanket so he spend the night freezing and very uncomfortable. All in all we all felt so upset and sad about the experience I don’t think I could bring myself to go back post Covid. Terrible memory. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A great setting but not quite up to usual Ritz service standard due to Covid

Jul 3, 2020 Kari H Charlotte, North Carolina

We have visited this hotel several times over the years and the setting can not be beat. Golf at the two courses nearby is unforgettable. Only problem is the service level we come to expect from staying at a Ritz fell short. Made a reservation at Navio their restaurant and the bot confirmed it, only to learn upon check in that Navio is closed.… Read more
We have visited this hotel several times over the years and the setting can not be beat. Golf at the two courses nearby is unforgettable. Only problem is the service level we come to expect from staying at a Ritz fell short. Made a reservation at Navio their restaurant and the bot confirmed it, only to learn upon check in that Navio is closed. Calls to front desk from room went to an unmanned voicemail. No concierge. You can still roast marshmallows by the fire pits out back. Seemed like they were understaffed. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Anniversary and July 4th weekend at the ritz. Meh!

Jul 3, 2020 ronikarais Cala d'Or, Spain

1. Beautiful property 2. Probably the best tomato soup I’ve ever eaten 3. Beautiful golf course Unfortunately the good things ended there 1. We paid over 2,000 dollars a night for our room the WiFi didn’t work the fireplace didn’t work - I mean, anywhere else in the world at this price I’d atleast get good WiFi if not a palatial room. 2. The… Read more
1. Beautiful property 2. Probably the best tomato soup I’ve ever eaten 3. Beautiful golf course Unfortunately the good things ended there 1. We paid over 2,000 dollars a night for our room the WiFi didn’t work the fireplace didn’t work - I mean, anywhere else in the world at this price I’d atleast get good WiFi if not a palatial room. 2. The servers at the outdoor restaurant were extremely rude 3. The food was ok nothing to really talk about Will I ever come back? Nope - not unless the staff gets more polite and the rooms function enough to be remotely value for money Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Overpriced, but gorgeous.

Jul 1, 2020 littleb0326 Hermosa Beach, California

Due to Covid-19, there were a ton of things out of the property's control, my review does NOT hold them accountable for what they are not in control over. I asked initially for a 4PM late c/o. They said 2. I asked to be met half way at 3PM and they said 2:30PM. I was over it and did not want to keep fighting. That was one issue. Second issue is… Read more
Due to Covid-19, there were a ton of things out of the property's control, my review does NOT hold them accountable for what they are not in control over. I asked initially for a 4PM late c/o. They said 2. I asked to be met half way at 3PM and they said 2:30PM. I was over it and did not want to keep fighting. That was one issue. Second issue is that I asked for a room service breakfast order to be done next morning and I was informed that due to Covid that they could not place a preorder. As a former front desk leader at another luxury property, I say that's not true. They didn't feel like going the extra mile and they did not hold their selves accountable. Considering I spent $720 for a night there, pretty dissappointing. If the rate were $450, I would have been real happy. But that was not the case here. Staff, with notable exception of the operating restaurant and bellmen, were robotic and dismissive. Most likely will not return. Read less