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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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Overpriced and extremely poor service

Mar 17, 2020 lovebeachsurf New York City, New York

Extremely disappointing stay and not worth $1600 a night for a suite. Celebrating a birthday and booked using the fine hotels Amex rewards program - but we got no complementary upgrade, arrived to a dirty suite - with dirty marshmallow sticks and plastic bags at the firepit, no welcome amenity - in fact, no acknowledgment of the birthday… Read more
Extremely disappointing stay and not worth $1600 a night for a suite. Celebrating a birthday and booked using the fine hotels Amex rewards program - but we got no complementary upgrade, arrived to a dirty suite - with dirty marshmallow sticks and plastic bags at the firepit, no welcome amenity - in fact, no acknowledgment of the birthday celebration and even worse the front desk wanted to charge us for a smores kit that's usually free for hotel guests. One of the guests who had stayed at this Ritz before and had gotten a free smores kit, went to the front desk to inquire about one and she was rudely rebuffed and told that it would be an addiitonal charge. But the worst part was the next morning when we went for breakfast where we forced to wait for 20 mins for a view table when there was an empty table avalible. When we finally went to talk to the manager about getting seated she refused us initally and said that she needed to save it for potential hotel guest that might come - to which I had to say... We ARE hotel guests! And we're staying in one of your most expensive suites! And all this was happening with breakfast ending in like 10 minutes! We all felt that she was racist or something. It was the RUDEST experience we've ever had at a hotel of this supposed calibar! The hotel is situated in a unique and beautiful location - which is why we originally choose it. But the rooms are old and outdated - you can see the areas where the paint pealing and been repainted over many times and the fabric on the couch in the suite was fading and falling apart - and the pool and hot tub area is pretty gross - looks like it was built in the 80s and never renovated. Speaking of choice - we will never choose this hotel again. Having recently stayed at Solage, Meadowood, and Calistoga Lodge - all similarly or lower priced 5 star hotels in Napa - I would hands down recommend people to stay at those places over this Ritz. They have SO MUCH better service - everything is personalized, everyone is super attentive, and they make you feel pampered. It is the complete opposite experience of this Ritz which is impersonal, indifferent, and at times just rude. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Best place for leisure and unwinding

Mar 16, 2020 118mandeepb Dublin, California

I have visited this Hotel for a family function , from the time you step in luxury starts the staff is perfect .I had best time tasting all the finger food and bar service was excellent . This is one time in life experience I will recoment having brunch there if you cannot stay there at all .
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Unforgettable Birthday Stay

Mar 12, 2020 653BrianC Toronto, Canada

Pros: Celebrated my birthday at the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay and enjoyed our stay throughout. We were in a coastal fire pit room and the room was luxurious. Management and guest relations went above and beyond to make my stay special. There were floating balloons and a birthday card waiting for me in the room, in the evening a member of the… Read more
Pros: Celebrated my birthday at the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay and enjoyed our stay throughout. We were in a coastal fire pit room and the room was luxurious. Management and guest relations went above and beyond to make my stay special. There were floating balloons and a birthday card waiting for me in the room, in the evening a member of the guest relations team came to personally wish me a happy birthday and gave me a complimentary s’mores kit. Most of the staff we interacted in the resort were friendly with some exceptions. The weather during our stay was spectacular, and so were the views, truly an unforgettable experience. The room service was excellent as well, the food was still hot when it was served in the room and the steak was cooked to a perfect medium rare, something that I have rarely experienced in five star hotel in room dining. We visited during low season on a weekday, which was perfect because the resort was not crowded at all, occupancy wasn’t high so we were able to get into our room early and were granted a late check out as well. Cons: One lady at the front desk was clearly unhappy to be there, when we asked about the resort fee inclusions she simply threw two pieces of paper at us and said nothing, no explanation at all. However everyone else was nice, including the staff at Conservatory, housekeeping and doorman’s etc. We visited the pool area and it really needs a renovation, everything in the hotel looked new and polished except the pool. The spa just completed a touch up and was closed the first day of our stay, when we visited the next day, the steam room was not working, the spa director was however, very apologetic and professional. We were thinking of upgrading to the club level for our special occasion however it was closed during our stay, and some restaurants remain closed during our visit, because it was low season. Bottom line: All in all the Ritz Carlton Half Moon bay is a luxurious coastal retreat and I would stay here in the future if they complete renovations of the pool area and make sure that everything in the spa is in working order. Great Property! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very Good Stay

Mar 12, 2020 sj_salsero Berkeley, California

Came to stay for my wife’s birthday for the weekend and had a very pleasant stay. Weather of course was cold this time of year, but they had the fire pits outside going. Nice to have a drink , listen to the bagpipes and see the sunset. Had room service 1st night. Salad with chicken and really good flatbread pizza. Also had the cookie assortment… Read more
Came to stay for my wife’s birthday for the weekend and had a very pleasant stay. Weather of course was cold this time of year, but they had the fire pits outside going. Nice to have a drink , listen to the bagpipes and see the sunset. Had room service 1st night. Salad with chicken and really good flatbread pizza. Also had the cookie assortment which was very good except for the Madelines that were not golden. Someone left them in too long. This coming from a baker/pastry chef. Lunch was great with a view and dinner menu was different since they had a guest chef from San Francisco. They did bring a plate with happy birthday on it. Brunch on a Sunday was really good and we were joined by relatives. Must come back next year. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Gorgeous place with a few issues

Mar 10, 2020 Maisha R

Our drive from the San Francisco airport to Half Moon Bay culminated at the sprawling bay front Ritz Carlton. The small touches were noticeable immediately with the valet services when we pulled up to the hotel entrance. We arrived earlier than the 4pm check in time so we had lunch overlooking the water at Ocean Terrace. Our room was ready… Read more
Our drive from the San Francisco airport to Half Moon Bay culminated at the sprawling bay front Ritz Carlton. The small touches were noticeable immediately with the valet services when we pulled up to the hotel entrance. We arrived earlier than the 4pm check in time so we had lunch overlooking the water at Ocean Terrace. Our room was ready around 3pm. Walking in to our room, the view was gorgeous. It overlooked the water and the golf course. Plush bedding, a nespresso machine, high end bathroom fixtures, and most of all, cleanliness awaited us. This was definitely the cleanest hotel room I'd stayed in in months. We noticed the little things after our room was cleaned such as the chocolate on the bed, the organization of our toiletries in the bathroom, and the wrapping of our dangling cords. A couple of issues arose which kept the experience at four rather than five stars. Our television froze on both days that we were there and we had to call maintenance to fix it. Also, the limited availability of parking and the only offer of valet services was problematic. We waited over 30 minutes for the valet to retrieve our car one day. The hotel layout was also very confusing, with elevators going down to get to guest rooms and different sets of elevators in the small main building to get to the gym and conference facilities, which were bright and well-kept. It goes without saying that everything was expensive, from the valet to the onsite restaurants. With that said, the property overall was beautiful and serene. At sunset, a bag piper serenaded the guests who were outside to catch a glimpse of the beautiful view. There was a coastal walk behind the hotel which led to the town for shopping and eating on Main St. We had a lovely stay here. Read less