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The Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

At a Glance


  • four-star service
  • total luxury
  • ocean views


  • formal
  • not within walking distance of anything
  • expensive

The Ritz-Carlton Review

With its enormous and elegantly decorated rooms, secluded oceanfront property, and a staff that waits on guests hand and foot, this golf and spa resort defines opulence. Attention to detail is remarkable, right down to the silver service, china, and 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets. During cocktail hour, view the ocean from the plush Conservatory Lounge or from under a heavy blanket on an Adirondack chair on the lawn; visit the wine bar Eno anytime. The main restaurant, Navio, is suitably decadent, with a kitchen that turns local fish and produce into dishes like goat ricotta ravioli with toasted walnuts, pan-seared diver scallops with sunchokes, and braised beef short rib hash with eggs and glazed turnips.

2011 Fodor's 100 Hotel Award Winner

Queen of the Coastal Peninsula
Overlooking miles of iconic California coastline, Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay perfectly mirrors the laid-back elegance and dramatic beauty of the Northern California coast. One of the oldest settlements in San Mateo County, the resort lies smack in the middle of a number of distinct ecosystems: stick to the coast for world class beaches, horseback riding, and oceanfront dining. The awe-inspiring redwood forests are just a few miles inland and in the Santa Cruz Mountain region, more than 70 wineries are open for tastings. All guest rooms, both in the six-story main building and the separate Guest Houses, are enormous and elegantly decorated, with remarkable attention to detail.

    Hotel Details

  • 239 rooms, 22 suites
Updated: 05-02-2014

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