Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa
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Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa Dana Point Reviews
Nice, if you get a good room... Nov 10, 2008
Just to preface this, we got a great deal on this hotel, which is why we stayed here. The deal was $200 for one nights stay, complimentary parking, and complimentary breakfast for two. Parking alone is $30 for overnight, and the breakfast is $20/person. So this is why I gave it a "good" value rating. If you aren't lucky enough to score a deal like this, I don't think the value would be as good.
The Laguna Cliffs Marriott is all about location. It's set on a hill only a mile or so from the ocean, so the views are tremendous. It's a very relaxing place, and seems isolated from the rest of the town. A good place to just relax and get away from things....
...provided, of course, that your room isn't right next to the elevator on the floor of the lobby! And that there isn't a wedding party going on nearby! Unfortunately, that's where we got placed. I'm not sure if it was because we got a deal package or not, but the room's proximity to the lobby hallway and elevator made it difficult for me to sleep, as I am a very light sleeper. You could easily hear people walking up and down the hard floors of the lobby, and whenever people talked by the elevator their voices would echo into the room. I went to the front desk to complain, and they offered us another room. But the alternate room smelled like stale smoke and it wasn't as nice as our first one, so we decided to tough it through the night. So it was a very sleepless night for me at least!
At least the breakfast was good. They serve a nice buffet that has lots of fresh fruit, an omelette/crepe bar, and standard American breakfast fare like bacon, sausage and eggs. Service was prompt and efficient. 2 points off for "cleanliness" because one of the mugs had lipstick stains on it! (But the rooms themselves were very clean).
Overall, I would stay here again if:
1) I was able to get a deal that included complimentary parking ($30 really does seem exorbitant...that will get you a hostel room in most countries, and a cheap hotel room in many others).
2) I was able to get a room away from the lobby/elevator. The lobby is on the 2nd floor, so one on the third floor would be best, I think.
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Laguna Cliffs Marriott Nov 11, 2008
I had high expectations of this hotel because my sister's family and my parents have both stayed here before. It's on a gorgeous lot that overlooks the ocean with no obstructions because it's on top of a hill. The hotel exterior looks a lot like the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego.
I think normal rates are around $300 for a standard room, but we got a great deal. Unfortunately, as Eric said in his review, the deal we got may have landed us in a 2nd class room, right next to the banquet rooms and elevator. It was also on the first floor by the pool, and when I opened the curtains I literally met eyes with one of the pool guests. When we asked for another room, they gave us an equal if not worse option instead of a better one! What kind of service is that? I felt discriminated against because we looked young.
The rooms are pretty and have a beachy theme. The beds are super comfy and every room comes with a balcony. I would recommend a pool or ocean view, and not on the first floor!
Normal check out is 11am, but you can request a late checkout of 2pm!! wow!
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Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa Overview
Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa is located on the beach in central Dana Point, close to Dana Point Harbor, Doheny State Beach, and The Coach House. Another point of interest is Mission San Juan Capistrano.
Dining options at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa include a restaurant and a coffee shop/cafA©. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. The resort serves Buffet breakfasts (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include 2 outdoor swimming pools and 2 spa tubs. Also located on site are a children's pool, an outdoor tennis court, a sauna, and a 24-hour fitness facility. The property's full-service health spa has body treatments, massage/treatment rooms, facials, and beauty services. This 4-star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms, secretarial services, and audio-visual equipment. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas. This Dana Point property has event space consisting of banquet facilities, conference/meeting rooms, a ballroom, and exhibit space. The property has a beach shuttle, which is complimentary. Business services, wedding services, concierge services, and translation services are available. Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include gift shops/newsstands, laundry facilities, and express check-in. This is a smoke-free property.
378 air-conditioned guestrooms at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa feature minibars and coffee/tea makers. Beds come with premium bedding. Bathrooms feature makeup/shaving mirrors, bathrobes, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Wired high-speed and wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. In addition to desks and complimentary weekday newspapers, guestrooms offer multi-line phones with voice mail. Televisions have pay movies. Rooms also include safes and windows that open. Guests may request a turndown service, hypo-allergenic bedding, and wake-up calls. Housekeeping is available daily.
The resort has an on-site spa with steam room, sauna, spa tub, and adjacent exercise facility. Guests also have access to two heated outdoor pools with spa tubs, both with ocean views. Yoga and water aerobics classes, tennis, basketball, volleyball, ping pong, bocce ball, croquet, and board games are all available on site as well. Bicycle and beach-buggy rentals can be arranged through the concierge, and guests have access to jogging and walking trails.
Fishing, whale watching, Jet Skiing, and sailing are all nearby, and several world-class golf coursesa€”including Talega, Tietas Creek, Pelican Hill, and Monarch Beacha€”are within a half-hour's drive. Doheny State Beach is just under a mile away and has direct beach access.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel, fees may apply.
Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa Amenities