An OC Rite of Passage: Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel Turns 30, Gets a New Look
The Ritz-Carlton news just keeps rolling in: we’ve heard about new things happening in destinations as disparate as Israel, Bali, Aruba, Japan and beyond already. Closer to home, the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel – in Orange County, Los Angeles – is marking its last year as a twenty-something with new-look guestrooms, new f&b outlets, and more.
Perched high on the cliffs above the crashing waves of the Pacific, the hotel’s location was the source of inspiration for the new design. That translates into lots of pale blues against white walls and sheets, with contrasting dark wood in the headboard and furniture. It’s the kind of beach-y modern that sits midway between the more traditional Ritz-Carlton wealthy- great-aunt look and younger urbanite style you’d find in its Georgetown, DC hotel for example.
Naturally, ocean views is what it’s all about here, and we particularly like the idea of whiling away a summer evening on the patio of first-floor oceanfront rooms, which include an outdoor fire pit.
A new outdoor oceanfront lounge, “180blũ”, gives more of those panoramic views; other options include restaurant Raya from Chef Richard Sandoval, steakhouse enoSTEAK, and Market Place for food on the go. A new Eco-Adventure Center allows you to explore the surrounding Southern Californian coast and learn a thing or two about the environment while you’re at it.
A first-floor room with fire pit runs at $770 a night on a weekend early September, with rates starting from $425 if you’re willing to sacrifice on views.
[Photos: Ritz-Carlton Hotels]