The hotel has been immersed in a soft goods renovation for the last few months.
The lobby has been redone, the main reception areas, the spa, etc., and they are still working on the pool area.
It all look stunning, with patterned wood floors, lots of white and ocean blue (grasscloth?) wall coverings that give a very attractive coastal feel. The view is no longer blocked, so the new walls of glass allow distant ocean vista meets your eyes as soon as you walk in.
However, there is still some of the old marble on the floors, the old staircase railing, etc.
All has not been redone, and it looks a bit of a hodge lodge.
As you enter the low ceilinged corridors for the guest rooms, it appears that only the carpeting is new. Some of the chandeliers are old.
In the deluxe ocean view guest room, the tub, shower and sinks were not new. The sink cabinet was not new, it has just been repainted.
The mirrors as well as the carpet, curtains and bedding were new, in a pleasing light color scheme.
Breakfast at Aveo (used to be Motif), was quite good in both food and service. The room looks completely different, and is gorgeously open, with again, the emphasis on maximizing the views. New banquettes and seating, a bit close together, but overall beautifully done.
Brunch at Aveo was a different - and disappointing - story. In my personal opinion, after having had Sunday brunch at The St. Regis on and off over the last 15 years, the hotel has deliberately cut corners.
Aveo now has a Mediterranean theme.
However, the array of offerings are less in number, and the items themselves are less costly ones. For example, the Sushi bar has disappeared.
Price has gone up to $90 per person without champagne, and it isn't even slightly worth it, in my mind. I am comfortable splurging and enjoying it in 5 star hotels. However, I expect an excellent value when there is an excellent price tag . Aveo doesn't offer it for a $90 price per person in my opinion.
The live music was unpleasantly loud, so much so that it was hard to hear what my server or bus boy had to say. I asked the hostess to turn the music down, but there was no discernible difference.
Noisy doesn't mean "fun" or "lively", it just means what otherwise should be a lovely experience, becomes a not very pleasant one. If I want noise, I'll go to a nightclub or a concert, Sunday Brunch shouldn't be the place where you need to shout to have the others at your table hear you speaking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our AAA Five-Diamond resort overlooks the Pacific and offers private beach club access, with watersports, oceanfront golf, award-winning Miraval Life in Balance Spa, swimming pools, upscale dining, activities programs and more. Located in Dana Point, the resort offers easy access to a variety of Southern California attractions including Catalina Island, Dana Point Harbor, Laguna art galleries and events, Disneyland and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- St. Regis, Monarch Beach Hotel Dana Point
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