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“A Hodge Podge of a Renovation that Improved the Views”

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Monarch Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Dana Point
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 April 2016

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.

  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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SRMBGM, General Manager at Monarch Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2016

Dear Cinderella_Dearest,

Thank you for your loyalty and detailed review on TripAdvisor. We believe that the St. Regis Monarch Beach is the one place with all the right elements to capture the affections of anyone who has ever had a love affair with beach, and our public space renovation promises to create an even stronger bond with it as well as our resort guests, members and the greater community.

We appreciate all feedback we can get and I will review and discuss your comments regarding our Sunday Brunch at Aveo Table + Bar with our team.

Thank you and I look forward to having you and your family return for many more years to come.

Sincerely,

Ian Pullan
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Reviewed 3 April 2016

From the moment we arrived and were greeted by the excellent valet staff, our stay here just got better. We were greeted by Monique with a glass of champagne. She was very helpful with some information on the area. We were checked in by Rigo who made sure we were taken care of with a very nice room. While waiting for our room, we had lunch at 33 North which is their bar/lounge. Hallie was a great server. Our room was not a suite, but was very larger and had a nice view of the ocean. Although the hotel is still undergoing some renovations and the pool/spa was not complete, we still had a wonderful stay and look forward to returning.

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank ph69vette
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SRMBGM, General Manager at Monarch Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2016

Dear ph69vette,

Thank you for posting about your recent stay and the kind words and lavish praise you bestowed upon our team - I will share your good feedback with our associates.

Our new Miraval Life in Balance Spa opened its door this past weekend and the treatment rooms along with the new retail store and the Spa Café look stunning. With the main pool & Grand Lawn to finish last, we anticipate all work to be complete by the end of May.

Thank you again and I hope we will have the opportunity to have you at our "Beach House" again soon.

Sincerely,

Ian Pullan
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Reviewed 1 April 2016

I would have given it a 5 but I realized that the rooms are not very sound proof. But if you put a towel under the door it really helps a lot. The property is undergoing a major remodel but that didn't matter at all. I love the rooms, the bedding, the bathrobes, the bathroom and especially the fact they give you a bathroom scale. The staff is amazing.

To eat there is very expensive - a 8 oz. coke is $3.00. So, they will tell you there is nothing in walking distance but they are wrong. Walk through the path along the golf course to Pacific Coast Highway and when you get there, head north. Up the hill is a shopping center. It has an amazing grocery store which has a wonderful deli and tables to eat there or take back to your room. You can eat for 1/3 of what you can on site.

In the same shopping center is an Italian restaurant called Stella's with an wonderful happy hour and wonderful food. We have eaten there three different times and never been disappointed.

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled on business
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SRMBGM, General Manager at Monarch Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2016

Dear Boisenb.,

Thank you so much for your positive review. We have fully re-imagined our resort and the five-star amenities focusing on the coastal & relaxed feel and blending in the signature St. Regis Butler Service and its culture to identify and position us within our area. By the end of May / beginning of June the renovation is complete, and I hope we will have the opportunity to welcoming back in the near future to experience our final and new product .

Sincerely,

Ian Pullan
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Reviewed 30 March 2016

My wife and I stayed for our wedding anniversary in March 2016, while the hotel is going through some remodel work it did not bother us as we were not planning on laying by the pool. The hotel is so clean and in first class shape. The restaurant was great with great wine and food. Fantastic grounds, easy and nice walk to private cove. A great lunch can be had right on the water. Go!!!

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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SRMBGM, General Manager at Monarch Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 1 April 2016

Dear westcoaster92067,

We are honored that you chose to celebrate your anniversary at The St. Regis Monarch Beach. I am pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope we will have the opportunity to welcoming back to our "Beach House" on the Coast in the near future.

Sincerely,

Ian Pullan
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Reviewed 28 March 2016

Our family spent the weekend and had such a nice time.
The service was excellent, friendly people, the Easter Egg hunt was great for the kids and the brunch was an amazing feast and we love the new restaurant it is beautiful. Thanks again for a great stay.

Room Tip: Ocean view is beautiful
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  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled with family
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Thank Rochelle L
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SRMBGM, General Manager at Monarch Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2016

Dear Rochelle L.,

I am thrilled to hear you had such a wonderful Easter Holiday with us. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to have you back to the Resort soon.

Sincerely,

Ian Pullan
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Additional Information about Monarch Beach Resort

Address: 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA 92629-4085 (Formerly St. Regis, Monarch Beach)
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Region: United States > California > Orange County > Dana Point
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Dana Point
#3 Business Hotel in Dana Point
#3 Romantic Hotel in Dana Point
#4 Family Hotel in Dana Point
Price Range: €242 - €677 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Monarch Beach Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 400
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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