About Our Romantic Southern California Hotel

  • history and overview

    Dana Point was named for American author Richard Henry Dana, Jr., who first caught sight of its majestic bluffs in 1836 following a two-year voyage as a common seaman on the brig Pilgrim. His memoir Two Years Before the Mast documented his journey and love for the area with such passion that the town’s residents were moved to change its name from Capistrano Bay to Dana Point.

    To this day, Dana Point continues to draw travelers from around the world to explore its miles of gorgeous Pacific shoreline and partake in exhilarating pursuits on land, sea and air: parasailing, whale watching, deep-sea fishing, golf, nautical history, art and music, museums, and more

  • about us

    Since 1995, the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa has welcomed guests to the oceanfront bluff Henry Dana (in whose honor we named our Grand Ballroom) called "the most romantic spot on the California coast." Brilliant red gable roofs, charming Victorian architecture and 75 acres of gardens, lawns, and Pacific Coast shoreline frame a vacation destination renowned for extraordinary amenities and impeccable hospitality.       

    Whether you’ve come to find adventure or vanish into solitude, it’s all waiting right here at our romantic Southern California hotel.  

  • awards and accolades
    • AAA, Four-Diamond Rating
    • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
    • TripAdvisor GreenLeader
    • Dana Point People's Choice Awards’ “Golden Lantern for Best Lodging and Best Wedding Venue”
    • Named “World's Best Spa” in Spa Finder Reader's Choice Awards 
    • Named “World's Best for Romance" Spa in Spa Finder Reader's Choice Awards
    • Condé Nast Traveler: “One of the Top 20 Resorts in Southern California”
    • “Best Full Service Renovation for a Franchise Property” by Marriott International
    • #1 in Guest Service Satisfaction for all Marriott Hotels Worldwide
    • Smart Meetings “Platinum Choice Award”
    • The Knot “Best of Weddings”
    • “Business of the Year Award” by the City of Dana Point
    • Toys for Tots: “Outstanding Support of United States Marine Corps Reserve” Award
    • "People Love Us on Yelp" award for high average rating of reviews