Tom and I decided to treat ourselves to a mini break from house hunting with a stay at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Upon check-in, we found out we were upgraded to a Club Level room. I loved Club Level room amenities and was super excited. Tom, having never stayed in this room type, didn’t know what to expect. We were informed that every Ritz-Carlton property has unique Club Level room experiences. While the amenities are similar, each hotel offers a distinctively unique touch.


At The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, the Club Level lounge is immediately accessed when stepping out of the 4th-floor elevator of the Monarch building. All 40 Club Level rooms are located on this floor.  Club Level accommodations have fantastic amenities that are well worth the upgrade. From 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., there is a dedicated Club Level Concierge to assist with anything you can think of from arranging dining or spa reservations to obtaining golf tee times, offering sightseeing recommendations, and arranging transportation, amongst other things. The lounge offers complimentary food and beverage service during the same staffing hours. When the room is not staffed, guests may help themselves to a selection of treats and beverages.


Unique to The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, the Club Level Lounge showcases work from famous artists. We were treated to an exhibit featuring the work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, who is known for his Post-Impressionist style of painting. His focus was on portrayals of Paris’ aristocratic society. Enjoying famous artwork while sipping on champagne is something Tom, and I didn’t expect! What a delightful treat!


After settling into our spectacular two-room suite, we returned to the Lounge just before sunset. We situated ourselves on the balcony to enjoy the show. Tom and I enjoyed sipping champagne and eating heavy appetizers as we watched the sun fade into the Pacific Ocean.


During the evening, we met Penni Garcia, who has worked at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Club Level Lounge since day one, over 30 years ago! Penni is a fantastic host and treats each guest as if they are a friend she is welcoming into her own home. When each guest steps out of the elevator, she greets him or her “home” and inquires about his or her day. Penni somehow manages to remember everyone’s name and what they did during the day or evening. Tom and I spent a lot of time that evening chatting with Penni and a couple of other guests. The lounge can be as social or as quiet as you want it to be.


We finally peeled ourselves away from our new friends to dine at either Raya, the award-winning restaurant featuring Pan-Latin/California Coastal cuisine or at enoSTEAK, the resort’s steakhouse. Unfortunately, we missed the last seating. Upon returning to the lounge, Penni came to the rescue. She assisted with our room service order of porterhouse steak with delicious sides of sautéed mushrooms and spinach. Penni even had a bottle of champagne delivered to accompany our late night meal. It was the perfect way to end a fantastic evening!


A stay at the spectacular Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is an experience unlike anything other. The “Grande Dame” of the Southern

California coast is a magical property with a fantastic history of charm, elegance, and unparalleled service. However, a stay on the

Club Level pushes the experience over the top. If you are able, splurge and treat yourself to a Club Level room. You’ll be glad you did!

Virtuoso Amenities for your stay  

For 2019:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • USD 100 Resort/Hotel credit, (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full, not applicable towards room tax, resort fee, valet parking, Eco-Adventure Center, tennis, and recreation activities)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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