The Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, FL – Am I Asking Too Much?

I was at the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida, for a work conference. It’s a very traditional hotel with a beautifully manicured ground and white sand beach access. I sampled a couple of items from the room service menu, in addition to eating in their restaurant. They have five eating venues on site at the hotel. The room service food items appear to come from Cafe 4750 and Ocean Bar & Grill. This post will focus on the room service experience since that’s the ultimate measuring stick for a hungry traveller who arrives late and tired.SHRIMP COCKTAIL: Spicy Horseradish Cocktail Sauce. BLACK ANGUS BURGER: Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, Fries, and Swiss. This was a cute little set up – perfect for a photo. The orchid was beautiful and probably the most tasty item on the table. The shrimp cocktail was bad. The shrimps came at near room temperature. Although I don’t have an issue with that, the texture of the shrimps was a bit limp. It was not flash frozen when caught. Low quality – similar to the frozen shrimps one can get from a generic mid-level supermarket. BLACK ANGUS BURGER: Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, Fries, and Swiss. The Ritz failed me at the shrimps but the burger was a lot better. Not medium as ordered; it was well done instead. But the burger was at least firm and tasty. However, I did slathered a ton of ketchup to make up for the dryness from over-cooking.

I understand The Ritz is supposed to be a 5-star luxury hotel. The Ritz at Amelia Island is an ocean front properly with an impressive surrounding. Their restaurant, Salt, served me excellent lunch. So perhaps my standards are too high? I want freshness in seafood and the right execution for my meat.

I was hungry and I ate my meal at the pretty little couch. So the meal fulfilled my basic need. Yet I was left wondering why the Ritz could not do better while enjoying the stunning ocean view outside my balcony.

This experience took place at

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
4750 Amelia Island Pkwy
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Phone:(904) 277-1100

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