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Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
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Reviewed 12 March 2013

Our stay at the Portola Hotel and Spa was the BEST!!

You can't beat the location of the hotel, everything is walking distance. Our room had a great bay view. The rooms were great, bed was comfortable and the staff was very helpful.

We had a good time hanging out at Peter B's too!!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 March 2013

As the author of two California Coastal resort/hotel guidebooks--I know well what makes a place extra special. Everything else being equal in a prime property, it is the exceptionally helpful and friendly staff who are always at the ready to assist in any fashion that makes a place truly memorable. And this is definitely the case with the Portola. Perfection in the human experience is no accident--it is a mataphor for the "top-down" style of management. You will likely come away from a weekend stay at the Portola raving just as much, or more, about the cool staff members encountered as the extraordinary culinary offerings of fresh, locally sourced food, the great times in their Peter B's Brew Pub, or the absolutely front-row-center location in the heart of historic old-town Monterey. Did you know that the only place in America that exceeds Monterey's number of historic colonial-era structures is Williamsburg, VA? I could go on and on, but the bottom line is the Portola receives an A+ review from me. Highly recommended equally for a romantic getaway or a corporate retreat/meeting. Bravo Portola--for getting it right!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank journeysofdiscovery
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Reviewed 10 March 2013

My husband and I had a great time at the Portola Hotel & Spa. I had no idea there were so many historical sites within walking distance - although I have to admit that the hotel was so fun that I didn't want to leave. Peter B's has great food and fantastic micro-brews - crafted right on site. We loved Kevin's (the brewmaster) blonde and amber ales, and 15 HD TVs? Come on...this has to be the best place on the Peninsula to watch a game. If you can pull yourself away - have dinner in Portola's fine dining restaurant, Jacks. Their new oyster bar has three kinds of yummy offerings including Barbecued Oysters served with a Chipotle Wash. For an entree, the scallops are big and meaty and intensely flavorful and the restaurant is part of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Program so they support and encourage sustainable fishing and farming. This hotel is a winner!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled on business
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Thank virginia p
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Reviewed 9 March 2013

Great place to stay for conference or visiting Monterey. Walking distance to wharf and a nice walk to cannery row. Nice rooms. Restaurant and bar looked nice too. They loaned us umbrellas for a walk in the rain

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled on business
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Thank Losgatosca
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Reviewed 7 March 2013

The rooms- plantation shutters, comfortable beds, and the Keurig coffee maker is a nice touch (bring your own flavors!).

Convenient- It's right in town. Close to everything you could want.

View- I had a partial view of the bay and even though it was partial it was excellent

Sleep quality- beds are very comfortable.

Brewery on location!! Yes- it's excellent and well-situated with an outdoor fireplace.

Jacks restaurant has excellent breakfast and high quality service.

Room Tip: Book via a travel agent and get the breakfast at Jack's included. You will not see this option on the Portola website. $18/value and it is worth it.
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled on business
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Thank Kitalexi
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