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Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Ranked #1 of 55 Hotels in Monterey
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

This hotel is so comfortable. The whole experience was so positive. Huge rooms with great facilities, large high top beds. Plenty of room for families with lots of luggage. We also dined in schooners restaurant and enjoyed our fish dinner. Superb food and wine. The perfect stay.

Room Tip: We didn't have an ocean view but was very pleasant
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 April 2014

Stayed for a night on way down the coast. Excellent location on the water within 10-15 minute walk to marina or five minutes to aquarium. A bit quieter than the places right on Cannery Row.
Beautiful facility with great food. We ate in the pub and were completely satisfied with the food and presentation.
The spa and exercise room are located on the top floor with a great view. We just used the exercise room, sauna, and whirlpools. Well worth the facility fee you are charged. Make sure you use this part of the facility if you stay here.
The room was spacious and had a small balcony with a great view. We watched otters, sea lions and dolphins frolic in the bay from our room and the plaza. The plaza is open and spacious with a nice gas fire pit to relax around after a day of exploring.
This place is not cheap but it is beautiful and you are treated very well. I was happy to spend a little extra for the great experience.
The only odd thing was that the TV was analog. Really? I know you should be out and about and not watching TV in such a wonderful setting but I wanted to watch the college basketball finals and analog just does not cut it for that. I had to go down to the bar to watch it in HD. Woe is me! Seriously though, this is pretty premium property and that did not jibe with everything else.

Room Tip: Pick water view with balcony. You will not regret it.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 April 2014

Stayed for 3 nights in early April in a wonderful corner ocean view suite on the fourth floor. The views from the suite were superb, it was extremely clean and very quiet. Had breakfast each morning in Cafe La Strada and it was very nice. Had lunch and drinks on the outside patio at Schooners. Cocktails were very good and the fish and chips and sea bass blt were really enjoyable. Evening meals in Schooners were excellent - the Cioppino being a particular standout. The staff and the service throughout the hotel were impeccable.

  • Stayed April 2014
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2014

This is a very new and pretty hotel on the water in Monterey. Easy walking distance to both cannery row (including aquarium) and to fisherman's wharf (about 10-15 minutes stroll down a shared bike/pedestrian path). Next door to San Carlos Beach (where a lot of scuba certifications are done at the Breakwater) - I still drove the 1 minute drive to avoid lugging heavy gear from the hotel but you could do a quick drop off of equipment then park back at the hotel if you really wanted to save the $10 parking fee.

We had an upgraded ocean view room that overlooked the courtyard and bay. The bathroom area was spacious and I appreciated the vanity area to set up my makeup. Minus 1 star because it is a bit pricey for what it is, and also because even though they had lovely room service, it didn't start early enough in the morning for me to be able to order it and make my 7:15 am meet for scuba certification. The cafe with the Peet's coffee is open at 6, so that was available but choices were less interesting and of the standard coffee shop fare.

Valet only parking was annoying as I would have preferred to self park, but that's not that uncommon unfortunately. also, I tried to book a spa appointment same day and they were full - seems like the spa fills up quickly so book ahead if you are interested.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

We have stayed here many times and what is consistent is the attentive high level of service. The rooms are conventionally furnished but always neat and clean. The beds are soft but quite comfortable. We have never used the spa facilities. The best part is the location and view. It is a block or two away from the busiest location in town so is relatively quiet. There are not many eating choices; A coffee and pastry bar on the plaza level and their signature restaurant which we have always found to be average to weak. They cannot handle a large number of guests at once such as when there is a conference or event, and the service is not very good for dining. Luckily Monterey has many other dining options (many of which you will have to drive to). If I wanted to stay in the town of Monterey, this is the only hotel I would select.

Room Tip: Rooms either face the plaza and ocean or cannery row. Street side is not bad and relatively quiet. T...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Plover, Wi
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2014

This was a great stop on our road trip from LA to San Francisco via the Pacific Coast Highway. We spent two nights in 2 rooms. One had an ocean view which is amazing. The other a "garden" view, which is not so great. Our rooms were very large, comfortable and clean. I have only 2 negative comments. One is the pilled, frayed, tacky looking tan "throw" on the end of the beds-get rid of them. The other being the lack of easy access to soda/water. You have to call room service and the minimum was high. The staff is amazing, wait staff at Scooners during breakfast is outstanding. You can walk to all the local attractions i.e. aquarium, wharf, shops, restaurants etc.

Room Tip: Pay the extra for an ocean view!
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 April 2014

Had never been to Monterey before. What a beautiful hotel and great location. Had booked one room with 2 beds but on arrival decided to request 2 adjoining rooms for my husband and I and our 2 kids. The person who checked me in was great and very kindly accommodated my request (I wish I could remember her name - short, petite and dark hair). Hotel was quiet and very relaxing. All the staff were friendly and helpful.

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Property: Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Address: 400 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-7501
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Region: United States > California > Monterey County > Monterey
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Monterey
#1 Luxury Hotel in Monterey
#1 Business Hotel in Monterey
#1 Spa Hotel in Monterey
#1 Family Hotel in Monterey
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Monterey
#7 Green Hotel in Monterey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 290
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relax on the water's edge at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa. Dramatically perched over the Monterey Bay and located on historic Cannery Row, the Plaza is the perfect place to enjoy the gentle sounds of the surf, the fresh scent of sea air and all of the activities that the Monterey Peninsula has to offer. The only Forbes Four Star rated hotel in Monterey, the Plaza welcomes you with its warm Mediterranean ambiance and its legendary personalized service. While here, enjoy our roof-top Vista Blue Spa, the European-style Café La Strada, and our waterfront restaurant, Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar.For the comfort of our guests, all sleeping rooms and balconies are 100% non-smoking. In addition to taxes, a $27 per night resort fee applies to all reservations, which includes valet parking, guestroom internet, access to the spa facilities and local phone calls. Periodically, the Plaza is host to events such as weddings, dinners and concerts which may be seen and heard from sleeping rooms. Every effort is made to keep the times and volume of these events within reason. ... more   less 
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