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“Wonderful stay at the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa”

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Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Ranked #1 of 55 Hotels in Monterey
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Lexington, KY
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“Wonderful stay at the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

Stayed three nights in a spacious and lovely room that opened onto a courtyard filled with roses and patio furniture. This is my second time staying at this hotel. I plan to return again because it's truly a remarkable property. We enjoyed riding on the complimentary bikes the resort provides (first come, first served), getting facials and massages at the spa, and kayaking in the bay. It was my birthday on the day we checked in and the hotel sent up chocolate dipped strawberries and a spa coupon. Our favorite meal was at the nearby Chart House restaurant.

Room Tip: If you can't afford a waterfront room, ask for one of the rooms that have sliding doors that ope...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

Difficult to beat the location and the property. The rooftop spa provides an exceptional way to relax. Surprising at a 4-star/diamond hotel, however, that they don't offer HD TV and premium channels in the room. Awful TV reception...it's a good thing you really don't spend any time in the room.

Green Features: A wonderful spa with fitness center, steam, and great services.
  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

We stayed here for a conference. Room was comfortable, but we had to ask for new sheets to replace the dirty ones on the bed. The ocean view was amazing - waking up to awesome sunrises and sea otters playing in the water (the binoculars in the room are very helpful). Hotel is located at the southern end of Cannery Row, easy walk to Cannery Row sites and Fisherman's Wharf.

Room Tip: ocean view is worth it!
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 July 2014 via mobile

I can see why this place was rated #1 in Monterey. When we arrived, the staff was very welcoming and friendly. My toddler wasn't very happy with the car ride going to the hotel and was not in a great mood. The staff tried to console her and even gave her a little goodie bag which she really enjoyed and carried around throughout our stay. We decided to upgrade to a partial view room and was not disappointed. The view was lovely and we could sit outside our balcony and sip wine. I think it is probably still nice to get an inland view because there are areas where you can sit with views of the water. Our primary reason to visit was to see the aquarium (walking distance) and 17-mile drive (few minutes drive away, and was amazing). Cannery Row has a lot of shops and restaurants. The main area at Cannery Row wasn't really my favorite spot, though, and we preferred to stay at the area by the hotel where you can grab a coffee and breakfast and sit by the firepit and watch the ocean. There is also a beach just steps from the hotel. The restaurant below overlooks the ocean and serves a great seafood stew. The hotel was also not too far from Point Lobos, we decided to visit. If you have time, make sure to go and walk the trails!

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San Jose, California
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

3 room reservations, breakfast & dinner for 8 at Scooners overlooking the beautiful Monterey Bay.
Appetizers & cocktails on the outdoor deck, what a magnificent 80th Birthday celebration for my Mother. My immediate family stays at the Plaza each year to celebrate, this year being extra special, we brought in extended family. I can honestly say, there is absolutely nothing more anyone could have done to make our experience better! From the bellhop, to the front desk, the wait staff, chef, valet....it was a perfect experience! ...and may I say the food was FANTASTIC! Thank you!

Room Tip: Ocean View is great!
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Green Features: The Hotel sits on the Ocean Preserve of Monterey Bay!
  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

This is my favorite place to visit when I need a break from the world.
This time we stayed in a corner suite. The views were outstanding!
The room itself was fabulous! There's a full size walk in closet, a vanity dressing area with a magnifying mirror and a large picture window with shutters.
The bedroom is so beautiful and inviting. You can sit in the sitting area and enjoy the views, you
can lie in bed and enjoy the views or you can sit on the balcony and enjoy the views. The seals and otters frolic and sleep right in front of the property. I can sit for hours and watch them. The hotel provides binoculars as well.
Ahhhhhhhhhh is how I'd sum it up a stay at The Plaza!

I live in Texas and love leaving the summer heat behind while regrouping and relaxing in this fabulous hotel!

Room Tip: You must have an ocean view room. The view is hurt gorgeous and it's entertaining to watch the...
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Green Features: This hotel, like many others has signs that ask you to reuse your towels, but this hotel actually won't replace them if you hang them up. Most properties say such, but still put new towels in the room daily. Serious drought in CA, so I was pleased by this!
  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Surprise, Arizona
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

We have stayed in this hotel several times. We have also traveled to all 50 states plus many countries abroad. Of all the many hotels we have used, this is the best hotel of all. The entire resort is excellent in all departments--clean, friendly and helpful staff, food and drinks, ocean scenery, spa, and walking distance to historic Cannery Row. Perhaps a family with children may miss a swimming pool (they don't have) but who needs one with the beautiful ocean right in front of you. We enjoy their outdoor fireplace at night, and the piano entertainment they provide on weekends. One great new addition this year was that they provided complimentary bikes, and we used them everyday--especially for picnics and riding along the coast.
Many people will book hotels just as part of their travels. We travel to Monterey just to stay in this resort. This is the very best!

Room Tip: All rooms are great but the best are with ocean view--with or without balcony.
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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 Spa Hotel in Monterey
#1 Family Hotel in Monterey
#1 Luxury Hotel in Monterey
#1 Business 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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Monterey Plaza Hotel And Spa
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