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Review of Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay

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Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940   |  
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Ranked #6 of 53 hotels in Monterey
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“Great location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012 via mobile

Hotel is in the perfect spot for meals, wharf and spa. Our room was very noisy because of a nearby outdoor bar. Bed was super comfortable. Bathroom is in need of updates. Jacks lounge was pleasant, good drinks and comfy chairs.
Staff was very pleasant and helpful.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Got a decent rate on Priceline. Great location. Near everything. Trolley stop right there. Clean room. Noise can be an issue. Would return. Love the aquarium. All in all a fine choice in Monterey. Stay with confidence.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

I've enjoyed this hotel twice in the last year, initially three nights on business, and most recently a weekend mini-vacation. There is no seaside or quaint 'charm' here, this is a very large and modern property, but you can expect your room to be spacious, immaculate, with a particularly comfortable bed, and responsive housekeeping staff. It's location is perfect for walks along the bay, checking out the wharf, or visiting downtown's flea market. We enjoyed the breakfast buffet at Jacks located in the hotel and although abit expensive, we felt it worth every dime. We were on the fifth floor and were not bothered by noise from the Pub, the seals, or other guests. There is no air conditioning, simply unnecessary in Monterey 95 percent of the time. We were completely satisfied with our stay until we returned and read the trip-advisor reviews. We weren't offered cookies...

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

The rooms were immaculate and the service excellent. They even serve warm cookies upon registration!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I went to Monterey to celebrate our anniversary. Portola was the perfect place to celebrate. The staff was excellent and the room was great. We will definitely be returning to this wonderful hotel.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lille, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

My husband and I spent one night here on our honeymoon trip around the States earlier this year. This was one of the best hotels we had stayed in during our trip in the US. When we arrived at reception, we were greeted by a very friendly member of staff who even gave us a freshly baked cookie each. Our room was huge, there were 2 double beds and a large bathroom. The room was done up tastefully and the bed was really comfortable.
We ordered room service breakfast and the portions were just huge! We couldn't get used to the big portions in the States and ended up wasting most of the food unfortunately.
Really regretted not staying here for more than one night though.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Belleville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

This hotel was fantastic. Unfortunately, we were only there for one night. We can think of no unkind words. The check in was great. We booked through priceline but were treated like royalty and given a wonderful room with an ocean view. The staff could not have treated us better. This hotel is literally a few steps from Fishermans Wharf,and very close to cannery row and other attractions. It has been a very long time since we stayed in a hotel this friendly and nice. The only noise we heard at night were the seals at the wharf. Looking forward to going back.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PortolaHotelSpa, Manager at Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on TripAdvisor. We appreciate your kind words and we're happy to hear you enjoyed your experience.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon and hope you can enjoy Monterey for more than one night!

Sincerely,
Portola Hotel & Spa Management Team
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Additional Information about Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay

Also Known As:
Portola Hotel And Spa At Monterey Bay
Portola Hotel Monterey
Portola Hotel Monterey Bay
Address: 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940
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Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Monterey
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Monterey
#6 Family Hotel in Monterey
#6 Business Hotel in Monterey
#6 Romantic Hotel in Monterey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Portola Hotel & Spa is located on the waterfront Monterey. Just steps away from historic Fisherman’s Wharf and the Monterey Bay, the hotel offers 379 nautically inspired guest rooms and suites, two onsite eateries, a full service day spa and much more! ... more   less 
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