Portola Hotel was one of the Big Sur Marathon designated hotels with the expo in the ballroom so it was very convenient place to stay for the race. It is also close to the wharf and walking distance to the aquarium and restaurants. Staff is very friendly and goes out of their way to make your stay a positive experience. Lobby is very large with multiple seating areas and free wifi access. Hotel restaurant food was average although service was excellent. Room was comfortable, but slightly above average in decor.