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Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   400 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940   |  
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Ranked #1 of 53 hotels in Monterey
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New York City, New York
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“One of favorites in the world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

Everything about this place is amazing. Location. Staff. Friendliness. Smell of salt water and sounds of sea lions. Decor. Comfort in the rooms. Quick valet service. More than deserves the 5 stars everyone seems to give it!

Room Tip: Balcony rooms overlooking the Plaza and water.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

We have stayed at the Monterey Plaza Hotel many times. It is a beautiful place, right on the Bay with great views (if you are lucky enough to get an Ocean view). Schooners is fun and the Charthouse is next door and Cannery Row is within walking distance. The staff is terrific. I just made another reservation and Andy helped me and was so terrific.

Room Tip: Partial ocean views are good too.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

I was blown away simply by walking in the door, the feeling that you were over the water was so special. Looking down from the terrace and seeing the sea otters paddling among the kelp, what more could you ask for! Rooms are great, staff were very friendly and accommodating and the food was excellent. Really enjoyed my stay there and hope to go back.

Room Tip: If your budget will take it aim for the main building.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

I have stayed at many places in Monterey, I have to say so far this is the nicest. The people were all very nice and you can't beat the view. The room was very comfortable and clean. Only complaint was my wife said the bathtub was uncomfortable. Would highly recommend the balcony rooms. The bonus was walking distance to great restaurants and thing to see. Never needed a car. Just wish we could have stayed longer.

Room Tip: Anyone with a balcony overlooking the bay.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

This is one of my favorite and most memorable stays. Beautiful location, very convenient, walking distance to nice shops, stores, and restaurants. Beautiful dedicated walking and biking path that stretches miles along side ocean views. As you're walking make sure to take pictures, lots of beautiful scenic ocean views, you see whales. If you are able, make sure to get an ocean view room with full patio access. It feels like you're sitting on top of the ocean. At the hotel restaurant and from our room patio you can see the otters eating. I can watch them for hours, where one otter was very entertaining. During our stay we saw Paul Allen's (co-founder of Microsoft) yacht 'Octopus' docked close to our hotel with a helicopter parked on it. Beautiful hotel, nice staff, and restaurants.

Room Tip: Get ocean views with full balcony. We left our patio doors open during our sleep and the loud sound...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Mill Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

This hotel sits directly on the Monterey Bay, and has great outdoor spaces to enjoy the water. I especially LOVED the binoculars in my room, which allowed me to view seals, cormorants, pelicans, and even a seagull eating a starfish. My room furnishings, bedding and bathroom were contemporary, and exceptionally clean. My plan included breakfast at the Schooner's Coastal Kitchen, which was fresh and delicious both mornings, and the service was very good. There was light rain, and this hotel is a little bit farther away from Cannery Row than some others, so I had to drive everywhere, instead of walking. A couple of minor drawbacks: they initially didn't tell me that on top of my room rate, there was a $25 mandatory resort fee - but it did include valet parking; from the lobby, I had to go down to a lower level, walk through the hotel and then back up in another area to reach my room, which was cumbersome; they charged my credit card for a one-night "Advance Deposit" at the time of reservation - a full month before I arrived.

Room Tip: Half the fun of this area is being able to see the Bay, you need to request (and pay extra for) a Pa...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Ramon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

The service we received during our stay at the Plaza was exceptional. From the moment we arrived, the valet was professional and eager to please. We were checked-in promptly and quickly assisted by a professional at the bellhop counter named Johnny Segovia. He provided us with a map and several recommendations for local tourist attractions and made it his priority to ensure our stay would exceed any expectations. The ocean front room was beyond expectations and the hotel's restaurant, Schooners, was stellar. Without a doubt we will return.

Room Tip: Ocean front room is a must! Waves crashing and sean lions barking, beautiful sounds to wake up to.
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  • Stayed December 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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Additional Information about Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Address: 400 Cannery Row, 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 Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Monterey
#1 Family Hotel in Monterey
#1 Romantic Hotel in Monterey
#1 Business Hotel in Monterey
#6 Green Hotel in Monterey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa 4*
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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Also Known As:
Monterey Plaza Hotel Monterey
Monterey Plaza Hotel And Spa
Monterey Plaza Resort
Plaza Hotel Monterey

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