One of the newest hotels in Monterey, the Clement is the anchor to the recently renovated and redeveloped Cannery Row. It is located literally on the water, and the view from its restaurants and decking are stunning. You get the feeling of the constant sea – sometimes placid, sometimes angry – and you also feel a part of the overall weather, whether sunny or raining, overcast, or at night.
Having already sruvived the high season of summer, it still feels like the staff is still struggling a bit. Customer service is not as attentive as I’m used to at other international Intercontinental destinations, and actually a little less wam than at several other Monterey area hotels and restaurants. (We later spent a night at the Marriott, and have stayed several times at a few of the Best Western motels in Monterey.)
Since it is on the waterfront, I’m sure there were many building restrictions put in place for size and height. So, the hotel suffers a bit because t he parking is located a couple of blocks away from the lobby, although valet parking is also available (valet parking is common at the other major hotels in Monterey as well). And, the hotel is split into two buidlings. One has rooms with ocean view, so if you can get one , it is a spectaclar view. It was nice to sit with he drapes open, next to the gas fireplace while indulging in a bottle of wine ……. Watching the waves, seeing the sky change color.
One tip if you don’t want to hassle with the valet parking and don’t need help with your bags. Checkin, then self-park. Once you have your room key, you can access the hotel across the bike path from the parking garage. Once inside, you can take the walkway over to the oceanfront part of the hotel, if that is where your room is. However, the trip does not work as well in reverse, since you cannot enter the parking garage from the bike path and instead have to go around the building to enter at the same place as cars do.
For December, a slow month in Monterey for tourism, the hotel comped us breakfast both weekends we were there, which we took in the C restaurant. The food was outstanding – I had the huevos rancheros with crab and shrimp and the Clement Eggs Benedict (with crab cakes instead of English muffins) twice each ! Very delicious. My husband tried to opt for a lighter meal, but ended up with a huge portion of tasty french toast with fresh berries one day and waffles on another !
The rooms are furnished in a spare but elegant décor. There is a long table/dresser that runs nearly the length of the room which provides adequate storage for all unpacking as well as storage for toiletries, papers, etc. The bed was comfortable. Overall the room had an airy feeling .
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The new InterContinental the Clement Monterey is next to the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium in the heart of John Steinbeck's historic Cannery Row. Many guest rooms and suites feature fireplaces, balconies and ocean views and all sparkle with stylish dÃ©cor. The picturesque hotel offers more than 1,393 square metres (15,000 square feet) of indoor and outdoor meeting space, including an oceanfront ballroom perfect for weddings, conferences and special events. The C Restaurant & Bar, spa, health club, pool, whirlpool, Kids Club and an oceanfront patio offer plenty of reasons to stay close, and Cannery Row s fashionable boutiques, delectable eateries, upscale galleries and vibrant street scene are just a few minutes away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental The Clement Monterey Hotel Monterey
- Intercontinental Monterey