The Hyatt Regency Monterey just finished a multi-million-dollar remodeling. The hotel is a complex of several three-story rectangular blocks spread out over a wide area, encompassing the Del Monte golf course. It was showing its age before the makeover; not many hotel-resorts occupy such a wide footprint these days. The Hyatt management did its best -- but there's only so much you can do with 1960s-style architecture.
However, the wide footprint is the beauty of this property. There's so much room to move around and lots of paths to walk on.
The farthest rooms are actually a pretty walk to the front desk. It's a much more pleasant walk since covered, Muzak-filled open walkways were installed in the remodel. The opaque plastic roofs allow for light and protect from the rain / mist but get dirty fast.
The rooms: My room was a second-floor standard room in a building adjacent to the registration / restaurant building. It offered a glass slider opening onto a balcony overlooking the 17th green. It contained a comfortable king bed with a backlit headboard. The furniture was mostly modern, the television a big plasma flat-panel. But the most noticeable things about the room were: 1) there were only two storage drawers in the big credenza that held the TV and hid the refrigerator and in-room safe, and 2) the ventilation in the room consisted of one overhead over-sized ceiling fan. These would be issues if you were there for a long-term stay (the former) and / or if the outside temperature exceeded 75 degrees (the latter). The former didn't bother me. Since Monterey was experiencing very *un*-Monterey temps nearing the 80s, I had the fan running 24 hours a day. The rooms can become really warm on a sunny day.
A couple of other issues: the housekeeping staff does a decent job of cleaning the rooms at eye-level. But a simple feather duster could have eliminated the almost-gritty dust that covered the air vent in the bathroom. And there were no phone books in the room. Or the standard-issue Bible. A front desk staffer (and the desk staff was extremely helpful throughout my stay) said the hotel had entered into a contract with T-Mobile for all phone / Internet services and removed all phone books and Bibles. I assume I'm supposed to call them for directory assistance...but what is a somewhat-religious person supposed to get from calling T-Mobile?
The nicely-appointed bathroom is accessible through a wood-framed sliding glass door. Lots of counter space and a walk-in shower. Since the shower's glass panel only extends halfway across the stall, extreme splashing will make for a slippery exit.
TusCA Ristorante is the all-purpose hotel restaurant. The cuisine goes beyond Italian; it offers a full breakfast menu. I recommend the Monterey-style eggs benedict, featuring a liberal helping of a local specialty -- Central California's famed artichoke hearts. During times of the day when the restaurant is not serving, you can order brick oven-fired pizzas and other yummy fare in the cozy Fireplace Bar across from the reception desk. There's a concierge desk nearby with a binder filled with menus from other eating establishments in the Monterey-Carmel area.
The hotel offers a complete conference center, as well as a Regency Club level building. The Club lounge offers its members a full, free continental breakfast as well as munchies during the day, a decent supply of newspapers and free Internet terminals. But there was no bar service at the time I was there (the Club staffer, I was told, was underage and unable to serve alcohol) as in other Regency Club lounges.
The biggest addition to the property is a full resort spa, with couples massage services and a full beauty / spa package. The serviceable fitness center contained half a dozen treadmills, barbells and other fitness equipment, and is located in another building.
Families will benefit from Hyatt's "Camp Hyatt" weekends. The Camp Hyatt facility here is across from the Regency Club lounge and is sparsely but nicely equipped to handle pre-teens.
The golf course offers competitive rates but is not operated by the Hyatt; the Pebble Beach Company owns and operates that course.
Nightlife: the Hyatt is off the beaten path, and is in the shadows of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School across the street. It gets its fair share of students from the armed forces from around the world. Aside from the Fireplace Bar and the usual Hyatt Knuckles Sports Bar, there's not a lot to do on the property unless you have a vehicle. It is a long walk to downtown Monterey and Cannery Row. The Hyatt does keep an Escalade available for shuttle runs to Cannery Row and Carmel.
All in all, it's a cut above the standard Monterey property. Think of it as the poor man's Pebble Beach -- a nice golf / spa resort without the Pebble Beach hoi polloi.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With 550 deluxe guestrooms and suites and over 40,000 square feet of newly renovated meeting and event space, the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa is the most complete hotel destination on the Monterey Peninsula. Nestled in 22 acres of Monterey Pines, the Hyatt Regency Monterey provides the quintessential Monterey experience in a location offering guests close proximity to downtown Monterey, Monterey airport and easy access to the Peninsula's top attractions like Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Pebble Beach. The property offers world-class amenities including two outdoor swimming pools, whirlpools and fire pits, full service tennis facility, state-of-the-art health club, new 12,000 square foot Marilyn Monroe Spa and salon and Pebble Beach Company's Del Monte Golf Course. Also enjoy all three of Hyatt Regency Monterey's unique restaurants and lounges: TusCA Ristorante offers diverse Italian and California cuisine in a beautiful show kitchen setting. Knuckles Sports Bar has been voted #1 by the locals for 10 years straight with 24 HDTV's, 20 draft beers and a full menu with burgers, wings, pizza and more. Fireplace Lounge offers a casual indoor/outdoor environment perfect to enjoy either lunch or dinner and unwind with a glass of wine while listening to live jazz on the weekends. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel Monterey
- Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel And Spa
- Hyatt Regency Monterey Ca