My girlfriend and I flew in from Las Vegas to escape the 115 degree heat for a few days. We stayed from Sunday-Thursday. We chose this hotel based on reviews, and our desire for a central location, decent price, comfortable room with an ocean front view and good service. All of those expectations were met and exceeded.
The beds are nothing short of amazing. As someone who can sleep anywhere... even I was impressed with the feather beds with the down comforters. Absolutely awesome! The 3-5th floors don't have balconies overlooking the ocean, but they do have a seating area in a bay window, with cushions and windows that open. You can hear the waves, seagulls and seals/sea lions, and the activity of the beach below, but you're high enough so that it isn't intrusive. (If it is, just close the window!). If you want a fire... there are wood burning fireplaces, with gas-burning "starters" to make it as easy as pie. 15-20 minutes of natural gas "kindling," and you have a crackling fire warming up your room... right below the big wall mounted flat screen TV (!!!). Daily free breakfast was great. Fill out the time and check off the items you want on the door card, hang it on the door, and it just shows up in the morning. Selections are basic (bagels, muffins, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, fresh fruit, cereal with milk, OJ/Coffee/Water, etc) but a perfect start to the day. Complementary wine, cheese, and crackers (as well as coffee/tea) in the lobby every day afternoon at 4pm. Grab some wine/cheese on your way in from a day of shopping, walking, sightseeing, etc and take it up to the roof deck and chill out for a bit before going in to get ready for a nice dinner. What a treat. The staff couldn't have been nicer. Always helpful. Always greeting you with a "welcome home!" when you come in through the door. Also very helpful with planning local activities and for restaurant ideas. The hotel, decor, and location are definitely worthy of the "most romantic hotel" designation that it was recently awarded.
Downsides... very few, but probably guest and expectation-specific. If you are looking for a hotel with 24/7 room service or in-hotel dining, or if you are going for the "spa-vacation" type of relaxation, you're probably better off looking next door at the intercontinental, or the monerey bay hotel down the street. They seem to cater to the guests who want/need all the bells and whistles, but the ego-emissions got a little thick when we walked through those hotels. That being said, there are some spa packages available at the hotel... to be honest, we didn't really inquire seriously about them. If you want to chill out by a fire, enjoy a quite breakfast in bed, delivered to your room every day, and be served wine and cheese every night before you head out to dinner, or want to just sit by a fire, read a book, watch a good movie on TV, or just stare out the window at an amazing view, then THIS is your place. We're already counting the days until we go back.
A few other tips... a 25 minute walk "down" the coast (NW on a map) along ocean view blvd has amazing views of the ocean, shopping at the "American Tin Cannery Outlet center," and some spectacular old houses to drool over. This gets you to "Lovers Point" where you can find "Latitudes" restaurant which has some incredibly good food. A 15 minute walk "up" the coast (E-SE on a map) gets you to Fishermans Wharf (tons of restaurants, no-reservations-needed sailboat charters (Monterey Bay Sailing), kayak rental, glass bottom boat tours, and whale watching tours. Walk a little more and you get to Portola Plaza and Alvarado street, where there are a bunch of little shops, coffee shops and restaurants that you can poke in and out of. (There are plenty of street fairs and festivals during the summer months).
We also did the "Monterey Ghost Tour" which was awesome. Not at all what I expected. It was *incredibly* informative, filled with a lot of good history about the area, and was a lot of fun, too!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of Cannery Row, directly on the beach, Spindrift Inn offers an atmosphere of romance, elegance and gracious hospitality. The Inn's distinctive two-story lobby, with its hand-tiled floors, Oriental carpets, charming antiques, original art, and wood-burning fireplace, invites quiet conversation or private reflection. The 45 comfortable, luxurious rooms-half with breathtaking ocean views-are uniquely decorated and include wood-burning fireplaces, down comforters, feather beds, honor bars, TVs, CD & DVD players, wireless internet connection, marble baths and window seats or private balconies. Complimentary silver-tray continental breakfast is served in-room, & an afternoon wine and cheese reception is held daily. Valet parking is available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Spindrift Hotel Monterey