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“Great Hotel” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

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Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Ranked #1 of 55 Hotels in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence
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Uk - Suffolk
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67 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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“Great Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights. The in-house restaurant was really excellent. Great grown-up food for my husband and I, yet great choices for our girls aged 8 and 10. The price was fine too.

Lovely room with two big beds and a nice bathroom.
The sea outside was teaming with sea otters - a real treat.

A lovely spa upstairs, but only for adults. The staff were really lovely. There are spa bathes outside and an outdoor fireplace. I had an excellent but pricey massage (hotel massages are always a bit too expensive)

Great location for the aquarium and the little beach.
We got a good price too so overall an excellent experience.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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John_V_Narigi, General Manager at Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, May 10, 2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to share comments on your most recent stay here at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa. I enjoy hearing that you and your family had a pleasing experience throughout your stay. It's always nice to hear when a guest is able to appreciate our local sea life from their room as well! From our in-house restaurant (Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar) to our in-house spa (Vista Blue) I'm very happy to hear that all staff and accommodations were well received and provided you with the best service possible. We appreciate your patronage and hope to welcome you back again in the near future.

John V. Narigi
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Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

I had 2 friends visiting from the east coast to visit Monterey. One of them had never been to California so I wanted our visit to be special, that is why I chose Monterey Plaza Hotel.
Friendly efficient staff with beautiful surroundings. Great room, food and price.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Boone, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

I had a great experience with this hotel and everything about it. Very nice without being stuffy. The staff and location was excellent!

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

This is our third stay at the Monterey Plaza Hotel in the past few years. It just gets better and better. Our first stay we had reserved adjoining rooms for family and they were by Cannery Row. The service and hotel was amazing, the rooms were noisy and kept us up.

Last year we reserved ocean view balcony and could not have been happier. I realized I never did a review on our stay last year but go forward another year, same type of room, same excellent stay. Four night stays the last two years.

From the time you drive in to this hotel to the time you check out, nothing but the best service (other than issues in the restaurant). Our room was huge, immaculate, the view gorgeous, was quiet (even though I believe they had four events going on Saturday), the bed super comfortable. Loved hearing the waves crash outside the window. Hotel location can't be beat.

The restaurant had changed since our visit last year. Our first impression upon arrival to the restaurant not the best. Gathering of employees chatting, the happy hour had gone from many choices to just a couple, service was pleasant but not too quick or focused. Food was great. We had missed lunch so opted for a late bowl of soup. Artichoke was one choice, clam chowder the other. Both were delicious. We stopped in the restaurant again for dessert the next day, service much better.

We'd picked up some wine along the way and wine service (corkscrew, glasses) was delivered promptly to our room. Having the extra red and white glasses during our stay was a plus.

The spa visit was wonderful. Pedicure and 50 min massage. Nice sitting area, showers, steam room, etc. Happy with the services.

Took advantage of the hotel shuttle, I highly recommend!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Blacksburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

We were here for two nights prior to participating in a marathon in Big Sur. We were very pleased to find the hotel well located at one end of Cannery Row and very close to the Fisherman's Wharf and a short walk to the aquarium. THe service at the hotel was great, from attentive valets to the people at the spa. And the Spa!!! The jacuzzis are on the top floor, outside, overlooking the Monterey Bay...we visited 4 times over a two night stay. You didn't have to pay (other than the standard resort fee that EVERYONE seems to charge these days) to use the spa, fitness area, internet or valet. Wasn't thrilled with the restaurant however...sent back our drinks and not impressed with the quality of the seafood for the price.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Novato
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

My two night stay was lovely! The staff was very professional, attentive, friendly, and the room was inviting and comfortable. Our meal at Schooners was delicious, and the coffee shop near the patio was perfect for a latte or a snack . Overall, the location was ideal, my stay excellent and would highly recommend the hotel!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
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McHenry, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

I called the hotel with questions re: rates and was offered a special that included a reduced rate and a $50.00 resort credit to be used at the spa, restaurant etc. Prior to booking I did my home work, even went on Google Earth, and was confident the deal they offered me was a great buy for the area.( $169.00 plus a resort fee for valet parking). My only regret is that we were only able to stay for one night! This was the best lodging experience of our 8 day trip. The hotel is beautiful, with a European feel, lots of dark warm wood, glass windows with breathtaking sea views, a grand staircase and fireplace in the lobby. The staff was extremely attentive. Our room was not huge, but was very tastefully decorated with every amenity we could have needed. The french doors opened to a beautiful garden/patio with lounge chairs. Ours was an inside room with a white fence covered in flowers separating our patio from the road, but there was no road noise at all. The patio was very peaceful and secluded feeling. The back of the hotel has a lovely large patio with outdoor seating, a fountain and a coffee shop just off of it...perfect for sitting out and soaking up some sunshine. At one point,We needed to get some items from our car. The girl at the valet was glad to walk my husband to the car to retrieve our things. We were also able to leave our luggage with the front desk and our car in the garage after check out in order to spend more time on Cannery Row. The food at the restaurant was excellent and the live music was an added plus. While we ate a school of dolphins swam by. Walking from the hotel to the wharf we also saw many otters and seals. The natural surroundings were amazing. Before leaving the young man at the front counter offered to take our picture overlooking the ocean and also insisted that we take a quick peek at the view from the 5th floor spa. We left our things with him and headed up to the spa. The view WAS spectacular and the hot tubs and sunbathing patio with fireplace blew me away...we will have to plan a trip back to utilize the spa! I highly recommend this property.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: 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 Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Monterey
#1 Spa Hotel in Monterey
#1 Romantic Hotel in Monterey
#1 Luxury Hotel in Monterey
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Monterey
#1 Business Hotel in Monterey
#7 Green Hotel in Monterey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 290
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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Monterey Plaza Hotel Monterey
Monterey Plaza Hotel And Spa
Monterey Plaza Resort
Plaza Hotel Monterey

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