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“Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa- Lovely Experience”

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Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Ranked #1 of 56 Hotels in Monterey
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San Ramon, California
2 reviews
“Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa- Lovely Experience”
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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Rancho Cucamonga, California, United States
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

Beautiful Hotel & view of the ocean magnificant...
Staff was very helpful & friendly.
First night there, front desk had Chocolate covered strawberries & champagne delivered to our room for our Anniversary celebration.

Room Tip: Make sure you ask for Ocean View Room...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Pebble Beach, California
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

Due to a remodeling project @ home- we 'locals' were forced to 'move out' for a couple of nights. First -tried Hyatt Monterey ...DO NOT!!! rude, overpriced, dirty etc Spa? ha! Did I say RUDE??Rude on the phone, rude in person, abrupt ANYWAY - we tried the Monterey Plaza Hotel. Amazing. and this IS a real SPA/resort. On the waters edge -beautiful inside and out. WONDERFUL, pleasant staff, lovely rooms. All going out of their way to make your stay comfortable.Restaurant staff -the same (Schooners). Again - we live here and have for many years. Ate @ Schooners BOtH evenings.Excellent!Who knew? Well, we do and so will all of our friends and family. And thank you to Mark in reservations! A joy. Felt like a mini vaca.(unfortunately -no time to use the amazing spa. Next time and there will be a next time!)

Room Tip: Don't be afraid of a room facing the couryard - just as lovely as the rest. And quiet..
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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Ruckersville, Virginia
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa is a great place to relax, enjoy the crashing waves and a beautiful resort. The outdoor fire feature is just perfect to cuddle after dinner. The indoor fire place is a great place to read a good book and enjoy a glass of wine.

Room Tip: If you like loud waves ask for a first floor room ...a little less of nature ask for an upper room
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

I stayed 1 night at the Plaza.

Check-in was great. It can be a little confusing getting to your room (it involved 2 elevators, and 2 long hallways- not a huge deal).

I had an ocean view king with a small balcony.

THe room was fantastic! Great bed, very nice decor. The balcony had 2 chairs, and a small table. It was small, but it was great sitting out there in the morning with coffee. Also, great to sleep with the sliding door open and listen to the ocean (they have sliding screens to keep out the bugs!)

Everyone at the hotel was very nice and helpful.

My only complaint is the gym/spa. You have to pay for access (either a la carte, or resort fee). The hours were somewhat limited (which was a bummer). Also, I believe they had precor equipment (I think Life Fitness is better/nicer, but maybe just my opinion). Overall it was ok, but not as nice as I expected when having to pay for access to it in addition to paying for the room!

The one great thing about the spa is the location on the top floor. THere is an outdoor seating area with 2 whirlpools overlooking the ocean! (but again, I think they close at 8pm!)

Location: FANTASTIC for walking. On the south end of cannery row (away from the noise), but a very quick walk to restaurants, bars, etc. The cannery row brewing co was only 3 blocks away. You can also walk to old town Monterey, which was about a 15 minute walk.

All in all, I think the Plaza location beats out the Intercontinental (north end of cannery row), and the Marriott (in old town, not oceanfront).

Great stay!

Room Tip: It might be worth it to pay for an ocean front room with a balcony!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Powell, Ohio
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

Everything here is great! The staff is exceptionally nice and accomodating, our room was comfortable and clean, the valet parking was timely and convenient, and the location and views were incredible. When we added a night to our stay, they decreased the rate by $20. We will be back!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Culver City, California
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

I stayed at the Monterey Plaza for a conference earlier this month - and I was impressed with my room - the excellent maid service, the food, the bar, the views from the restaurant and patio. Everything was fantastic ....... except ......... I have one piece of advice. If you opt for a non-ocean view room you should probably bring ear plugs. There are three wings to the hotel and my room was in the Spa Building. The non-ocean view side faces Cannery Row - and specifically is located above the Chart House restaurant next door. I was awakened each morning about 6:45 AM with trash trucks emptying their dumpsters - and food deliver trucks arriving with deliveries. Take earplugs, and you'll be fine.

Room Tip: Avoid the rooms in the Spa Building that don't face the ocean.
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Property: Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Address: 400 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-7501
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Location: United States > California > Monterey County > 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 On the Beach Hotel in Monterey
#1 Spa Hotel in Monterey
#1 Romantic Hotel in Monterey
#1 Luxury 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):
Perched dramatically on historic beachfront property above the crashing surf of the Pacific, Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa delights its guests with classic, California coastal experiences animated by an irresistible spirit of conviviality and play. Here you’ll be welcomed with warm hospitality and elegantly-appointed guest rooms with thoughtful extras and luxury touches. From our chef-driven oceanfront restaurant, award-winning rooftop luxury spa and prime location steps from charming Cannery Row, our elegant oceanfront hotel is the centerpiece of Monterey Bay. ... more   less 
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