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Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Ranked #1 of 55 Hotels in Monterey
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

We visit Monterey every few years and feel this is our place for a romantic get away. We had a bad experience and a different location on this trip. We walked in to see if The Monterey Plaza had space for us to spend the rest of our trip. They worked out a place for us. This hotel is fantastic. The staff was attentive and always willing and able to help. The room was in excellent condition. Our room looked out on Monterey Bay. Our friends came to visit and also stayed here. we spent time visiting in the comfortable lobby and enjoyed every minute. I don't have anything negative to say about this location. The price was a little higher than other locations but well worth the extra cost.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

Everything about our stay was excellent. Location was perfect even if you are going into Carmel. It only took about 10 minutes to get there. Was very easy to get to the 17 mile drive. Views are great and the Aquarium is a nice walk as well as lots of good restuarants. Great location. We enjoyed our stay.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Pleasant Hill, California
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

my husband goes to the plaza once a year, in november, for u.c. davis seminar. i get to go for the fun! the monterey plaza has never disappointed us and when there has been very minor problems, they are addressed immediately. the hotel, the staff and all of the amenities are fantstic; this is a "MUST" for anyone considering a stay in monterey!!

Room Tip: rooms on the northeast or ocean view are great but you may hear seaq lions at night. if you need ab...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Santa Rosa, California
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

We have been here before and know what we like. We got an ocean view room with a balcony for starters and we waited for an internet deal to come along to help defray some of the cost. The reason we come back here is the service, the views, proximity to many different activities. Our experience right from the time we drive into the entrance and hand over our keys to the very professional valet staff to the time we left is first class. As noted the rooms are standard size unless you are fortunate enough to afford a suite, we are not. Wtih that said the ocean view rooms are without a doubt incredible. We hit it on a really good weather weekend and could see all the way across the bay. We saw otters, seals and we think we spied a dolphin or two. We did order breakfast in the room on the first morning and just huddled up on the balcony and took it all in. Service was prompt, professional and friendly, a good balance for us. Saturday we walked all over Monterey and had a great time. We made it back to Schooners for a glass of wine prior to dinner at Schooners Kitchen. The bar staff was great and personable, again a good combo for us. We sat at the bar and met other guests and tried out some realy good tequila, served to us by Anthony. Dinner at the Kitchen was a treat. Service was very good. We brought our own bottle of wine from Sonoma County and there was a $20 corkage fee but who doesn't do that anymore? We had the filet mignon for 2 @$75. It came with two side dishes. The filet was melt in your mouth delicious, cut it with a fork tender, insert your own superlative. After dinner it was out to the deck to sit by the fire on the terrace. All in all a truly great experience with a very professional friendly staff. We'll be back.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

My husband and I try to come here every year in January as our Christmas present to each other. We absolutely love Monterey in January and would not stay anywhere else. Ocean view room with a balcony is the best Christmas gift we could get. You will enjoy watching the otters right outside your door and sleeping to the sound of the waves is melodic. The coffee shop serves great coffees and pastries and restaurant has been changed since our last visit to be one of the best for the money. The staff are always pleasant, efficient and accommodating. You are greeted by someone every time you come through the door. Love, love, love this hotel. Make sure to look into their other affiliated services like Chioma Salon across the street!

Room Tip: Ocean lovers must get the room with the balcony view...underneath the spa is a great corner where yo...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

Hotel is decent... a little older than I thought. We stayed at the Intercon last time we were in Monterey and thought that we would try a different one. It is not as new as the Intercon but it definitely have more of a welcoming feeling.
The rooms are standard sizes but the view was amazing.
There was a fire place outside that they light up at night and it's so serene to be sitting nearby the warmth and enjoying the night sea breeze.
The concierge was very helpful and was able to direct us with all our requests.
The breakfast however was the worst that we have tried so far.... we complained and they gave us the meal for free. Maybe because it was a crowded season so everything we got was burnt... the omelets were way to cooked... the toast was burnt, etc.
Had an enjoyable stay overall but would choose the Intercon next time just because it has a better location.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Oakland, California
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

When I want to get away to a stunningly beautiful place right on the ocean, literally, I go to MPH. The rooms are well-stocked with amenities and pleasantly comfortable. If you choose to leave your room, the variety of dining options on site are delicious and offer wonderful choices, including the coffee shop. The hotel is on a quiet corner of Cannery Row, with walking trails nearby leading all around the bay from downtown Monterey, Fisherman's Wharf, past the famous Monterey Aquarium and on towards open ocean views and parks. Service is paramount throughout the hotel and delivered unstintingly. It is truly one of my favorite places in the world.

Room Tip: Ocean views are well-worth the price. Rooms near the spa are very quiet and private.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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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 Luxury Hotel in Monterey
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Monterey
#1 Romantic Hotel in Monterey
#1 Spa 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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