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Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Ranked #1 of 55 Hotels in Monterey
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1 review
“Awesome!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2014

Had a room that faced the ocean! Only way to go here, you can hear the waves and see the otters right from your room. Staff was top notch.....can't wait to stay here again!
Also, if you have time....get a couples massage too.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
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  • Value
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Phila, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2014

After spending five nights in San Francisco, we rented a car and travelled to the Monterey and Carmel area. We wanted to stay right on the water so we chose the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa. What a great choice....so beautiful, relaxing and elegant. Even our four kids were impressed! We asked for and got 2 connecting rooms, one with 2 queens and the other with a king. The rooms were beautiful, beds so comfortable, bathrooms lovely and our kids greatly enjoyed the in-room robes that were unbelievably luxurious. There is a resort fee that covers the valet parking and the valets brought the car quickly and efficiently. The front desk people were very nice, the concierge was great in helping us to make dinner reservations and the fitness room was beautiful and well-equipped. We only stayed one night and did not eat on property but the hotel, grounds and proximity to town of Monterey were great. Would absolutely recommend this hotel to anyone looking to relax and enjoy the view!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Milpitas, California
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48 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2014

I stayed here for an office offsite for our team. It's a perfectly located hotel, with fantastic views of Monterey bay. It's a nice sized hotel, but spread out such that it doesn't feel big. Check-in staff went out of their way to secure our conference room during lunch or break hours.

There are a few stores and coffee shops right on the terrace. The terrace also has a gas fire pit, so you could nurse a cappuccino while enjoying the warmth on a cool evening.

But the shop staff is a little too salesy. When I asked one of them about their favorite lunch place, they suggested Schooner's restaurant from the hotel. I asked again, to another person, to be again pointed to Schooner's. When I asked about where do they go for their own lunch break, they said something funny like 'oh we eat right here'.

Pros:
Location..location..location. Great bay views from rooms and from the open terraces
Check-in staff warmth and helpful attitude
Warm and elegant decor in rooms and in public areas
Lots of local artists' work displayed in walkways, rooms, and halls
Great service for corporate groups - Privacy, catering, break services, attached restrooms etc.

Cons:
Some of the rooms are a bit of a walk from check-in desk
The in-room Wi-Fi is finnicky, but works well once connected. Try a couple of their networks
No bathrooms in check-in lobby, got to climb down a floor for them
Bath amenities are sparse for a hotel like this
The bed is a little too high. I am 5'9'' and I felt like I had to jump up to get on the bed
Some of the rooms are very noisy as shop activities start early morning in the alley below
Staff in the terrace shops trained to push their own restaurants
Wine selection in the bar downstairs was surprisingly sparse

Overall, I loved the place for the views. I Liked it for its central location within walking distance to many eateries, attractions of the Monterey Cannery Row area. I was okay with the rooms themselves.

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, California
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79 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2014

This place is SO relaxing...being at the water's edge. I had to have a Bay View room...need the sound of the water and sea lions to complete my experience. The hotel is lively without being noisy, beautiful without being pretentious, friendly without being intrusive. The food was great, views amazing. Even the Bell Staff...great guys.
My room was outstanding. Comfortable, quiet, updated.
There are ocean views everywhere there could be...you breath it in everywhere.
Walking outside the door...plenty to do without driving anywhere.
Can't recommend it enough.

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2014

We arrived a day earlier than our reservation. The error being totally mine. Without blinking or making me feel bad they found a room for us. We were lucky someone had to leave early! They accommodated us so that we would not have to change rooms. The service throughout he hotel was second to none! The spa on the top floor sold us on the initial reservation and it did not disappoint! There is a bike path that leads you north or south towards seventeen mile drive directly across the street. The hotel rents their own bikes for free! The hotel staff makes sure you can fully enjoy the area as you please!

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2014

Only regret is that we didn't stay longer (one night). Very friendly staff. We were there for the managers' wine and cheese party (a plus). Great location with wonderful views. Fitness center was great. We didn't have a chance to use the restaurants but they did offer us 20% off as we told them it was our anniversary. Completely enjoyable from the moment we checked in.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Winnipeg, Canada
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57 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

This hotel is a real treat. Located right on the water and close to restaurants and shops. 5-10 min walk to the aquarium.
Hotel itself was clean and comfortable. Staff was friendly. Had a partial ocean view room, which I considered a full ocean view! Sea lions right outside. Hot tub and steam room (spa) located on the 5th floor over looking the ocean. Both available for hotel guests. No complaints, great stay.

Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

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 On the Beach Hotel in Monterey
#1 Romantic Hotel in Monterey
#1 Family Hotel in Monterey
#1 Luxury 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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Monterey Plaza Hotel And Spa
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Plaza Hotel Monterey

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