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Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Ranked #1 of 56 Hotels in Monterey
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Reviewed November 12, 2005

We spent a night at the Monterey Plaza Inn on their 'Breakfast By The Bay' package and we plan to do it again! We arrived just after check-in time like everyone else. Valet parking looked chaotic, but despite having two lines of cars to park, the valets did a commendable job! One of the hotel managers even came out to offer help, but they had everything under control. Checking in took just minutes! We had one of the "Cannery Row" rooms. Usually, we would have kept the patio doors open because we enjoy the cool crisp Monterey air, but we couldn't, given the noise level from the Cannery Row traffic. It was incredibly noisy whenever a truck or motorcycle drove by. But if you keep the patio doors closed, it's OK. Our room was spacious and beautifully decorated. Love the Gilchrist & Soames bath products and fluffy bath robes. In the morning, we used our vouchers for breakfast in the Duck Club Grill. What a great deal! We couldn't decide which was more enjoyable: the taste of our breakfast or the breathtaking view of Monterey Bay! In the afternoon, we decided to do some shopping in Carmel. The concierge was very helpful, providing us with a map and recommendations for lunch. Our biggest regret was not having the time to partake in the spa and whirlpools. The hotel is walking distance to the aquarium in one direction and Fishermen's Wharf in the other. The shops and restaurants along Cannery Row so close! Overall, our experience was excellent. Next time, we'll remember to pay a little more to get one of the quieter ocean view rooms.

  • Stayed: November 2005
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Reviewed October 25, 2005

We stayed in an ocean view room with a great view of the bay, otters playing & eating, seals & waves. The only problem we had was we like to sleep with our windows open & even with the nice sound of the crashing waves, the fog horn sounds every 30 seconds all day/night & those seals are a bit on the loud side too! Finally had to close the sliding doors & turn on the fan to drown out all the noise so we could go to sleep.

  • Stayed: October 2005, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 18, 2005

Stayed 1 night in October with my wife on their special spa package which gave us an ocean view room with a 50 minute massage thrown in for $300. Well worth a stay as hotel is set right on the water. However, the reception and parking staff are not up to standard for a hotel of this quality with a unfriendly and carefree attitude. This was in stark contrast to the staff in the Spa and in particular the Duck Grill restuarant who were very nice. the restuarant has excellent views and he food is great. Overall highly recommended.

  • Stayed: October 2005
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Reviewed October 12, 2005

My husband and I stayed at the Monterey Plaza Hotel during the first week of October. We requested a king suite with a balcony and were placed in a room which had a view of a rotted out building. We requested to be moved (and were) but still cannot understand why this room was given to us when the hotel was not near full. Why not give us the nicer view in the first place?I am not crazy about the 'honor bar' system, although I know it is common in large hotels. I think at these room prices, at least provide a few bottles of spring water with the turn down service. We visited the Duck Cafe restaurant which was wonderful with beautiful views and excellent service and food! We also visited Schooner Cafe which was nice but nothing special. We settled our bill when we left, however, although I did not use the honor bar or phone, I found a charge on my credit card that I will have to research -this annoys me to have to call and find out what it is. I will say that it looked like the best hotel in the area but don't expect first class.

6  Thank Gypsy1
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Reviewed October 8, 2005

My girlfriends and I decided to do a weekend getaway, and stayed at this hotel. A bit pricey, but well worth it. We arrived about 9:30 a.m., and we're unable to get a room until 4:00 p.m. We left our luggage with the bell-hop and went onto our scheduled appointments at the spa. Ahhh, RELAXATION. The spa was awesome! I had a wonderful pedicure by Nicole and a great message from Sean! It was amazing! The spa was very clean and staff was very friendly. The view from the hot tub was gorgeous. After we were done with the spa amenities, we checked with the front desk as to any available rooms. It was 3:00p.m. by then, and we were issued a room. Once we had checked in, we were hungry for a late lunch. We ended up having lunch at Scooners (downstairs) and chose to sit outside. Although it was a bit chilly, the view was beautiful. I enjoyed the Sea Bass Sandwich. Yumm! We went upstairs for some more R& R, and walked to downtown Monterey (Although a bit far to walk to, well worth the exercise). We were very pleased with the service and staff! The only one compaint we had was that the 1400 floor was extremely warm for comfort. We tried turning on our air conditioning in our room and it did not seem to be working. We tried opening the balcony's sliding door to get some fresh air circulated through the room, and it still felt stuffy. Other than that, EVERYTHING was well worth it. -ONE HAPPY CAMPER

  • Stayed: October 2005
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Reviewed October 8, 2005

Gorgeous hotel in a beautiful location..
Everything about the hotel had a touch of class about. The two best parts were the outside bar looking onto the bay and the spa area on the top floor with outdoor pools with unbelievable views of the bay.

Would definetly recommend the hotel

  • Stayed: September 2005
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5  Thank Multanion
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Reviewed October 2, 2005

My friend and I stayed here for the Monterrey Jazz Festival. The hotel itself is beautiful, and so was the view of the bay from our suite. I would recommend this place highly. The only drawback for us was that the average age of the hotel guests seemed to be 50 (we're in our late 20's/early 30's). So the atmosphere from a "people" standpoint was a little sedated. Not that I have anything against older people, but to anyone under the age of 50, take note.

  • Stayed: September 2005
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Additional Information about 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 Business Hotel in Monterey
#1 Luxury Hotel in Monterey
#1 Romantic Hotel in Monterey
#1 Spa Hotel in Monterey
#1 Family Hotel in Monterey
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Monterey
#7 Green Hotel in Monterey
Price Range: $254 - $476 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Monterey Plaza Hotel Monterey
Monterey Plaza Hotel And Spa
Monterey Plaza Resort
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