Whether visiting for a weekend or longer vacation stay, Monterey—located along California’s beautiful Central Coast region just 120 miles south of San Francisco—offers a wealth of hotels, motels, bed-and-breakfast and other lodging options that suit a variety of visitor needs and budgets.
Among them is the Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay is a beautiful full-service resort encompassing 379 spacious, nautical–themed guestrooms and suites with all the amenities you would expect to find in an upscale accommodation of this size.
You’ll find custom-made beds and Euro bedding, 42-inch Energy Star flat screen televisions, eco-friendly bath products, in-room refrigerators, nightly turndown service, and some of the rooms are also designated as pet friendly.
Amenities around the property include a 24-hour fitness center, several wine lounges galleries and shops, a 24-hour business center and the Spa on the Plaza, which offers a wide array of therapeutic treatments, massages, and salon services for both men and women, and is within just a few steps of the hotel’s heated pool, Jacuzzi and cabanas.
Although many travelers prefer smaller hotel properties that provide an intimate feel, it’s obvious that the staff here at the Portola take great pride in providing their own unique flavor and flair and close attention to detail and personal service, so that guests—whether here for leisure or business—enjoy all the benefits of a boutique environment.
One of the greatest benefits of the hotel is that it is within walking distance several of the city’s popular tourist attractions including the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row, as well as restaurants, shops and historical sites.
The Portola also offers several dining options.
Jacks Monterey is the newest restaurant and lobby bar, an upscale yet relaxed restaurant serving excellent fresh, locally and internationally inspired breakfasts, lunches and dinners, which in 2017 underwent a $6 million renovation to create an entirely reimagined new space highlighting different flavor profiles to cultures from around the world.
The restaurant has also been awarded several Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence for its wine program, the honor noting the establishment’s impressive selection of wines which they designed to accommodate the most discriminating connoisseurs’ palate while simultaneously satisfying all wine lovers.
For delicious casual fare there’s the immensely popular—with hotel guests, locals and area visitors alike—Peter B’s Brewpub.
More than just a bar, Peter B’s—Monterey’s only craft brewery—offers a very casual but more refined brewpub ambience with menu options that go far beyond your typical pub fare, such as Pacific Cod ceviche, a roasted salmon Niçoise salad, southern style bbq sandwich, house made sausages and seafood linguini, among other delicious options.
Whether you are a staunch beer aficionado or just a passing sipper, opt for a beer flight, which beautifully highlights their unique offerings, tastes and brewing styles. They also offer special Brewer’s Dinners with the Brewer and Executive Chef.
Spacious yet intimate, refined but relaxed, Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay is a welcome Monterey experience!