Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

4 stars
View map of 400 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
4.4
out of 5
181 reviews
Beautiful

This hotel was beautiful. I enjoyed every aspect of this hotel to include the spa and hot tub. See full review

  • Aunt Whitney
  • Jul 27, 2015
Oversized Rooms

I was pleasantly surprised that the room I stayed in was quite large! Not the average sized room :0) See full review

  • wendy d.
  • Jul 16, 2015

Prepare to be entranced. Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa perches guests above scenic Monterey Bay in elegant, European-inspired style architecture and décor. Enjoy sweeping coastal views from the rooftop Vista Blue Spa or two oceanfront restaurants. Location, amenities, and service combine to earn Monterey Plaza the only Forbes Four Star award in Monterey, and one of only 160 hotels in the entire U.S.

Rooms

The 290 non-smoking deluxe guestrooms, including 10 spacious suites, are stylishly appointed with classic Biedermeier-style furniture, decorator fabrics, duvet bed coverings, a custom-designed refreshment center, and ceiling fan. Many rooms offer a private balcony with views of the ocean, hotel gardens, or Cannery Row. In-room entertainment includes a 27-inch flat screen television with On Command video system. A personal writing desk, coffee maker and complimentary coffee and refrigerator complete the room.

 

Large marble bathrooms offer separate vanity area, plush terry robes, hairdryer, and complimentary Gilchrist & Soames personal bath amenities.

Property features

Full-service Vista Blue Spa, located above tranquil Monterey Bay, takes its views from its rooftop setting. Spa treatments focus on comfort and relaxation, recharging the body, renewing the spirit, and reviving the senses. The spa's fitness center features Cybex aerobic and Keiser weight-lifting equipment and experienced trainers. A light spa lunch is available.

 

Varied dining options are available at two waterfront restaurants, Schooners Coastal Kitchen and Bar, as well as the European-style Cafe La Strada, and even the Vista Blue Spa. Schooners, winner of Monterey County's "Best Margarita" and "Best Specialty Drink," features indoor/outdoor seating year-round. Schooners Coastal Kitchen and Bar offers innovative American cuisine and room service is available from its menu. Cafe La Strada is an oceanside pizza-style coffee house with indoor/outdoor seating.

 

Guests may enjoy a close encounter with local marine animals in the tide pools just outside the hotel, or enjoy a chance sighting of the seals, otters, and other sea creatures cavorting offshore.

Highlights
  • 2010 - 2014 Forbes Four Star designation
  • Full service rooftop, oceanfront spa
  • Fitness center
Nearby attractions
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium (0.5 mi/0.8 km)
  • Fisherman's Wharf (0.6 mi/1 km)
  • Maritime Museum (0.8 mi/1.3km)
Business
  • 24-hour business center offers computers, printers and high-speed Internet access
  • 10 conference rooms can accommodate up to 300
Transportation
  • Monterey Peninsula Airport (4.6 mi/7.4 km)
  • San Francisco International Airport/ San Jose International Airport (108 mi/173.8 km)
Policies
  • The resort fee costs $27 USD per room, per night includes valet parking with 24 hour in and out privileges, spa facility access for guests ages 18 and older and high-speed Internet access in the room.
  • The Spa Sundeck will be closed from 8 Sep 2015 until 6 Oct 2015 for renovation. The completion date is subject to change as this project is weather dependent.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa Rooms

STANDARD - GUEST_ROOM
With a view of historic Cannery Row, the recreational trail or Crispo Terrace, this spacious 400 square foot guestroom features beautiful European style furnishings, a king size feather bed, high-speed internet, in-room movies, bathrobes, hairdryer, minibar, and Gilchrist & Soames bath products.
LUXURY - GUEST_ROOM
Enjoy spectacular views of Monterey Bay or the historic harbor from your picture window. This room also features beautiful European style furnishings, a king size or two queen size feather beds, high-speed internet, in-room movies, bathrobes, hairdryer, minibar, and Gilchrist & Soames bath products.
PREMIUM - GUEST_ROOM
Enjoy inspired views of Monterey Bay and the historic harbor. These luxurious rooms feature private balconies, perfect for enjoying Monterey's famous sea life. You will also enjoy beautiful European style furnishings, one king size feather bed, high-speed internet, in-room movies, bathrobes, hairdryer, minibar, and Gilchrist & Soames bath products.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Activities
Fitness center or spa
Fitness Center
Spa
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Business center
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi
Accessibility
Accessible Rooms/Facilities

Hotel Map

36.6123 -121.8982
Area served
Closest Public Transport:
Nearby airports
MRY -- Monterey Peninsula Airport

Dining

Cafe La Strada
Our piazza-style oceanside cafe is the place to start your morning with the rich flavor of freshly roasted Peet's Coffee and artisan pastries. Enjoy specialty sandwiches, amazing desserts, gelato and more, all made daily on the premises. Outdoor seating at the Monterey Plaza Hotel's Dolphins fountain on the plaza offers a relaxed, friendly atmosphere with great service and stunning views of Monterey Bay and Mt. Toro. Open daily at 6:00AM
Schooners Coastal Kitchen and Bar
Schooners Coastal Kitchen and Bar, residing in the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa overlooking Monterey Bay, is a stunning restaurant featuring approachable, contemporary American coastal cuisine and sustainable seafood. Suspended over the waters of Monterey Bay, Schooners Coastal Kitchen and Bar is in the ideal location for celebrating the Central Coast and the spectacular ocean front region. Executive Chef Waller's commitment to fresh, high quality, sustainable seafood is reflected in the creative menu which features a variety of seafood options, both raw and cooked, as well as appetizers, soups, salads, large platters meant for sharing, entrees, wood-fired dishes, and selection of decadent desserts. A creative cocktail menu is served alongside an impressive wine list featuring Monterey County vintners, California wines and international vintages. The high-energy bar, bustling open kitchen, and crowded outdoor patio personifies a relaxed, fun and joyous atmosphere.

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
The Monterey Plaza's ten conference and banquet rooms provide more than 17,000 square feet of indoor meeting space that can accommodate groups of 10 to 300 for meetings, conferences, banquets and private parties. In addition, the Hotel's Outdoor Plaza and Terrace, overlooking the Bay, can host groups up to 600.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
4:00 AM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (181)

Ratings and reviews for Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Overall score

4.4 / 5
5.01.0
181 out of 181
Amenities:
4.4
Cleanliness:
4.7
Hotel staff:
4.6
Comfort:
4.5
Location:
4.7
Value:
4

91% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Coach Keck
Business
Fresno, Ca.
May 31, 2014

Great for couples.

This hotel is spectacular! From the awesome views of the bay to the excellent Schooners restaurant to the perfect location at the end of Cannery Row, it really doesn't get much better than this! My wife and I will both be back there again real soon!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is only about a 3 minute walk from the hotel!

Review of Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Bigjack65
Business
San Antonio, Texas
May 29, 2014

Perfect Monterey Stay

All the staff was helpful and polite, room was roomy and comfortable....food at schooners was great and the views from this hotel are incredible.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short drive from hotel

Carmel

Review of Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
NickiB and co
Business
Australia
May 28, 2014

Great hotel - shame about resort fee

We had a wonderful stay with our 2 kids, aged 5 and 8. They were warmly welcomed by the staff, provided a gift bag and made to feel very much at home in this lovely hotel. The location was great for visiting the aquarium and the views from the patio area were divine. My only complaint is the Resort Fee at $27. This is not a resort but chooses to charge guests for services. Sure we used the parking, but we did not use the phone and were not even allowed to visit the spa with kids, so it seemed a bit unfair to me.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Log onto Yelp and claim a free pastry with your coffee each morning from the coffee shop next door.

Review of Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Katmomma
Business
USA
May 15, 2014

Fantastic stay

We stayed 1 night while visiting area-very enjoyable trip. Hotel is beautiful as expected. Location perfect-visited the aquarium using passes purchased at hotel for convenience and value.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Walk the Monterey Bay Coastal Trial early in the day-it's beautiful.

Review of Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Picachu999
Business
San francisco
Apr 21, 2014

Comfort

Pretty good, room is clean and staff are nice and helpful

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Rachael from Cali
Business
California
Apr 19, 2014

AMAZING HOTEL

The location was awesome right on Cannery Row near tourist attractions and it's right on the ocean.beautiful view.the staff were all very nice and accommodating.I liked how the resort fee included free valet parking.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Buy yourwhale watching tickets through the hotel to try to get a good price. There are a few companies that do whale watching though.

Review of Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Violet1214
Business
Dublin, CA
Apr 14, 2014

Beautiful Views Great Service!

We celebrated my boyfriend's 40th birthday here, the spa was fantastic, our room had a beautiful view, and the service was excellent! We would definitely come back!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Roland dad
Business
fort worth tx
Apr 7, 2014

Great vacation

We had a blast! It's hard to not love a vacation to this place. Between the scenery, the weather and the proximity of everything it was great. It was me and my wife and I recommend this to anyone. Food is incredibly expensive but it didn't ruin our time.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Whale watching tour is a must!

Review of Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Christi E
Business
Monterey, California
Apr 5, 2014

Awesome experience

This hotel was amazing! Views were spectacular and the staff went out of way to help and pamper you! Would definitely stay again!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Bayou Visitor
Business
Houston
Mar 31, 2014

Great views

Accommodations were good, and front desk staff extremely helpful. Avoid the restaurant. Food is mediocre and hostess acts like she is doing you a favor to let you in a nearly empty restaurant. .

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
2
Comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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