$179 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Jan 4, 2015 Check-out: Jan 5, 2015

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

4 stars
400 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.4
out of 5
181 reviews
Weekend getaway

This is the best hotel in Monterey. Centrally located with great amenities and fantastic ocean... See full review

  • Dimi traveler
  • Dec 4, 2014
Bay Sounds

Room 1222 not only faces the water but is directly over the water, with great sunrises and views of... See full review

  • Pacific NW Traveler
  • Oct 26, 2014
One of only 160 Forbes Four Star hotels in the U.S.

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.

Highlights
  • 2010 Forbes Four Star designation
  • Full service rooftop, oceanfront spa
  • Fitness center
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, wet bar and refrigerator complete the room.

 

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

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 Bistro on the Bay and the Duck Club Grill, as well as the European-style Café 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. Duck Club Grill offers innovative American cuisine and room service is available from its menu. Café 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.

Transportation
  • Monterey Peninsula Airport (4.6 mi/7.4 km)
  • San Francisco International Airport/ San Jose International Airport (108 mi/173.8 km)
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 is staffed during the day offers computers, printers and high-speed Internet access
  • 10 conference rooms can accommodate up to 300
Policies and fees

  • Effective 09 September 2013, the resort fee will increase from $25 to $27.  This change will affect reservations booked 09 September 2013 onwards. The resort fee charge 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.

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

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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
Handicapped rooms/facilities

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:
0400
Check-out:
1200

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
9 out of 181
Amenities:
4.7
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4.6
Room comfort:
4.6
Location:
4.9
Value:
4.2

89% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Mt View
Business
Mountain View, CA
Jun 23, 2014

Beautiful location!

Went here for a girls getaway weekend and had a fabulous time. The rooms were clean and tastefully appointed. We really enjoyed the hot tubs on the spa deck as well as the Vista Blue spa....both made for a relaxing experience. Our brunch at Schooners (onsite restaurant) was also very tasty!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Restaurant 1833 was amazing and certainly much better than our expectations! It had a hipper vibe than we expected, the food was delicious and the service was truly top notch. Would definitely dine there again!

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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
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short drive from hotel

Carmel

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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
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room 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.

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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
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
gaol
Business
Eugene, Oregon
Mar 4, 2013

Description

I made a reservation for this hotel, and the room description is One King Bed Room. Actually, there is two small beds room when I got in. So, the fact does not correspond with the description. To be honest, it is not deserve for $270 per night.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Monterey Lovers
Business
Sacramento, CA
Apr 17, 2012

AMAZING!

We fell in love with this Hotel and their staff. Everything was top notch. The beds were so cozy, room was very clean, and staff was so kind and helpful. I can not wait to visit again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Just go explore! Best Breakfast .... First Awakenings!!!!!!

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
San Jose Explorer
Business
San Jose
Jul 5, 2011

Great Hotel

The location is wonderful, right near the cannery row. Most attractions within walking distance. Definitely a 5 star hotel. Great service, valet parking included (which is needed in prime time Monterey, like the 4th of Julyy holiday) Staff was helpful and prompt. We did two days of bike riding. Rode north 10 miles the first day, rode south to Carmel the second. Defiintely the Prettiest coastline in the United states.. Easy ride but the scenery cannot be beat.. Watch the head winds when riding back from Carmel!! :)

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Not Applicable

Get a bike and ride... the locale cannot be beat anywhere

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Burlingame, CA
May 4, 2011

Excellent experience at Monterey Plaza

This hotel is the best on Cannery Row[...] I got a great rate. I upgraded to an ocean view for an additional $50, which was well worth it. Very beautiful hotel, lobby, etc. The view of Monterey Bay, and the sound of the ocean make for a very pleasant experience. The restaurant sits out over the water, where I had breakfast twice, which was very good also. The staff at the front desk was excellent. Very friendly and helpful. There is a $20 resort fee, which includes valet parking and free wi-fi connection.I stay here every time I can. During busy times or weekends the price can increase dramatically, so when I can get in for $200 a night, it is truly a bargain.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Bay Area, California
Jun 1, 2010

Great hotel...fantastic location!

The hotel was great...right at the beginning of Cannery Row...perfect location to walk to the wharf or down the Row. The service was excellent and the hotel was beautiful. Every thing about the room was great. Schooner's restaurant is one of the only places on Cannery Row with a large outdoor patio, which was beautiful (and the fish & ships were delicious!). We will definitely stay here again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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