Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay

Monterey, California

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The hotel

This unique waterfront hotel is in a great spot on the Monterey Peninsula. Explore the coastal trail by bike or on foot, or wander down to historic Fisherman’s Wharf. The Portola's fabulous day spa is well worth a visit — why not head to the outdoor pool and Jacuzzi or treat yourself to a treatment, before chilling out in the relaxation lounge. If your desires are more culinary, you can dine on fresh California cuisine and, for those partial to a craft beer, Peter B’s Brewpub won’t disappoint. Sip on award-winning locally-brewed beer and relax around the fire pit, or watch the game on TV.

Amenities

  • Bicycle Rental
  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Valet parking

Where is it

On Cannery Row with its shops, galleries, wine and restaurants. Explore the coastal trail by bike or on foot, or wander down to historic Fisherman’s Wharf and the aquarium, about 10 minutes away. It's a short drive to Carmel, Big Sur and a wealth of golf courses.

Hotel information

379 nautically-styled rooms. All with ceiling fan, flat-screen HDTV, pay-per-view films, WiFi*, mini-fridge, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe, hairdryer, iron and ironing board. Portola Rooms are located throughout the hotel and have 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 2 children.

The Club Room (buffet breakfast and brunch), Jack's Monterey restaurant & lobby bar (regional cuisine, open for lunch and dinner), Peter B's Brewpub (craft brewery and pub food, open for lunch and dinner), Peet’s Coffee (café). Outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. Spa on the Plaza* (full salon, relaxing lounge, steam room, sauna and 10 treatment rooms). Fitness centre. Bicycle rentals*. Kids self-guided treasure hunt around hotel. Self-parking $22, valet parking $27, plus tax per night (payable locally, subject to change).

*Denotes local charge. 

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Jul 13, 2024 TravelingFoxes Petaluma, California

We had another fantastic stay at the Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey, California. As always, we chose a courtyard room, which was not only beautiful but also incredibly convenient, especially since we had our pets with us. The room was spacious, clean, and offered a lovely view of the courtyard, providing a peaceful retreat. The hotel’s… Read more
We had another fantastic stay at the Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey, California. As always, we chose a courtyard room, which was not only beautiful but also incredibly convenient, especially since we had our pets with us. The room was spacious, clean, and offered a lovely view of the courtyard, providing a peaceful retreat. The hotel’s restaurant and bar are top-notch. The food is delicious, and the atmosphere is inviting, making it a perfect spot to unwind after a day of exploring. One of the best features of this hotel is its prime location. It’s within walking distance to the piers, downtown, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, making it easy to explore all that Monterey has to offer. A special mention goes to Oscar at the front desk, who provided amazing service during our stay. His friendly and helpful demeanor made our experience even more enjoyable. The staff at Portola Hotel & Spa are always friendly and accommodating, making our stay even more pleasant. We highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Monterey, especially if you’re traveling with pets. We’ll definitely be back! Read less
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Jul 12, 2024 Zelda A

We traveled with family for a funeral at the Postgraduate Naval School, the hotel is beautiful. The rooms are immaculate. Very clean , staff is friendly and courteous! Check in was seamless. The hotel restaurant. The food was very good. I would definitely return!
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Jul 11, 2024 linksbarbie Lincoln, California

Great experience at Portola Hotel. The location, staff and accommodations were great! The hotel is very pet friendly and our 1 year old Golden, Kellie was treated like a guest!!
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Jul 11, 2024 jamil37 Lodi, California

This hotel is in a fantastic location to walk to the wharf and a little lengthier walk to Cannery Row. It is very clean, and the atmosphere is pleasant.
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Jul 9, 2024 Ron M

The parking staff and reservation desk were very friendly and helpful when we arrived. Our room was very clean had a great view of the marina. Christina Martinez recommened this hotel and provided us with visitor tips such as taking the Trolley to Cannery Row, having dinner at Jack's restaurant and talking a short walk to Fisherman's wharf. My… Read more
The parking staff and reservation desk were very friendly and helpful when we arrived. Our room was very clean had a great view of the marina. Christina Martinez recommened this hotel and provided us with visitor tips such as taking the Trolley to Cannery Row, having dinner at Jack's restaurant and talking a short walk to Fisherman's wharf. My wife and I participated in all that she mentioned and more. We didn't have to drive anywhere as there were many places to see within walking distance. Overall, a great hotel to stay at for relaxation and dining. Read less