The Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa is a luxurious place to spend a weekend, with its scenic waterfront location. It's in the city of Monterey in the historic area known as Cannery Row. Monterey is about two hours south of San Francisco.
Accommodations at the Monterey Plaza Hotel
A Forbes-rated four star hotel, the Monterey Plaza has 290 rooms, including 10 suites. Each room is considered "deluxe," with European linens, marble baths with Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, mini-bars and refreshment centers and three telephones. Other amenities include coffee makers, hair dryers, ceiling fans and 27-inch televisions with On Command video.
Regular guest rooms are approximately 400 square feet in area, with many featuring balconies with ocean views. They have either one king or two queen beds. Suites range from the 700 square foot couples room with two Whirlpool tubs to the Presidential Suite with 2,100 square feet of space, including a fireplace, a full bar and a rooftop sun deck.
In addition to 24-hour room service, the hotel has three full-service restaurants:
- Schooners Bistro on the Bay serves fresh seafood, pasta, sandwiches and soups as well as margaritas and tropical beverages. Guests can dine indoors or outside on the oceanfront deck. This restaurant is open daily for both lunch and dinner.
- The Duck Club Grill specializes in quality meats, including steaks, duck and lamb chops. The menu also includes local produce and seafood dishes. It's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and features an extensive dessert menu and wine list.
- Café La Strada is the place to go for a quick bite by the ocean. It's a bistro that serves sandwiches, coffee, gelato and other popular treats. It's open every day, beginning at 6 a.m. Some seating is outdoors near the decorative dolphin fountain.
One of the hotel's most famous features is its spa, known as Vista Blue. Located on the penthouse level of the building, it provides sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. The spa has a full fitness center with aerobic equipment and free weights, complete with on-staff personal trainers. Guests can also enjoy the following spa services, among others, for a bit of R and R:
- Detoxifying body treatments
- Body wraps
Appointments are highly suggested.
The hotel has ample space for meetings, whether they are for business or social occasions. It has 10 rooms available, for a total of over 16,000 square feet, plus an outdoor plaza that can accommodate 600 individuals. Office equipment, and audio/visual equipment is available for use. Catering services are available with prior notice.
Getting to the Hotel
The Monterey Plaza Hotel is at 400 Cannery Row. The closest highway is Highway 1. You can see full point-to-point directions on the hotel's website. While it is not accessible via public transportation, it does offer free valet parking to all guests. Guests can also take advantage of courtesy car service, which provides them with use of Mercedes sedans.
Booking a Room
If you'd like to book a room or schedule a meeting space, you can call the hotel directly at (831) 646-1700 or (800) 334-3999. This hotel is a popular one and tends to book up quickly, so do not hesitate to reserve a room. Wait too long and you may find that only the priciest of suites are available for your dates of choice - which may turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Everyone needs some pampering every once in a while.