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4.4 out of 5

"Pros: Walking distance from Fisherman’s Wharf and a quick drive to Carmel. Reasonably friendly staff. Cons: overpriced for what you get-- not luxury ... " More

By a verified traveler on Sun 16 Oct 2022

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Hotel Description

4-star resort near Monterey Bay, connected to the convention center

Oceanside stay

A stay at this Downtown Monterey resort places you within half a mile (1 km) of Monterey Bay and 2 miles (3 km) of Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey Convention Center and Maritime Museum are also within half a mile (1 km).

Renovated in 2020

This smoke-free resort includes 2 restaurants, an outdoor pool, and a gym. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the laundry service and WiFi in public areas. Valet parking, a terrace, and luggage storage are also offered.

Room, 1 King Bed (Portola)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
$219* Per night/room Nov 30 - Dec 1

Room, 1 King Bed (Partial View)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Room, 2 Queen Beds (Partial View)

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Portola Room Two Queen Beds

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Run of House

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Room, 2 Queen Beds (Courtyard)

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay ratings based on 17 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.4 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 0.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay

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4 out of 5
Pros: Walking distance from Fisherman’s Wharf and a quick drive to Carmel. Reasonably friendly staff. Cons: overpriced for what you get-- not luxury. Room had a stale smell and smelled like dog (they are pet friendly)-so much so I had to buy an air freshener. For the price, I would not return.

Posted by on Oct 16, 2022

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Oct 17, 2022 by Troy

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5 out of 5

Posted by on Aug 11, 2022

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5 out of 5
The Atmosphere here is Fantastic! The Bar is really great and fun. The rooms are updated and have a modern beach feel. Walking distance to dining and bars.

Posted by , from Palm Desert on Apr 24, 2022

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Apr 25, 2022 by Troy

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5 out of 5

Posted by , from Palm Desert on Apr 23, 2022

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5 out of 5
Hands down the best place to stay while travelling with kids. The location is central to the wharf, close to Dennis the menace playground, a couple of the breweries, Starbucks across the way, Puma Road tasting room so you can do a taste flight and happily walk back to hotel for a power nap. Staff was friendly, we stayed Sunday- Tuesday definitely worth it as less crowd. I give this place 4 stars the room was stuffy for me good thing for AC the room we stayed in was a tad outdated. Again if you have kids this is a good spot to stay. Will be back in the future.

Posted by on Apr 6, 2022

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Apr 6, 2022 by Troy

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2 out of 5
Hotel is beautiful. Starbucks is across the street. Wharf is across from the the street. Everything is very walkable. Great hotel!

Posted by on Apr 4, 2022

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Apr 4, 2022 by Troy

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4 out of 5
Loved Location, shopping, and staff was friendly. Hotel was beautiful. What we didn't like was the fact that we had to pay daily for parking. As a courtesy, if you were a guest at the hotel, you shouldn't have had to pay for parking. Otherwise it was a nice stay.

Posted by on Feb 14, 2022

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Feb 14, 2022 by Troy

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5 out of 5
Nice clean rooms Staff was very nice

Posted by on Jan 8, 2022

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Jan 10, 2022 by Troy

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5 out of 5
Everything was perfect

Posted by on Nov 5, 2021

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Nov 5, 2021 by Troy

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5 out of 5
The hotel is perfectly located next to the wharf. Everything is within walking distance. For the price i expected a microwave in the room, but there is a decent coffee maker and refrigerator.

Posted by , from Citrus Heights on Oct 13, 2021

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Oct 13, 2021 by Troy

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About the Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay

Location Two Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940

Property Features

Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay offers its guests an outdoor pool and a fitness center. There are 2 restaurants on site. You can unwind with a drink at one of the 2 bars/lounges. Public spaces have WiFi for a fee. Spa services, a terrace, and multilingual staff are also featured at the business-friendly Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay. Parking is available for a fee. A complete renovation of Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay was completed in December 2020. This 4-star Monterey resort is smoke free.

  • 379 guestrooms or units
  • 7 levels
  • 9 buildings
  • 2 dining venues
  • 2 bars or lounges
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Concierge
  • Terrace
  • Onsite shopping
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Number of outdoor pools - 1
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Free cribs/infant beds

Internet

Available in all rooms: WiFi (surcharge) , Wired internet access (surcharge)

Available in some public areas: WiFi (surcharge)

Parking

Self parking (surcharge) , Valet parking (surcharge)

Transport

  • Train station: Monterey Station (2.4 km / 1.5 mi)
  • Parking: Valet parking and self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay offers 379 air-conditioned accommodations with safes and coffee/tea makers. Pillowtop beds feature premium bedding. 42-inch LCD televisions come with cable channels and pay movies. Bathrooms include bathtubs or showers, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. In-room wired and wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and ceiling fans. Housekeeping is offered on request and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested. Renovation of all guestrooms was completed in December 2020.

  • Pillowtop beds
  • HD television
  • Cable channels
  • Movies for purchase
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (on request)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wardrobe or closet

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy cooked-to-order breakfast daily from 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM.

Jacks Monterey - This restaurant serves breakfast and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Peter B's Brewpub - This restaurant serves dinner only. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available. Happy hour is offered. Open select days.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the resort include an outdoor pool and a fitness center.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Surfing/bodyboarding nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby

Spa Services

Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the onsite spa services. Services include massages.

  • Massages

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Wheelchair-accessible on-site restaurant
  • Visual alarms in hallways
  • Handrails in stairways
  • Well-lit path to entrance
  • Stair-free path to entrance
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
  • Pool hoist on site
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible public washroom
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible concierge desk
  • In-room accessibility
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Braille or raised signage
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to elevator
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible pool
  • Wheelchair-accessible meeting spaces/business center

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time ends at anytime
  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM

Special check-in instructions:

To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 48 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests will receive an email 72 hours before arrival with check-in instructions. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

To arrange for check-in, guests must contact the property at least 48 hours prior to arrival using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests will receive an email 72 hours before arrival with check-in information. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Check-out

  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 18 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 58.18 per stay.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pet Policy

  • Pets: USD 58.18 per accommodation, per night (maximum USD 150 per stay), plus a deposit of USD 58.18 per night
  • Food and water bowls are available
  • Service animals are exempt from fees

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card may be required at check-in for incidental charges

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed

Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector and a smoke detector

Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession. This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club, and JCB International. Cash is not accepted. Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed. For guests' safety, the property includes a carbon monoxide detector and a smoke detector in each accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F. A shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions. Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available. Free PCR COVID-19 testing is available on site. This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA).

  • Staff temperature checks are not conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are not available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Car not required
  • Property follows sanitization practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA)
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Staffed front desk
  • Free onsite COVID-19 testing (PCR) is available
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Smoke detector
  • Noise-free rooms not guaranteed
  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Property does not require health documentation at check-in
  • Guest accommodation is not sealed after cleaning
  • Electrostatic spray is not used for disinfection
  • Cashless transactions are available
  • Masks are not compulsory at the property
  • Contactless food service / room service is not available
  • Reservation is not required for facilities onsite
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff does not wear personal protective equipment
  • Mobile key entry is not available
  • Protective clothing is not available to guests
  • Food service not has not been amended for enhanced safety
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Children stay free - maximum age 18
  • Social distancing measures are not in place
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • Guests will receive an email with special check-in instructions
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Children stay free
  • Parking height restrictions apply
  • Individually-wrapped food options are not available
  • No gap period between guest stays

Fees

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 8 and USD 20 for adults, USD 5 and USD 10 for children (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 9.95 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Fee for in-room wired Internet: USD 9.95 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: USD 9.95 per night (rates may vary)
  • Secured self parking fee: USD 25.55 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Secured valet parking fee: USD 31.36 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Pet deposit: USD 58.18 per night
  • Pet fee: USD 58.18 per accommodation, per night (maximum USD 150 per stay)
  • Service animals are exempt from fees
  • Early check-in is available for a fee (subject to availability)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 58.18 per stay

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Hotel Portola
  • Monterey Bay Portola Hotel
  • Portola Hotel
  • Portola Hotel Monterey Bay
  • Portola Monterey Bay
  • Portola Hotel And Spa At Monterey Bay
  • Portola
  • Portola Hotel Monterey Bay
  • Portola Hotel Spa at Monterey Bay
  • Portola & At Monterey Monterey
  • Portola Hotel Spa at Monterey Bay
  • Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay Resort
  • Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay Monterey
  • Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay Resort Monterey

You should know

  • Please note that this property can refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, which include pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties.
  • Pool access available from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
  • Reservations are needed for massage services and spa treatments. For reservations, contact the resort before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Children 18 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • Certain facilities might have restricted access. For details, you can contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation.
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.