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Hyatt Regency Monterey Is an Ideal Accommodation on the Monterey Peninsula


We love visiting the Central Coast of California, and Monterey in particular is near and dear to our hearts. We always look for great accommodations when we travel, and the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on the Del Monte Golf Course is a gem among the offerings in the area. Within a short drive of the famed Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Carmel by the Sea, and Pebble Beach, there is something for everyone to enjoy in one of the most ideal vacation and business destinations in the country.

The pet- and family-friendly hotel attracts many as a go-to place for vacationing. Choose from rooms including the golf-view accommodations, featuring sweeping views of the manicured Pebble Beach Del Monte Golf Course, or the President’s House, a 2,500-square-foot standalone villa; there is a place for every type of traveler or business person. Each space offers comfortable and contemporary furnishings, deluxe bedding, and modern conveniences along with 24-hour security and concierge services. The two full-size swimming pools are a favorite among the guests, while the adjoining hot tub and game areas offer entertainment for all family members. If swimming is not your thing, play a game of tennis at one of the several well-maintained tennis courts, or work out in the 24-hour fitness center. For those needing a large conference area, the hotel includes 40,000 square feet of meeting space and a full staff to keep everything running smoothly for your important business occasion. And of course, there is the 18-hole golf course that is literally embedded into the very hotel surroundings and is available for guests to enjoy.

After a day spent tackling the golf course, hiking around the Peninsula, or biking along one of the many paths adjacent to the stunning Pacific Ocean, a massage is always a welcome indulgence. The Marilyn Monroe spa is the place for pampering in the glamorous and well-embellished facilities that truly reflect the maven who still symbolizes stellar beauty. The spa carries certified organic Marilyn Me skincare, makeup, and beauty products, and the dedicated and knowledgeable “production crew” will leave you feeling as refreshed, vibrant, and camera-ready as possible. New services such as microdermabrasions and threading are now available, along with the many full-service spa treatments. Whether you are golfing, relaxing, or watching sea creatures, the Hyatt Regency Monterey will make your stay a memorable and enjoyable as possible.

After a busy day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium or Cannery Row, a swim in the pool may be an ideal way to revitalize and refresh before a dinner at the TusCA Ristorante or Knuckles Sports Bar. TusCA offers an upscale casual dining space with sweeping views of the golf course. Here, the focus is on farm-to-table freshness highlighting the beauty and bounty of regional cuisine with a touch of Tuscany. With produce readily available from Salinas Valley, fresh fish from Monterey Bay, and superior local California wines, diners will find that the local ingredients enhance the texturally rich dishes with lively seasonal flavors. As an added bonus, try locally sourced dishes such as the Monterey calamari with lemon herb aïoli or the Salinas Valley mixed greens, composed of local strawberries and goat cheese drizzled with a dressing made with the local honey from family-owned Carmel Honey Company.

Knuckles Sports Bar is one of Monterey’s favorite gathering places. Knuckles is a relaxing place to watch your favorite sport competition and enjoy a nice cold beer, and hot popcorn is even available gratis from their complimentary popcorn machine. There are daily happy hour specials, craft cocktails, and local craft beers along with upscale causal California cuisine that will keep everyone satisfied and satiated. The Fireside Lounge next to the front lobby also serves food and drinks daily, and on weekends the lounge comes alive with upbeat live music performed by local area musicians.

Monterey showcases some of the best eco-tourism, dining, and outdoor activities in the country, and finding the right hotel to relax and rejuvenate is a must. Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on the Del Monte Golf Course may be the right place for you and all your family members.


Portola Hotel vs. Monterey Plaza

My husband, teenage son and I will be in Monterey this summer where we planned to spend three nights. I made reservations at the Monterey Plaza Hotel a couple of weeks ago, but just realized that they do not have a pool. As this is really something we look forward to, I am now back at the drawing board, trying to scout out another hotel. The Portola has a pool, but I was hoping to get some advice from TA as to whether this is quality hotel (and a good substitute for the Monterey). Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks.

Also, is the Intercontinental a good choice? It too has a pool AND airconditioning. I don't think that the Portola has AC. From what I have read, I understand that many hotels don't have AC (as it's not needed due to the ocean crosswinds). That being said, it really is a must for our family. Thanks again.

Hi. I really wouldn't worry about air conditioning that much since the summer is cool here. However, if you have to have it, then I'd go with the Intercontinental. The only problem there, though, is that the pool is tiny--it's more like a long, narrow fountain than a pool. See it here: http://www.intercontinental.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/hotel-features/amenities-services/monterey-clement

The pool at the Portola is a larger. The Portola is a nice hotel--not quite as nice as the Plaza, in my opinion, but it is a good hotel.

The Marriott (near the Portola) has a nice pool, but I don't know about A/C.

My son and his wife love Portola! It is in a great location, walking distance to the wharf. If you really want the pool, I would go with Portola. Another option is the Monterey Beach Resort, they have a great pool and jacuzzi there and this property is oceanfront. It is about a 5 minute drive to downtown Monterey from this property. Have fun! :)

We've stayed at the Portola and really enjoyed it. The hotel is very good and the location is great - you are right by the water and downtown and you can walk to a lot. There is also a motorized trolley that stops right by the hotel - it makes a loop around to a lot of the sights, so it can be really convinient for getting around.

I wouldn't worry about AC - it isn't just that AC isn't needed due to ocean cross winds, it is also because of the low temperatures. The average high in Monterey in July is only 68°F and the average low is 52°F. It gets cool to chilly in the evenings, so if you are warm in your room, just open a window. The Portola also has ceiling fans. Having said that, you know yourselves best - if AC is a must, then go for the Inter Continental. It is a good location too - right on the water. Not really any beach there, but the views are great and the location is very walkable to lots of things.

Thanks everyone for the feedback and also for the link to the picture of the "pool" at the Intercontinental. After calling the hotel, it was confirmed that the pool is in fact a "lap pool" and not a full sized swimming pool. The Portola looks great, and I understand that the temperatures are quite cool in July. That being said, my hubby feels more comfortable knowing that we have an AC if it is needed. Last year we holidayed on the east coast (where granted it is warmer, and much more humid) and we encountered an unexpected heat wave. Our accommodation had no AC, and it was so unbearable that we checked out two days ahead of schedule. Perhaps, there is no fear of a heat wave striking Monterey in July, but because of our recent experience, we would like the peace of mind that AC offers us. I did check out the Monterey Beach Resort (Best Western). It looks quite pleasant, but I am wondering if it is a bit too far removed from all of the main attractions. We would like to walk as much as possible and I think from what I have read, we would need to drive to even the nearby sights and activities (i.e. the Aquarium, the Wharf, etc.). I'll keep looking and hopefully I'll be able to secure something that suits our family's needs. I will definitely check out the Marriott. Thanks again.

These two hotels are within walking distance of downtown Monterey. Casa Munras grounds are more private, while Hotel Abrego is more exposed. Both have nice pools, but I can find nothing on their websites about air conditioning.

We also have an Embassy Suites with an indoor pool (which can be nice when it's cool and foggy). Again, I see nothing about A/C. Another issue is location. You can walk to Starbuck's and a few restaurants, but it's located in the same vicinity as Monterey Beach Resort, but not on the beach.

The Portola's biggest advantage is location, on the north end of downtown close to the wharf and lots of other things. Compared to the Plaza, it is less luxurious, whereas the Plaza is more formal and elegant. The Portola is adjacent to the Monterey Conference Center, so it gets a lot of business travelers.

Many here have said that A/C is unnecessary due to the moderate climate. However, having worked at the Plaza I know that south-facing rooms can heat up quite a bit with the sun shining on them for several hours, and they can get pretty stuffy. Opening the window is only partially effective because there's still not much flow-through ventilation. For that reason lack of A/C was probably the biggest complaint I heard about when I was there. (I understand the Plaza has since installed A/C for those rooms.) For rooms without A/C, opening a window AND turning on the bathroom fan will help draw in cooler outside air. If you get a north facing room, the natural ocean breeze will keep your room cool enough without A/C.

With that in mind, a north facing room at the Marriott may be ideal for you. The north side faces the bay, and the hotel has a real pool. The Marriott is right across the street from the Portola, so you get the same location advantages. Plus, I think the Marriott is more elegant overall.


Portola Hotel vs. Monterey Plaza

My husband, teenage son and I will be in Monterey this summer where we planned to spend three nights. I made reservations at the Monterey Plaza Hotel a couple of weeks ago, but just realized that they do not have a pool. As this is really something we look forward to, I am now back at the drawing board, trying to scout out another hotel. The Portola has a pool, but I was hoping to get some advice from TA as to whether this is quality hotel (and a good substitute for the Monterey). Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks.

Also, is the Intercontinental a good choice? It too has a pool AND airconditioning. I don't think that the Portola has AC. From what I have read, I understand that many hotels don't have AC (as it's not needed due to the ocean crosswinds). That being said, it really is a must for our family. Thanks again.

Hi. I really wouldn't worry about air conditioning that much since the summer is cool here. However, if you have to have it, then I'd go with the Intercontinental. The only problem there, though, is that the pool is tiny--it's more like a long, narrow fountain than a pool. See it here: http://www.intercontinental.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/hotel-features/amenities-services/monterey-clement

The pool at the Portola is a larger. The Portola is a nice hotel--not quite as nice as the Plaza, in my opinion, but it is a good hotel.

The Marriott (near the Portola) has a nice pool, but I don't know about A/C.

My son and his wife love Portola! It is in a great location, walking distance to the wharf. If you really want the pool, I would go with Portola. Another option is the Monterey Beach Resort, they have a great pool and jacuzzi there and this property is oceanfront. It is about a 5 minute drive to downtown Monterey from this property. Have fun! :)

We've stayed at the Portola and really enjoyed it. The hotel is very good and the location is great - you are right by the water and downtown and you can walk to a lot. There is also a motorized trolley that stops right by the hotel - it makes a loop around to a lot of the sights, so it can be really convinient for getting around.

I wouldn't worry about AC - it isn't just that AC isn't needed due to ocean cross winds, it is also because of the low temperatures. The average high in Monterey in July is only 68°F and the average low is 52°F. It gets cool to chilly in the evenings, so if you are warm in your room, just open a window. The Portola also has ceiling fans. Having said that, you know yourselves best - if AC is a must, then go for the Inter Continental. It is a good location too - right on the water. Not really any beach there, but the views are great and the location is very walkable to lots of things.

Thanks everyone for the feedback and also for the link to the picture of the "pool" at the Intercontinental. After calling the hotel, it was confirmed that the pool is in fact a "lap pool" and not a full sized swimming pool. The Portola looks great, and I understand that the temperatures are quite cool in July. That being said, my hubby feels more comfortable knowing that we have an AC if it is needed. Last year we holidayed on the east coast (where granted it is warmer, and much more humid) and we encountered an unexpected heat wave. Our accommodation had no AC, and it was so unbearable that we checked out two days ahead of schedule. Perhaps, there is no fear of a heat wave striking Monterey in July, but because of our recent experience, we would like the peace of mind that AC offers us. I did check out the Monterey Beach Resort (Best Western). It looks quite pleasant, but I am wondering if it is a bit too far removed from all of the main attractions. We would like to walk as much as possible and I think from what I have read, we would need to drive to even the nearby sights and activities (i.e. the Aquarium, the Wharf, etc.). I'll keep looking and hopefully I'll be able to secure something that suits our family's needs. I will definitely check out the Marriott. Thanks again.

These two hotels are within walking distance of downtown Monterey. Casa Munras grounds are more private, while Hotel Abrego is more exposed. Both have nice pools, but I can find nothing on their websites about air conditioning.

We also have an Embassy Suites with an indoor pool (which can be nice when it's cool and foggy). Again, I see nothing about A/C. Another issue is location. You can walk to Starbuck's and a few restaurants, but it's located in the same vicinity as Monterey Beach Resort, but not on the beach.

The Portola's biggest advantage is location, on the north end of downtown close to the wharf and lots of other things. Compared to the Plaza, it is less luxurious, whereas the Plaza is more formal and elegant. The Portola is adjacent to the Monterey Conference Center, so it gets a lot of business travelers.

Many here have said that A/C is unnecessary due to the moderate climate. However, having worked at the Plaza I know that south-facing rooms can heat up quite a bit with the sun shining on them for several hours, and they can get pretty stuffy. Opening the window is only partially effective because there's still not much flow-through ventilation. For that reason lack of A/C was probably the biggest complaint I heard about when I was there. (I understand the Plaza has since installed A/C for those rooms.) For rooms without A/C, opening a window AND turning on the bathroom fan will help draw in cooler outside air. If you get a north facing room, the natural ocean breeze will keep your room cool enough without A/C.

With that in mind, a north facing room at the Marriott may be ideal for you. The north side faces the bay, and the hotel has a real pool. The Marriott is right across the street from the Portola, so you get the same location advantages. Plus, I think the Marriott is more elegant overall.


Portola Hotel vs. Monterey Plaza

My husband, teenage son and I will be in Monterey this summer where we planned to spend three nights. I made reservations at the Monterey Plaza Hotel a couple of weeks ago, but just realized that they do not have a pool. As this is really something we look forward to, I am now back at the drawing board, trying to scout out another hotel. The Portola has a pool, but I was hoping to get some advice from TA as to whether this is quality hotel (and a good substitute for the Monterey). Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks.

Also, is the Intercontinental a good choice? It too has a pool AND airconditioning. I don't think that the Portola has AC. From what I have read, I understand that many hotels don't have AC (as it's not needed due to the ocean crosswinds). That being said, it really is a must for our family. Thanks again.

Hi. I really wouldn't worry about air conditioning that much since the summer is cool here. However, if you have to have it, then I'd go with the Intercontinental. The only problem there, though, is that the pool is tiny--it's more like a long, narrow fountain than a pool. See it here: http://www.intercontinental.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/hotel-features/amenities-services/monterey-clement

The pool at the Portola is a larger. The Portola is a nice hotel--not quite as nice as the Plaza, in my opinion, but it is a good hotel.

The Marriott (near the Portola) has a nice pool, but I don't know about A/C.

My son and his wife love Portola! It is in a great location, walking distance to the wharf. If you really want the pool, I would go with Portola. Another option is the Monterey Beach Resort, they have a great pool and jacuzzi there and this property is oceanfront. It is about a 5 minute drive to downtown Monterey from this property. Have fun! :)

We've stayed at the Portola and really enjoyed it. The hotel is very good and the location is great - you are right by the water and downtown and you can walk to a lot. There is also a motorized trolley that stops right by the hotel - it makes a loop around to a lot of the sights, so it can be really convinient for getting around.

I wouldn't worry about AC - it isn't just that AC isn't needed due to ocean cross winds, it is also because of the low temperatures. The average high in Monterey in July is only 68°F and the average low is 52°F. It gets cool to chilly in the evenings, so if you are warm in your room, just open a window. The Portola also has ceiling fans. Having said that, you know yourselves best - if AC is a must, then go for the Inter Continental. It is a good location too - right on the water. Not really any beach there, but the views are great and the location is very walkable to lots of things.

Thanks everyone for the feedback and also for the link to the picture of the "pool" at the Intercontinental. After calling the hotel, it was confirmed that the pool is in fact a "lap pool" and not a full sized swimming pool. The Portola looks great, and I understand that the temperatures are quite cool in July. That being said, my hubby feels more comfortable knowing that we have an AC if it is needed. Last year we holidayed on the east coast (where granted it is warmer, and much more humid) and we encountered an unexpected heat wave. Our accommodation had no AC, and it was so unbearable that we checked out two days ahead of schedule. Perhaps, there is no fear of a heat wave striking Monterey in July, but because of our recent experience, we would like the peace of mind that AC offers us. I did check out the Monterey Beach Resort (Best Western). It looks quite pleasant, but I am wondering if it is a bit too far removed from all of the main attractions. We would like to walk as much as possible and I think from what I have read, we would need to drive to even the nearby sights and activities (i.e. the Aquarium, the Wharf, etc.). I'll keep looking and hopefully I'll be able to secure something that suits our family's needs. I will definitely check out the Marriott. Thanks again.

These two hotels are within walking distance of downtown Monterey. Casa Munras grounds are more private, while Hotel Abrego is more exposed. Both have nice pools, but I can find nothing on their websites about air conditioning.

We also have an Embassy Suites with an indoor pool (which can be nice when it's cool and foggy). Again, I see nothing about A/C. Another issue is location. You can walk to Starbuck's and a few restaurants, but it's located in the same vicinity as Monterey Beach Resort, but not on the beach.

The Portola's biggest advantage is location, on the north end of downtown close to the wharf and lots of other things. Compared to the Plaza, it is less luxurious, whereas the Plaza is more formal and elegant. The Portola is adjacent to the Monterey Conference Center, so it gets a lot of business travelers.

Many here have said that A/C is unnecessary due to the moderate climate. However, having worked at the Plaza I know that south-facing rooms can heat up quite a bit with the sun shining on them for several hours, and they can get pretty stuffy. Opening the window is only partially effective because there's still not much flow-through ventilation. For that reason lack of A/C was probably the biggest complaint I heard about when I was there. (I understand the Plaza has since installed A/C for those rooms.) For rooms without A/C, opening a window AND turning on the bathroom fan will help draw in cooler outside air. If you get a north facing room, the natural ocean breeze will keep your room cool enough without A/C.

With that in mind, a north facing room at the Marriott may be ideal for you. The north side faces the bay, and the hotel has a real pool. The Marriott is right across the street from the Portola, so you get the same location advantages. Plus, I think the Marriott is more elegant overall.


Portola Hotel vs. Monterey Plaza

My husband, teenage son and I will be in Monterey this summer where we planned to spend three nights. I made reservations at the Monterey Plaza Hotel a couple of weeks ago, but just realized that they do not have a pool. As this is really something we look forward to, I am now back at the drawing board, trying to scout out another hotel. The Portola has a pool, but I was hoping to get some advice from TA as to whether this is quality hotel (and a good substitute for the Monterey). Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks.

Also, is the Intercontinental a good choice? It too has a pool AND airconditioning. I don't think that the Portola has AC. From what I have read, I understand that many hotels don't have AC (as it's not needed due to the ocean crosswinds). That being said, it really is a must for our family. Thanks again.

Hi. I really wouldn't worry about air conditioning that much since the summer is cool here. However, if you have to have it, then I'd go with the Intercontinental. The only problem there, though, is that the pool is tiny--it's more like a long, narrow fountain than a pool. See it here: http://www.intercontinental.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/hotel-features/amenities-services/monterey-clement

The pool at the Portola is a larger. The Portola is a nice hotel--not quite as nice as the Plaza, in my opinion, but it is a good hotel.

The Marriott (near the Portola) has a nice pool, but I don't know about A/C.

My son and his wife love Portola! It is in a great location, walking distance to the wharf. If you really want the pool, I would go with Portola. Another option is the Monterey Beach Resort, they have a great pool and jacuzzi there and this property is oceanfront. It is about a 5 minute drive to downtown Monterey from this property. Have fun! :)

We've stayed at the Portola and really enjoyed it. The hotel is very good and the location is great - you are right by the water and downtown and you can walk to a lot. There is also a motorized trolley that stops right by the hotel - it makes a loop around to a lot of the sights, so it can be really convinient for getting around.

I wouldn't worry about AC - it isn't just that AC isn't needed due to ocean cross winds, it is also because of the low temperatures. The average high in Monterey in July is only 68°F and the average low is 52°F. It gets cool to chilly in the evenings, so if you are warm in your room, just open a window. The Portola also has ceiling fans. Having said that, you know yourselves best - if AC is a must, then go for the Inter Continental. It is a good location too - right on the water. Not really any beach there, but the views are great and the location is very walkable to lots of things.

Thanks everyone for the feedback and also for the link to the picture of the "pool" at the Intercontinental. After calling the hotel, it was confirmed that the pool is in fact a "lap pool" and not a full sized swimming pool. The Portola looks great, and I understand that the temperatures are quite cool in July. That being said, my hubby feels more comfortable knowing that we have an AC if it is needed. Last year we holidayed on the east coast (where granted it is warmer, and much more humid) and we encountered an unexpected heat wave. Our accommodation had no AC, and it was so unbearable that we checked out two days ahead of schedule. Perhaps, there is no fear of a heat wave striking Monterey in July, but because of our recent experience, we would like the peace of mind that AC offers us. I did check out the Monterey Beach Resort (Best Western). It looks quite pleasant, but I am wondering if it is a bit too far removed from all of the main attractions. We would like to walk as much as possible and I think from what I have read, we would need to drive to even the nearby sights and activities (i.e. the Aquarium, the Wharf, etc.). I'll keep looking and hopefully I'll be able to secure something that suits our family's needs. I will definitely check out the Marriott. Thanks again.

These two hotels are within walking distance of downtown Monterey. Casa Munras grounds are more private, while Hotel Abrego is more exposed. Both have nice pools, but I can find nothing on their websites about air conditioning.

We also have an Embassy Suites with an indoor pool (which can be nice when it's cool and foggy). Again, I see nothing about A/C. Another issue is location. You can walk to Starbuck's and a few restaurants, but it's located in the same vicinity as Monterey Beach Resort, but not on the beach.

The Portola's biggest advantage is location, on the north end of downtown close to the wharf and lots of other things. Compared to the Plaza, it is less luxurious, whereas the Plaza is more formal and elegant. The Portola is adjacent to the Monterey Conference Center, so it gets a lot of business travelers.

Many here have said that A/C is unnecessary due to the moderate climate. However, having worked at the Plaza I know that south-facing rooms can heat up quite a bit with the sun shining on them for several hours, and they can get pretty stuffy. Opening the window is only partially effective because there's still not much flow-through ventilation. For that reason lack of A/C was probably the biggest complaint I heard about when I was there. (I understand the Plaza has since installed A/C for those rooms.) For rooms without A/C, opening a window AND turning on the bathroom fan will help draw in cooler outside air. If you get a north facing room, the natural ocean breeze will keep your room cool enough without A/C.

With that in mind, a north facing room at the Marriott may be ideal for you. The north side faces the bay, and the hotel has a real pool. The Marriott is right across the street from the Portola, so you get the same location advantages. Plus, I think the Marriott is more elegant overall.


Portola Hotel vs. Monterey Plaza

My husband, teenage son and I will be in Monterey this summer where we planned to spend three nights. I made reservations at the Monterey Plaza Hotel a couple of weeks ago, but just realized that they do not have a pool. As this is really something we look forward to, I am now back at the drawing board, trying to scout out another hotel. The Portola has a pool, but I was hoping to get some advice from TA as to whether this is quality hotel (and a good substitute for the Monterey). Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks.

Also, is the Intercontinental a good choice? It too has a pool AND airconditioning. I don't think that the Portola has AC. From what I have read, I understand that many hotels don't have AC (as it's not needed due to the ocean crosswinds). That being said, it really is a must for our family. Thanks again.

Hi. I really wouldn't worry about air conditioning that much since the summer is cool here. However, if you have to have it, then I'd go with the Intercontinental. The only problem there, though, is that the pool is tiny--it's more like a long, narrow fountain than a pool. See it here: http://www.intercontinental.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/hotel-features/amenities-services/monterey-clement

The pool at the Portola is a larger. The Portola is a nice hotel--not quite as nice as the Plaza, in my opinion, but it is a good hotel.

The Marriott (near the Portola) has a nice pool, but I don't know about A/C.

My son and his wife love Portola! It is in a great location, walking distance to the wharf. If you really want the pool, I would go with Portola. Another option is the Monterey Beach Resort, they have a great pool and jacuzzi there and this property is oceanfront. It is about a 5 minute drive to downtown Monterey from this property. Have fun! :)

We've stayed at the Portola and really enjoyed it. The hotel is very good and the location is great - you are right by the water and downtown and you can walk to a lot. There is also a motorized trolley that stops right by the hotel - it makes a loop around to a lot of the sights, so it can be really convinient for getting around.

I wouldn't worry about AC - it isn't just that AC isn't needed due to ocean cross winds, it is also because of the low temperatures. The average high in Monterey in July is only 68°F and the average low is 52°F. It gets cool to chilly in the evenings, so if you are warm in your room, just open a window. The Portola also has ceiling fans. Having said that, you know yourselves best - if AC is a must, then go for the Inter Continental. It is a good location too - right on the water. Not really any beach there, but the views are great and the location is very walkable to lots of things.

Thanks everyone for the feedback and also for the link to the picture of the "pool" at the Intercontinental. After calling the hotel, it was confirmed that the pool is in fact a "lap pool" and not a full sized swimming pool. The Portola looks great, and I understand that the temperatures are quite cool in July. That being said, my hubby feels more comfortable knowing that we have an AC if it is needed. Last year we holidayed on the east coast (where granted it is warmer, and much more humid) and we encountered an unexpected heat wave. Our accommodation had no AC, and it was so unbearable that we checked out two days ahead of schedule. Perhaps, there is no fear of a heat wave striking Monterey in July, but because of our recent experience, we would like the peace of mind that AC offers us. I did check out the Monterey Beach Resort (Best Western). It looks quite pleasant, but I am wondering if it is a bit too far removed from all of the main attractions. We would like to walk as much as possible and I think from what I have read, we would need to drive to even the nearby sights and activities (i.e. the Aquarium, the Wharf, etc.). I'll keep looking and hopefully I'll be able to secure something that suits our family's needs. I will definitely check out the Marriott. Thanks again.

These two hotels are within walking distance of downtown Monterey. Casa Munras grounds are more private, while Hotel Abrego is more exposed. Both have nice pools, but I can find nothing on their websites about air conditioning.

We also have an Embassy Suites with an indoor pool (which can be nice when it's cool and foggy). Again, I see nothing about A/C. Another issue is location. You can walk to Starbuck's and a few restaurants, but it's located in the same vicinity as Monterey Beach Resort, but not on the beach.

The Portola's biggest advantage is location, on the north end of downtown close to the wharf and lots of other things. Compared to the Plaza, it is less luxurious, whereas the Plaza is more formal and elegant. The Portola is adjacent to the Monterey Conference Center, so it gets a lot of business travelers.

Many here have said that A/C is unnecessary due to the moderate climate. However, having worked at the Plaza I know that south-facing rooms can heat up quite a bit with the sun shining on them for several hours, and they can get pretty stuffy. Opening the window is only partially effective because there's still not much flow-through ventilation. For that reason lack of A/C was probably the biggest complaint I heard about when I was there. (I understand the Plaza has since installed A/C for those rooms.) For rooms without A/C, opening a window AND turning on the bathroom fan will help draw in cooler outside air. If you get a north facing room, the natural ocean breeze will keep your room cool enough without A/C.

With that in mind, a north facing room at the Marriott may be ideal for you. The north side faces the bay, and the hotel has a real pool. The Marriott is right across the street from the Portola, so you get the same location advantages. Plus, I think the Marriott is more elegant overall.


Portola Hotel vs. Monterey Plaza

My husband, teenage son and I will be in Monterey this summer where we planned to spend three nights. I made reservations at the Monterey Plaza Hotel a couple of weeks ago, but just realized that they do not have a pool. As this is really something we look forward to, I am now back at the drawing board, trying to scout out another hotel. The Portola has a pool, but I was hoping to get some advice from TA as to whether this is quality hotel (and a good substitute for the Monterey). Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks.

Also, is the Intercontinental a good choice? It too has a pool AND airconditioning. I don't think that the Portola has AC. From what I have read, I understand that many hotels don't have AC (as it's not needed due to the ocean crosswinds). That being said, it really is a must for our family. Thanks again.

Hi. I really wouldn't worry about air conditioning that much since the summer is cool here. However, if you have to have it, then I'd go with the Intercontinental. The only problem there, though, is that the pool is tiny--it's more like a long, narrow fountain than a pool. See it here: http://www.intercontinental.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/hotel-features/amenities-services/monterey-clement

The pool at the Portola is a larger. The Portola is a nice hotel--not quite as nice as the Plaza, in my opinion, but it is a good hotel.

The Marriott (near the Portola) has a nice pool, but I don't know about A/C.

My son and his wife love Portola! It is in a great location, walking distance to the wharf. If you really want the pool, I would go with Portola. Another option is the Monterey Beach Resort, they have a great pool and jacuzzi there and this property is oceanfront. It is about a 5 minute drive to downtown Monterey from this property. Have fun! :)

We've stayed at the Portola and really enjoyed it. The hotel is very good and the location is great - you are right by the water and downtown and you can walk to a lot. There is also a motorized trolley that stops right by the hotel - it makes a loop around to a lot of the sights, so it can be really convinient for getting around.

I wouldn't worry about AC - it isn't just that AC isn't needed due to ocean cross winds, it is also because of the low temperatures. The average high in Monterey in July is only 68°F and the average low is 52°F. It gets cool to chilly in the evenings, so if you are warm in your room, just open a window. The Portola also has ceiling fans. Having said that, you know yourselves best - if AC is a must, then go for the Inter Continental. It is a good location too - right on the water. Not really any beach there, but the views are great and the location is very walkable to lots of things.

Thanks everyone for the feedback and also for the link to the picture of the "pool" at the Intercontinental. After calling the hotel, it was confirmed that the pool is in fact a "lap pool" and not a full sized swimming pool. The Portola looks great, and I understand that the temperatures are quite cool in July. That being said, my hubby feels more comfortable knowing that we have an AC if it is needed. Last year we holidayed on the east coast (where granted it is warmer, and much more humid) and we encountered an unexpected heat wave. Our accommodation had no AC, and it was so unbearable that we checked out two days ahead of schedule. Perhaps, there is no fear of a heat wave striking Monterey in July, but because of our recent experience, we would like the peace of mind that AC offers us. I did check out the Monterey Beach Resort (Best Western). It looks quite pleasant, but I am wondering if it is a bit too far removed from all of the main attractions. We would like to walk as much as possible and I think from what I have read, we would need to drive to even the nearby sights and activities (i.e. the Aquarium, the Wharf, etc.). I'll keep looking and hopefully I'll be able to secure something that suits our family's needs. I will definitely check out the Marriott. Thanks again.

These two hotels are within walking distance of downtown Monterey. Casa Munras grounds are more private, while Hotel Abrego is more exposed. Both have nice pools, but I can find nothing on their websites about air conditioning.

We also have an Embassy Suites with an indoor pool (which can be nice when it's cool and foggy). Again, I see nothing about A/C. Another issue is location. You can walk to Starbuck's and a few restaurants, but it's located in the same vicinity as Monterey Beach Resort, but not on the beach.

The Portola's biggest advantage is location, on the north end of downtown close to the wharf and lots of other things. Compared to the Plaza, it is less luxurious, whereas the Plaza is more formal and elegant. The Portola is adjacent to the Monterey Conference Center, so it gets a lot of business travelers.

Many here have said that A/C is unnecessary due to the moderate climate. However, having worked at the Plaza I know that south-facing rooms can heat up quite a bit with the sun shining on them for several hours, and they can get pretty stuffy. Opening the window is only partially effective because there's still not much flow-through ventilation. For that reason lack of A/C was probably the biggest complaint I heard about when I was there. (I understand the Plaza has since installed A/C for those rooms.) For rooms without A/C, opening a window AND turning on the bathroom fan will help draw in cooler outside air. If you get a north facing room, the natural ocean breeze will keep your room cool enough without A/C.

With that in mind, a north facing room at the Marriott may be ideal for you. The north side faces the bay, and the hotel has a real pool. The Marriott is right across the street from the Portola, so you get the same location advantages. Plus, I think the Marriott is more elegant overall.


Portola Hotel vs. Monterey Plaza

My husband, teenage son and I will be in Monterey this summer where we planned to spend three nights. I made reservations at the Monterey Plaza Hotel a couple of weeks ago, but just realized that they do not have a pool. As this is really something we look forward to, I am now back at the drawing board, trying to scout out another hotel. The Portola has a pool, but I was hoping to get some advice from TA as to whether this is quality hotel (and a good substitute for the Monterey). Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks.

Also, is the Intercontinental a good choice? It too has a pool AND airconditioning. I don't think that the Portola has AC. From what I have read, I understand that many hotels don't have AC (as it's not needed due to the ocean crosswinds). That being said, it really is a must for our family. Thanks again.

Hi. I really wouldn't worry about air conditioning that much since the summer is cool here. However, if you have to have it, then I'd go with the Intercontinental. The only problem there, though, is that the pool is tiny--it's more like a long, narrow fountain than a pool. See it here: http://www.intercontinental.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/hotel-features/amenities-services/monterey-clement

The pool at the Portola is a larger. The Portola is a nice hotel--not quite as nice as the Plaza, in my opinion, but it is a good hotel.

The Marriott (near the Portola) has a nice pool, but I don't know about A/C.

My son and his wife love Portola! It is in a great location, walking distance to the wharf. If you really want the pool, I would go with Portola. Another option is the Monterey Beach Resort, they have a great pool and jacuzzi there and this property is oceanfront. It is about a 5 minute drive to downtown Monterey from this property. Have fun! :)

We've stayed at the Portola and really enjoyed it. The hotel is very good and the location is great - you are right by the water and downtown and you can walk to a lot. There is also a motorized trolley that stops right by the hotel - it makes a loop around to a lot of the sights, so it can be really convinient for getting around.

I wouldn't worry about AC - it isn't just that AC isn't needed due to ocean cross winds, it is also because of the low temperatures. The average high in Monterey in July is only 68°F and the average low is 52°F. It gets cool to chilly in the evenings, so if you are warm in your room, just open a window. The Portola also has ceiling fans. Having said that, you know yourselves best - if AC is a must, then go for the Inter Continental. It is a good location too - right on the water. Not really any beach there, but the views are great and the location is very walkable to lots of things.

Thanks everyone for the feedback and also for the link to the picture of the "pool" at the Intercontinental. After calling the hotel, it was confirmed that the pool is in fact a "lap pool" and not a full sized swimming pool. The Portola looks great, and I understand that the temperatures are quite cool in July. That being said, my hubby feels more comfortable knowing that we have an AC if it is needed. Last year we holidayed on the east coast (where granted it is warmer, and much more humid) and we encountered an unexpected heat wave. Our accommodation had no AC, and it was so unbearable that we checked out two days ahead of schedule. Perhaps, there is no fear of a heat wave striking Monterey in July, but because of our recent experience, we would like the peace of mind that AC offers us. I did check out the Monterey Beach Resort (Best Western). It looks quite pleasant, but I am wondering if it is a bit too far removed from all of the main attractions. We would like to walk as much as possible and I think from what I have read, we would need to drive to even the nearby sights and activities (i.e. the Aquarium, the Wharf, etc.). I'll keep looking and hopefully I'll be able to secure something that suits our family's needs. I will definitely check out the Marriott. Thanks again.

These two hotels are within walking distance of downtown Monterey. Casa Munras grounds are more private, while Hotel Abrego is more exposed. Both have nice pools, but I can find nothing on their websites about air conditioning.

We also have an Embassy Suites with an indoor pool (which can be nice when it's cool and foggy). Again, I see nothing about A/C. Another issue is location. You can walk to Starbuck's and a few restaurants, but it's located in the same vicinity as Monterey Beach Resort, but not on the beach.

The Portola's biggest advantage is location, on the north end of downtown close to the wharf and lots of other things. Compared to the Plaza, it is less luxurious, whereas the Plaza is more formal and elegant. The Portola is adjacent to the Monterey Conference Center, so it gets a lot of business travelers.

Many here have said that A/C is unnecessary due to the moderate climate. However, having worked at the Plaza I know that south-facing rooms can heat up quite a bit with the sun shining on them for several hours, and they can get pretty stuffy. Opening the window is only partially effective because there's still not much flow-through ventilation. For that reason lack of A/C was probably the biggest complaint I heard about when I was there. (I understand the Plaza has since installed A/C for those rooms.) For rooms without A/C, opening a window AND turning on the bathroom fan will help draw in cooler outside air. If you get a north facing room, the natural ocean breeze will keep your room cool enough without A/C.

With that in mind, a north facing room at the Marriott may be ideal for you. The north side faces the bay, and the hotel has a real pool. The Marriott is right across the street from the Portola, so you get the same location advantages. Plus, I think the Marriott is more elegant overall.


Portola Hotel vs. Monterey Plaza

My husband, teenage son and I will be in Monterey this summer where we planned to spend three nights. I made reservations at the Monterey Plaza Hotel a couple of weeks ago, but just realized that they do not have a pool. As this is really something we look forward to, I am now back at the drawing board, trying to scout out another hotel. The Portola has a pool, but I was hoping to get some advice from TA as to whether this is quality hotel (and a good substitute for the Monterey). Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks.

Also, is the Intercontinental a good choice? It too has a pool AND airconditioning. I don't think that the Portola has AC. From what I have read, I understand that many hotels don't have AC (as it's not needed due to the ocean crosswinds). That being said, it really is a must for our family. Thanks again.

Hi. I really wouldn't worry about air conditioning that much since the summer is cool here. However, if you have to have it, then I'd go with the Intercontinental. The only problem there, though, is that the pool is tiny--it's more like a long, narrow fountain than a pool. See it here: http://www.intercontinental.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/hotel-features/amenities-services/monterey-clement

The pool at the Portola is a larger. The Portola is a nice hotel--not quite as nice as the Plaza, in my opinion, but it is a good hotel.

The Marriott (near the Portola) has a nice pool, but I don't know about A/C.

My son and his wife love Portola! It is in a great location, walking distance to the wharf. If you really want the pool, I would go with Portola. Another option is the Monterey Beach Resort, they have a great pool and jacuzzi there and this property is oceanfront. It is about a 5 minute drive to downtown Monterey from this property. Have fun! :)

We've stayed at the Portola and really enjoyed it. The hotel is very good and the location is great - you are right by the water and downtown and you can walk to a lot. There is also a motorized trolley that stops right by the hotel - it makes a loop around to a lot of the sights, so it can be really convinient for getting around.

I wouldn't worry about AC - it isn't just that AC isn't needed due to ocean cross winds, it is also because of the low temperatures. The average high in Monterey in July is only 68°F and the average low is 52°F. It gets cool to chilly in the evenings, so if you are warm in your room, just open a window. The Portola also has ceiling fans. Having said that, you know yourselves best - if AC is a must, then go for the Inter Continental. It is a good location too - right on the water. Not really any beach there, but the views are great and the location is very walkable to lots of things.

Thanks everyone for the feedback and also for the link to the picture of the "pool" at the Intercontinental. After calling the hotel, it was confirmed that the pool is in fact a "lap pool" and not a full sized swimming pool. The Portola looks great, and I understand that the temperatures are quite cool in July. That being said, my hubby feels more comfortable knowing that we have an AC if it is needed. Last year we holidayed on the east coast (where granted it is warmer, and much more humid) and we encountered an unexpected heat wave. Our accommodation had no AC, and it was so unbearable that we checked out two days ahead of schedule. Perhaps, there is no fear of a heat wave striking Monterey in July, but because of our recent experience, we would like the peace of mind that AC offers us. I did check out the Monterey Beach Resort (Best Western). It looks quite pleasant, but I am wondering if it is a bit too far removed from all of the main attractions. We would like to walk as much as possible and I think from what I have read, we would need to drive to even the nearby sights and activities (i.e. the Aquarium, the Wharf, etc.). I'll keep looking and hopefully I'll be able to secure something that suits our family's needs. I will definitely check out the Marriott. Thanks again.

These two hotels are within walking distance of downtown Monterey. Casa Munras grounds are more private, while Hotel Abrego is more exposed. Both have nice pools, but I can find nothing on their websites about air conditioning.

We also have an Embassy Suites with an indoor pool (which can be nice when it's cool and foggy). Again, I see nothing about A/C. Another issue is location. You can walk to Starbuck's and a few restaurants, but it's located in the same vicinity as Monterey Beach Resort, but not on the beach.

The Portola's biggest advantage is location, on the north end of downtown close to the wharf and lots of other things. Compared to the Plaza, it is less luxurious, whereas the Plaza is more formal and elegant. The Portola is adjacent to the Monterey Conference Center, so it gets a lot of business travelers.

Many here have said that A/C is unnecessary due to the moderate climate. However, having worked at the Plaza I know that south-facing rooms can heat up quite a bit with the sun shining on them for several hours, and they can get pretty stuffy. Opening the window is only partially effective because there's still not much flow-through ventilation. For that reason lack of A/C was probably the biggest complaint I heard about when I was there. (I understand the Plaza has since installed A/C for those rooms.) For rooms without A/C, opening a window AND turning on the bathroom fan will help draw in cooler outside air. If you get a north facing room, the natural ocean breeze will keep your room cool enough without A/C.

With that in mind, a north facing room at the Marriott may be ideal for you. The north side faces the bay, and the hotel has a real pool. The Marriott is right across the street from the Portola, so you get the same location advantages. Plus, I think the Marriott is more elegant overall.


Portola Hotel vs. Monterey Plaza

My husband, teenage son and I will be in Monterey this summer where we planned to spend three nights. I made reservations at the Monterey Plaza Hotel a couple of weeks ago, but just realized that they do not have a pool. As this is really something we look forward to, I am now back at the drawing board, trying to scout out another hotel. The Portola has a pool, but I was hoping to get some advice from TA as to whether this is quality hotel (and a good substitute for the Monterey). Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks.

Also, is the Intercontinental a good choice? It too has a pool AND airconditioning. I don't think that the Portola has AC. From what I have read, I understand that many hotels don't have AC (as it's not needed due to the ocean crosswinds). That being said, it really is a must for our family. Thanks again.

Hi. I really wouldn't worry about air conditioning that much since the summer is cool here. However, if you have to have it, then I'd go with the Intercontinental. The only problem there, though, is that the pool is tiny--it's more like a long, narrow fountain than a pool. See it here: http://www.intercontinental.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/hotel-features/amenities-services/monterey-clement

The pool at the Portola is a larger. The Portola is a nice hotel--not quite as nice as the Plaza, in my opinion, but it is a good hotel.

The Marriott (near the Portola) has a nice pool, but I don't know about A/C.

My son and his wife love Portola! It is in a great location, walking distance to the wharf. If you really want the pool, I would go with Portola. Another option is the Monterey Beach Resort, they have a great pool and jacuzzi there and this property is oceanfront. It is about a 5 minute drive to downtown Monterey from this property. Have fun! :)

We've stayed at the Portola and really enjoyed it. The hotel is very good and the location is great - you are right by the water and downtown and you can walk to a lot. There is also a motorized trolley that stops right by the hotel - it makes a loop around to a lot of the sights, so it can be really convinient for getting around.

I wouldn't worry about AC - it isn't just that AC isn't needed due to ocean cross winds, it is also because of the low temperatures. The average high in Monterey in July is only 68°F and the average low is 52°F. It gets cool to chilly in the evenings, so if you are warm in your room, just open a window. The Portola also has ceiling fans. Having said that, you know yourselves best - if AC is a must, then go for the Inter Continental. It is a good location too - right on the water. Not really any beach there, but the views are great and the location is very walkable to lots of things.

Thanks everyone for the feedback and also for the link to the picture of the "pool" at the Intercontinental. After calling the hotel, it was confirmed that the pool is in fact a "lap pool" and not a full sized swimming pool. The Portola looks great, and I understand that the temperatures are quite cool in July. That being said, my hubby feels more comfortable knowing that we have an AC if it is needed. Last year we holidayed on the east coast (where granted it is warmer, and much more humid) and we encountered an unexpected heat wave. Our accommodation had no AC, and it was so unbearable that we checked out two days ahead of schedule. Perhaps, there is no fear of a heat wave striking Monterey in July, but because of our recent experience, we would like the peace of mind that AC offers us. I did check out the Monterey Beach Resort (Best Western). It looks quite pleasant, but I am wondering if it is a bit too far removed from all of the main attractions. We would like to walk as much as possible and I think from what I have read, we would need to drive to even the nearby sights and activities (i.e. the Aquarium, the Wharf, etc.). I'll keep looking and hopefully I'll be able to secure something that suits our family's needs. I will definitely check out the Marriott. Thanks again.

These two hotels are within walking distance of downtown Monterey. Casa Munras grounds are more private, while Hotel Abrego is more exposed. Both have nice pools, but I can find nothing on their websites about air conditioning.

We also have an Embassy Suites with an indoor pool (which can be nice when it's cool and foggy). Again, I see nothing about A/C. Another issue is location. You can walk to Starbuck's and a few restaurants, but it's located in the same vicinity as Monterey Beach Resort, but not on the beach.

The Portola's biggest advantage is location, on the north end of downtown close to the wharf and lots of other things. Compared to the Plaza, it is less luxurious, whereas the Plaza is more formal and elegant. The Portola is adjacent to the Monterey Conference Center, so it gets a lot of business travelers.

Many here have said that A/C is unnecessary due to the moderate climate. However, having worked at the Plaza I know that south-facing rooms can heat up quite a bit with the sun shining on them for several hours, and they can get pretty stuffy. Opening the window is only partially effective because there's still not much flow-through ventilation. For that reason lack of A/C was probably the biggest complaint I heard about when I was there. (I understand the Plaza has since installed A/C for those rooms.) For rooms without A/C, opening a window AND turning on the bathroom fan will help draw in cooler outside air. If you get a north facing room, the natural ocean breeze will keep your room cool enough without A/C.

With that in mind, a north facing room at the Marriott may be ideal for you. The north side faces the bay, and the hotel has a real pool. The Marriott is right across the street from the Portola, so you get the same location advantages. Plus, I think the Marriott is more elegant overall.


Portola Hotel vs. Monterey Plaza

My husband, teenage son and I will be in Monterey this summer where we planned to spend three nights. I made reservations at the Monterey Plaza Hotel a couple of weeks ago, but just realized that they do not have a pool. As this is really something we look forward to, I am now back at the drawing board, trying to scout out another hotel. The Portola has a pool, but I was hoping to get some advice from TA as to whether this is quality hotel (and a good substitute for the Monterey). Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks.

Also, is the Intercontinental a good choice? It too has a pool AND airconditioning. I don't think that the Portola has AC. From what I have read, I understand that many hotels don't have AC (as it's not needed due to the ocean crosswinds). That being said, it really is a must for our family. Thanks again.

Hi. I really wouldn't worry about air conditioning that much since the summer is cool here. However, if you have to have it, then I'd go with the Intercontinental. The only problem there, though, is that the pool is tiny--it's more like a long, narrow fountain than a pool. See it here: http://www.intercontinental.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/hotel-features/amenities-services/monterey-clement

The pool at the Portola is a larger. The Portola is a nice hotel--not quite as nice as the Plaza, in my opinion, but it is a good hotel.

The Marriott (near the Portola) has a nice pool, but I don't know about A/C.

My son and his wife love Portola! It is in a great location, walking distance to the wharf. If you really want the pool, I would go with Portola. Another option is the Monterey Beach Resort, they have a great pool and jacuzzi there and this property is oceanfront. It is about a 5 minute drive to downtown Monterey from this property. Have fun! :)

We've stayed at the Portola and really enjoyed it. The hotel is very good and the location is great - you are right by the water and downtown and you can walk to a lot. There is also a motorized trolley that stops right by the hotel - it makes a loop around to a lot of the sights, so it can be really convinient for getting around.

I wouldn't worry about AC - it isn't just that AC isn't needed due to ocean cross winds, it is also because of the low temperatures. The average high in Monterey in July is only 68°F and the average low is 52°F. It gets cool to chilly in the evenings, so if you are warm in your room, just open a window. The Portola also has ceiling fans. Having said that, you know yourselves best - if AC is a must, then go for the Inter Continental. It is a good location too - right on the water. Not really any beach there, but the views are great and the location is very walkable to lots of things.

Thanks everyone for the feedback and also for the link to the picture of the "pool" at the Intercontinental. After calling the hotel, it was confirmed that the pool is in fact a "lap pool" and not a full sized swimming pool. The Portola looks great, and I understand that the temperatures are quite cool in July. That being said, my hubby feels more comfortable knowing that we have an AC if it is needed. Last year we holidayed on the east coast (where granted it is warmer, and much more humid) and we encountered an unexpected heat wave. Our accommodation had no AC, and it was so unbearable that we checked out two days ahead of schedule. Perhaps, there is no fear of a heat wave striking Monterey in July, but because of our recent experience, we would like the peace of mind that AC offers us. I did check out the Monterey Beach Resort (Best Western). It looks quite pleasant, but I am wondering if it is a bit too far removed from all of the main attractions. We would like to walk as much as possible and I think from what I have read, we would need to drive to even the nearby sights and activities (i.e. the Aquarium, the Wharf, etc.). I'll keep looking and hopefully I'll be able to secure something that suits our family's needs. I will definitely check out the Marriott. Thanks again.

These two hotels are within walking distance of downtown Monterey. Casa Munras grounds are more private, while Hotel Abrego is more exposed. Both have nice pools, but I can find nothing on their websites about air conditioning.

We also have an Embassy Suites with an indoor pool (which can be nice when it's cool and foggy). Again, I see nothing about A/C. Another issue is location. You can walk to Starbuck's and a few restaurants, but it's located in the same vicinity as Monterey Beach Resort, but not on the beach.

The Portola's biggest advantage is location, on the north end of downtown close to the wharf and lots of other things. Compared to the Plaza, it is less luxurious, whereas the Plaza is more formal and elegant. The Portola is adjacent to the Monterey Conference Center, so it gets a lot of business travelers.

Many here have said that A/C is unnecessary due to the moderate climate. However, having worked at the Plaza I know that south-facing rooms can heat up quite a bit with the sun shining on them for several hours, and they can get pretty stuffy. Opening the window is only partially effective because there's still not much flow-through ventilation. For that reason lack of A/C was probably the biggest complaint I heard about when I was there. (I understand the Plaza has since installed A/C for those rooms.) For rooms without A/C, opening a window AND turning on the bathroom fan will help draw in cooler outside air. If you get a north facing room, the natural ocean breeze will keep your room cool enough without A/C.

With that in mind, a north facing room at the Marriott may be ideal for you. The north side faces the bay, and the hotel has a real pool. The Marriott is right across the street from the Portola, so you get the same location advantages. Plus, I think the Marriott is more elegant overall.


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