The Portola Hotel and Spa in Monterey is the type of hotel where you are going to want to hang out and stay for a bit. Situated right by the bay, you can see the boat docks, and hear the sea lions barking (yes, they do bark at 11PM). The location is near Carmel by the Sea, and Pebble Beach’s world-class golf. We were fortunate enough to experience one of their ten executive suites, which was larger than most single-bedroom apartments. They are beautifully decorated, with a stunning view of the bay. If you have the means, then we highly recommend a splurge on this suite. The décor is really exceptional, and one of my favorite pieces is the carpet. It was plush and striped, with different layers of texture so that certain stripes were raised higher. It was a delight on your feet.
The owners of the hotel have been pouring money into the property for the last two years. They’ve redone all the rooms with the über comfy beds and beautiful décor. And they’ve been green and creative with their work – that lovely carpet we mentioned was made with low VOC material. (VOC stands for volatile organic compounds, which are basically toxins, found in items like paint and glue, and they effect the indoor air quality). Both the paint and the carpets in their fantastic rooms are made this way. They really are taking a lot of green initiatives, and General Manager, Janine Chiccourrat, says her job has been made even more rewarding because of everything she’s learnt about greening her property.
The main restaurant at the Portola Hotel and Spa is Jack’s, which is a fine dining establishment, with an emphasis on local cuisine. Jason Giles is the Executive Chef, and has built the menu using regional and sustainable fare. Jason uses Harris Ranch’s 100% naturally raised beef, and seafood chosen in support of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s “Seafood Watch” program. The décor at Jack’s is rich, with deep colors. The rooms are beautifully appointed. If you are planning a special event, then you must investigate the private dining room – perfect for a small rehearsal dinner, or to impress your best clients.
You will not want to leave the Portola Hotel and Spa. As you watch the sun rise in the morning, you’ll just want to sit and stare at the bay. But venture out you must! After all, it’s Monterey!
Portola Hotel & Spa Monterey
Two Portola Plaza Monterey, CA 93940