Family-friendly with ping-pong tables, outdoor games, and tennis courts
Well-equipped 24-hour fitness center
Les Clefs d’Or concierge service
24-hour business center
On-site snack and convenience shop
No air-conditioning in rooms (some have portable units)
Nothing within walking distance
Some guest complaints of thin walls
High resort fee for Wi-Fi and parking
Public areas feel dated
Not a nonsmoking property
The centrally located, upscale Hyatt Regency Monterey is one of the largest properties in the area, with solid amenities and outdoor activities like golf, tennis, and swimming. Its 550 rooms are spacious and contemporary but bland, despite sleek design touches and stylish contemporary art. Most have balconies or patios with views of the on-site golf course. But rooms are not air-conditioned, and even though the climate is temperate, heat waves can make rooms uncomfortably warm. The hotel also feels a bit dated, from its unfortunate inlaid brick floor and columns to its 1970s stone planters. For a more modern experience consider the very popular Intercontinental The Clement Monterey. It lacks golf and tennis but has a spa, pool, and fitness center, and its great location is a two-minute walk from Cannery Row.
Outdoor activities draw families to this sprawling resort that shows its age
With its resort status and legion of outdoor activities, the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa appeals largely to leisure travelers. Golf, tennis, and the impressive spa draw adults, but the pool area -- which includes kids’ toys -- can be raucous with children (and it opens early in the morning). Outdoor fire pits are a fun feature, and the s'mores available in the lobby make them another magnet for kids. However, the boisterousness of the outdoor spaces added to rooms' thin walls can frustrate guests traveling without children. On the upside, the sprawling hotel’s dozens of buildings mean a quiet room is often to be found. The hotel ticks all the resort boxes and the rooms are appealing, but the brick-heavy exterior and indoor public spaces have a dated feel that’s disappointing for this dependable international chain.
Located alongside the hotel's verdant golf course, just south of Monterey's downtown area
The Hyatt Regency is located in Monterey, a very short drive from downtown and Fisherman's Wharf. Though it's walking distance to the beach, the hotel's location across the freeway from the ocean makes for an awkward walk, and guests will need a car to reach other attractions. It does provide easy access to scenic Highway 1, and it's only a short drive to Carmel, Pacific Grove, Santa Cruz, and Big Sur.
Spacious rooms with plain contemporary decor and roomy marble bathrooms but no AC
Rooms at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa are spacious and well appointed, if uninspired, despite a few nice design touches. Earth tones predominate in the hotel’s 550 updated rooms (renovated in 2016), and blue carpet adds a welcome splash of color. Crisp white beds have luxury pillows and pillow-top mattresses, and subtle uplights behind the headboards add a nice glow. Unless you opt for the 2,500-square-foot four-bedroom Presidential Villa, rooms have the same amenities regardless of category. All have mini-fridges and coffeemakers, but lack air-conditioning -- surprising for an upscale hotel; it can be an issue in summer, and guests complain that the hotel's portable units are ineffective. Technology in each room includes a 42-inch flat-screen TV, programmable safe, and stereo with iPod docking station. Large work desks allow room to spread out. Some first-floor rooms have small patio areas, but only some of these have privacy screens; upper floors offer the option of small balconies. Be aware that rooms on the highway side allow some noise; during heat waves guests may have to choose between a breeze and quiet. Attractive modern bathrooms have marble floors and countertops, with raised sinks and backlit mirrors. Some have showers over tubs, and others have roomy walk-in showers; all are equipped with hairdryers.
Extensive features include a golf course, tennis, spa, fitness center, outdoor pool, and dining options
Features are the strong suit at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa. With a pro shop and golf academy, the storied 18-hole Del Monte Golf Course is a big draw. The hotel has six lighted tennis courts and a racquet club, but they’re closed in summer. Pricey but well-equipped, the Marilyn Monroe Spa covers two floors with treatment rooms and relaxation spaces. A 2,000-square-foot fitness center, open 24 hours, has treadmills, cross trainers, and free weights. The whirlpool and heated outdoor pool, which has toys for children, are surrounded by loungers and gazebos. Other outdoor features include ping pong, giant patio games like shuffleboard, and two fire pits with seating areas. The on-site restaurant, Tusca, is sophisticated but overpriced, but Knuckles sports bar is popular even with locals. The hotel’s extensive conference spaces and ballroom were renovated in 2016. Note that the hotel tacks on a hefty per-night resort fee to cover parking, in-room Wi-Fi, business center use, access to the outdoor games, and a host of other minor services.