• Located on historic Cannery Row, close to shops and art galleries
  • Rooftop spa with wonderful ocean views, and in-room massages available
  • Two roof-deck Jacuzzis
  • Spacious rooms with classic decor and modern amenities
  • Two waterfront restaurants with indoor and outdoor seating
  • Bright and modern fitness center with ocean views
  • Three blocks from the Monterey Bay Aquarium
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  • Nightly resort fee, per room
  • No pool
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Bottom Line

The 290-room Monterey Plaza is as close to the ocean as it gets: Built on pillars above the water, it offers an ocean experience like few other hotels in the area do. From the gorgeous views from the spa and the fitness center, to the wonderful outdoor seating in both on-site restaurants, the property blends with the sea in every possible way. The upscale rooms have the elegant, classic decor and modern amenities that you might expect to find in a hotel at this price point -- but bathrooms, though nice, are slightly sub-par compared to the rest of the room, and the property lacks a pool.

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  • Cribs
  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kids Club
  • Spa

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Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa


On historic Cannery Row, right by the water and a few blocks from downtown Monterey

The Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa is located on the southern end of historic Cannery Row, a street that was once lined with sardine-canning factories, and is now one of Monterey’s main tourist attractions. It is home to many hotels and restaurants, as well as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, located three blocks from the Plaza.

It is also a few blocks from downtown Monterey, which boasts a unique mix of 18th- to 19th-century Spanish and Mexican adobe clay buildings, along with dozens of stores and dining options. It is also where those looking for some nightlife will probably end up after the sun sets.

  • 1-hour-23-minute drive to San Jose International Airport
  • 1-hour-55-minutes to San Francisco International Airport
  • 10-minute walk to Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • 11-minute walk to the Presidio of Monterey
  • 2-minute drive to Fisherman’s Wharf
  • 3-minute drive to Monterey State Historic Museum
  • 3-minute drive to Monterey Municipal Beach
  • 5-minute drive to El Estero Park
  • 8-minute drive to Del Monte Beach
  • 9-minute drive to Point Pinos Historic Lighthouse in Pacific Grove
  • 10- to 15-minute drive to several area golf courses
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  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Babysitting Services

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Beach

  • Business Center

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Kids Allowed

  • Kids Club

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Spa

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