Portola Hotel and Spa: Monterey’s Most Luxurious Stay [HOTEL REVIEW]


Portola Hotel and Spa is easy to find.  Just ask any local for the hotel with the best view of Monterey Bay.  It really is that easy.

My weekend was busy, as I spent hours and hours covering several different events.  While being told I would enjoy a luxury hotel, I was much more looking forward to any bed.  This is just the beginning of Portola Hotel’s true luxury.  As you arrive at valet, everything about your experience says luxury.  From the courteous carport, to the friendly concierge.  The tree-lined lobby offers restaurants, entertainment and a world-class spa.

But for me, I was headed right to the bedroom.  But I shouldn’t neglect the experience. Portola Hotel & Spa’s 369 spacious guest rooms and 10 luxury suites come furnished in a unique residential style with shuttered windows, boutique furniture, deluxe pillow-top beds, watercolors by local artists and spa-inspired bath products.

What this really means is, your room doesn’t feel like a room.  It feels like your house — if you hired a professional to decorate it.  And the balcony view, my gosh.  Amazing.

So, yes, after a nap, you force yourself on a walk.  The Portola Hotel is within walking distance to the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium, pristine beaches, Monterey Bay Harbor and hundreds of dining and entertainment options.  Within moments, I was several blocks away and enjoying the ambience so much, I got myself entirely lost.  Luckily the locals are friendly and got me back to my front door.

Back in the room and relying mostly on room service and Concierge (thank you Mary!) it was time time to get down to work. Of course we will find ultra high-speed Internet access, in-room coffee service, entertainment systems and a variety of other personal touches.

Portola was too good to me. They treated me like a VIP, when I’m just a middle class writer.  But I admit, it was fun.  Given the opportunity I’d be back in a heartbeat (wink, wink)!
For more information on the Portola Hotel & Spa, please visit Portola Hotel’s website or call them at 866-711-1534