Monterey Plaza Hotel And Spa
This romantic getaway hotel has received top awards from Conde' Nast, Zagat, and Insurance Conference Planners for its unparalleled luxury. Located on John Steinbeck's historic Cannery Row, overlooking the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary, the resort's design reflects California's "Grand Mansion" era with its European marble, Brazilian teakwood paneling, and never-ending bay views. Three buildings house the 291 guest rooms and suites and spread over four acres of prime Monterey landscaped grounds.
A notable component of the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa is a 10,000 square-foot European-style, ocean-front spa which opened in July 1999. The spa itself received a five-star diamond award from the American Academy of Hospitality Science and is located on the penthouse level of the Plaza.
Enjoy a unique spa experience with an ocean view at the Monterey Plaza.
For $13.50 per day, the spa includes:
The Duck-Club is the hotel's formal, five-diamond restaurant with an exhibition kitchen, and a view of the Bay. At the time of my stay, award-winning chef, James Waller is the chef for both the Duck-Club and the hotel's more casual, Schooners. The Duck-Club serves fresh seafood; pasta; wood-roasted entrees such as duck, beef and lamb; as well as Northern California wines, cordials, and cognacs from a wine list that won the 1998 Wine Spectator Award for Excellence. Hand-painted murals and unique sculptures compliment the restaurant's elegant ambiance. Schooners offers lighter dining choices such as salads and ciopino. The restaurant is styled as a classic sailing vessel in bright, cheerful decor and has received the Gold Key Award from Hospitality Design Magazine for its nautical theme and dramatic setting.
I found the Duck-Club restaurant to display a baby-friendly attitude. Often five-star restaurant staff act stiff and nervous when they see the baby stroller at the entrance, but from the moment we entered this restaurant, we felt well-received with our baby. The friendly hostess talked and cooed with my eight-month-old daughter as we entered and immediately offered to bring us to a place away from the traffic. Mandalin was fascinated by the sounds and flares of the exhibition kitchen. The restaurant was spacious with a large pushing area for strollers. Four different servers came throughout the meal to dote on my daughter, telling her how adorable she was and tickling her face. She loved this attention. A friendly server picked up her elephant toy that she had flung across the room and amicably handed it to me. When my toddler started fussing and let out a yell when her baby food was done, I began to feel a rise of anxiety, yet the server pretended not to notice and went about serving our cappuccinos with an unflinching smile.
Large hallways throughout the hotel, decorated with colorful artwork, allow for easy stroller accessibility. Spacious elevators also allow plenty of space for strollers. Elevators go to all segments of the hotel so parents can avoid having to remove the baby from the stroller and lugging her up stairs. The bathroom in the lobby, with its Italian-marble laden floor, does have a baby changing station so parents can change their baby in an elegant setting.
The most stunning feature of the Plaza is its absolutely unique view of the Monterey Bay. My room hung directly over the Bay with a lovely balcony that enabled me to enjoy all of the bay's unique sights, sounds, and smells. While such close proximity to the water is always an outstanding feature in a hotel, the Plaza's location is unlike any other oceanfront hotel I have visited. Not only is the Plaza over the Bay, but it is also over the Marine Sanctuary. As such, the outside atmosphere is extremely vibrant, both visually and audibly. Binoculars found in my room allowed me to watch the sea otters, harbor seals, and shore birds that were very interactive right beneath my room. Otters were relaxing on their backs as I spotted a nearby baby otter rolling on its stomach. Hoping to see a rare whale, I instead spotted sea lions and seals swimming. The wildlife is very loud---chirping birds and otters squeal back and forth to each other. My baby tilted her head trying to understand these sounds. While the room balcony is a romantic and relaxing feature of the hotel, special care should be taken to baby/child proof this balcony (see: childproofing your room).
All rooms have been remodeled and refurbished in a Biedermeyer-style in finely-crafted mahogany and walnut with black trim. All guest rooms feature soft bed coverings as well as all the niceties found in five-star hotels: ceiling fans, luxurious terry cloth robes, twenty-five inch televisions, movie systems, refreshment centers, internet access, and personal voice mail. Other accessories include coffee pots and a refrigerator.
The spa also offers a Couples Massage and other treatments enabling couples to have quality time together while enjoying treatments at the same time. Fifty minutes cost $190.00 while eighty minutes is $295.00.