Portola Hotel & Spa

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Why We Love It

  • Child-friendly property with an outdoor pool and a kids club
  • On-site craft brewery
  • The hotel has the largest day spa in Monterey
  • A five-minute drive to Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row
  • Save over 45% on dinner with this deal from Jacks Restaurant & Lounge

Enjoyed This
(44 Member Ratings)
"The bed was so comfortable! The lobby is gorgeous"
28. Feb 2018
San Francisco, CA, USA


Map & Directions

If you can fly into Monterey regional airport, it’s easiest to take a taxi to the hotel. The journey only takes 10 minutes, and renting a car is probably more hassle than it’s worth -- parking is expensive and there are numerous one-way streets in the area. The nearest international airports are San Jose (about 80 minutes away) or San Francisco (just under two hours' drive) and the hotel provides both self-parking and valet parking (extra charge).

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On the coast among the wineries and beaches of central California lies the Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay. This child-friendly property is also home to the area’s largest day spa and Monterey's original craft brewery.

The hotel is set on a historic plaza and is within walking distance of the vibrant Fisherman’s Wharf and Monterey Bay Aquarium (ask at the hotel about tickets -- they are the same price as when you buy direct, but are valid for two days instead of one). It's also a good location for business travelers (Monterey Conference Center is just next door), and Santa Cruz and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park are both about an hour's drive for day trips.

Children are welcomed with warm cookies at check-in and automatic membership into the Portola Pirates kids club for ages 3-12. The first stay at the hotel as a Portola Pirate includes a souvenir Portola Pirate Bag and self-guided treasure hunt map for buried treasure.

The hotel does not have air conditioning, but all nautical-style bedrooms have ceiling fans and large windows or patio doors that open to the sound of the ocean (and the occasional seagull or seal). Most rooms overlook the city or the pool courtyard. Upgrade to a Harbor View Room on the fifth or sixth floor for impressive sea views at night. Wi-Fi is free in the lobby or bar, but available for an extra charge in the guest rooms.

On site, Jacks Restaurant & Lounge is a well-known local's restaurant serving cuisine inspired by the California coast. Craft brewery Peter B’s Brewpub is the “downtown hot spot for beers,” says The Huffington Post.

From the press:
  • The hotel "welcomes guests with warm cookies at the front desk, which sets the hospitable tone of the property" -- U.S. News
  • Monterey is "a sanctuary of relaxation and recreation" -- Huffington Post



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Kids' club
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Fitness classes
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • Steam Room


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Hair salon (fees apply)
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station
  • Video games on request


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Internet access (fees apply)
  • Wi-Fi in guest rooms (fees apply)
  • High-Speed Wi-Fi (fees apply)


  • Bathrobes
  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries

Parking Self parking is $19, Valet is $22. Charges will be added to your bill on checkout.

  • Off-street parking
  • Parking (fees apply)
  • Public car park (fees apply)
  • Valet service (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Accessible spa
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 4pm.

No minimum age required to check in. Guests under the age of 18 require parental consent.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Children ages 18 years and under stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request). Crib available free of charge for babies up to 15lbs (on request).
Extra person charge is $20 + tax per night.
Charges will be added to your bill on checkout.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request (maximum 2 pets per room) and will be charged $50 for the first night, $25 for the 2nd & 3rd nights; pet fee has a $100 cap per stay. Charges will be added to your bill on checkout.

Fees: A County Tourism Assessment Fee of $2.00 will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details:

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm AET

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(44 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay (CA) over the past 15 months.
4.2 Ambiance
4.5 Location
4.0 Rooms
4.3 Quality of Service
4.0 Value for the Money
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Great cookies
Jeanette 13. Jun 2018 Huntington Beach, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The bed was so comfortable! The lobby is gorgeous
Tanya 28. Feb 2018 San Francisco, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The beautiful new lobby and buffet breakfast.
Carina 28. Feb 2018 San Francisco, CA, USA
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Enjoyed Most
Welcome warm cookies...friendly check-in. Rooms were spacious Your breakfasts are truly worth every penny. Linda continues to be a gracious chef and makes an omlet to die for. She is one of the reasons we continue to return to the Portola. She is a great asset on promoting the Portola.......We will be seeing you later in the spring,,,Happy New Year to all Portola employees
Other Comments
Abit noisy with the construction for the conference center which has taken longer than planned...Uhen is the completion date?
peter s 29. Dec 2017 Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Excellent value through Travelzoo. Breakfast is always great. Linda makes the best omelettes and rest of wait staff at breakfast are great. Cookies on checkin are delicious.
Ruth 02. Dec 2017 Cameron Park, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The distance from attractions is one of the best. The rooms are spacious and the lobby is nice. T was nice having the restaurants and bars in the hotel just in case we didn’t want to go out
Other Comments
Very expensive restaurants for food and drinks but very nice stay
Michelle 25. Nov 2017 Pacifica, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
friendly staff...cleanliness...restaurants/bars on site....a block from Old Town & Fisherman's Wharf...warm chocolate chip cookie on arrival...comfortable beds..valet parking(fee) & great valet staff.
Tony 17. Nov 2017 Napa, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Stakkwas very helpful and courtious
Rochelle 15. Nov 2017 Alameda, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Lovely room, choice of restaurants and amenities, eg. spa and workout room. Best of all - location. Walking distance from the wharf, restaurants, other attractions. It's expensive but with the deal from Travelzoo it was doable.
Other Comments
If cost is no object it's a lovely accommodation.
Karen 14. Nov 2017 Oakland, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Location is excellent.
Other Comments
Hotel undergoing renovation. Hallway carpeting dirty, baseboards recently removed, rooms in an annex, not in main building. Parking extra.
Mimi 14. Nov 2017 Los Osos, CA, USA

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