California Dreamin’ in Monterey, Part Four

Harbor View Room at the Portola Hotel & Spa

A Harbor View Room is the perfect sanctuary at the Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey.

Where to stay in Monterey near Fisherman’s Wharf? Families will enjoy staying at the Marriott Monterey, which is conveniently located in the heart of the historic downtown area, yet within easy walking distance of Fisherman’s Wharf. Your kids will love the outdoor pool. It seems to always be filled with happy kids in the summer.

New Exterior 2010

The Portola Hotel & Spa is just steps away from Old Fisherman's Wharf.

The Portola Hotel & Spa is a real gem, just steps away from Fisherman’s Wharf and downtown restaurants and shops. Perhaps its real selling point is the care and attention the staff pays to hotel guests, pampering them beyond belief. Anne Roberts, concierge, will become your lifelong friend before you check out, good-naturedly doling out tips and advice, and even doing a bit of hand-holding, as needed. Guests are given chocolate chip cookies upon arrival.

Executive Harbor View

Harbor views are included with your room at the Portola Hotel & Spa.

The Portola Hotel & Spa is extremely environmentally-friendly, recently earning its Silver LEED Certification, becoming the first “Green” hotel in Central California. Executive Chef Jason Giles offers coastal cuisine in Jacks Restaurant that supports Monterey Bay Aquarium‘s “Seafood Watch” program.

The hotel is both pet-friendly and family-friendly, with a year-round Portola Pirates program for the small fry.

Portola Hotel & Spa treatment room

Prepare to be pampered at the Spa on the Plaza.

Moms like me will appreciate the adjacent Spa on the Plaza, which offers Aromatherapy Massages, Aroma Tubs, and even a total “bliss-out” called the “Heaven Express.”

Camille and Roy Malcolm, luxury spa pioneers, offer more than sixty therapeutic treatments.

Try the Serenity Wrap, a heated cocoon wrap with your choice of herbal essences, seaweed or mud, after an aromatherapy or mineral bath. Just when you think you can’t get any more relaxed, you’re treated to a neck, scalp, or foot massage.

Or opt for the Tropical Escape Wrap, which is a wrap drenched with papaya and pineapple, for a regenerating treatment.

Or perhaps you should spring for the Symphony, an orchestration of massage techniques, or the Warm Riverstone Massage, in which warm stones and heated rosemary oil soothe away any bodily tensions.

No wonder California Dreamin’ is still alive and well in Monterey.

Find out more about Monterey in California Dreamin’ in Monterey, Part One; California Dreamin’ in Monterey, Part Two; and California Dreamin’ in Monterey, Part Three.

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