Carmel Magazine

Carmel Magazine Digital Edition SU16

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 224 of 303

G lowing from a recent multi-million dollar property-wide up- grade, the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa is uniquely located over the water on the iconic Cannery Row. Waves roll underneath the outdoor decks, creating a rollicking rhythm and occasionally showering the windows of Schooners Coastal Kitchen with a powerful spray. Guest rooms contain binoculars, perfect for spotting sea otters, seals, kayakers and sailboats floating on the Monterey Bay. Just steps from the hotel is the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, where visitors can get an even closer look at marine life and learn about the mission to protect the oceans. Next to the hotel, San Carlos Beach is a popular launching spot for kayak- ers and scuba divers. According to Monterey Plaza Hotel General Manager and Vice President John Narigi, the hotel has rebranded itself as "refreshingly classic." "In this day and age hotels are somewhat automated," he says. "We believe in still providing that classic experience. Our main mission is to exceed every guest's expectations." The décor of the hotel reflects classic elements, with plush carpeting and rich wood crown moldings, but the 291 guest rooms have modern ele- ments. In the suites, flat screen TVs pop up from the foot of the bed, elec- tronic tablets control the sound system in the rooms, and soaking tubs, pri- vate hot tubs on the decks and plenty of entertaining space have made them popular for past visitors such as Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jackson. "We are not a cookie cutter hotel," says Narigi. "We are both coastal and classic with teak elements, marble floors from Italy and interior design that reflects the local area." Hotel hallways are lined with classic black-and-white historical images of the area from the Pat Hathaway Collection, and the paint- ings and decorations in the room are a sophisticated reflection of the sea. MONTEREY PLAZA HOTEL & SPA M o n t e r e y, C a l i f o r n i a B Y S A B R I N A S P E I D E L D E S T I N A T I O N S C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 1 6 223 Photos: Courtesy of Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Articles in this issue

Archives of this issue

view archives of Carmel Magazine - Carmel Magazine Digital Edition SU16