The sun fades behind the cypress trees at Asilomar. Moon Jellies, Monterey Bay Aquarium Sea Nettles, (aka - jelly fish), Monterey Bay Aquarium. Jellies at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, one of the coolest places I've been The Monterey Aquarium always has such great displays of the world below, my favorite this time being the little, frenetic blubber jellies! #colorful Well, I guess I have a whale tale to tell. Jellyfish experience at the Monterey Aquarium was fabulous! #blue Pacific Grove is well known for its 'magic carpet' of tiny ice plants. The view along the coastal walking trail is spectacular! Glowing grass of the Pacific Coast Highway. African Penguin posing for me at the Monterey Bay Aquarium💙 This California state beach is open to the public. A gorgeous walking trail takes you from the southern entrance along the coast to Lover's Point.
Several small paths lead down to the water where people can look for shells, watch birds (like the plovers in this picture) and/or just enjoy the crashing waves. I took this picture on the 17 mile drive. Fisherman's Wharf, shop, eat, walk, sightsee, enjoy the sea life. Jellies are such interesting characters, the more you watch them, the more you notice new and amazing features, movements, even personalities. #colorful I could stare at the jellyfish for days on end. Saw these Jellyfish at the lovely Monterey Bay Aquarium. Recommend stoping by if you are ever in the neighborhood. There is a fabulous jelly fish exhibit at the Monterrey Bay Aquarium. You can get up close to many varieties including these fire jellies. Sunbathing seals at Fishermen's Wharf in Monteray Be sure to check out the super groovy new Jellies Experience, for a psychedelic afternoon at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The Secret Lives of Seahorses, the newest exhibit at Monterey Bay, and it's spectacular! Here you see the Leafy Sea Dragon. Fabulous aquarium in Monterey. We spent more time here with our kids than we expected enjoying the exhibitions and insight into the various sea animals. #kidsfun Ohh the jellies! I was so excited to visit the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium in CA, and it did not disappoint. Definitely one of the highlights from my pacific coast #roadtrip. #waterlust #blue Pinos Lighthouse, Built in 1855, tours daily. Jellyfish in Monterey #red
Underwater beauties from Monterey Bay Aquarium. The birds of Monterey Bay, California. They will steal your potato chips, but they are a hoot! Bird Rock is one of the points of interest on the 17-Mile Drive, a scenic road on the Pacific Coast. Read more about top attractions on the Monterey Peninsula here: http://www.travelnotesandbeyond.com/top-7-attractions-on-the-monterey-peninsula/ #architecture #colorful
Monterrey's cannery row has history and colorful beauty from morning to night. Photo of the Jellies Experience exhibit at the aquarium. Such an amazing experience! NO EDITING: there were lots of those little men... #California #EndlessSummer Early morning and on the far east side of Fisherman's Wharf, one can get a totally different perspective of Steinbeck's beloved Fisherman's Wharf. Jelly Fish. Absorb the blue if you wanna be cool.! Beautiful view from the park. #beachbound Beautiful display of jellyfish @ Monterey Aquarium South of the wharf Monterey,CA is an Awesome place to run, walk, bike, paint, kayaking, take pictures, take your whole family to be in the water, play with the sand and lots of places to go eat great food!
#Beachbound Nice spot for a short stop - not a long trail through but a beautiful spot and really grand when the butterflies are there in their clusters. A view of Monterey during an overcast sunset. #roadtrip #goldenhour It's still early in the season, but I don't care! I love to see the Monarchs flitting about. So beautiful! Behind the museum entrance, Pacific House has a gorgeous courtyard. A small fountain with koi sits in the center, Adobe walls all around, and shady trees. A quiet, Pacific, rest place.
So many lovely flowers, even in the winter! My first whale sighting! Cannery Row- formerly the west coasts largest sardine producing area, now focusing on hooking tourists. Have been on their tours twice so far. They are professional and the boats are good size - easy to get around from side to side (I always seem to be on the side where the whales were not!!) #localgem Cute seals playing and sunning. Grilled oysters with Japanese BBQ Sauce! #delicious #food #foodie West Coast Style Cold Water Lobster Roll! #delicious #foodporn https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monterey_Bay Seeing the jellies in a new perspective, just a captivating. The California coast North of Monterey is awesome. In this panoramic photo I caught the splash as waves broke on the off shore rocks.
Drive Hwy 1 and be inspired! #delicious Point Reyes Oysters on the Half Shell Ocean Dreams #montereybay #ocean #california #pch #usa #travel #wanderlust Pacific Coast road-trip, USA In lower left corner of pic, can see seal pup suckling its mother and next to them a female soon to calf.
Long section of bike trail fenced off. Spring is home to seals in the Monterey area.
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(April 2017) Mural near cannery row Situated in a large yet unassuming warehouse on Cannery Row, this was the most amazing place to take my children; even teenagers are awed by the plethora of exhibits. A common sight along the streets of this quaint city. Very well-made wind chimes. All of them very pretty . Great souvenirs in all the shops over there., From the Love this place! I took this photo through a scope with my iPhone 5. These are monarch butterflies settled in for the winter. According to the volunteers, there is something in the butterfly's DNA that tells them that every 4th generation is the migrating generation. Isn't that awesome? Who knew that sardines can move in such fluid, musical motion? Simply captivating. Eerie resident of the Aquarium. That's a seahorse, not a weed! Visit the aquarium. Be a part of a community capturing wonderful jellyfish! One of the outdoor observation decks at the aquarium and outdoor pools. Interactive displays and exhibits, telescopes, and information galore, plus lots of great looking aquariums and exhibits.
Although I tend to not like keeping animals in enclosures, large aquariums can be invaluable resource to educating the general public about the importance of protecting our oceans and the many types of marine life. NO EDITING: this surfer cought series of waves. The sun was awake but the weather was freezing, and it was July.... A curious visitor at our hotel here. :) Popular marina destination offering numerous eateries & shopping, plus views of sea lions & otters. This place is breathtaking! If here check out the PCH 17 Mile drive!
The Monterey Canyon, one of the largest underwater canyons in the world, begins off the coast of Moss Landing, in the center of Monterey Bay. It is 249 miles (401 km) long, although its shape changes regularly because of currents and sediment being left in the area. The canyon is much like that of a continental slope; the biology of the canyon changes significantly in different parts of the canyon. #ocean #camp #waves #hiking #golf #drive #nature Good aquarium with some wonderful displays. The jellyfish were stunning! Throwback to one of my most favorite places. This aquarium is truly one of a kind and deserves a spot on anyone's bucket list . Secret: if you are aaa member, take advantage of a great discount. Beautiful walk along Pacific grove! Fish and Chips. Another wonderful dish from Cindy's Waterfront! Burata Tartine! #delicious #foodporn Great views of the bay. The cioppino and chowder are great too! #seafood #montereybay #restaurant A scenic drive along 17-mile drive on Monterey Peninsula California is fantastic. You can park any over-look at the side of road walk toward the Pebble Beach to the ocean. Watching this was quite relaxin. the beach is superbe Early morning sunrises in Monterey, California are so peaceful. Before the workers are up and you can only hear the sound of the ocean (and the sea lions). The ghost tree, so called due to its bleached appearance is a beautiful stop in the 17 mile drive on Pacific costal route. The butterflies have once again returned to California to over winter , read up about their incredible life history and marvel about our incredible world . 🌊 We’re in need of some vitamin sea! Exploring tide pools in Monterey, California. 🌊
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#travelsuncorked #vitaminsea #ocean #pacific #pacificocean #monterey #montereybay #oceanside #tidepools #travel #clouds #water #california #californiacoast #visitcalifornia #californiaadventure #coastline #nature #waves #landscape #landscapephotography #landscapelovers #nofilter #nofilterneeded One of the best reasons to go to Monterey is for their clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl. Am I right? ;)
Read more...https://www.christinascucina.com/a-road-trip-to-central-california-with-a-stay-at-the-historic-monterey-hotel-and-the-fascinating-monterey-bay-aquarium/ Cute sleepy seal at the coast guard pier in beautiful Monterey, CA. This one red boat stood out amongst all the others 20,000 leagues under the Sea scared the piss out of me as a child, but the new Tentacles exhibit at the Aquarium is nothing short of awesome! Monterey State Beach Pacific grove. somewhere in Monterey, CA From one of the windows at Monterey Bay Aquarium.
#USA #Monterey #ocean Road trip on the bucket list Balance! #LKsAwayDays Beach side walking trail in Pacific Grove, Ca Hands down one of the most beautiful places on the planet. The eco system here is so diverse, and whether you crave adventure or solitude, you'll find it here. This rugged coastline should be on everyone's bucket list. Monterey, California to Morro Bay has been touted by National Geographic as one of the best road trips of a lifetime. Do it, it's true!
#BeachBound Great place for picnic Asiloma beach , California, walk along to Spanish Bay golf course , just as good as pebble Beach, and have lunch on the terrace enjoying the view but watch the seagulls don’t steal your fried calamari !
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Get an overview of this hotelElegant hotel with sweeping views of Monterey Bay

Popular property highlights

Free WiFi
Restaurant
Business center
Smoke-free property
24-hour front desk

Right on the water

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa sits right on the bay in the center of town, a 15-minute walk from Fisherman’s Wharf and 2.5 miles (4 km) from Point Pinos Lighthouse. Carmel, Pebble Beach, and 17-Mile Drive are within a 20-minute drive, and golfers can choose from over 20 courses in the county.

Spa with panoramic views

Guests can revive body and spirit with massages and beauty treatments at Vista Blue Spa, while savoring the bay views, or take to the water at the private beach. Against an ocean backdrop, Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar serves contemporary American cuisine with an emphasis on fresh local seafood.

Stately decor, HDTV

Spacious rooms are furnished with antique-style chairs and armoires, and many offer balconies with ocean views. Free WiFi is available, and each individually decorated room has an HDTV with 24-hour movie system and premium channels.

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

In addition to a full-service spa, Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa features a health club and a spa tub. The hotel offers a coffee shop/café. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. Complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access is available.

This 4-star property offers access to a business center and conference space. This business-friendly hotel also offers a sauna and steam room. Valet parking is available onsite for a surcharge.

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa is a smoke-free property.

  • Express check-in 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Coffee/tea in common areas 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Full-service spa 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Business center 
  • Conference space 
  • Spa treatment room(s) 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Express check-out 
  • Restaurant 
  • Coffee shop or café 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Steam room 
  • Sauna 
  • Health club 
  • Valet parking (surcharge) 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Number of meeting rooms - 10 
  • Spa services on site 
  • Terrace 
  • Luggage storage 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Concierge services 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Shopping on site 
  • Spa tub 
  • Total number of rooms - 250 
  • Number of floors - 5 
  • Wedding services 
  • Fireplace in lobby 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 

Internet

Available in all rooms: ,

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Valet parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • iPod docking station 
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible) 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Pay movies 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Ceiling fan 
  • Phone 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Turndown service 
  • Designer toiletries 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Desk 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Free local calls 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • WiFi (surcharge) 
  • Wired Internet access (surcharge) 
  • Number of bathrooms -  
  • Room service (24 hours) 
  • Individually furnished 
  • Individually decorated 
  • Pillow menu 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • In-room climate control (heating) 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Dial-up Internet access (surcharge) 
  • LCD TV 

Where to Eat

Full breakfasts are available for a surcharge and are served each morning between 6 AM and 11:30 AM.

Schooners Coastal Kitchen - Overlooking the ocean, this restaurant specializes in American cuisine and seafood. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). A children's menu is available. Reservations are required.

Nearby Things to Do

The outdoor sundeck, complete with a fireplace, is the perfect place to enjoy a light spa lunch before or after your treatments. A soak in the tub takes on a new dimension: the two Vista Blue Spa bay-view whirlpool tubs are the perfect way to cap off a relaxing day of indulgence.

  • Free bicycles on site 

Spa Services

Vista Blue Spa has massage/treatment rooms and couples treatment room(s). Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, and prenatal massages. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and hydrotherapy.

Guests under 17 are allowed in the spa with adult supervision. Guests under 13 years old are not allowed in the spa.

  • Couples treatment rooms 
  • Manicures and pedicures 
  • Body wraps 
  • Body scrubs 
  • Facial treatments 
  • Aromatherapy treatments 
  • Hydrotherapy treatments 
  • Hot stone massage 
  • Deep tissue massage 
  • Prenatal massage 
  • Minimum age to access spa is 13 
  • Detoxification wrap 
  • Massages 

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Check-in time starts at 4 PM

Check-out

Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pets

  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
No rollaway/extra beds available
Noise-free rooms not guaranteed
Parking height restrictions apply

Fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:
  • Resort fee: USD 29.00 per accommodation, per night
The resort fee includes:
  • Fitness center access
  • Internet access
  • Parking
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: between USD 14 and USD 28 per person (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 29.00 per stay (rates may vary)
  • Fee for in-room wired Internet: USD 29.00 per stay (rates may vary)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 29.00 per day (in/out privileges)
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Hotel Monterey Plaza
  • Monterey Plaza
  • Monterey Plaza Hotel
  • Monterey Plaza Hotel And Spa
  • Monterey Plaza Hotel Monterey
  • Monterey Plaza Resort
  • Plaza Hotel Monterey

We should mention

Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation. Some facilities may have restricted access. Guests can contact the property for details using the contact information on the booking confirmation.


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