Renovation Update: Guest Blog Post by Janine Chicourrat, General Manager, Portola Hotel & Spa

As the Monterey Conference Center renovation continues to make great progress, we are thrilled to announce the start of the construction on the Portola Plaza. The Portola Plaza is home to Gasper de Portola, a Spanish soldier and administrator in New Spain and became the founder and first governor of Alta California.  As commander of…

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Preserving an Artistic & Cultural Monterey Landmark

Many are fond of the tile mosaic that graces the side of the Monterey Conference Center adjacent to the Portola Hotel & Spa. The “Monterey Mural” features 663 individual tiles, depicting 150 different scenes, illustrating the timeline of Monterey’s rich history. Created by artist, Guillermo Granizo and installed in 1984, the “Monterey Mural” is an…

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The Outdoors Just Got a Little “Cooler” at Peter B’s

Guest Blog Post, Janine M. Chicourrat, General Manager, Portola Hotel & Spa The Portola Hotel & Spa is already off to a busy start in 2016! With multiple renovations kicking off throughout the property, our team is working hard to add some fabulous new features not only to our guestrooms and main areas of the…

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Exciting Upgrades at the Portola, Guest Post by General Manager, Janine Chicourrat

The Portola Hotel & Spa is full of exciting changes as we close out 2015 and venture into 2016. The first project we are working on is the enhancement to all our guestrooms with a full bathroom remodel. This bathroom renovation is in its final stages of completion with 265 guestrooms already completed.  We plan…

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Guest Blog Post from Chef Andrew Hunter

The secret to finding an awesome restaurant By Chef Andrew Hunter Here’s a little-known secret among professional chefs and foodies for discovering a great restaurant.  Start by ordering the turkey sandwich. The all-time lunch favorite is the best indication about the care and passion a restaurant owner or chef puts into creating a memorable eating experience. Simply put,…

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Holiday Family Fun in Monterey

The Monterey Bay may not be famous for our snow covered winters, but that doesn’t stop us from rolling out the holiday cheer! From a Santa Fly In via helicopter to traditional tree lightings, check out these upcoming, family-friendly, holiday events taking place throughout the Monterey Peninsula!   Del Monte Center’s Annual Tree Lighting Saturday,…

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Pamper Someone Special: Holiday Spa-Themed Gift Ideas

The award-winning Spa on the Plaza located right here at the Portola Hotel has created a holiday gift guide that will pamper, soothe and rejuvenate the skin. Available in the Spa’s gift shop, pair these wonderful products with a gift certificate for one of the Spa’s signature European facials or a massage/facial combination package and…

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Woofin’ Around Monterey

The Monterey Peninsula may be known to many around the globe for its coastal charm, boutique wineries, world class golf courses, fine cuisine and more, BUT to dog lovers from near and far it’s cherished for the many canine friendly activities, restaurants and hotels located throughout the local area. The Portola Hotel is one of…

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