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Review: Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa

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Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa Review, California, Lodgings, Inns, Hotels

 

Referring to a hotel as a “home away from home” always seemed like cliché to me, but in the case of the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa, it’s fairly close to the truth – if my home had a spa, two pools, three restaurants, a working fireplace near a lounge with live Jazz performers and a maid who liked leaving chocolate and bottled water by our respective bedsides. So, really, the Hyatt Regency Monterey makes you feel as comfortable as you would in your own home, but with the luxury of staying at a hotel that knows how to pamper its guests.

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa On Del Monte Golf Course, http://www.travelingwithoutanet.com, patricia steffy, bedroom


Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa On Del Monte Golf Course, http://www.travelingwithoutanet.com, patricia steffy

 

Let’s start with the obvious – the Hyatt Regency Monterey does not look like the kind of hotel I would associate with big chain hotels. You won’t see a tower of rooms anywhere on the campus. This is an asset property. The original buildings were part of the Mark Thomas Inn, which opened in 1955, and the property has been growing ever since Hyatt acquired it. There are 23 buildings on the campus that offer accommodations, in addition to a separate spa, conference center, and registration/restaurant buildings. They offer 550 guest rooms (32 of them are suites) – making this the largest hotel in Monterey by a significant margin.

You would think that all of these buildings would mean a lot of cement, cars, and an industrial feeling. Not so! The buildings merge into the surroundings, and the first thing you notice about the place are the trees. In fact, it felt closer to a forest/mountain retreat than a city hotel. The second thing you notice is that the hotel rests up against the Del Monte Golf Course. Built in 1897, Del Monte has the distinction of being the oldest golf course west of the Mississippi in constant operation.

Golf Course View, Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa On Del Monte Golf Course, http://www.travelingwithoutanet.com, patricia steffy

The water in the sand is what remained from a crazy storm the night before we left.

Golf Course View, Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa On Del Monte Golf Course, http://www.travelingwithoutanet.com, patricia steffy

 

We were lucky enough to be housed in Building 6. Our view was of this gorgeous golf course and it was next door to the main registration and restaurant building. This turned out to be fortuitous placement, as it actually rained quite heavily most of the time we were there. It was a nice present to be able to walk under the protection of awnings into our wine tasting and dinner the night of our arrival.

bedroom, Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa On Del Monte Golf Course, http://www.travelingwithoutanet.com, patricia steffy

bedroom

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa On Del Monte Golf Course, http://www.travelingwithoutanet.com, patricia steffy

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa On Del Monte Golf Course, http://www.travelingwithoutanet.com, patricia steffy

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa On Del Monte Golf Course, http://www.travelingwithoutanet.com, patricia steffy

As you can see, the room was spacious, and had an incredibly comfortable king bed at its center. Two viable work centers were in our room – one formal desk set-up and an arrangement on the balcony that would have worked well on a less damp weekend. The bathroom was quite large with enough counter space to allow for two people to get ready. It was well-equipped with every product and appliance we could need. The shower head was one of those detachable ones that you can use as a hand-held device. This worked quite well for me, in its holder, but less well for Andy, who is considerably taller. Amenities included the HDTV, refrigerator and coffee/tea makers that we have come to expect in upscale hotels. The colors are soft, as are the fabrics, and there is a warmth about the room that has nothing to do with the heating system.

I enjoy hotel stays, but even I have to admit that often hotels don’t make you feel like you belong there. Not so here. Andy was the first to point out that there is an almost immediate feeling of welcoming. There is a trust here – a partnership even – between guest and hotel. When we spoke to the General Manager, he made of point of saying that they want guests to feel like they are part of a larger traveling family. This was echoed by the actions of every friendly staff member we met during our weekend (most of whom did not know I was writing about the hotel).

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa On Del Monte Golf Course, http://www.travelingwithoutanet.com, patricia steffy

The fire pit in the gazebo was used even on our first rainy night. It’s clearly a big hit!

Grounds, Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa On Del Monte Golf Course, http://www.travelingwithoutanet.com, patricia steffy

Grounds, Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa On Del Monte Golf Course, http://www.travelingwithoutanet.com, patricia steffy

Grounds, Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa On Del Monte Golf Course, http://www.travelingwithoutanet.com, patricia steffy

 

Speaking of families, this place is ideal for family travel. Between the pools, tennis courts, ping pong tables and the games made available in the Fireplace Lounge (more on this magical place in the next post), this is a great spot for families visiting the area to call home. We saw many families using the hotel as their base of explorations, and given that it is only a couple of miles from the Monterey Bay Aquarium (“Finding Dory,” anyone?), Cannery Row and the delights of downtown Monterey, it makes for an ideal location.

 

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa On Del Monte Golf Course, http://www.travelingwithoutanet.com, patricia steffy

Ping Pong in between the rain drops.

It’s also a no-brainer for business travelers. Given that conferences seem to be continually held in their newly redone ballroom and conference center, the short cab ride (or complimentary hotel/airport shuttle ride) from the airport location, and their proximity to all the fabulous things in Monterey, it is definitely a place all travelers should consider when making their way through the area.

Another bonus – it’s budget-friendly even without the discounts available on booking.com, and other websites. That means you can easily book an extra night so that you don’t have to rush through your sight-seeing. Though I should tell you that it is the 13th busiest Hyatt in the world, and ranked 4th in sell-outs, so please make a reservation. Sure, you might get lucky and find a room, but if you know Monterey is in your sights, go ahead and book the room.

Now you know about the space, but that doesn’t begin to tell you all we discovered while we were there. Over the next week or so, I’ll let you in on all the details of the on-site spa, restaurants, Jazz lounge and wine tasting that Andy and I will continue to reminisce about for months to come. Stay tuned!

Details:

Where: Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course, 1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey, California, USA, 93940-4908, Tel: +1 831 372 1234

Budget: Varies depending on size, view and season, but standard rooms without discount are under $250 (and you can often find great deals, even on weekends, that lower that price significantly)

Atmosphere: Casual and comfortable

Wi-Fi: Free and everywhere

Parking: Free and everywhere

 

Links for articles related to the trip to Monterey:

The Monterey Fireplace Lounge: A Cozy Place to Indulge

TusCA Ristorante: Taking California Cuisine Upscale in Monterey

Getting Sporty at Knuckles in Monterey

You Deserve to be Pampered – Make the Marilyn Monroe Spa Your Next Stop

Discovering the Twisted Roots of a California Winemaker

7 things to do on a rainy day in Monterey

 

 

 

Our stay at the Hyatt Regency Monterey was part of a sponsored, scheduled press trip. All expressed opinions are my own, and that of TravelingWithoutANet.com

33 Comments on Review: Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa

  1. Ooh I love Monterey. I haven’t been for years (and when I was single!) Now I have a family this looks like the perfect place to stay to keep the kids amused and parents relaxed.

    • PatriciaSteffy // March 30, 2016 at 6:08 pm // Reply

      It really is a great place for the whole family. We loved the restaurants, the spa and just relaxing while watching the golfers go out. I’d definitely go back again!

  2. Wow! This location is beautiful. No wonder that it’s the 13th busiest Hyatt in the world!

  3. I love that the price is reasonable. It’s very important. Great post Patricia

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    • PatriciaSteffy // March 30, 2016 at 7:46 pm // Reply

      Thank you! And you know, booking.com had rooms there that weekend for only $129. So, while the price is always good for what you are getting, there are definitely deals out there that make it even more affordable.

  4. The gazebo looks like a perfect spot for relaxing! And can’t even be unhappy about a ping pong table, especially with kids! Sounds like you all had a great time!

    • PatriciaSteffy // March 30, 2016 at 7:47 pm // Reply

      It provides a great array of activities to keep both kids and adults happy. I’m guessing the pools are very popular spots (when it isn’t raining, of course).

  5. Interesting, haven’t been to this area in a while

  6. Very luxurious, I would love to stay here. Those toiletries look really nice too.

  7. This hotel sounds fabulous! The gazebo area looks amazing!

  8. This sounds like an absolutely fantastic hotel! I must visit!!

  9. Oh, God, I’d love to visit! Even just to see th nature around.

  10. What a beautiful location! I would absolutely want to stay here. They really thought of everything for the bathroom products. I’ve never seen such a selection for guests. And that bed, oh man, looks so comfortable!

  11. This hotel looks absolutely gorgeous. I especially love the gazebo area! Thanks for sharing!

    • PatriciaSteffy // April 1, 2016 at 5:42 pm // Reply

      It’s such a lovely spot. Even the rain for the first two days couldn’t dampen our spirits!

  12. What a lovely place! While I’m not a big fan of the room (it looks very business hotel-ish) the grounds are fabulous! Home away from home indeed it is, if only I have that beautiful gardens in my own home. Lol.

    • PatriciaSteffy // April 11, 2016 at 1:43 pm // Reply

      LOL!! My boyfriend and I were just saying that last night– we wish we had those gardens here where we could relax or work with the flowers and greens around us.

  13. Great review! I loved how detailed you were in explaining the features and highlights of the hotel. The information provided was plenty enough to make the decision on whether to stay there. The hotel looks great and I would definitely check it out the next time I am in Monterery.

    • PatriciaSteffy // April 20, 2016 at 5:50 pm // Reply

      They really go out of their way to make travelers feel like they are staying in a home away from home. I’d love to go up there for a writing week!

  14. It really does not look like it belongs to be big hotel chain, rather like a small boutique hotel 🙂 Def. a place I would like to stay at!

  15. Chris Thompson // April 28, 2016 at 5:53 pm // Reply

    Great post! It seems like an amazing place to visit. Keep up the good work and I wish you all the best.-Chris Thompson

    • PatriciaSteffy // April 28, 2016 at 6:05 pm // Reply

      It was the perfect home base for exploring Monterey. The food and wine were so good, I’d go back just for them!

  16. Hey there! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Lubbock Texas!
    Just wanted to mention keep up the great work!

  17. Thank’s great post.

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