New & Noteworthy Renovations in Monterey County

The $60+ million renovated Monterey Conference Center is now open and properties throughout the region have also invested tens of millions of dollars to undergo major renovations, remodeling and additions in hopes of giving visitors a fresh new experience.

Here is a brief list of some of the exciting changes to Monterey County's hotel and meeting facilities.

  • Next to the Monterey Conference Center, the Portola Hotel & Spa is undergoing a multi-million renovation, including the recently completed $10 million full renovation of all 379 guestrooms and bathrooms. Additional renovations happening now include new front doors, front desk, hallway carpet for the entire hotel, full lobby renovation and a new lobby bar and restaurant concept. Improvements also include cutting-edge energy and water conservation fixtures, reinforcing the Portola's commitment to sustainability and LEED® Certified Status.
  • Located in downtown Monterey, Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa has undergone significant changes including extensive guest room and fitness center renovations completed in December 2016. Of 163 guest rooms, 154 rooms have been newly renovated along with the construction of 6 new Jr. Suites. At approximately 505 square feet each, the Jr. Suite features a king bed with alcove to sitting area with a queen sofa sleeper, a full bathroom with walk in shower and separate tub, double vanity, wet bar, three sided gas burning fireplace and two 49-inch flat screen TV’s. New features include stylish hardwoods, custom-made furnishings, new windows and more. The new decor and historic images reflect the area’s Spanish heritage.
  • Pebble Beach Resorts has announced that the company will be introducing the new Fairway One at The Lodge in late summer 2017. Located along the first fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links, Fairway One is a distinctive addition to The Lodge at Pebble Beach. Fairway One will include 30 oversized guest rooms in three two-story buildings, and two four-bedroom golf cottages each with a 1,000-square-foot living room. A 2,500-square-foot main meeting room with floor-to-ceiling views of the first fairway is part of a new meeting facility (6,500 total square feet) at Fairway One. Pebble Beach Resorts has also invested in a major, three-year renovation of all 454 guest rooms at The Lodge, The Inn at Spanish Bay and Casa Palmero. The phased project will be completed in early 2019.
  • Nestled on 19 acres in Marina, Sanctuary Beach Resort Monterey Bay is undergoing a $4 million renovation of the restaurant and meeting space. The new Saltwood Restaurant will feature fresh cuisine made from sustainable and locally sourced ingredients and is expected to open May 1. In addition, the oceanfront resort will also be making improvements and furnishing updates to the rooms.
  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott The Dunes on Monterey Bay will be debuting an all-suite hotel in Marina. The new property, opening in May 2017, will include 106 suites and 3 meeting rooms.
  • In February 2017, The Stevenson Monterey completed its $700,000 renovation project of rooms and bathrooms, including new carpeting and updates. The hotel also repainted the walls and surfaces, made ADA accessibility upgrades and added a new elevator.
  • The Vagabond’s House in Carmel-by-the-Sea is undergoing more than $600,000 in renovations. The property recently refurnished and updated the lobby and is also remodeling a number of rooms in the boutique inn to create additional rooms and luxurious bathrooms, which will be completed by the end of March.

There were also a number of additional properties that completed renovations and additions in 2016 including Hotel Carmel and The Hideaway in Carmel-by-the-Sea; Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel Valley; and the Monterey Marriott, Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa and Monterey Tides in Monterey.