Review: Hyatt Regency Monterey
By Kathy Chin Leong

Here’s a great excuse to come to Monterey again. The Hyatt Regency Monterey has announced the completion of a $60 million renovation. And for now after experiencing a two-night stay here, I can honestly say this resort has everything you can think of and more.  

We recently came in the spring, after the remod was nearly complete.What’s left is refinishing one of the pools and a major spa.  It looks like a brand new hotel, updated and modern and elegant.  Now, I’ve always enjoyed Hyatts for their generous use of space, nice décor, and consistent in good service. 

After experiencing this property, I am in love with Hyatts again. I find that it has the personal touches of a boutique hotel, but at a grand scale.  There are many rooms here, 550 to be exact, so the property is sprawling with several buildings and a golf course.

What the hotel does to make it feel cozy is offer a high quality of attention to the guests, and the way the furnishings are arranged make you feel as though you are in someone’s home.

The lobby features a stone fireplace and conversation groupings around it, so you can enjoy a glass of wine with a friend and share some intimate time together.

ROOMS

In the rooms are spanking new and big 32-inch flat-screen TVs and refrigerators, instead of mini-bars, and fresh art throughout.  Regarding the TV, my kids enjoyed hooking up their video game system from home, and spent quite awhile playing Wii tennis together.

The bathrooms are roomy, and I especially enjoyed the rain-style shower heads. The beds, deep and downy, were dreamy and covered with smooth linens. The four of us fit nicely in this room, without getting in each other’s way.  And the décor is full of white and earth tones, giving the entire premise a contemporary feel.

Making the hotel very family friendly is the fact you can get adjacent rooms with connecting doors. So when we came with grandpa, and my sister, the connecting rooms gave the little kids an extra special time of frolicking and running beween rooms.

REGENCY

For an extra fee of $80 per room, you can bump up to the Regency Lounge level and have access to a special living area that offers continental breakfast, afternoon snacks, and dessert at night.

In the low season,you can take advantage of this offer for $50.  In the lounge is your own concierge, a flat-screen TV, couches and tables, and an array of magazines and newspapers, and a computer/printer alcove for some quick internet surfing.

Outside are extra tables for more relaxation, and the ambiance is great. The pool is steps away, and so is the firepit and the ping pong table. 

TENNIS

During our stay we tried to take advantage of all the amenities on site. Ping-pong, tennis, pools, fire pit, golf course, upcoming spa for mom and dad, cool restaurant… what’s not to like?
We loved the high-quality tennis courts which are free to hotel guests.  It is a tennis club, so you’ll see many locals and tennis pros come here for practice, play, or lessons.

TusCA RESTAURANT

Dinner at the TusCA is a culinary delight. The chef merges the best of Tuscan and Californian cuisine, and we enjoyed the fresh veggies, seafood, and pasta dishes.  The outdoor seating enhances the romantic atmosphere, and indoors, there is enough quiet to have conversation without raising your voice.

BOTTOM LINE

So,  with many room options at the Hyatt, and amenities and outdoor activities, I say come and visit the Hyatt and see this hotel chain in a whole new light.

****
HOTEL DETAILS

One Old Golf Course Road.  ?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = SKYPE /--> 831/37... ; www.monterey.hyatt.com . Rates start at $200.

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