Portola Hotel & Spa undergoes $11.2M renovation

In Central California's Monterey Bay, the Portola Hotel & Spa is preparing to wrap up $11.2 million worth of renovations. 

RoseBernard Studio is responsible for all interior design, and the purchasing management agency is Ramsey & Associates.

The new renovations include a complete remodel of the Central Coast hotel's 379 guestrooms. Upon completion, the newly-reimagined guestrooms will honor the coastal city's history, while adding technologically advanced features to meet the needs and expectations of todays' travelers. 


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The guestrooms will recall the Hispanic roots of Monterey, incorporating the palettes, architectural traditions and clothing patterns of The Californios, the region's earliest settlers. Special touches will include custom lighting, and multi-use plugs set in convenient locations so guests can freely move around the room with their devices.

The Portola's public spaces are also being updated, from the carpet and wall coverings in the meeting rooms to the replacement of the furniture in the elevator landings, which will mirror the recently completed lobby's design scheme. That design fuses inspiration from the coastal living of Monterey and the area's history.

Already, the hotel revitalized its outdoor space by adding Jacks Terrace, a new outdoor event space and pet-friendly terrace. Outfitted with custom fire pits and a variety of seating options, the new terrace has four living walls, with three of the living walls alternating with bays of teak slat walls, designed to soften the property's hard stucco exterior. The northeast sprouting wall, in particular, rises 16 feet into the sky and spans 10 feet wide incorporating live plants and herbs. The terrace is made complete by a custom iron trellis to differentiate the private dining space. 

The property similarly completed the $1.2 million on-premise Peet's Coffee bar.

Janine Chicourrat his the GM of the property.

Photo credit: Portola Hotel & Spa