Located literally minutes from the Monterey Airport and tucked away in a beautiful secluded area of one of America’s most desirable vacation destinations is the picturesque Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa, a property surrounded by the Del Monte golf course proving to be an ideal venue for corporate retreats or family escapes. Their impressive conference center is also a popular venue where corporate groups hold meetings throughout their stay on the property.

Hyatt Regency Monterey Entrance View

The Hyatt is a place where families are welcome and can experience a multitude of fun facilities within the natural surroundings of the property as a group or individually. During my visit I enjoyed watching a junior golf tournament in progress and the amazing young golfers on the course playing for awards, some as young as six years old. Del Monte Golf Course offers bag storage and a golf pro shop to guests Additional fun resort games including ping pong, chess, oversized checkers, and family board games are also available for family enjoyment.
Dining venues at the hotel include the Fireplace Lounge where lunch and dinner, either inside by the fireplace or out on the terrace overlooking Del Monte golf course is so comfortable with a staff that are friendly and accommodating. This is also a favorite place on Friday and Saturday night to savor small plates while listening to great jazz. The hotel brings some of Monterey’s best jazz musicians to entertain their guests.

TusCA Rjistorante

Food & beverage is an ongoing experience here and the TusCA Ristorante has a menu inspired by Tuscan regional dishes created by Executive Chef Steve Johnson and Chef Logan Sandoval who boast the use of all locally sourced seasonal produce, meats and fish. The Niman Ranch lamb chop and scallop dinner with parsnip puree the Chefs’ prepared was so outstanding, and was perfectly paired with Twisted Roots Cabernet. Additional menu items include exciting appetizers, salads with beautiful anti-pasta plates.
By day this is a relaxed and sunny dining room filled with guests for breakfast where a wonderful buffet is featured daily or guests may select items like toast and tea or eggs Benedict from their full menu. The lunch is busy and offers everything from healthy salads to your favorite hamburger. At night it becomes a shimmering dining destination where guests savor entrees that include seafood favorites, exceptional pasta specialties, and outstanding meat dishes. The hotel also offers a well-rounded wine list featuring local and imported wines for pairing with dinner, and wonderful signature cocktails at the bar or fireplace lounge. For guests who want to just relax in their room after a day of golf or sight seeing they offer a full room service menu.

Niman Lamb Chops & Scallops

There is also a small Hyatt Market that always seems busy and offers fast food items of pastries, breakfast sandwiches, hot coffee and beverages as well as snacks throughout the day for people on the go. Knuckles Sports Bar is a favorite family venue and has ongoing games of all sporting events on televisions throughout the large room. They have a full bar and offer snacks and a dinner. menu
The Marilyn Monroe Spa, located between building 15 and the Garden Terrace Pool and Hot tub offers a full menu of massages, facials and body treatments as well as a full service salon to enjoy after a day of tennis, golf, swimming or shopping. A few steps from the spa you will find the StayFit at the Hyatt, an area devoted to keeping fit with countless machines, workout equipment, free weights and chilled towels that is opens twenty-four hours. Two heated pools and hot tubs are nearby for ongoing exercise or relaxation. They have a Racquet Club for tennis lovers with complimentary court time, where guests can also rent bicycles to ride around the property during their stay.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

If you like to take your puppy along you will be happy to know that pets are welcome at the Hyatt, and guest are encouraged to walk their pets throughout the hotel grounds, with the exception of the of the restaurants, and pets must be leashed at all times on the property. I noticed guests seemed to be enjoying walking with their pets through the beautiful tree filled grounds.
Fun things to do in the surrounding area include a ten-minute ride by car or a $12 taxi ride to the Monterey Aquarium, shopping on Cannery Row or enjoying a cocktail at one of the renowned restaurants overlooking the ocean. The Aquarium turns all of us into children for a morning or afternoon and is considered to be one of the best in the country. For many years now Monterey Aquarium has been a major supporter of the Seafood Watch Program. They have a restaurant filled with kids favorite foods and some delicious seafood items for the big kids.

Cannery Row

Hyatt parking is self park or valet and is included with no charge and your car will be parked in front of the building where your room or suite is located until you leave: ADA parking is also available. Express check-in and check-out at the Hyatt makes everything so easy and can be done on the web or from your phone. For additional information visit: www.hyattregencymonterey.com.
By Bonnie Carroll
1 Old Golf Course Road
Monterey, California 93940