Awards & Accolades

Monterey's Four Diamond & LEED® Certified Hotel

As Monterey’s first U.S. Green Building Council LEED® Certified hotel, the Portola Hotel is honored to be recognized for our commitment to sustainability and the environment. To learn more about Portola Hotel & Spa’s green initiatives click here.

Portola Hotel & Spa prides itself on delivering an exceptional experience with Four Diamond service. We are honored to have been recognized by guests, industry insiders and leading travel and hospitality outlets. Below are some of our most recent awards and accolades.


2019 Awards & Accolades

Stella Award 2019
Portola Hotel & Spa is honored to be awarded a 2019 gold medal Stella Award in the Best Green Initiative Category, Far West Region.

Conde Nast Traveler's Annual Readers’ Choice Awards "Hotels & Resorts" 2017, 2018 & 2019
Portola Hotel & Spa has just been chosen as a winner of Condé Nast Traveler's prestigious 2019 Readers' Choice Awards. Out of hundreds of qualified properties, the Portola Hotel & Spa takes its place among the Top Twenty-Five Hotels in Northern California as #14 on the list.

Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards 2017, 2018 & 2019
Jacks Monterey, the new restaurant located inside Portola Hotel & Spa’s tree-lined atrium lobby, has been awarded the Wine Spectator’s 2019 Award of Excellence for its wine program. The Award of Excellence is Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards’ top honor, in which a restaurant offers at least 90 selections, featuring a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style.

US Beer Open 2019 Gold Medal
Peter B’s Brewpub was awarded a Gold Medal at the US Beer Open 2019 for our local terroir, barrel soured Kolsch beer "Disco Biscuit.”

San Francisco Design Week Award 2019
Portola Hotel & Spa is honored to be awarded a 2019 San Francisco Design Week Award with RoseBernard Studio for the recent renovations of the lobby and Jacks Monterey for ground-breaking design and commitment to thought leadership in meeting the needs of a positive future for society. 

Smart Meetings Smart Stars "Best Eco/Green Hotel" 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019
Portola Hotel & Spa was named as one of 2019 Smart Stars Award Winners for Best Eco/Green Hotel. The AAA Four Diamond Portola Hotel & Spa was recognized as the only U.S. Green Building Council LEED® Certified hotel on California’s Central Coast.

California Craft Brewers Cup 2019 Gold Medal
Peter B's Brewpub was awarded a gold medal for the Inclusion Amber in the Standard British Ales Category.

California State Fair 2019 Craft Beer Competition Bronze Medal
Peter B's Brewpub was awarded a bronze medal for the Inclusion Amber and Stouts Without Borders at the California State Craft Beer Competition.

Los Angeles 2019 International Beer Competition Bronze Medal
Peter B's Brewpub was recognized as one of the best English-Style Brown Ales amongst competitors for the Inclusion Amber Ale.

Monterey County Weekly Best Of - Peter B's Brewpub
Peter B's Brewpub, Monterey's original craft brewery was recognized by Monterey County Weekly readers for the Best Wings in 2019.  

Monterey County Weekly Best Of - Jacks Monterey, 2018 & 2019
Jacks Monterey was recognized for the Best Martini in the Monterey County by Monterey County Weekly readers.  

Monterey County Weekly Best Of - Spa on the Plaza, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019
Spa on the Plaza was voted Best Spa for Skin Care in the Monterey County by Monterey County Weekly readers. 

Meetings Today Best Of - Portola Hotel & Spa, 2019
The Portola Hotel & Spa was selected by Meetings Today readers as one of the best 150 properties for meetings in the US. 


2018 Awards & Accolades

Bronze Medal - Great American Beer Festival
Peter B’s Brewpub at Portola Hotel & Spa was awarded a Bronze Medal at the Great American Beer Festival 2018 for Tropic Maelstrom in the American-Style Fruit Beer Category.

Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
Portola Hotel & Spa was recognized for the 2018 Accommodations and Visitors Services Award at the 32nd Annual Business Excellence Awards.

California State Fair 2018 Craft Beer Competition Gold Medal
Peter B's Brewpub was awarded a gold medal for the Dry Irish Stout at the California State Craft Beer Competition.

Los Angeles International Beer Competition Gold Medal
Peter B's Brewpub was recognized as the best American-Belgo-Style Ale amongst competitors for the Great White Buffalo Belgian.

Monterey County Weekly Best Of
Jacks Monterey was recognized for Best Martini, and Peter B’s Brewpub was also recognized for Best Bar for Baby Boomers.

Monterey County Herald’s 2018 Readers Choice Awards
Peter B’s Brewpub was recognized by Monterey County Herald readers as Best Sports Bar / Restaurant.


2017 Awards & Accolades

Silicon Valley Business Journal's The List
Portola Hotel & Spa was recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal in their list of the top 50 hotels in Silicon Valley.

Monterey County Weekly Best Of
Portola Hotel & Spa was recognized by Monterey County Weekly as Monterey's first (and only) U.S. Green Building Council LEED® Certified hotel. Peter B’s Brewpub was also recognized for Best Happy Hour.

CLIA Excellence in Lodging and Hospitality Award for Construction and Refurbishment
California Lodging Industry Association awarded Portola Hotel & Spa for their excellence in designing and upgrading a member lodging property in California, with completion within two years.

California Hotel & Lodging Association Good Earthkeeping Award 
For a second time, the Portola Hotel & Spa was recognized by the California Hotel & Lodging Association for the property's commitment to the environment through on-going green initiatives and sustainability efforts.