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.
2023 AWARDS & ACCOLADES
- Condé Nast Traveler's Annual Readers’ Choice Awards "Hotels & Resorts" 2017-2023 Portola Hotel & Spa was recognized for Condé Nast Traveler's Annual Readers' Choice Award for the #2 Best Hotel in Northern California. Out of hundreds of qualified properties, the Portola Hotel & Spa takes its place among the Top Twenty-Five Hotels in the region.
- Smart Meetings Smart Stars "Best Eco/Green Hotel" 2015-2023 Portola Hotel & Spa was named as one of 2023 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.
- Northstar Meetings Group Stella Award 2023 Portola Hotel & Spa is honored to be awarded a gold medal by Northstar Meetings Group for their annual Stella Awards in the Hotel/Resort Renovation Category, Far West Region for The Club Room renovation.
- OpenTable Diners' Choice Award - Monterey / Carmel best for: Healthy 2023 Jacks Monterey was recognized by OpenTable as the destination's best restaurant for eating healthy
- Wine Spectator Award 2017-2023 Jacks Monterey has been awarded the Wine Spectator's 2023 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.
- Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards, Best Full Service Hotel 2023
Portola Hotel & Spa was recognized as the Best Full Service Hotel by the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards
- Monterey County Herald Reader’s Choice Award – Best Sports Bar/Restaurant 2022 & 2023 Monterey's Original Craft Brewery, Peter B's Brewpub was recognized by Monterey County Herald Readers as the destinations best restaurant and sports bar.
- Monterey County Weekly Best Of - Spa on the Plaza, 2013-2019, 2021-2023 Spa on the Plaza was voted Best Spa for Skin Care in the Monterey County by Monterey County Weekly readers.
2022 Awards & Accolades
- Northstar Meetings Group Stella Award 2022 Portola Hotel & Spa is honored to be awarded a gold medal by Northstar Meetings Group for their annual Stella Awards in the Hotel/Resort Renovation Category, Far West Region for the hotel room & lobby renovation.
- Smart Meetings Platinum Choice Award 2005, 2006, 2014, 2021 & 2022 Portola Hotel & Spa was honored by Smart Meetings Magazine as a Platinum Choice Hotel for meetings and events. Platinum Choice honorees reflect a commitment to quality and continue to raise the bar for the hospitality industry year after year.
- Monterey County Weekly Best Of - Peter B's Brewpub 2019 & 2022 Peter B's Brewpub, Monterey's original craft brewery was recognized by Monterey County Weekly readers for the Best Wings in 2019 & 2022.
2021 Awards & Accolades
- Tripadvisor Traveler's Choice Award 2020 & 2021 Portola Hotel & Spa is proud to be recognized as a Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Hotel for the second consecutive year.
- U.S. News & World Report Best Hotels Portola Hotel & Spa received a Gold badge under the Best Hotels in the USA Rankings, which means it is part of the top 10% of all ranked luxury hotels within the US.
- California Hotel & Lodging Association Good Earthkeeping Award 2009, 2017 & 2021 For a third time, the Portola Hotel & Spa was recognized by the California Hotel & Lodging Association for the property's commitment to the environment through ongoing green initiatives and sustainability efforts..
2020 Awards & Accolades
- Best of Craft Beer Award 2020 Peter B's Brewpub was awarded a Best of Craft Beer Award Silver Medal for Soul Sacrifice, a chili pepper beer.
2019 Awards & Accolades
- Northstar Meetings Group 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.
- TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018 & 2019 Portola Hotel & Spa is proud to receive TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence two years running.
- 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.
- 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 - Jacks Monterey, 2018 & 2019 Jacks Monterey was recognized for the Best Martini 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.