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

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 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

Conde Nast Traveler's Annual Readers’ Choice Awards "Hotels & Resorts"
Portola Hotel & Spa has just been chosen as a winner of Condé Nast Traveler's prestigious 2018 Readers' Choice Awards. Out of hundreds of qualified properties, the Portola Hotel & Spa takes its place among the Top Twenty Hotels in Northern California as #11 on the list.

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

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

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.

The Californian 2015, 2016 & 2017
Spa on the Plaza was recognized as the Best Spa by the Salinas Californian. 

Monterey County Herald’s 2017 Readers Choice Awards
Peter B’s Brewpub was recognized by Monterey County Herald readers as Best Pub, Best Brew House/Tap Room, and Best Gastro Pub, and Spa on the Plaza was voted Best Spa.


2016 Awards & Accolades

Smart Meetings 2014, 2015 & 2016 Platinum Choice Award
Portola Hotel & Spa was named as a winner of the Smart Meetings Magazine Platinum Choice Award for three consecutive years. This prestigious award recognizes excellence in service and amenities among meeting hotels and resorts in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Silver Medal - Great American Beer Festival
Peter B’s Brewpub at Portola Hotel & Spa was awarded a Silver Medal at the Great American Beer Festival 2016 for "Miss IPPA" in the American-Style Fruit Beer Category. To learn about more award-winning craft beer, click here.


2015 Awards & Accolades

U.S. Green Building Council LEED® Recertification
Portola Hotel & Spa is participating in the USGBC’s Recertification Beta Pilot Program, the first hotel to undergo this recertification process. Portola built upon the sustainability initiative that it established in the first certification in 2011, including having 20% of the hotel’s employees commute using alternative forms of transportation including biking, walking, carpooling, and public transit.

Meetings Today (formerly Meetings Focus) 2013, 2014 & 2015 Best of the West Award
Portola Hotel & Spa was awarded for Best of the West by Meeting Focus Magazine for three consecutive years since 2013. Portola Hotel & Spa offers meeting and event planners the opportunity to create sustainable and eco-friendly conferences and events. Their Green Event Features include zero waste meetings & events and composting of all post-consumer items among other things.

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2014 & 2015
Jacks Restaurant & Lounge, located within the Portola Hotel and Spa, has been awarded Wine Spectator’s 2015 Award of Excellence for its wine program. Their wine list was recognized not for diverse with variety of selections only, but is also designed to accommodate the most discriminating connoisseur’s palate while simultaneously providing a sensory awakening for the novice.

KPIG Silver Sow Award
Peter B’s Brewpub in Portola Hotel & Spa was awarded the coveted Silver Sow Award for Best Brewpub in Monterey & Santa Cruz Counties. This award was strictly voted on by listeners of KPIG Radio in the tri-county area.