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New Ballrooms Debut at Portola Hotel & Spa

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Monterey Bay Property Unveils $1.83 Million Renovation to 16,488 Square Feet of Premier Event Space

Monterey, CA - February 22, 2024 - Portola Hotel & Spa, Monterey's premier coastal-inspired hotel, announces the completion of its extensive renovation to the De Anza and Bonsai Ballrooms and De Anza Foyer. With an investment of $1.83 million, these updates enhance the hotel's reputation as Monterey's leading destination for corporate meetings, conferences, weddings, and social events.

The creative vision behind this transformative project was led by RoseBernard Studio. "Drawing inspiration from the iconic Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row, the renovations to the De Anza and Bonsai Ballrooms and De Anza Foyer introduce guests to refreshed interiors that deeply resonate with the area's rich maritime history," said Robert Polacek, Creative Director & Partner at RoseBernard Studio. "Incorporating elements like weathered wood, clear blue waters, and local flora, we aimed to create a sense of place that is uniquely Monterey."

Renovations to the De Anza Ballroom's 10,655 square feet, the De Anza Foyer's 3,287 square feet, and the Bonsai Ballroom's 2,546 square feet include new carpet and wall covers, elevated décor, restored crown moldings, and updated light fixtures. "These enhancements both improve the aesthetic of our event spaces while also underscoring our commitment to providing an unmatched experience for our guests," said Terri D'Ayon Joyce, Director of Sales & Catering at Portola Hotel & Spa. "The attention to detail and dedication to celebrating the unique character of our surroundings ensure that every event here is both memorable and distinctly Monterey."

The ballroom updates follow the completion of the hotel's renovations to The Club Room, showcasing Portola Hotel & Spa's ongoing commitment to excellence and innovation in hospitality. "These latest renovations reflect our dedication to not only maintaining but elevating the standard of service at Portola Hotel & Spa," said Janine Chicourrat, Managing Director. "By investing in our facilities, we aim to ensure that every guest's experience is unparalleled, whether they're here for a conference, a special event, or a getaway. Our vision is to create a destination where the beauty of Monterey and the sophistication of our amenities blend seamlessly to offer a truly memorable stay."

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Portola Hotel & Spa is California's premier family-friendly destination offering easy access to Monterey's most popular attractions. Leading the way as the Central Coast's first LEED® Certified hotel, Portola reflects unparalleled modern coastal luxury in downtown Monterey. The AAA Four Diamond hotel is the perfect coastal-inspired escape, featuring 379 guest rooms, and 60,000 square feet of meeting space with the adjacent Monterey Conference Center. The serene environment and pet-friendly accommodations offer several on-site, award-winning amenities including, Spa on the Plaza, an outdoor pool, exceptional dining, a craft brewery, a children's loyalty program, and more.
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RoseBernard is known for their emphasis on collaboration resulting in consistently strong concepts that span every guest touchpoint and create a narrative that respects locality. Their work spans from restaurants to hotels and exclusive lounges around the world. By taking a holistic perspective on every project and using creative abilities paired with pragmatism, RoseBernard delivers market-specific, cost-effective, and unique solutions. With a passion for innovative and financially responsible solutions, their multidisciplinary studio works diligently to achieve clients and guests' goals to deliver the highest quality of design.

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Portola Hotel & Spa
Trisha Davis
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RoseBernard Studio
Robert Polacek, Creative Director & Partner
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