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Monterey Conference Center Renovation and Hotel Upgrades

Exciting Improvements for Monterey Meetings

Monterey Conference Center

The City of Monterey is going through some exciting changes and we are thrilled to have a front row seat! The Monterey Conference Center, adjacent to the Portola Hotel & Spa is in the process of a $60 million renovation.  The renovation is the largest project for the City of Monterey since they originally built the conference center back in 1977.

The Monterey Conference Center renovation will infuse up to $60 million dollars in physical and technological improvements into the building, including more flexible meeting space, more usable pre-function space, advanced technology, and the ability to host multiple meetings simultaneously. Re-opening in Summer 2017, the new conference center plans to be a fellow U.S. Green Building Council LEED® Certified building.

During this project the City of Monterey will be renovating the Portola Plaza driveway with an extensive remodel. During this time the front entrance to the Portola Hotel will be closed.  Access to the hotel will be through the hotel parking garage located on the right hand side of Del Monte Avenue.

To learn more about this stunning Monterey Conference Center renovation or view their live web cam, please visit

Portola Hotel Renovations

We are thrilled to announce we are enhancing the hotel and renovating the lobby and lobby restaurant. Enhancements include the upper lobby, front desk, main entrance to the hotel and a new lobby restaurant/bar opening in late April 2017. We are making every effort to ensure your arrival experience and check-in to the hotel will be smooth and accommodating to your needs.

As additional plans are finalized we will update this webpage with the latest information about our exciting upgrades for the property.  For questions about your upcoming plans to our hotel in Monterey, CA, call us directly at (888) 222-5851 or email

Follow the Portola Hotel and adjacent Monterey Conference Center renovation process on our Portola Hotel & Spa blog.

Q&A About the Renovations

Our guests experience throughout this renovation is very important to us and we have taken extra steps to ensure a smooth arrival process for each and every guest. If you have questions, please call the hotel directly at (888) 222-5851. 

What are the construction hours?

  • Construction hours for the Monterey Conference Center start at 8:00am and are not allowed to exceed 9:00pm.  Some weekend hours may apply. 
  • The Portola Hotel & Spa lobby construction hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 6:00pm.

When are the renovations scheduled to be complete?

  • The Portola Hotel & Spa first phase of the renovation including the upper lobby and front desk is scheduled to be complete in Spring 2017. The entire project will be completed Spring 2017. 
  • The Monterey Conference Center renovation is scheduled to be completed in Summer 2017.

Where is the driveway entrance during the Portola Plaza Driveway renovation?

  • The entrance to the Portola Hotel & Spa will be through the hotel parking garage located on the right hand side of Del Monte Avenue.  Our valet team will be there to greet and guide you throughout your stay.

Will the restaurants be open during the renovation?

  • Peter B’s Brewpub located behind the Portola Hotel will be open for normal business hours.
  • The Club Room, located off the Portola Hotel lower lobby, will continue to offer our European style breakfast buffet, including bottomless mimosas. 
  • Jacks Monterey will open April 26, 2017.

Portola Hotel & Spa Public Relations

For media inquiries about the renovation at the Portola Hotel & Spa, please contact Trisha Davis at Ballantines PR.