Why Work Here

We are one of the largest hotels on the Peninsula, located in the heart of downtown Monterey, CA. The Portola Hotel is a privately-owned and operated property with three on-site restaurants including Monterey’s original craft brewery, Peter B’s Brewpub. We pride ourselves in offering exceptional service and meaningful guest experiences through Four Diamond service and the hotel’s commitment to sustainability and the environment as Monterey’s first U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Certified Hotel.

We seek individuals who are passionate about serving others and being a part of an exceptional team. We are committed to seeking and retaining employees who have a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences, but who are united by their ability to connect with others and deliver on Portola’s promise to our guests.

The Portola Hotel offers many opportunities to move onward and upward in our company due to our focus on training, development and empowering our associates to promote from within. Here are some examples of employees who have grown significantly personally and professionally with us.

“I would have never imagined the many opportunities and experiences I have received being employed at Portola Hotel & Spa. It is exciting to learn the hospitality industry from the ground up and to be able to meet so many people from all over the world, not to mention my fabulous team members from each and every department. We work as a team towards the success of hotel, but at the end of the day, the Portola team is basically my extended family.”  

- Keshia Abeyta, Sales Manager, 33 Years of Service

“I have been in the hospitality industry for over 44 years. The Portola Hotel & Spa has given me the opportunity to develop and grow on many different levels as an Executive Sous Chef. I have learned many different aspects of the culinary field and I love sharing my knowledge with my other colleagues. I feel very blessed to work for such a remarkable company that strives over quality to ensure all of our guests are happy.”

-Carl Ashurst, Executive Sous Chef, 39 Years of Service

“Working in hospitality is both exhilarating and humbling. The Portola Hotel & Spa is my second home and the team here feels like family.”

- Amy Gibson, Director of Conference Services, 33 Years of Service

In addition to fostering a professional environment where our team can succeed on a variety of levels, the Portola Hotel & Spa is also proud to be recognized as a culinary externship property by The Culinary Institute of America. 


Learn About Our Benefits

The Portola Hotel offers market leading wages and competitive benefit programs to ensure that our associates are well taken care and feel supported by us. Our benefit programs include:

  • Comprehensive medical benefits with a broad-based provider network so that you can choose the plan that works best for you. Plans include medical, dental, vision, and life insurance options.
  • 401(k) retirement savings program after three months of employment.
  • Paid vacation time and sick pay eligibility after satisfying an introductory period.
  • Discounts at on-site restaurants, spa and neighboring affiliates.
  • Complimentary salad bar buffet during meal periods.

Equal Employment Opportunity

It is the policy of the Portola Hotel & Spa to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the Portola Hotel & Spa will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

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