InterContinental The Clement Monterey California – Hotel Review

By Jonathan Spira on 20 October 2012
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It was all about the sea otters.  That’s what I remembered from my first stay at the Clement and that’s what I was looking forward to seeing on my return.  The California sea otter is one of the best-known inhabitants of Monterey, specifically Monterey Bay, and it can be best seen frolicking along the shore from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Almost right next door to the aquarium is the InterContinental The Clement hotel.

The Clement is directly on the bay and in the heart of Cannery Row, a street that was once home to the sardine canning industry and is now filled with restaurants, hotels, and shops.

There were a few people ahead of me at the reception desk but I only had to wait a few moments before being checked in.  The clerk at the front desk was pleasant and pointed out key areas of the property as he completed the check-in process.


The first thing I noticed as I entered my room was the sea otter with pup on the bed.  Every room comes with the 16” stuffed animal (which is also available for purchase in the gift shop if you want to adopt one) .

A bonsai tree and miniature Zen garden graced the desk, incongruously accompanied by a single-serve coffee maker.

My King Oceanfront room sported a balcony and gas fireplace and was located in the main building (the hotel has an annex across the street that’s accessed via a covered bridge). This was my second room as the original room had no working heat.  The front desk staff immediately switched my room and someone was at my door to help with luggage within minutes, minimizing the inconvenience.  As I settled into the room, a friendly bird perched itself on the balcony rail and was kind enough to remain there for a few good photos.

The bed, as is always the case in an InterContinental hotel, was very comfortable with excellent quality linens.  It was wonderful to be lulled to sleep by the soothing sound of ocean waves crashing against the shoreline.

The marble bathroom had a separate soaking tub and glass-enclosed shower.  However, the only hook for a bathrobe was near the tub and there was no place to hang a bathrobe near the shower, but there was a conveniently-placed towel bar next to the shower door.

The only problem I had with the room was the combination of noise from slamming doors of nearby rooms with a vibration you could feel through the floor.  It wasn’t anywhere near constant but it did disturb the otherwise Zen-like environment that the room and the bay created.

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