For the second consecutive year, Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey, Calif., the city’s first and only Silver LEED-certified hotel, has been named Best of the West by readers of Meeting Focus Magazine. Properties are judged on the quality of meeting space, guest rooms, guest services and amenities, F&B service, high-tech services and equipment, recreational facilities and activities, the efficiency and helpfulness of staff, and overall value and experience.
The 379-room/suite hotel, less than two hours from San Francisco, has more than 22,000 square feet of meeting space, ranging from boardrooms that hold 20 people to a 10,665-sq. ft. ballroom that holds 1,000. Its green practices include zero waste meetings & events; composting of all post-consumer items; environmentally friendly vendor & exhibit company suggestions; open communication regarding the use of reusable or recyclable packing & materials; Earth-friendly plastic and paper goods; replacing to-go cups with china, glassware and silverware; organic and sustainable menu options; and team-building activities that emphasize environmental awareness.