Hotel Abrego Is the Perfect Portal to Reboot
Think of Hotel Abrego as a Central Coast hotspot that can cleverly balance the feel of a lodge and an upscale hotel reminiscent in, say, Tahoe or Park City, Utah, perhaps. This impressive 93-room vacation—or staycation—portal sits wonderfully on the perimeter of downtown Monterey, California.
I arrived on a weekend evening and immediately found the adjoining “lounge/lodge” adjacent to the lobby a unique touch. A wine-and-dinner bar resided near the front desk while nearly a dozen dining tables, beautifully set up, took up camp in the main dining area. A fireplace on the far wall was a nice touch. It’s not often you’d find a “dining room” so close to the front desk, but this was part of the charm of Hotel Abrego—cozy, accommodating, friendly.
My third floor room was spacious, complete with king-sized bed—kudos to the bountiful supply of pillows—a thought-out workspace and desk (iHome docking station is a plus), lounge chair and a gas fireplace encased in wonderful stone underneath a flat-screen television. And the balcony view: breathtaking. We’re talking about the Monterey Bay here, a pristine marine sanctuary and something you can easily lose yourself in if you just sit there and stare at it for some time. (Which I did.)
The hotel is perfectly situated just a short walk from several beaches, some of the best dining spots—consider Montrio or Stokes Adobe—shopping (Del Monte Center and Alvarado Avenue), and festive nightlife. It’s also not that far of a walk from the famous Cannery Row, home to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Actually, while on Cannery Row, here are some stops to consider: Bargeto Winery’s Tasting Room (831-373-4053), Amarin Thai Restaurant (831-373-8811) or Bistro Moulin (831-333-1200)—each has its own distinctly original vibe.
Meanwhile, outdoor enthusiasts may also dig all the rec trails and other activities—kayaking, scuba diving, surfing.
The most refreshing surprise? The hotel’s eco-friendly accents—recycling bins can be found each guestroom, as well as fluorescent lighting, faux leather ottomans and bamboo hangers. The bathroom is equipped with low-flow toilets and showers.
Bottom line: This place is a keeper.