The greeting we received from the valet and receptionist upon arriving at California's Intercontinental The Clement Monterey impressed us with the cordial, purposeful, and proficient service one would expect from such an accomplished hotel. We were, however, delightfully caught off guard by the charming gift awaiting us in our hotel room: Clement, the friendly sea-star bearing sea otter. Fret not, more sea otters just like this one can be found in the gift shop.
During our one-night stay at this luxurious waterfront hotel, spa, and resort, we took in the stunning coastal views of Monterey Bay, traipsed down the street to the acclaimed Monterey Aquarium, and we simply enjoyed being in such a well-placed vantage point on historic Cannery Row.
Inside Intercontinental The Clement Monterey, we found the ambiance soothing and inspiring. The aquarium's proximity even shows in the decor. Off the lounge area in the hotel, once you ascend a few stairs, and you'll find yourself in an underwater-like hallway. Look up, and you'll see this sea creature! I love this hotel's display of technology-meets-nature ambiance.