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by Michael C. Lowe | July 01, 2012
Plugged In
The city of San Jose once again lives up to its title as the capital of Silicon Valley by launching free Wi-Fi service throughout the downtown area beginning this month.
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Monterey
The Monterey Marriott completed a renovation of its 319 guest rooms, plus all hallways and corridors, in February. The property, which includes more than 50,000 square feet of meeting space, also is in the process of installing wireless Internet access in all guest rooms and meeting rooms.

This past February, the 550-room Hyatt Regency Monterey finished construction on an 8,000-square-foot courtyard that will be available for use as function space. In addition, the property soon will begin a renovation of its 40,000 square feet of meeting space, to be finished in early 2013.

All 379 guest rooms at the Portola Hotel & Spa Monterey Bay are now equipped with wireless Internet access. The property offers more than 50,000 square feet of flexible indoor event space, including the 19,600-square-foot Serra Ballroom and 11,000-square-foot De Anza Ballroom, plus approximately 60,000 square feet of outdoor event space, which includes the 500-seat Steinbeck Forum amphitheater.

The Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove has installed free Wi-Fi in all 312 guest rooms and completed a renovation of its 8,147-square-foot Hearst Social Hall. In all, the complex has 30,000 square feet of meeting space.

Meeting Hotels
Among the many properties with meeting space in Monterey are the 550-room Hyatt Regency Monterey, 379-room Portola Hotel & Spa Monterey Bay, 319-room Monterey Marriott, 290-room Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, 208-room Clement Monterey, 204-room Hilton Garden Inn Monterey, 196-room Best Western Plus Beach Resort Monterey, 171-room Casa Munras Hotel & Spa, 105-room Hotel Pacific and 103-room Travelodge Monterey Carmel.

Convention Center
Monterey Conference Center; exhibit space, 19,600 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 12; (831) 646-3770

Airport Transit
Monterey Airport, 3.5 miles east of downtown Monterey. Transfer cost by taxi, $15

San Jose International Airport, 75 miles north of Monterey. Transfer cost by Monterey Airbus, $40

San Francisco International Airport, approximately 105 miles north of Monterey. Transfer cost by Monterey Airbus, $50

Taxes
Room tax, 10%; California Tourism Assessment, .065%; county tax, $2 per night at full service hotels and $1 per night at limited service properties. Total tax on hotel rooms, 10.065% plus $1-$2 per night

Group Venue
The iconic 18-hole, par-72 Pebble Beach Golf Links has been the site of some of the sport's most storied tournaments since it opened back in 1919, including five U.S. Open Championships (a sixth will be held during the course's centennial year). In addition to challenging golf, the course offers three on-site hotels, among them the 161-room Lodge at Pebble Beach, which overlooks the 18th hole and features more than 10,000 square feet of meeting space. (800) 654-9300

Contact
Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau, (877) 666-8373