We stayed at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. This hotel is undergoing a $45 million renovation. The hotel exterior maintains it's classic, rustic charm, but the guest rooms are being renovated to the highest standards. My wife and I were very impressed, and although we were looking forward to a dinner out, we were tempted to stay in the room just to enjoy the well-designed space.
One of the first tasks at hand was to get down to the Fireside Lounge and try out the cocktails. The Hyatt Regency Monterey has a "Get Fresh" bar program running that involves a specialty cocktail list including gourmet fruit purees and local fresh fruit. Some of the cocktails even get the fresh juice added right at the table side. Great idea.
I tried the Tanqueray Ten Raspberry Ricky. Made with gin, raspberry puree, fresh-squeezed lime juice, fresh raspberries and a splash of lemon-lime soda. It was very good, and well-balanced. The easy way out here would have been to design this drink around vodka, but I was glad to see the creativity that went into building this around the flavors of the Tanqueray Ten.
Jane tried a sparkling fresh strawberry lemonade, that was also made with fresh fruit. She enjoyed it and judged it "very refreshing."
I put my trust in the chef and went for the Chef's Special Risotto. It included salmon, yellow peppers, mushrooms and a combination of mozzarella and Romano. Green beans and artichokes rounded out the plate. The risotto was delicious, hearty and rich. It was a perfect match with the Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio from Alto Adige.
You can get more info on the Hyatt Regency Monterey at their website.