Hyatt Regency Monterey 1 Old Golf Course Rd., (800) 233-1234, (831) 372-1234. 4 stories; 550 rooms; $$-$$$. 2 heated pools; 2 hot tubs; fitness room; full-service spa; 6 tennis courts (some night lights). 3 restaurants; room service. $20/day resort fee. This sprawling resort is located away from town, adjacent to the scenic Del Monte Golf Course (1300 Sylvan Rd., (831) 373-2700.)--the longest continuously operating golf course west of the Mississippi (for more than 100 years). Bicycle rentals are available, and Camp Hyatt operates for ages 3 through 12. Choose from two restaurants. Knuckles Historical Sports Bar has a casual but sleek atmosphere and 20 flat-screen TVs tuned to the action. A three-sided “Table Tender” booth with its own self-serve spigot in the table’s center can be reserved. Larger, more sophisticated TusCA Monterey offers a choice of breakfast menu or a buffet that includes an omelette station. Dinner brings on a delicate artichoke bisque, tender ricotta gnocchi with sautéed garlic, and delicate ravioli stuffed with a pear-gorgonzola mix and topped with a delicious rich Cognac cream. Pastas are housemade, and pizza is also an option.
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