Right in the heart of Cannery Row, and with fabulous sea views to boot, the Plaze is the choice for folks who want to have everthing at their fingertips. Inside the hotel/resort, that means a top-quality spa, a swell rooftop fitness center, and a private beach. Rooms are dignified, with neo-Colonial reproduction furniture, quality mattresses and a good amount of elbow room. Those with sea-facing balconies come with binoculars, so that guests can watch whales, seals and other sea creatures frolic just off-shore (frankly, many days you don't even need the binoculars to see them). The hotel also boastsa  well-respected  restaurants and a clubby lounge which, alas, features the clunkiest player piano I've ever heard (someone needs to shoot the thing). So take your drink out to the patio when the weather's nice---the views really can't be beat. Overall a solid luxury choice, for those who appreciate good service and a ton of amenities, and don't mind paying for these perks.