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Hang out in the historic bay of Monterey

Two hours south of San Francisco and sitting just beneath the sweep of Monterey bay, the city of Monterey has been both an artist's retreat and a fishing hotspot in its time, and now counts among America's best dive sites—the National Marine Sanctuary offshore is home to kelp forests teeming with dazzling shoals. Whale-watch out in the bay, come face to face with the local harbor seals and the not-so-local African penguins at Monterey Bay Aquarium, or just breathe in the sea air as you walk along Cannery Row. Monterey has plenty to recommend it back on dry land: a yearly jazz festival and theatre and film scene keep the culture vultures happy.


Where to stay

Downtown Monterey

Downtown is where you'll find the marina, Fisherman’s Wharf and other main attractions near the bay. Hotels range from as low as $140 per night to higher-end hotels that include full spas and all the amenities at upwards of $400 per night. The familiar faces of Travelodge and branches of Marriott are here.

Pacific Grove

North of the main center up the coast, stay in the peaceful Pacific Grove neighborhood for easy access to the water by way of kayak, surfboard and the Coastal Recreation Trail, as well as the Cannery Row waterfront for the best in seafood suppers around these parts. Hotel-wise, the so-called 17-mile Drive lines up the budget guesthouses and ocean-view suites to rent, and there's even an inn located right on Lover's Point Park for those sunset picnics on the shore.


Things to do

Golfing

If you're a golfer, Monterey is a great place to hone your swing in earshot of the Pacific waves. The Links at Spanish Bay is located right on the ocean with a full spa for that post-game massage. Visit during the springtime when the plant life is in full bloom, or check out courses in the area, including Del Monte and Pebble Beach.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

The pride and joy of Monterey is the aquarium located in Pacific Grove right next to the water. From sharks and eels to seals, otters and sea lions, budding marine biologists will not be disappointed. This fully interactive museum has a variety of tours and activities that allow its guests to learn more about the sea creatures inhabiting the area, and guests can even get involved in feeding sessions.

Cannery Row and the Path of History

Make time for Monterey's storied past with a ‘Path of History’ walking tour around coastal Monterey, starting at Downtown district with its Maritime Museum and 19th century pier at Fisherman’s Wharf, as well as the adobe architecture of the old casas from the city's time as a colonial Spanish capital. Further into Pacific Wharf, stop off at Cannery Row for a browse around the boutiques, officially christened after John Steinbeck made the sardine canning district famous in his novel. Finish up by heading to Point Pinos for the West Coast's oldest operating lighthouse.


Best time of year to visit

As with most of the California Coast, there is never a bad time to visit Monterey. While the ocean can bring chilly mornings and evenings, the weather is near perfect for most of the year, with only 20 inches of rainfall and average temperatures of a comfortable 68 degrees Fahrenheit in July. Although you don't have to worry about extreme weather during your stay, you should travel during the months of spring to see the plant and animal life that makes this area so spectacular.

Recently booked Monterey hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa
Downtown Monterey
8 minutes ago 4 stars $134
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa 1 hour ago 4 stars $199
Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
Downtown Monterey
1 hour ago 4 stars $143
Del Monte Pines Motel
Downtown Monterey
2 hours ago 2 stars $33
Super 8 Monterey 3 hours ago 2 stars $53
Days Inn Monterey Downtown
Downtown Monterey
4 hours ago 2 stars $59
Hotel Abrego
Downtown Monterey
4 hours ago 3 stars $149
Bay Park Hotel
Downtown Monterey
6 hours ago 3 stars $120
Monterey Beach Resort 7 hours ago 3 stars $135
BEST WESTERN De Anza Inn 10 hours ago 3 stars $71

Recently Rated Monterey Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
El Castell Motel
3.5 / 5
81 reviews
3 stars $49
Munras Inn
Downtown Monterey
3.2 / 5
15 reviews
2 stars $78
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
4.4 / 5
182 reviews
4 stars $199
Colton Inn
Downtown Monterey
3.8 / 5
154 reviews
3 stars $99
Days Inn Monterey-Fishermans Wharf Aquarium
Downtown Monterey
2.8 / 5
12 reviews
2 stars $57
BEST WESTERN PLUS Monterey Inn
Downtown Monterey
3.8 / 5
70 reviews
3 stars $99
Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
Downtown Monterey
4.3 / 5
45 reviews
4 stars $143
Quality Inn Monterey
Downtown Monterey
3.6 / 5
57 reviews
2 stars $48
InterContinental THE CLEMENT MONTEREY
Pacific Grove, Cannery Row
4.5 / 5
64 reviews
4 stars $162
Comfort Inn Monterey by the Sea
Downtown Monterey
3.3 / 5
18 reviews
2 stars $69

Featured Monterey Hotels

From $189

1 Monterey Marriott

4 stars
3.9 / 5 43 reviews

350 Calle Principal Map

Rate includes breakfast

Business class with plenty of amenities in historic MontereyExplore Monterey Peninsula by foot, bike and car from the beautifully maintained Monterey Marriott in the heart of historic downtown. Two... More

We'll be coming back
The staff was extremely friendly. We stayed for one night with our 2 kids (3 and 1). The room was spacious for the kids to run around. Location was within walking distance to shops, restaurants,...
Oct 23, 2014
From $99

2 BEST WESTERN PLUS Monterey Inn

3 stars
3.8 / 5 70 reviews

825 Abrego Street Map

Nice rates near the conference center and Fisherman's WharfIn a popular and sometimes pricey tourist destination, the smoke-free Best Western Plus Monterey Inn welcomes guests with affordable rates... More

Friendly staff, old hotel
The hotel is convenient to walking to downtown. We stayed on New Year's Eve this past year, and the walls are thin. I am a sound sleeper but it was tough to sleep in this place. Not only could I...
Feb 20, 2015
From $139

3 Hotel Pacific

4 stars
3.8 / 5 77 reviews

300 Pacific Street Map

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Romantic Monterey all-suite hotel reveals hints of Spanish influenceFind a touch of the Mediterranean at the Hotel Pacific, an adobe all-suite hotel in Monterey. Each of this boutique hotel's 105... More

Hotel Pacific for Big Sur Half Marathon
Great location to downtown. Parking was a little difficult but it worked out. Room was very large with gas fireplace. i would stay again.
Jan 24, 2015
From $149

4 Hotel Abrego

3 stars
4.0 / 5 109 reviews

755 Abrego St. Map

Great location, rated #7 on Tripadvisor

Boutique hotel on Monterey Peninsula offers relaxing coastal atmosphere Unwind after a long day touring the Monterey Peninsula's many attractions at Hotel Abrego, the area's newest full-service... More

Nice convenient place
The hotel is nicely located within easy walking distance of Monterey harbor and downtown. The room was very nice, clean and well equipped. Free wifi.
Jan 25, 2015
From $143

5 Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay

4 stars
4.3 / 5 45 reviews

2 Portola Plaza Map

Monterey hotel includes every ingredient for a great coastal getawayFrom a sun-soaked lobby with live trees reaching toward atrium skylights, to luxurious, soul-satisfying spa treatments, the... More

Fantastic Stay
fantastic room, fantastic stay, fantastic location. close to everything!
Feb 19, 2015
From $90

6 Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa

3 stars
3.7 / 5 166 reviews

700 Munras Ave. Map

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A Spanish hacienda in the heart of Old MontereyCasa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa captures the true spirit of Monterey, with a blend of warm, casual guest rooms, elegant dining and outdoor spaces... More

2 Days in Monterey
Good location where you can walk about half a mile to fisherman's wharf. and downtown. Trader Joe's 2 blocks and Denny's across the street. My room was apparently low end. It was small but had a...
Jan 5, 2015
From $99

7 Colton Inn

3 stars
3.8 / 5 154 reviews

707 Pacific Street Map

Monterey inn offers spacious rooms, free breakfast and afternoon snacksLocated in the heart of downtown Monterey, the Colton Inn is surrounded by historic adobe structures and lies within minutes... More

Great hotel
They have the best wifi during my 1 week trip to North California. The staff is super nice and you can help yourself on the free fruits they prepare for the guests every day. The continental...
Feb 21, 2015
From $133

8 Holiday Inn Express MONTEREY-CANNERY ROW

3 stars
4.0 / 5 53 reviews

443 Wave Street Map

Business smart and eco-friendly one block from the Pacific OceanRenovated and all nonsmoking, the Holiday Inn Express Monterey-Cannery Row offers clean, quiet accommodations on the Monterey/Carmel... More

Family Trip
This was the second time staying at this hotel. It's nice being able to park here and then walk to the many attractions and restaurants along cannery row.
Jan 8, 2015
From $102

9 BEST WESTERN PLUS Victorian Inn

3 stars
3.8 / 5 51 reviews

487 Foam Street Map

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Victorian-style property offers charm and modern-day amenities Charm only begins to describe Best Western Victorian Inn. The AAA Three Diamond Monterey Bay hotel, built in 1906 as a home for... More

Awesome room
High celling, Fire Place, Balcony, friendly staff, reasonable price, $ 14 parking which is ok
Dec 30, 2014
From $67

10 BEST WESTERN Park Crest Inn

3 stars
3.4 / 5 52 reviews

1100 Munras Avenue Map

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Great rates a mile or two from the best of MontereyGuests at Best Western Park Crest Inn find a convenient location and a complimentary continental breakfast featuring Belgian waffles each morning... More

Anniversary Trip
Hotel was clean staff was nice. Bed was not comfy. Not much of TV selection and AC unit was outdated.
Jan 26, 2015
From $58

11 Clarion Hotel Monterey

3 stars
3.5 / 5 118 reviews

1046 Munras Avenue Map

Affordable accommodation with lodge-like pool and Jacuzzi in MontereyThe affordable Clarion Hotel Monterey offers clean, contemporary guest rooms and thoughtful touches to make any stay special.... More

Last minute trip
Tricky to find but pleasant & accommodating staff. Disappointed with Direct TV.
Jan 20, 2015
From $149

12 MONTEREY BAY INN

3 stars
4.2 / 5 29 reviews

242 Cannery Row Map

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Harbor views on Cannery Row with free in-room breakfastOceanfront balconies meet the tide at Monterey Bay Inn, set along the shores of historic Cannery Row.  Stroll to Monterey Bay Aquarium,... More

Great trip
Very nice hotel great view of water and hiking area
Jan 12, 2015
From $199

13 Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

4 stars
4.4 / 5 182 reviews

400 Cannery Row Map

One of only 160 Forbes Four Star hotels in the U.S. Prepare to be entranced. Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa perches guests above scenic Monterey Bay in elegant, European-inspired style... More

Jewel by the Bay
My husband and I needed a getaway to a quiet, secluded place that had activities and shopping within walking distance, as we were not driving. We picked the perfect place at the Monterey Plaza...
Feb 22, 2015
From $143

14 Hilton Garden Inn Monterey

3 stars
3.6 / 5 37 reviews

1000 Aguajito Road Map

Complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet Access

The conveniences of home in Monterey Bay settingHilton Garden Inn Monterey spoils guests with private balconies, poolside cabanas, Herman Miller ergonomic desk chairs, and a location just a half... More

Great Trip for Work & Sight Seeing
The hotel was modern and clean. I had to clean up my work presentation in the business center and was able to print everything without any problems. The pool and hot tub were clean and perfect...
Nov 6, 2014
From $39

15 Monterey Surf Inn

3 stars
3.4 / 5 44 reviews

1200 Munras Ave Map

Monterey hotel with an seasonal outdoor Heated pool.Fisherman's Wharf nearby Situated in Monterey, this hotel is close to Monterey Museum of Art-Pacific Street, Fisherman's Wharf, and Dennis the... More

Monterey Trip
The hotel was located in a spot near all the places we came to visit, and it looked presentable. The room was clean and looked nice, but the shower drain needs to be fixed.It drains slow. Overall,...
Feb 4, 2015

16 El Adobe Inn

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

936 munras ave Map

Centrally located in Monterey bay. Walking distance to city center, Fisherman's Warf, Bars, Restaurants, and Aquarium. On site there is free WIFI, parking More

From $59

17 Days Inn Monterey Downtown

2 stars
2.8 / 5 40 reviews

850 Abrego Street Map

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The San Carlos Days Inn offers a convenient central location just a short walk from Montereys historic downtown with its many unique shops and restaurants. We are 3 blocks from Historic Downtown... More

Great value
I need a room for a one night stay for a conference and found the hotel. A great location and a simple room and a great value.
Jan 9, 2015
From $81

18 The Stevenson Monterey

2 stars
3.6 / 5 43 reviews

675 Munras Avenue Map

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A fresh look with economical downtown convenienceWith a downtown locale at small-town prices, The Stevenson Monterey sits just two blocks from the main drag, Alvarado Street. A retro,... More

Perfect location
I had a good experience at this hotel. The room was clean and comfotable and the staff was very helpful and responsive.
Sep 4, 2014
From $69

19 Comfort Inn Monterey by the Sea

2 stars
3.3 / 5 18 reviews

1252 Munras Ave. Map

Affordable and inviting accommodation in a beautiful Seaside community. Breathtaking sunsets and white sandy beaches. Leisure traveler will enjoy close proximity to Monterey Bay Aquarium, Pebble... More

Pebble Beach
It was loud and difficult to get towels. The breakfast was good. The staff was not always helpful .
Feb 13, 2015
From $53

20 Ramada Limited Monterey/Carmel

2 stars
3.1 / 5 53 reviews

1182 Cass Street Map

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Monterey budget hotel offers free breakfast and Wi-Fi For great value in the heart of Monterey, look no further than the Ramada Limited Monterey Carmel hotel. This property earns high marks for... More

Monterey/Dec 2014
Very pleased with cleanliness & safety. Comfortable room. I would stay here again.
Jan 12, 2015