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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


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
Monterey Surf Inn
Downtown Monterey
16 minutes ago 3 stars $49
Clarion Hotel Monterey
Downtown Monterey
28 minutes ago 3 stars $58
Downtown Monterey
38 minutes ago 3 stars $129
El Castell Motel 57 minutes ago 3 stars $49
Hotel Abrego
Downtown Monterey
1 hour ago 3 stars $135
Red Roof Inn & Suites Monterey 1 hour ago 2 stars $70
Quality Inn Monterey 2 hours ago 2 stars $65
Colton Inn
Downtown Monterey
5 hours ago 3 stars $99
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa 8 hours ago 4 stars $229
Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
Downtown Monterey
9 hours ago 4 stars $179

Recently Rated Monterey Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Hotel Pacific
Downtown Monterey
3.8 / 5
78 reviews
4 stars $135
Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Downtown Monterey
3.7 / 5
168 reviews
3 stars $128
Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
Downtown Monterey
4.3 / 5
46 reviews
4 stars $179
Red Roof Inn & Suites Monterey
3.2 / 5
11 reviews
2 stars $70
Downtown Monterey
3.7 / 5
71 reviews
3 stars $129
Americas Best Value Presidents Inn on Munras
Downtown Monterey
3.1 / 5
83 reviews
2 stars $55
Monterey Bay Travelodge
3.3 / 5
131 reviews
2 stars $59
Clarion Hotel Monterey
Downtown Monterey
3.6 / 5
120 reviews
3 stars $58
4.2 / 5
31 reviews
3 stars $189
Downtown Monterey
3.4 / 5
54 reviews
3 stars $80

Featured Monterey Hotels

From $229

1 Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

4 stars
4.4 / 5 183 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

Relaxing wonderful Mother/Daughter trip
This is a beautiful hotel! I have stayed here 3 times n vacation. Close to everything in the Monterey area.
Mar 2, 2015
From $128

2 Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa

3 stars
3.7 / 5 168 reviews

700 Munras Ave. Map

Save 18% on your stay!

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

Great find!
Booked this hotel at the last minute while driving to Monterey and had no idea what to expect. It was a wonderful surprise and we will definitely stay there again when we return to Monterey! Staff...
Mar 26, 2015
From $134


3 stars
3.8 / 5 51 reviews

487 Foam Street Map

Advance Purchase Special! Save 15%!

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 $49

4 Monterey Surf Inn

3 stars
3.4 / 5 45 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

Excellent option for a one night stay
Great value and the hotel has a great online reputation which I look for when selecting a hotel. I'll be back for sure.
Mar 3, 2015
From $179

5 Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay

4 stars
4.3 / 5 46 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

It was ok
First time in monterey and we were expecting a room with a view, they didnt have anything available. The room next to us had a dog that kept barking all day and all night. The location was great....
Mar 24, 2015
From $58

6 Clarion Hotel Monterey

3 stars
3.6 / 5 120 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

Need to take a Lil more time to clean the rooms other than that was a great experience.
Mar 10, 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 $135

8 Hotel Pacific

4 stars
3.8 / 5 78 reviews

300 Pacific Street Map

Save 10% off

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

Romantic Vacation
I feel that for the value, the hotel did not have standard amenities. For example breakfast was very lackluster and the jacuzzi was broken. Also sound may be an issue as walls are very thin and you...
Mar 17, 2015
From $134

9 Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa

4 stars
3.7 / 5 100 reviews

1 Old Golf Course Rd Map

Bed and Breakfast for 2

Multi-million dollar renovation transforms AAA Four Diamond resort A multi-million dollar renovation elevates Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa to a new plateau of excellence. This 550-room... More

Nice Little Overnight Jaunt
The wife and I decided to take a literary tour down Cannery Row and have breakfast at the local famous LouLou's. This hotel was the best value for the money. Clean with a nice sports bar and it's...
Feb 13, 2015
From $135

10 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

Great hotel, great service
Hotel Abrego exceeded my expectations. I had reservations at three other properties - and am so glad we held out for this one. Rooms were clean, comfy, dark and quiet. Amenities were awesome, and...
Mar 20, 2015
From $189


3 stars
4.2 / 5 31 reviews

242 Cannery Row Map

Advance Purchase Special! Save 15%!

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

Awesome Trip Ever
The staff were courteous, rooms clean and worth the 200+ that we paid.
Mar 21, 2015
From $49

12 El Castell Motel

3 stars
3.5 / 5 81 reviews

2102 North Fremont Street Map

The El Castell Motel is an exquisite lodge located in one of the most beautiful areas in the world, Monterey. The lodge features an indoor seasonally heated pool, continental breakfast, business... More

NIce Family Trip
It was clean and comfortable. The kids enjoyed the indoor pool. Good Price for the location. I would stay there again with my family anytime we go to Monterey.
Feb 13, 2015
From $129


3 stars
3.7 / 5 71 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

Winter getaway
The room was basic and functional. The breakfast was ok.
Mar 14, 2015
From $80

14 BEST WESTERN Park Crest Inn

3 stars
3.4 / 5 54 reviews

1100 Munras Avenue Map

Save 15% on your stay

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

Travel for pleasure
We went for a Kiwanis convention, experience was satisfactory.
Mar 10, 2015
From $59

15 Monterey Bay Travelodge

2 stars
3.3 / 5 131 reviews

2030 North Fremont Street Map

Stay 2, Save 15%

Pet-friendly budget hotel with a pool minutes from beaches and the bayThe bright, sunny Monterey Bay Travelodge is an ideal choice for couples, families or business travelers on a budget. A... More

fam trip
the place was nice and near the beach. loved it planning to come back soon :)
Mar 20, 2015
From $84

16 The Stevenson Monterey

2 stars
3.6 / 5 43 reviews

675 Munras Avenue Map

Great location in the heart of Monterey

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 $162

17 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 $56

18 Days Inn Monterey Downtown

2 stars
2.8 / 5 40 reviews

850 Abrego Street Map

Stay 3, Save 20%

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 $181

19 InterContinental THE CLEMENT MONTEREY

4 stars
4.5 / 5 64 reviews

750 Cannery Row Map

Luxury accommodations next door to Monterey Bay Aquarium Enjoy stunning ocean views from InterContinental The Clement Monterey, a AAA Four Diamond resort with 208 rooms and suites situated... More

Perfectly located on Cannery Row and a very short walk to the aquarium, very polite staff, clean and comfortable. Beware the coffee in The C Restaurant located in the hotel, at the time we went...
Jul 8, 2014
From $53

20 Ramada Limited Monterey/Carmel

2 stars
3.1 / 5 54 reviews

1182 Cass Street Map

Stay 2, Save 15%

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

computable place to live
The king size bed is really big and clean. Th bathroom is also big and clean, enough hot water. We hope you can make more types of your breakfast.
Mar 26, 2015