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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
Days Inn Monterey Downtown
Downtown Monterey
3 hours ago 2 stars $69
Casa Munras Hotel & Spa
Downtown Monterey
3 hours ago 3 stars $127
Clarion Hotel Monterey
Downtown Monterey
3 hours ago 3 stars $69
Econo Lodge Monterey Fairgrounds 3 hours ago 2 stars $49
El Castell Motel 5 hours ago 3 stars $64
Hotel Abrego
Downtown Monterey
5 hours ago 3 stars $169
Downtown Monterey
6 hours ago 3 stars $139
Spindrift Inn
Pacific Grove, Cannery Row
7 hours ago 3 stars $206
Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay
Downtown Monterey
18 hours ago 4 stars $199
Holiday Inn Express MONTEREY-CANNERY ROW 19 hours ago 3 stars $173

Recently Rated Monterey Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Monterey Bay Travelodge
3.3 / 5
129 reviews
2 stars $69
Monterey Surf Inn
Downtown Monterey
3.2 / 5
35 reviews
3 stars $49
Hotel Pacific
Downtown Monterey
3.8 / 5
71 reviews
4 stars $199
Monterey Fireside Lodge
Downtown Monterey
5.0 / 5
1 reviews
1 star $89
El Castell Motel
3.4 / 5
62 reviews
3 stars $64
Downtown Monterey
3.9 / 5
50 reviews
2 stars $69
Monterey Downtown Travelodge
Downtown Monterey
3.6 / 5
43 reviews
2 stars $71
Hotel Abrego
Downtown Monterey
4.0 / 5
104 reviews
3 stars $169
Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa
Downtown Monterey
3.7 / 5
87 reviews
4 stars $143
Colton Inn
Downtown Monterey
3.8 / 5
146 reviews
3 stars $99

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From $249

1 Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

4 stars
4.4 / 5 175 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

Cannery Row Perfection
Very lovely property walking distance from the Aquarium. Beautiful views of the bay and of cannery row from our room. Our room was very clean and comfortable. Would stay here again and recommend to...
Aug 25, 2014
From $49

2 Monterey Surf Inn

3 stars
3.2 / 5 35 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

Monteray Surf Inn
Great Place to sleep. Mostly quiet except for the usual odd guest that just can't be quiet. Not the host fault at all. The rooms are great, the beds sleep great, the Shower has a great stream so...
Sep 10, 2014
From $99

3 Colton Inn

3 stars
3.8 / 5 146 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

Labor Day Getaway
The Hotel was handsome and neatly manicured. Upon entry into the room we were pleasantly surprised, it was larger than the online photos made it appear. It was clean, had TV, microwave, and a...
Sep 2, 2014
From $199

4 Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay

4 stars
4.2 / 5 38 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

Nice couple's getaway hotel
The room is super comfortable and very clean. The location is great if you wanted to visit the Monterey wharf for early morning whale watching retreats. However, it is not within walking distance...
Sep 2, 2014
From $127

5 Casa Munras Hotel & Spa

3 stars
3.7 / 5 156 reviews

700 Munras Ave. Map

Save 20% off

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

Good weekend away
We stayed two nights--didn't use the spa or restaurant, but it was a nice room. Comfortable bed, relatively quiet, and the fireplace was a favorite of my girlfriend.
Aug 25, 2014
From $64

6 El Castell Motel

3 stars
3.4 / 5 62 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

short trip
My husband and I wanted a couple days away and booked this hotel. They put us in a handicapped room (neither of us are). If you are handicapped, I DO NOT recommend this hotel. The only piece of...
Sep 6, 2014
From $69

7 Clarion Hotel Monterey

3 stars
3.5 / 5 103 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

not what I expected
We arrived later in the evenong. The clerk was nice. Checked into our room and our fire alarm kept beeping. We called down to front desk and he said he would have to move us to another room when...
Sep 1, 2014
From $139


3 stars
3.8 / 5 67 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

An enjoyable stay
Room was very roomy, very clean and shower was great. Staff was very helpful and friendly. Parking was underground and easy to get into and out of. Monterey is not a large city, so going any where...
Jun 26, 2014
From $169

9 Hotel Abrego

3 stars
4.0 / 5 104 reviews

755 Abrego St. Map

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 hotel
The hotel is very clean and stuff is extremely helpful and courteous. However, this hotel as most housing in Monterey doesn't have air-conditioning. Our room was on the second floor, and it wasn't...
Sep 3, 2014
From $143

10 Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa

4 stars
3.7 / 5 87 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

Fantastic family getaway
Great hotel in beautiful location. Staff was very friendly.
Sep 3, 2014
From $206

11 Spindrift Inn

3 stars
4.5 / 5 29 reviews

652 Cannery Row Map

Advance Purchase Special! Save 15%!

Romance on the beach, in the heart of Cannery RowCozy and classic, the time-honored Spindrift Inn rests peacefully in the heart of Cannery Row offering intimate ambiance directly on the beach.... More

A very pleasant surprise!
I booked two nights at the Spindrift not knowing anything more than what I could read about it online. I was worried in touristy Monterey that it would be over-hyped. But, it was a beautiful...
Aug 9, 2014
From $229


3 stars
4.2 / 5 26 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

Amazing Stay!
Such a great stay. Loved the room and the view. Great location!
Aug 1, 2014
From $159

13 BEST WESTERN PLUS Victorian Inn

3 stars
3.8 / 5 48 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

Family getaway
This hotel is great location for the aquarium. Staff was very helpful. Rooms are comfy.
Aug 3, 2014
From $62

14 Quality Inn Monterey

2 stars
3.6 / 5 51 reviews

1058 Munras Ave. Map

Walking distance to shopsrestaurants. Aquarium, Fisherman's Wharf, 17 Mile Drive, Cannery Row and famous golf courses nearby. Quality Inn Executive Rooms available. Access to indoor heated pool and... More

Great on a budget
The beds are comfy and the free breakfast is nice (as long as you don't find yourself waiting in a long line for the waffle machine). Everything in the area is on the pricey side and I find this...
Sep 2, 2014
From $199

15 Hotel Pacific

4 stars
3.8 / 5 71 reviews

300 Pacific Street Map

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

Nice hotel
Large, clean room with a balcony. Walking distance to many restaurants .We had a wonderful,stay.
Sep 9, 2014
From $119

16 Hilton Garden Inn Monterey

3 stars
3.6 / 5 36 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 place to stay
Nice & clean but priced a little high. Good location did not stay long enough to enjoy all the amenities.
Aug 24, 2014
From $69

17 Americas Best Value Presidents Inn on Munras

2 stars
3.1 / 5 77 reviews

1150 Munras Ave Map

Fall Sale - Save 15% on your stay

Economy hotel offers free continental breakfast and a great location The Americas Best Value Presidents Inn offers budget accommodation in a great location on Munras Avenue, with quick, convenient... More

great town horrible hotel
Due to car show/auction room prices were double and triple average rates ,this place was clean but other than that a complete Rip off but that's all we could locate for 3 couples -3 rooms and we...
Aug 17, 2014
From $69

18 Days Inn Monterey Downtown

2 stars
2.8 / 5 36 reviews

850 Abrego Street Map

Stay 2, Save 15%

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

Fantastic Family Getaway
The staff was very friendly. The room had a wonderful view of Monterey and the bay. The breakfast room was clean and well stocked. A very good experience. I plan on going again.
Jul 23, 2014
From $89

19 Vagabond Monterey

2 stars
3.1 / 5 14 reviews

1010 Munras Avenue Map

The Vagabond Inn Monterey is located in beautiful Monterey, California. Hotel are only half a mile from the beautiful California coast, and within walking distance from the Convention Center and... More

Very Good
Absolutely no compliance. Good place for stay for one night
Jul 16, 2014
From $219

20 Monterey Marriott

4 stars
3.9 / 5 41 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

Premium price average service
The day we checked in, we had to call house keeping 2 times: mini fridge wasnt working, no coffee in the room and no coffee cups. Next day again they forgot to replace coffee cups. Also, in room...
Jul 7, 2014