Hotel Pacific300 Pacific St, Monterey 3.5 out of 5.0
Set on Monterey's "Path of History," this stylish inn is 2 blocks from Fisherman's Wharf, a half-mile from downtown and Cannery Row, and 1 mile from the Monterey ...
This hotel has been around awhile and this was not my first stay. That says a lot. Booked the Junior King Suite (Room 241). Lovely suite. Romantic with the fireplace. Care to relax and sleep in? Heck, yes...that kind of room. It was plenty big with essentially one large open space including the bed, ...
Sanctuary Beach Resort3295 Dunes Rd, Marina 4.0 out of 5.0
Built along Monterey Bay, this beachfront resort is set across 19 acres of protected sand dunes; Monterey is 10 miles away. Its convenient location near the ...
The staff was very nice, polite, and helpful. We had a beautiful view and sounds of the ocean and the sunsets were amazing. Breakfast was delivered to us warm and was very good.
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa400 Cannery Row, Monterey 4.0 out of 5.0
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa sits right on the bay in the center of town, a 15-minute walk from Fisherman’s Wharf and 2.5 miles (4 km) from Point Pinos Lighthouse. ...
This is a lovely hotel but very, very expensive. I will have to search for more reasonable accommodations.
Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey BayTwo Portola Plaza, Monterey 4.0 out of 5.0
Just 200 yards from Fisherman's Wharf, this resort borders Custom House Plaza, with the beach and sparkling bay just beyond; Cannery Row and the aquarium are ...
We received a very warm welcome and a complimentary upgrade to a room with a large outdoor seating area. The bed was very comfortable and we enjoyed our time relaxing in the room. We ended up booking a second night, last minute, but it was not as nice as the first. The room was next to the town square, ...
The Monterey Hotel406 Alvarado St, Monterey 3.0 out of 5.0
Located in the heart of Monterey, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Golden State Theatre and Maritime Museum. Fisherman's Wharf and Dennis the Menace Park ...
They wanted to give us 2 rooms instead of one, we said no, so they didn't, it was a little noisey with constuction during the day.
Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa1 Old Golf Course Rd, Monterey 4.0 out of 5.0
After undergoing a $60 million renovation, this 550-room hotel and conference center is situated on 22 acres next to the 18-hole championship Pebble Beach Resort's ...
Great hotel and great location - when we came in they did not have the king we requested but the friendly staff gave us complementary breakfast
Hotel Abrego755 Abrego Street, Monterey 3.5 out of 5.0
Offering friendly service and immaculate rooms, this hotel is 1 block from Historic Downtown Monterey, 5 blocks from Fisherman's Wharf and the Monterey Conference ...
Room was very nice. Hotel was centrally located. Only downside was lack of air conditioning.
Carmel Mission Inn3665 Rio Rd, Carmel 3.0 out of 5.0
Situated in a garden setting, this newly renovated (July 2008) hotel is 4 blocks from the historic Carmel Mission, 7 miles from downtown Monterey, and 8 miles ...
Room was wheelchair accessible with GREAT accessible bathroom and shower. Beds were comfortable enough but not the best. Room was clean and otherwise comfortable. Short walk to 2 shopping areas with upscale restaurants, pharmacy, supermarket, laundromat , etc. short drive to downtown Carmel. Staff ...
Mariposa Inn & Suites1386 Munras Avenue, Monterey 3.0 out of 5.0
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Del Monte Shopping Center, Fisherman's Wharf, and Dennis the Menace Park. Monterey Bay Aquarium ...
Very nice location. Can get to everywhere we wanted to go within 15 minutes. Facilities are nice and rooms are nice. However, bring your own sheets as theirs can be a little on the poor side.
Monterey Tides, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel2600 Sand Dunes Dr, Monterey 3.5 out of 5.0
Facing the Pacific, Monterey Tides has direct access to a soft, sandy beach. Guests can ride a bike to Laguna Grande Regional Park in 5 minutes, or drive 10 ...
Excellent Staff, very welcoming. Great night stay...
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 sitesthe 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 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 GroveNorth 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.