Monterey Bay Hotels Near the Aquarium

by Joanne Thomas

With an average of 1.8 million visitors annually, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the top attractions of the region. Because it is located directly overlooking the Pacific Ocean, adjacent to Cannery Row and close to other attractions such as Fisherman's Wharf and the Monterey Marina, a hotel close to the aquarium makes a convenient choice.

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The Clement Monterey

The Clement Monterey, which is operated by InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, is located in the heart of historic Cannery Row within steps of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The property has elegant touches throughout, such as the lobby reading room with a large stone-clad fireplace, an oceanfront terrace with seating and heaters, and fireplaces in many guest rooms. In addition to its 208 guest rooms and 18 suites, the hotel features a health and fitness center, a holistic spa offering Ayurveda-inspired treatments, an outdoor swimming pool and a lobby bar, which offers extensive wine and champagne menus. Contemporary room features include plasma-screen televisions, iPod docks and Internet access for a fee.

Spindrift Inn

Spindrift Inn is an 45-room oceanfront hotel on Cannery Row overlooking McAbee Beach.The upscale boutique hotel is located within a short walk of the aquarium as well as numerous restaurants and shops. A special aquarium package is available, combining a two-night stay at the hotel with two-day admission and VIP express entrance to the aquarium. Other packages are available that offer lodging with wine tasting, whale-watching or fine dining. The guest rooms offer views of the bay and feature cozy touches like feather beds and marble fireplaces, complete with a supply of local split-pine logs and kindling. Rates include a daily continental breakfast, which is delivered to your room on a silver tray.

Otter Inn

Otter Inn is conveniently situated two blocks from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and one block from the Pacific Ocean. Aquarium tickets are available at the front desk of the hotel to save guests from waiting in line. The modern boutique hotel offers 33 guest rooms, including some with a fireplace and whirlpool tub. The premier rooms offer ocean views and include complimentary snacks. Two guest rooms can be connected to form a family suite upon advanced request.

Best Western Victorian Inn

The Best Western Victorian Inn, which was built in 1906 as a family home, is a boutique hotel located four blocks from the aquarium and minutes from the beach. Its 70 guest rooms all feature a fireplace and a balcony, patio or window seat; the family suites offer a kitchenette. The classic, elegant decor of the guest rooms complements the historic property. On-site facilities include a hot tub in the garden and free wireless Internet access. Guests enjoy a complimentary daily breakfast and an evening wine-and-cheese reception in the hotel's Victorian parlor.

About the Author

A writer of diverse interests, Joanne Thomas has penned pieces about road trips for Hyundai, children's craft projects for Disney and wine cocktails for Robert Mondavi. She has lived on three continents and currently resides in Los Angeles, where she is co-owner and editor of a weekly newspaper. Thomas holds a BSc in politics from the University of Bristol, England.

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