Monterey, once the capital of California, recalls the glory of the Golden State’s early history and is a popular vacation destination. Whether you’re visiting the Monterey Bay area to attend its famous jazz festival, held each September, or just to tour its many attractions, you’ll find a wide range of hotel and motel accommodations with amenities and rates to suit almost every taste and pocketbook.
Best Western Beach Resort Monterey
Overlooking Monterey Bay, this 196-unit hotel sits just off Cabrillo Highway, also known as Highway 1, north of downtown Monterey. Fodor’s calls it “one of the best values in town.” Its location on Del Monte Beach sets it apart from most of the other hotel and motel choices in Monterey. Recreational facilities include a heated outdoor swimming pool set in an attractively landscape courtyard, hot tub and exercise room. The motel has a pet-friendly policy and offers compact refrigerators and safes in all its guest rooms and suites. Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner in the on-site Cafe Beach restaurant, which offers spectacular views of the bay.
This all-suites hotel, just across the street from the Monterey Conference Center, beautifully recreates the atmosphere of early California with its Spanish colonial architecture and decor. Its 105 suites are scattered among 16 buildings that are set amid gardens and courtyards. All suites have fireplaces and patios or terraces that overlook the gardens. The hotel has no on-site restaurant but serves a complimentary continental breakfast each morning and also has light snacks and coffee available in the lobby throughout the day. Nearby restaurants include Montrio Bistro and the Sardine Factory.
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Housed in three structures, two of which overlook Monterey Bay at Cannery Row and are linked to the third by a sky bridge, the Monterey Plaza puts guests in the very heart of Monterey. Rich woods, marble decor and attractive artwork and antiques give the hotel’s common areas a distinctly upscale feel, according to Frommer’s. Guests who’d like a little pampering after a hard day of sightseeing might opt for a treatment in the hotel’s 11,000-square-foot Vista Blue spa. On-site dining options include the Duck Club Grill for fine dining; Schooner’s Bistro on the Bay, which specializes in fresh seafood dishes; and Cafe La Strada for coffee and lighter fare.
Quality Inn Monterey
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway at a bargain price, you might want to book one of the fireplace rooms at this centrally located motel. Just a short walk from Fisherman’s Wharf, this two-story, 55-unit property offers the intimate feel of a country inn with rooms that are “light and airy,” according to Fodor’s. All guest rooms feature microwave ovens and compact refrigerators, as well as high-speed Internet. Recreational facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool, hot tub and sauna. The motel offers a complimentary continental breakfast each morning but has no on-site restaurants. Nearby eateries include Marie Callender’s, Cibo, Fishhopper and Wharfside.
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