Originally the capital of California and a frequent setting in John Steinbeck novels, Monterey is now a popular vacation destination. The Pacific Coast Highway passes through the city, which makes it a perfect stop on the way up the coast to San Francisco. When you are next thinking about a coastal California escape, check out Monterey and these five boutique hotels. There is accommodation to suit everyone and every budget.
Historic in the City
Why not stay somewhere unique in Monterey? Merritt House Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places and has just 22 rooms. The plush suites even include fireplaces and living rooms, and some have balconies overlooking the beautiful garden and picnic area. Guests can take advantage of the in-room massage services and discount entry to a nearby fitness centre. With its free breakfast and close location to Fisherman’s Wharf, Merritt House Inn is a great B&B option.
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Lodge Living by the Beach
Monterey Bay Lodge really has it all. It is located opposite Monterey State Beach, has a heated outdoor pool and spa for use year-round, and includes complimentary parking for road trippers. There are fantastic family suites available, with bunk beds and a TV equipped with the latest gaming console. There are also staff at the front desk 24 hours a day, so there is always someone there to assist.
An Elegant Stay
As guests enter Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, they are greeted with a beautiful water fountain and lobby area. The elegant touches continue in the rooms, with refrigerators, ocean views, and desks for business travellers. Schooner’s Coastal Kitchen is on site and specialises in seafood, while Vista Blue Spa has all your spa needs covered. The hotel offers spa, romance and aquarium packages too.
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Sustainable and Stylish
For visitors looking for an eco-friendly stay in Monterey, choose Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay. Every room includes mattresses made from renewable resources and organic toiletries (and choc chip cookies on arrival). The hotel has a 24-hour fitness centre, heated outdoor pool, and business and shipping centre. The on-site spa offers 60 different treatments to enjoy. There are also two on-site restaurants, which have a wide variety of local craft beers on the menu. All of Monterey’s main attractions are within walking distance of Portola Hotel & Spa, too.
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Monterey’s First Hotel
As another historical hotel, Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa was actually Monterey’s first. Today, guests will love the full-service spa, pet-friendly rooms, function space, and fitness and business centres. If you are after something a little extra special, the Manor House Suite includes a sitting room and large workspace. On-site there is Esteban Restaurant, which specialises in Spanish cuisine. Don’t miss Tuesday Paella nights, either. Casa Munras also has a heated pool and bicycle rental for adventurous visitors.
These boutique hotels in Monterey each offer something different: from history to sustainability to luxury. But no matter where you stay, you are guaranteed to have a great time in this Californian city on the rugged coast.
This blog post is part of Hipmunk’s Boutique Hotels Campaign.