Book a Monterey hotel near Downtown Carmel, with Hotels.com. Downtown Carmel is the centre of the scenic town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, five miles from the City of Monterey on the Pacific Coast of California. Situated in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Downtown Carmel is only a 10-minute drive from Monterey’s best hotels, making it an easy place to visit. While in Downtown Carmel visit the Carmel Mission Basilica, the site of some of California’s most important religious artefacts, or explore Tor House and Hawk Tower, where the legacy of Californian poet Robinson Jeffers is on display. Hotels.com offers a range of accommodation near Downtown Carmel, which is also within easy reach of the City of Monterey, known for its abundant marine life and home to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Downtown Carmel is 8 km (5 miles) from Monterey Peninsula Airport. Most international passengers will arrive into San Francisco International Airport, from where a car transfer can bring travellers to Downtown Carmel in under two hours. Dog-lovers are more than welcome in Downtown Carmel, as Carmel-by-the-Sea is a designated ‘dog friendly’ town.