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Where to Stay in Monterey – a neighborhood guide

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Monterey is a delightfully compact city, and extremely easy to navigate by foot. With a wealth of centrally-located hotels to choose from, you’re guaranteed a hassle-free, rejuvenating stay, wherever you decide to bed down. Culture vultures won't be able to resist the allure of the historic center, while honeymooners will be seduced by the romantic tranquility of Monterey Bay. Families meanwhile, will be delighted by the exuberance and energy of fun-filled Cannery Row.
Hotels in Downtown

 

 

Downtown is home to some of the city’s most popular and prestigious hotels, some of which offer commanding views of glittering Monterey Bay. You’ll find large, modern hotels offering appealing amenities like outdoor pools, hot tubs, and fitness centers. There are also more intimate, boutique-style hotels housed in ornate historical buildings, boasting elegant tiled lobbies and exquisite period features.

 

Cannery Row

 

 

Immortalized by John Steinbeck, this prime waterfront location is one of Monterey’s undisputed visitor hotspots. Bustling Cannery Row is awash with fun attractions, family-friendly restaurants, elegant wine tasting rooms, and buzzing late night bars. At the end of the street you’ll also find the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, which for many is the number 1 reason to come to town.

 

Hotels in Cannery Row

 

 

Some of Monterey’s most romantic hotels can be found here, which makes it a top choice for couples celebrating a special occasion. There are spectacular seafront spa resorts, with idyllic outdoor terraces and extensive 24-hour room service menus. You’ll also find more affordable and low-key inns, offering great amenities like flat-screen TVs, business centers, and free onsite parking.

 

Munras Avenue

 

 

Munras Avenue is the main approach leading into Downtown Monterey, and as such is a fantastically convenient base from which to explore the whole breathtaking county. The road runs parallel to gorgeous Monterey State Historic Park, from which you can take guided walks around the city’s numerous historical buildings. You’ll also be within easy reach of Del Monte Shopping Center, an upscale, open air retail village packed with all your favorite high street stores and luxury brands.

 

Hotels on Munras Avenue

 

 

If you’re traveling on a budget, Munras Avenue is an unbeatable location. Here you’ll find an array of smart, modern motels and low-cost hotels, many managed by top international chains. While they may look no-frills, some come with perks such as free breakfasts and WiFi, and even outdoor pools and spa tubs.

 

Pacific Grove

 

 

Just 5 minutes by car from Monterey, neighboring Pacific Grove is an alluring destination in itself. With an illustrious history as a summer retreat that spans back to the 1870s, this idyllic small town boasts splendid Victorian architecture, a world-famous butterfly sanctuary, and one of the oldest continually operating lighthouses in the United States.

 

Hotels in Pacific Grove

 

 

There are some outstanding, long-established upscale guesthouses in Pacific Grove, offering attentive service, individually decorated rooms, and a delicious home-cooked breakfast to tempt you out of bed each morning. There are also more modern, purpose-built hotels, boasting outdoor pools and gorgeously-landscaped terraces.