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Monterey Accommodations

Top Hotels, Bed & Breakfasts and Other Places to Stay in Monterey, CA

Monterey accommodations range from luxurious four star hotels to very affordable hostels. You will also find some great bed and breakfast options as well as short term apartment and house rentals.

Five Top Monterey CA Hotels

spindrift hotel1. Spindrift Inn
Address: 652 Cannery Row
Neighborhood: Cannery Row District
Rating: 3.5 Star Hotel
Estimated Room Rates: $160 to $300

The Spindrift Inn is my top pick of Monterey accommodations. This cute 42-room hotel offers a comfortable place to stay in the heart of the action.

  • Pros: Magnificent location if you are spending your time sightseeing in Monterey. It's near the waterfront with the back rooms facing the Monterey Bay. It's in Cannery Row and just a few blocks from Old Fisherman's Wharf. The location for visitors can't be beat!

  • Cons: Since it is in the heart of the action, it can get loud outside at times. Also, since there are only 42 rooms and it's well priced, it can be difficult to get a reservation.

monterey plaza hotel2. Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Address: 400 Cannery Row
Neighborhood: Cannery Row District
Rating: 4 Star Hotel
Estimated Room Rates: $200 to $500

The Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa is another guest favorite. This gorgeous hotel is so close to the water that the waves wash in under the backside of the hotel. It's a fun thing to watch from the waterfront rooms.

  • Pros: In this 4-star hotel, you will find incredible customer service. The waterfront rooms in the back are amazing (even though they cost more than the front rooms). The location puts you within walking distance from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and all the shops and restaurants along Cannery Row.

  • Cons: There are two sides to the hotel that connect via a bridge over Cannery Row. Although the rooms are a little less expensive on the non-water side of the hotel, it is a little bit of a hike back to reception. Also, these non-water rooms have views of cars, parking lots and other buildings around Cannery Row. The gym is small and a little out of date (however, you are right on the waterfront trail, so I recommend using that instead!).

intercontinental monterey3. InterContinental The Clement Monterey
Address: 750 Cannery Row
Neighborhood: Cannery Row District
Rating: 4 Star Hotel
Estimated Room Rates: $230 - $350

The InterContinental Hotel is another luxurious accommodation with several rooms right on the waterfront. In addition, many rooms feature a balcony over the water and fireplaces. Make sure you also stop by their waterfront patio with two fire pits where you can grab a drink with friends or just hang out and enjoy the views.

  • Pros: The location is incredible and is next door to the Monterey Aquarium. It's also right on Cannery Row where you can step outside the hotel and find dozens of shops, restaurants or places to taste the local wines. This hotel is fairly new, so the rooms are modern, comfy and the perfect place to call home for a few days or weeks.

  • Cons: Avoid the rooms that look out over Bubba Gumps and the valet parking lot since they can get noisy (especially the garbage trucks that stop by early on certain mornings). This hotel is also large, so it's split into a few different buildings. If you get a room across the street from the main hotel, it will take some time to get back to the lobby and to enjoy the other hotel amenities.

portola hotel monterey4. Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay
Address: 2 Portola Plaza
Neighborhood: Downtown Monterey
Rating: 3.5 Star Hotel
Estimated Room Rates: $225 - $320

The Portola Hotel and Spa is between downtown Monterey and Old Fisherman's Wharf. This makes it the ideal location for both business travelers and vacationers. They have several rooms with a sea view. Although they cost a little more, they are worth the price!

  • Pros: This is the perfect alternative to staying right in Cannery Row. It's centrally located, so you can visit Cannery Row but also puts you close to other Monterey attractions. It's right on the plaza, so you can walk to restaurants, shops and other nightlife options.

  • Cons: The rooms over the promenade/plaza or the street can get noisy with your windows open. Ask for the room away from this areas. Those over the terrace or courtyard are quiet.

monterey marriott5. Monterey Marriott
Address: 350 Calle Principal
Neighborhood: Downtown Monterey
Rating: 3.5 Star Hotel
Estimated Room Rates: $189 - $269

The Monterey Marriott in downtown Monterey is another high-end guest favorite. This hotel sits just a few blocks from the famed Old Fisherman's Wharf area. It's also only a mile from Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

  • Pros: Everything is within walking distance from this hotel including several yummy restaurants, cute shops and the waterfront. The breakfast here is also amazing. There is a Starbucks in the lobby, so you can head downstairs and quickly grab your morning joe.

  • Cons: Some of the rooms at this Marriott are more dated than the typical Marriott. Avoid the lower level rooms right on the street, as it can get noisy.

Find the best deal, compare prices, and read what other travelers have to say about these and other Monterey accommodations at TripAdvisor.

Five Best Budget Friendly Monterey Accommodations

As you can see from the list above, Monterey accommodations can be very pricey. You can save some money by visiting during the low season, which includes non-holiday weeks from November to March.

You can also find a hotel that has fewer amenities or is a little further out from the town center. Here are the top five budget friendly hotels that allow you to visit Monterey without breaking your budget.

best western monterey1. Best Western Plus De Anza Inn
Address: 2141 North Fremont Street
Rating: 2 Star Hotel
Estimated Room Rates: $85 to $295

The Best Western Plus De Anza Inn is a two-star hotel and a great option for the budget traveler. It's clean, affordable (for Monterey) and the customer service is almost always top notch.

  • Pros: Many of the rooms were remodeled and offer a modern, spacious feel for a two-star hotel. It's one of the cheaper options in the expensive Monterey hotel industry.

  • Cons: Avoid the rooms in the front at ground level due to noise from the street. You will have to drive to get to most of the Monterey attractions since these are a few miles away. While there are a few restaurants nearby, you will most likely want to drive to another neighborhood for some of Monterey's top notch restaurants.

super 8 monterey2. Super 8 Monterey/Camel
Address: 1300 Munras Avenue, Hwy 68/1
Rating: 2 Star Hotel
Estimated Room Rates: $59 - $349

The Monterey accommodations at the Super 8 are simple, but comfortable. It's hard to beat this hotel for the price. It's perfect for the budget traveler that doesn't mind driving or taking public transit to get to the heart of the action.

  • Pros: This hotel is close to Hwy 1. Close by you will also find a large mall with shopping and a few restaurants. For the price, it's hard to beat.

  • Cons: This hotel is further from the main attractions. You will need to drive or take public transit to get there. You will find a few chain restaurants, but will need to drive to find any locally owned Monterey gems.

stage coach lodge3. America's Best Value Stage Coach Lodge
Address: 1111 Tenth Street
Rating: 3 Star Hotel
Estimated Room Rates: $67 to $135

This small, clean hotel offers large rooms. It's in a quiet area of town, so you can get plenty of sleep. It's about a mile outside of downtown, so driving is your best bet to get here or to the other Monterey attractions.

  • Pros: It's perfect if you are looking for a clean, large room in a quiet part of town. If you don't mind driving, walking or taking public transit to the nearby attractions, then this is also a great find. Parking is free and it's near Hwy 1.

  • Cons: There are no restaurants or shops nearby. You will need to walk at least 15 to 20 minutes to find them. If you like to keep your windows open, you might hear some noise from Hwy 1.

la quinta4. La Quinta Monterey
Address: 2401 Del Monte Avenue
Rating: 2 Star Hotel
Estimated Room Rates: $107 - $192

The La Quinta is another one of the top budget friendly Monterey accommodations. It's near Hwy 1 and also close to the waterfront. It's about two and a half miles from the downtown area and Old Fisherman's Wharf.

  • Pros: The rooms are larger than expected for the price and very clean. The hotel staff is friendly and accommodating. The waterfront hiking/walking path is right outside. Their breakfast is also a hit with eggs, bacon and a selection of other treats.

  • Cons: Unless you love to walk long distances, it's a little too far from Cannery Row or downtown Monterey to walk. You will find a couple of restaurants within walking distance, but most will require you to drive.

super 85. Super 8 Monterey
Address: 2120 N. Fremont Street
Rating: 2 Star Hotel
Estimated Room Rates: $59 - $100

This budget friendly Super 8 motel offers you the standard 2-star experience. It's clean, the rooms are a good size for the price and the staff is friendly. It's near Hwy 1 and close to several other budget hotels and motels.

  • Pros: This hotel is a great value for your money. The room prices include breakfast and Wifi. It's right next to the mall, so you can easily grab a quick bit to eat.

  • Cons: This is an older motel, so you will see some wear and tear in the rooms. It's about 2-miles from downtown and 2.5 to Old Fisherman's Wharf, so you will most likely need to drive to get to other top Monterey attractions.

Find the best deal, compare prices, and read what other travelers have to say about these budget friendly Monterey hotels at TripAdvisor.

Monterey California Bed & Breakfasts

Enhance your experience in the cute town of Monterey by staying at a bed and breakfast. Many are in local neighborhoods, yet still close enough to the action. Here are just a few of my favorites.

old monterey innOld Monterey Inn
Address: 500 Martin Street
Estimated Room Rates: $199 - $499

This popular bed and breakfast in Monterey offers you a home away from home. Located just a few blocks from downtown Monterey, you will be close enough to the action, yet in a quiet serene environment. Every morning, you can enjoy a full gourmet, home cooked meal and the chance to start your evening right with the sunset wine and hors d’oeuvers. All rooms include a private bath as well as other luxurious amenities.

  • Pros: You will LOVE this place. The hosts are friendly and accommodating. You will also get the peace and quiet you deserve during your vacation. If you can, splurge for the cottage - it will be an experience you will always remember.

  • Cons: The biggest con of this place is availability. There are only 10 rooms, so it can be tough to grab one up. The nearest restaurants, cafes and bars are also about a half mile away.

jabberwick innThe Jabberwock Inn
Address: 598 Laine Street
Estimates Room Rates: $169 - $309

The Jabberwock Inn offers both a comfortable place to stay and an amazing location. It is just a few blocks from the famed Cannery Row, where you can shop, eat and sip wines all day long. It's also only about a half mile from the waterfront, so you can easily enjoy all the activities Monterey Bay has to offer.

  • Pros: The location here is unbeatable. It's in a quiet neighborhood, yet close to the action. The attentiveness of the owners is unbeatable. They serve up a warm breakfast every morning, offer cookies in the afternoon and wine reception in the evening. They are also around most of the day to answer your questions and help you find the best activities in Monterey.

  • Cons: The less expensive rooms are quite small, so expect this when you book them. Also, the Wifi doesn't work great in all the rooms, but you can always head to the downstairs sitting area to check email or other things online.

merrit house innMerritt House Inn
Address: 386 Pacific Avenue
Estimated Room Rates: $120 - $150

This very cozy inn offers 22 rooms. It's a great alternative to staying in a hotel, as you will get a more personal experience. The reason I like this place is that it is a great value for the money. It doesn't offer many amenities, but is clean, comfy and centrally located.

  • Pros: Each morning, you can enjoy a buffet style breakfast with other guests. The location is also ideal - right in downtown (across from the Marriott), about four blocks to Old Fisherman's Wharf and just under a mile to Cannery Row.

  • Cons: The rooms are small with few amenities. The breakfast room is also small, so you might need to wait for a table at breakfast. There are no air conditioners in the rooms, but this is common in Monterey hotels.

Monterey Hostels

If you are looking for the ultimate cheap place to stay, then check out this hostel in Monterey.

hostelling international montereyHostelling International - Monterey
Address: 778 Hawthorne Street
Estimated Room Rates: $24 - $61

This hostel offers private rooms, dorm beds and group dorms. It's just three blocks to the beach, the Monterey Aquarium and Cannery Row. It's in the perfect location and ideal for someone looking for the cheapest accommodation in town.

  • Pros: This hostel offers a very comfy and friendly environment. The shared bathrooms are not coed and offer single stalls for privacy. All of the rooms are clean and welcome guests upon arrival. The nightly rate also includes a "make your own pancake breakfast". You can also use the kitchen to make your own meals, which will help you save even more.

  • Cons: With all hostels, you will be sharing a bed in a dorm with up to 15 other people. You will be limited in privacy, but the low cost more than makes up for that.

Short Term Apartment or House Rentals

Another alternative to the standard Monterey accommodations is to rent a house or an apartment from a local. While in the past, it was a difficult process to find and contact landlords. TripAdvisor now makes this easy.

They currently list more than a dozen places in Monterey (and almost 400 including the surrounding areas) that you can rent. On TripAdvisor, you can see reviews from past guests and get a sense of the experience. For some places, you can even rent them directly through TripAdvisor.

You can find their current openings on their calendars on TripAdvisor. During the booking process and after, you will then work directly with the landlord on all details.

If you are traveling with a large group or looking for an experience that is more like being at home, then this is a great alternative.

Find the best places to stay including what other travelers have to say about their recent stays at apartments and house in Monterey at TripAdvisor.

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