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The Best Boutique Hotels for Experiencing Monterey

The seaside city of Monterey has long attracted travelers making their way down the California coastline, thanks to its pristine beaches, famous aquarium, and historic points of interest, including John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row.

If you’re taking a road trip down the PCH, or simply want to get a true sense of small-town coastal California, make Monterey your next stop. Then book one of the boutique Monterey hotels below to really get the small-town hospitality experience.

Go Eco-Friendly at Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay

The luxurious and yet environmentally friendly Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay is perfect for travelers who want VIP treatment without negatively affecting the tranquil seaside environment around them. The rooms feature plush bedding and mattresses made from renewable products, organic bath products, and a flat-screen Energy Star TV. Spend a day exploring the nearby Monterey Bay Aquarium or take a stroll down Old Fisherman’s Wharf, and then unwind in the hotel’s full-service spa, sauna, Jacuzzi, or heated outdoor pool.

Explore the Town From Best Western Plus Victorian Inn

The centrally located yet cozy Best Western Plus Victorian Inn is right off the PCH, and is just a few minutes away from Point Pinos Lighthouse and the famous local aquarium. Besides the seaside site, you will enjoy the hotel’s boutique feel and elegant touches, such as a daily afternoon wine reception for guests. Budget-friendly travelers will probably get the best value for their money at the Best Western, as you get all the basic conveniences and amenities you may need for an affordable price.

Get Under Budget at Holiday Inn Express Monterey-Cannery Row

If you’re looking to really save money and splurge on in-town attractions, as well as the sites of Big Sur, stay at the Holiday Inn Express Monterey-Cannery Row. Just a short walk away from downtown Monterey and Cannery Row, this hotel offers comfortable, modern rooms with contemporary touches, as well as free Wi-Fi and a complimentary breakfast. Best of all, most rooms feature stunning views of the Monterey Bay Harbor.

Discover Local History at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa

Besides offering visitors an intimate feel and local experience, Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa is recognized as Monterey’s first hotel. Despite its age it has modern conveniences, such as a full-service spa, fitness center, and business center to give travelers everything they might want. You can easily head down to the wharf from the hotel, or visit nearby Carmel by the Sea.

Indulge in Luxury at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

For travelers looking to splurge on their Monterey vacation, book a room at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa. Rooms feature a modern yet sophisticated design, as well as premium bedding and luxurious bathrobes. Dine downstairs at the on-site seafood restaurant, or visit the Vista Blue Spa to unwind with one of their relaxing massages after a busy day of exploring Pebble Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf, or any other nearby coastal attractions.

Photo by Terry Fletcher.

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I'm an actress and travel blogger in Los Angeles. Activites: Writing, taking photos, traveling, exploring, getting in trouble. Addictions: music, coffee, Greece, road trips, the ocean, steaks. I have not yet heard of a single place in this world I didn't want to travel to and explore immediately.

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