It’s no wonder that Monterey is such a popular choice for a weekend away: with breathtaking landscapes and plenty of family friendly attractions, it’s hard not to fall in love with the town.
If you are wondering where to stay in Monterey, here it’s a selection of boutique hotels for you.
Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa is a three-star, historic hotel located just half a mile from the beach in Monterey.
The modern rooms offer complimentary wi-fi, MP3 and DVD players and featherbeds with luxury linens. If you need a little more space, book the Manor House Suite which features a workspace and a sitting room with a sofa bed that sleeps two extra guests.
Your four-legged best friend is more than welcome at Casa Munras: up to two pets are allowed per guest room with a cleaning fee of $50 per stay, which also includes use of complimentary amenities such as bowls, dog or cat beds and leashes.
Bay Park Hotel
Not far from Del Monte Shopping Center, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row, Bay Park Hotel provides comfort and modern amenities with an affordable price tag.
Rooms feature climate control, a 32-inch television with satellite and an Ipod docking station; guests only need to decide whether to hit the fitness center, the business center, or the heated outdoor pool first.
Colton Inn Hotel
If you are looking for an inexpensive and centrally located hotel in Monterey, then Colton Inn Hotel is the perfect pick.
No need to compromise on comfort either: each room offers a balcony and a fireplace, designer bathrooms, a microwave and a fridge. Moreover, some of the guest rooms also feature a private indoor hot tub.
The hotel is just a short walk away from the beach, downtown Monterey and all the major attractions such as the Monterey Museum of Art and Fisherman’s Wharf.
Rates start at $129 for a double queen bed in the summer and $105 in the winter.
El Castell Motel
El Castell Motel is a Spanish hacienda motel located three miles from Fisherman’s Wharf; if you are traveling to town for the Monterey County Fairground, though, it’s only steps away.
Guests will enjoy the complimentary coffee and tea provided in the lobby, the business center and the heated indoor pool; a complimentary continental breakfast is also offered every morning.
With rates averaging $120 for a deluxe queen bed, El Castell Motel is a great choice for families and couples traveling on a budget.
Mariposa Inn & Suites Hotel
Mariposa Inn & Suites is a fancy hotel offering a great variety of well-appointed guest rooms and suites. Guests love to jump in the hot tub and outdoor pool in the summer, and to sit by the fire pit table at night.
Do you have a cat or a dog that you don’t want to leave at home? No need to worry, Mariposa Inn is pet-friendly and will gladly accept your animal.
With rates starting at just $105 a night in the fall, Mariposa Inn & Suites is one of the most affordable hotels on the plush side in the town of Monterey. This makes it the perfect choice for a relaxing, romantic weekend away.
photo: Dennis L. Calhoun.