A Luxury Retreat - Upscale Hotels in Monterey, CA

Located in the northern part of California, Monterey is a popular fishing town right by the Pacific Ocean. Having been the capital of former Alta California under both Mexican and Spanish reign, this city with fewer than 30,000 inhabitants attracts a number of tourists per year. Lush green flora, amazing seafood, and a great deal of American history are only a few things characterizing this city. Want a peaceful, superior getaway? Read on for the top hotels.

Image via  Flickr  by jay galvin

Image via Flickr by jay galvin


Best Western Plus

This cozy, traditional boutique hotel is conveniently situated by the famous Highway 1. Rooms at Best Western Plus Victoria Inn are spacious and come with marble fire places as well as a patio or balcony. Enjoy a free, large breakfast before you go for a day on the famous beaches, stay active by kayaking, or bike along the picture-perfect coast. Monterey Bay Aquarium is within walking distance. If you can’t travel without your furry friend, bring him or her. Rates start at a cracking $300 per night.

Holiday Inn Express

For a welcoming, pleasant stay in the heart of Monterey, choose the Holiday In Express Cannery Row. Benefit from free parking, complimentary breakfast, and free Wi-Fi to stay connected. You’ll have wonderful views on the Monterey Bay as you enjoy your morning coffee, and you can walk to famous historic Cannery Row. Other attractions, like the Monterey Bay Aquarium or downtown, are within easy reach. This hotel exudes a modern, fresh, intimate atmosphere in newly refurbished rooms.

Casa Munras Garden Hotel

Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa is situated right in picturesque Old Town. It prides itself on being the first hotel in Monterey and is held in a luxurious, classical Spanish-Mexican style. Treat your taste buds at the Esteban Restaurant, go for a swim in the heated pool, and take advantage of free parking. Prices start around $150. Bike rental is available. Head to the Farmer’s Market, stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf, or visit the Carmel Mission. At the end of an active day, treat your body and soul at the spa.

Monterey Plaza Hotel

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa is a classic, elegant hotel located right on Monterey’s Cannery Row, overlooking the water. The interior is characterized by high-quality wooden furniture and natural colors. It exudes a cozy charm. This is an upscale hotel with prices starting at around $299. Rooms come with iPod docking stations, bathrobes, and mini-fridges. Enjoy a drink on the rooftop terrace with breathtaking views, indulge in a seafood delight at Schooners Coastal Kitchen, or treat yourself to a massage at Vista Blue Spa.

Portola Hotel & Spa

To make your stay even sweeter, Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay welcomes you with a freshly baked cookie. This upscale hotel features rooms that are held in nautical style and are eco-friendly, starting around $250 per night. Expect luxury bedding, a fridge, and bath products and a coffeemaker for your convenience. The Spa on the Plaza, which includes a fitness center, is the place for you to unwind. It offers cabanas, a heated pool, and a Jacuzzi. Popular attractions such as Pebble Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf as well as Monterey State Historic Park are nearby and can easily be reached by bike.

This piece was written in collaboration with Hipmunk in the course of the Hipmunk Boutique Hotels campaign.