Hotel Guide for Monterey - Carmel California

  • 01 of 08

    Monterey and Carmel Hotel Options

    Where Should You Stay in Monterey?
    Adapted from Google Maps

    In the Monterey/Carmel area, you can stay anywhere in the area you like and be only a few minutes' drive from everything there is to see and do. When you're picking a hotel in this area, you can make your decision on the basis of views, price, and type of lodging without worrying about how to get around.

    In this guide, I skipped creating a long, tedious list of hotels and their descriptions that would look more or less like every other such list online. Instead, it contains all the practical considerations and details that hotel booking sites tend to leave out.

    If your needs are simple and you don't care too much where you stay in the area, you can skip the rest of this guide. Instead, just read guest views and compare prices at Tripadvisor.

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  • 02 of 08

    Monterey Hotels, B&Bs and Lodging

    Monterey is the largest community in the area, where many of the most popular tourist sights are located. It's also a destination for smaller conferences and meetings, which are mostly held downtown.

    Monterey is Best For:

    • Best place in the area to find a hotel with a great ocean view
    • Moderately-priced, well-rated places to stay (as long as you stay away from the more expensive waterfront)

    Hotels in Monterey

    Most of the hotels in Monterey are located in just a couple of areas. The hotels downtown, at Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row are more expensive. Along Munras Avenue, you'll find some nice, well-rated motels that are much more affordable - and not far away from the waterfront.

    If you're looking for a room with a bay view, try The Clement, Monterey Bay Inn, Monterey Plaza and Spindrift Inn.

    Compare prices and read lots of visitor reviews of Monterey Hotels at Tripadvisor. Monterey hotel tax is 10%.

    Just a little outside of the Monterey city limits on the north side of town, you'll find a few more hotels in the town of Seaside, including one that's right on the beach. Check ratings and prices for all of them at Tripadvisor.

    B&Bs in Monterey

    Hotels outnumber B&Bs by 4 to 1 in Monterey. You'll find a few very nice ones along Lighthouse Avenue past the aquarium.

    Other Places to Stay in Monterey

    Monterey Hostel is located near Cannery Row. Besides dormitory-style accommodations, they also have a few private rooms.

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  • 03 of 08

    Carmel Hotels, B&Bs and Lodging

    Upscale Carmel practically shouts "expensive!" when you look around town, but surprisingly, even in the middle of town, you can find places in all price ranges, from the more affordable Comfort Inn and Best Western to super-luxurious L'Auberge Carmel.

    Carmel is Best For:

    • Romantic getaways
    • Luxurious hotels with fantastic restaurants
    • Moderately-priced hotels in a pretty place
    • Unlike other popular tourist spots in California, Carmel properties seldom charge a resort fee or for parking

    Hotels in Carmel

    Most places to stay in Carmel are in the town, within easy walking distance to shops and some of the Monterey peninsula's best dining spots.

    The lovely Mission Ranch is just outside the main part of town on the edge of the Bay.

    South of town on CA Hwy 1, you'll find the Carmel River Inn and a bit further down in Carmel Highlands are the Hyatt Carmel Highlands and the Tickle Pink Inn.

    Check prices and reviews for Carmel hotels at Tripadvisor. Carmel hotel tax is 10%

    B&Bs in Carmel

    Carmel has more B&Bs than it does hotels and most are located less than a half dozen blocks from downtown. With no numbered addresses in town, it's sometimes hard while doing research to figure out exactly where they are, so a map is your best ally in finding something in a location that suits you.

    Vacation Rentals in Carmel

    Carmel has so many vacation rentals listed that it makes you wonder if anyone actually lives there. Check the options for renting houses, condos, studio apartments and cottages at Homeaway.com.

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  • 04 of 08

    Pacific Grove Hotels, B&Bs and Lodging

    Charming little Pacific Grove occupies the western end of the Monterey Peninsula, with a cute little downtown and a fantastic coastal drive.

    Pacific Grove is Best For:

    • Pacific Grove has some really nice B&Bs, some with ocean views
    • It's also quieter than the other parts of the Monterey Peninsula

    Hotels in Pacific Grove

    Pacific Grove hotels cluster in downtown along Lighthouse Avenue and near the Asilomar Conference Center.

    Check their ratings and prices at Tripadvisor.

    B&Bs in Pacific Grove

    A trio of ocean-view B&Bs along Ocean View Boulevard have fantastic views and great ratings: The Martine Inn, Green Gables and 7 Gables. 

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  • 05 of 08

    Pebble Beach Lodging

    The trio of upscale properties inside the exclusive Pebble Beach community are decidedly on the expensive side, but well rated and worth the cost if it's within your budget.

    Pebble Beach is Best For:

    • Super-nice hotels, golf courses and fine dining
    • Scenic drives and quiet time

    Hotels in Pebble Beach

    There are only three hotels: The Lodge at Pebble Beach, Inn at Spanish Bay and ultra-luxurious, 24-room Casa Palmero. Of the three, we like the Inn at Spanish Bay best for its comfortable ambiance and fantastic views. 

    Vacation Rentals in Pebble Beach

    If you'd like a chance to see what it's like to live in Pebble Beach, Monterey Bay Rentals manages a number of vacation rentals at Pebble Beach which are suitable for stays of a week or longer.

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    Carmel Valley Lodging

    The cute little town with the charming architecture is Carmel-by-the-Sea. Carmel Valley is a different place, along Hwy G16 going east from Carmel.

    Carmel Valley is Best For:

    • All-inclusive getaways when you don't plan to go anywhere else
    • Carmel Valley is also a good place to sample local wine at the little tasting rooms in the village

    Hotels in Carmel Valley

    In Carmel Valley, the accommodations are more resort-like. You'll also find a handful of charming little inns near Carmel Valley village.

    Check prices and read reviews of Carmel Valley lodging at Tripadvisor.

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  • 07 of 08

    Campground and RV Parks Around Monterey and Carmel

    If you're traveling a recreational vehicle and looking for a place to stay close to Monterey and Carmel, you may be surprised how few places you'll find to do that. In fact, the Monterey Peninsula is woefully short of places to camp, and it gets worse if you're looking for a place to camp in a tent.

    To save you the frustration of searching for hours trying to find camp sites that just don't exist, I put together this Guide to Camping in Monterey and Carmel.

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  • 08 of 08

    More Places to Stay in the Monterey Area

    Just 10 miles north of downtown Monterey, the town of Marina is home to a few moderately-priced hotels, an RV park and Sanctuary Dunes Resort. The coastline is at its most spectacular in Marina, with miles of sandy beaches. Check guest reviews, compare prices and get hotel availability for Marina at Tripadvisor.

    Other options include hotels in the town of Salinas, which is about 20 miles east and hotels in Watsonville, 25 miles north.