Monterey is a lovely coastal city situated in the state of California, meaning it boasts a warm climate throughout the year. As such Monterey makes for a great getaway from northern Europe’s long winter, especially bearing in mind the range of fantastic hotels on offer as can be seen from the following list.

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Merritt House Inn

The Merrit House Inn is situated on the ocean-front, less than a 5-minute walk from Monterey Convention Center and Maritime Museum, and only 15 minutes from Fisherman’s Wharf and, for those traveling with families, Dennis the Menace Park. The hotel’s 22 rooms all feature free WiFi, patios, and even fireplaces for when it gets a bit chillier in the evenings. Free continental breakfast is provided daily, and self parking is also free.

Monterey Bay Lodge

All 40+rooms at the Monterey Bay Lodge provide amenities such as microwaves and refrigerators, as well as cable TV and free WiFi. The lodge also boasts an outdoor pool, private garden, and even a spa tub, and is conveniently located less than 1 mile from the Monterey Sports Center, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Dennis the Menace Park, with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Maritime Museum less than 3 miles away.

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa is located right next to the bay and in the center of town. Pebble Beach and 17-Mile Drive are less than a 20-minute drive away, and golf fans will be pleased to hear that they can choose from 20+ other courses in the county. The hotel’s rooms come with antique-style chairs, with some rooms also offering balconies with majestic sea views. Those who like to relax while on holiday will enjoy the down feather beds which help ensure a good night’s sleep. Those wishing to relax even more will be able to enjoy massage and beauty treatments at the Vista Blue Spa while listening to the relaxing sound of the rolling sea.

Monterey Surf Inn

The Monterey Surf Inn features an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas (and in all rooms), as well as laundry and dry cleaning services for all guests. Rooms are equipped with cable TVs, premium bedding, refrigerators, and microwaves. The motel is also well located within 1 mile of Don Dahvee Park and Fisherman’s Wharf, and less than 3 miles from Monterey Bay Aquarium and Maritime Museum.

Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay

Just 200 yards from Fisherman’s Wharf, the Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay resort is right next to Custom House Plaza, with the beach, Cannery Row and the local aquarium just a short walk away. The hotel has almost 400 rooms, with guest rooms and suites providing premium bedding, 42-inch flat-screen TVs, and environmentally friendly bathroom amenities. The resort’s highly acclaimed spa offers facials and massages, with other hotel highlights including fireside dining, kayaks which can be rented, and even an in-house microbrewery.

As you can see, there are plenty of great hotels in Monterey which begs the question, what you are waiting for?

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