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Mariposa Inn & Suites

Mariposa Inn & Suites

1386 Munras Avenue, Monterey 93940

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (2,275 reviews)

Located in Munras Avenue, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Del Monte Shopping Center, Fisherman's Wharf and Dennis th …

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Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay

Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay

Two Portola Plaza, Monterey 93940

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (3,270 reviews)

This family-friendly Monterey resort is located near the airport, just steps away from Monterey Convention Center and Maritim …

£102
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

400 Cannery Row, Monterey 93940

4.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (3,026 reviews)

Located in the heart of Monterey, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of San Carlos Beach - The Breakwater and …

£141
Lone Oak Lodge

Lone Oak Lodge

2221 N. Fremont St., Monterey 93940

2.5 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (600 reviews)

Located in North Fremont Street, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Monterey Pines Golf Course and Del Monte Beach. …

£52
Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa

1 Old Golf Course Rd, Monterey 93940

4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (4,666 reviews)

Located in the heart of Monterey, this spa resort is within 1 mile (2 km) of Naval Postgraduate School and Dennis the Menac …

£80
La Playa Carmel

La Playa Carmel

Camino Real at Eighth Ave., Carmel 93921

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (561 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Golden Bough Playhouse, Sunset Center and Scheid Vineyard …

£144
Hotel Pacific

Hotel Pacific

300 Pacific St, Monterey 93940

3.5 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (1,756 reviews)

Located in the heart of Monterey, this hotel is steps away from Monterey Convention Center and Maritime Museum. Fisherman's …

£100
Stage Coach Lodge

Stage Coach Lodge

1111 Tenth Street, Monterey 93940

2.5 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (295 reviews)

Situated in Monterey, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Naval Postgraduate School and Dennis the Menace Park. …

£50
Lovers Point Inn

Lovers Point Inn

625 Ocean View Blvd, Pacific Grove 93950

2.0 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (1,825 reviews)

Located in the heart of Pacific Grove, this motel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Lovers Point, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Point …

£45
Best Western Plus Monterey Inn

Best Western Plus Monterey Inn

825 Abrego Street, Monterey 93940

2.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (652 reviews)

Located in Munras Avenue, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cathedral of San Carlos Borromeo, Fisherman's Wharf and …

£66

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Situated on California's rugged central coast, laid-back Monterey is famous for its world-class aquarium, its annual jazz festival, and for being immortalised by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck in his novel Cannery Row – you’ll find a bronze bust of him on Prescott Avenue. Monterey boasts a range of one- to four-star hotels, many of which are situated within walking distance of the city's top attractions. Look on Cannery Row itself for luxury hotels with sea views, south of Fisherman's Wharf for good value inns and motels, and in the Sand City area for beach resorts.

Shopping and Attractions on Monterey’s Cannery Row

Waterfront street Cannery Row's sardine-canning business collapsed after World War II, but many old cannery buildings have been transformed into restaurants, art galleries and independent shops. It’s a great place for wine fans too – this is the beating heart of California's wine country, and Cannery Row is lined with boutique tasting rooms where you can sample hand-crafted wines from Monterey vineyards.

Also on Cannery Row is the Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of California’s top attractions. Teeming with everything from sunfish to sea otters, this enormous aquarium is home to a whopping 35,000 creatures in 34 galleries. Younger visitors will love the petting tanks and the twice-daily penguin feeding shows. Stand-out exhibits include the huge Open Sea tank and the jellyfish tanks, which are illuminated by fluorescent lights.

Explore Fisherman’s Wharf

From Cannery Row, rent a segway or take a stroll along the pretty Recreation Trail to Fisherman's Wharf, where you can spot sea otters, seals and pelicans lounging about on the waterfront of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Built in 1845, Fisherman's Wharf is packed with independent shops, and has a wealth of restaurants serving seafood specialities. Whale watching boat trips depart daily from here year-round; visitors can expect to see humpbacks, blue whales and gray whales, and if you're lucky - fin or minke whales. Deep-sea fishing trips are also on offer. Hotels to suit all budgets can be found within walking distance of this buzzy area.

Events and Activities in Monterey

Perfect for those with a taste for adventure, sporting activities in the area include kayaking, surfing and golf. The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is popular with scuba divers thanks to its kelp forests and abundance of marine life.

Jazz enthusiasts should visit the city on the third weekend of September for its annual three-day jazz festival, which attracts big-name stars. Established in 1958, the major event is one of the world's longest-running jazz festivals. Past artists on the bill have included Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday.

Self-Drive Adventures in Monterey

Monterey is the jumping off point for the most spectacular stretch of California's famous Highway One. Drive south of Monterey to discover hundreds of miles of rugged coastline, pretty seaside towns, vineyards and redwood forests. If you don't have time for such a long drive, hire a car to cruise along the spectacular 17-Mile Drive, which is part of the exclusive 5,300-acre Pebble Beach resort.

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