Big Sur + Monterey Bay

Hotels in Big Sur + Monterey Bay

Hotels in Monterey Bay range from luxurious seaside resorts to stylish boutique establishments to friendly bed and breakfasts to budget motels. Because vacationers tend to flood into the city on holidays, weekends and during the summer, plan on making a reservation well ahead of your visit.

Those looking for luxurious yet relatively affordable Monterey Bay hotels should consider staying at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa or Hotel Abrego. Considered to be one of the best hotels in Monterey Bay with a wide-array of amenities including a full-service spa, golf course, health club, and outdoor pool, a room at the Hyatt Regency can often be booked for less than $140 a night.

Visitors traveling on a more stringent budget have a number of affordable Monterey Bay hotels to choose from, including Casa Verde Inn, Rodeway Inn Monterey, Bayside Inn and America’s Best Value Presidents Inn, all of which have rooms available for less than $50 a night.

A stay at Bernardus Lodge proves that Napa hotels don’t have a monopoly on California’s premier wine country.

This sleek, intimate hotel sits on the edge of Monterey Bay. Three of the four rooms face the water, but watch the must-see sunsets from the roof deck.

The six-room B&B is surrounded by acres of Pinot Noir and Syrah vines. Each of the guest rooms has a private entrance and its own patio area with gas grill.

Just steps from the Boardwalk, the property offers ocean views from every room and a neo-boho attitude that jibes with Santa Cruz’s surf-city heritage. Some of the 22 rooms have fireplaces.

The 269-room inn is located amidst Monterey pines, next to the famed golf course, The Links at Spanish Bay. There's a two-night minimum required to play Pebble Beach Golf Links, which is located adjacent to the Lodge at Pebble Beach.

The whitewashed interiors of this 1929 luxury hotel channel a Greek Island hideaway, despite the hotel’s location in California’s Carmel-by-the-Sea, a posh, oceanfront town along the Pacific, just 120 miles south of San Francisco.

A white picket fence and a 300-foot cliff are the only things that come between guests of Lucia Lodge and the Pacific Ocean.

Request a room with an ocean view, whirlpool tub, and fireplace at this cheerful yellow property surrounded by succulent gardens.

Craftsman-style hotel on a bluff above the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, 4 miles south of downtown, offering standout views of the rugged coastline from almost every room.

Formerly a dairy (dating from the 1850’s), and saved from condominium development by Clint Eastwood in 1986, the hotel features a delightful restaurant.

At the waterfront property, 32 of the 33 rooms have ocean views (and a handful have fireplaces, for when the nights get chilly). The restaurant, open for dinner only, looks out on the vast expanse of the Pacific.

Splurge for an ocean-view suite with fireplace, wet bar, and whirlpool at this unabashedly romantic 34-room B&B is built into a cliff above the Pacific.