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.

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.

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.

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.

A rope swing—dangling from an oak tree just outside the lobby—signifies the youthful aesthetic: what was once a gray-haired golf resort just east of Carmel is now a sprawling outpost well-suited for families, and couples too.

Book a room with a fireplace this stone-and-stucco, intimate hotel, where many of the 16 rooms have vaulted ceilings and wooden shutters. A Belgian draft horse, Chester, is the luxe property’s mascot, spending his evenings pulling guests around the town square.

If hammocks, afternoon wine and cheese receptions, and guided “Discovery Walks” appeal to you, this cozy, adults-only retreat is just your ticket.

Convenient and family friendly, the lodge is just steps from the beach and a 10-minute walk to Cannery Row.

Sprawling property that encompasses a 260-acre golf course and an on-site winery. 

Room to Book: Bungalow Patios rooms overlook the #9 fairway.

Doubles from $295.

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

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.

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

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.