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We’ve ranked the top hotels in Monterey based on an unbiased analysis of awards, expert recommendations and user ratings. One of these hotels, Casa Palmero at Pebble Beach, earned a Gold badge by scoring in the top 10 percent of the Best Hotels in the USA.

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Casa Palmero at Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach, CA
Best Hotels #1 in Best Monterey Hotels

Casa Palmero at Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach, CA
Best Hotels #1 in Best Monterey Hotels
  • 5.0-star Hotel Class
  • Moderate Critic Rating
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
    (60 reviews)
Casa Palmero at Pebble Beach
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The smallest and most intimate of the Pebble Beach Resorts, Casa Palmero is an exquisite, 24-room property along the fairways of Pebble Beach Golf Links. The attention to detail is evident throughout this Italian villa-inspired property: Guests claim that staff members bend over backward to make guests comfortable, including offering delivering breakfast baskets to your room each morning and replenishing flowers in your room daily. Not to mention, there are complimentary cocktails served at the hotel every evening. Should you want to explore beyond the premises, guests are allowed access to the Pebble Beach resort's Beach & Tennis Club, as well as the spa. Keep in mind that you need to stay at least two nights here or at The Inn at Spanish Bay or The Lodge at Pebble Beach to get a reserved tee time on the course. And be sure to book the tee time when you reserve your room. As a member of the Preferred portfolio, iPrefer members can earn and use points here.
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The Lodge at Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach, CA
Best Hotels #2 in Best Monterey Hotels

The Lodge at Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach, CA
Best Hotels #2 in Best Monterey Hotels
  • 5.0-star Hotel Class
  • Good Critic Rating
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
    (443 reviews)
The Lodge at Pebble Beach
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For golf fans, a stay at The Lodge at Pebble Beach – which sits on the 18th hole of the historic Pebble Beach Golf Links – is a dream come true. You won't regret requesting a room that overlooks the fairway and the Pacific Ocean. Aside from the outstanding views, recent visitors rave about the staff, calling them professional and attentive. There are five exceptional bars and restaurants on-site, as well as multiple shops. Access to the Beach & Tennis Club is also free for guests. Just keep in mind that you must stay at least two nights at the Lodge (or The Inn at Spanish Bay or Casa Palmero) to get a reserved tee time on the course, and you'll have better luck securing a spot if you book your tee time when you reserve your hotel room.
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Bernardus Lodge & Spa

Carmel Valley, CA
Best Hotels #3 in Best Monterey Hotels

Bernardus Lodge & Spa

Carmel Valley, CA
Best Hotels #3 in Best Monterey Hotels
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
  • Excellent Critic Rating
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
    (321 reviews)
Bernardus Lodge & Spa
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Unlike many of its Monterey Peninsula competitors, the Bernardus Lodge is situated away from the beach in the rugged hills and vineyards of Carmel Valley, California. With feather beds, Italian linens and fireplaces, the guest rooms at this property aspire to create a homey atmosphere while still maintaining an air of exclusive luxury. Guests appreciate the large tubs and the private balconies or terraces overlooking the property's gardens and the nearby mountains. The boutique resort's romantic side can be found at its restaurant and in the spa, which offers couples treatments. And despite the availability of wireless internet, guests find this the perfect place to disconnect from the outside world. Lastly, guests should not neglect exploring the Bernardus Winery, which offers daily tastings.
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InterContinental The Clement Monterey

Monterey, CA
Best Hotels #4 in Best Monterey Hotels

InterContinental The Clement Monterey

Monterey, CA
Best Hotels #4 in Best Monterey Hotels
  • 4.5-star Hotel Class
  • Good Critic Rating
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    (2891 reviews)
InterContinental The Clement Monterey
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The InterContinental The Clement Monterey's location on Cannery Row is hard to beat. Guests appreciate the hotel's proximity to shopping, restaurants and attractions like the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Described as a home-away-from-home by some, this InterContinental property also features a health club, pool and oceanfront patio. Guest rooms here are spacious and well-lit, boasting excellent views of Monterey Bay and housing such amenities as plasma TVs, minibars and spa-style bathrooms. But before you retire for the evening, grab a bite to eat at the C restaurant, which garners good reviews for its seafood entrees. Because of its family ties, this hotel participates in the IHG Rewards Club, allowing members to earn points that can be used to cover stays in the future.
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The Inn at Spanish Bay - Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach, CA
#5 in Best Monterey Hotels

The Inn at Spanish Bay - Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach, CA
#5 in Best Monterey Hotels
  • 5.0-star Hotel Class
  • Moderate Critic Rating
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
    (658 reviews)
The Inn at Spanish Bay - Pebble Beach
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Like its sister properties, The Lodge at Pebble Beach and Casa Palmero, the Inn at Spanish Bay caters mostly to avid golfers and luxury travelers. Guests praise the staff for their exceptional service and friendly dispositions. The rooms, many of which face the ocean, are spacious, with flat-screen TVs, complimentary internet access and minibars – some accommodations even come with fireplaces and balconies. There are many restaurants and bars that reside in the Pebble Beach complex, but Pèppoli and Roy's are the true culinary standouts. Just keep in mind that you must stay at least two nights at the Inn at Spanish Bay, Casa Palmero or The Lodge at Pebble Beach to reserve a tee time on the Pebble Beach Golf Links. Located along 17-Mile Drive, closer to Monterey than Pebble Beach, the hotel allows guests to enjoy easy access to all the shops and eateries near Cannery Row.
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L'Auberge Carmel

Carmel, CA
#6 in Best Monterey Hotels

L'Auberge Carmel

Carmel, CA
#6 in Best Monterey Hotels
  • 4.5-star Hotel Class
  • Good Critic Rating
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
    (342 reviews)
L'Auberge Carmel
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Perfectly situated in the heart of Carmel, California, and just a 15-minute walk to Carmel Beach, L'Auberge Carmel, charms guests with its intimate luxury. With only 20 rooms, this Relais & Châteaux property appeals to travelers looking for an experience more akin to that provided by a bed-and-breakfast without sacrificing the amenities  like in-room spa services and the gourmet California cuisine served at Aubergine  found at a deluxe hotel. Guest rooms here all feature unique decor, but no matter which accommodation you occupy, you'll be treated to down bedding, soaking tubs and iPod docking stations. Previous visitors raved about the hotel's European influence, though some mention a few negative run-ins with customer service.
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Carmel Valley Ranch

Carmel, CA
#7 in Best Monterey Hotels

Carmel Valley Ranch

Carmel, CA
#7 in Best Monterey Hotels
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
  • Good Critic Rating
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    (1317 reviews)
Carmel Valley Ranch
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Guests gush over the gorgeous landscapes (spanning across 500 acres) that surround the Carmel Valley Ranch, not to mention the stunning golf course, the massive fitness center and the sensual Spa Aiyana. But back to the great outdoors: While here, don't miss the chance to roam the ranch's wide lavender fields to learn about beekeeping. Guests recommend eating at the Valley Kitchen for fresh, locally sourced dishes and outstanding customer service, or head to the River Ranch Café for a more casual vibe. And then there are the suites, where you can spread out in anywhere from 650 to 1,200 square feet of space, which all include 42-inch flat-screens with Blu-ray players, Travertine fireplaces and free wireless internet.
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Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Monterey, CA
#8 in Best Monterey Hotels

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Monterey, CA
#8 in Best Monterey Hotels
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
  • Moderate Critic Rating
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    (4615 reviews)
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
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The Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa occupies coveted real estate that overlooks Monterey Bay from Cannery Row. Recent visitors appreciate the hotel's proximity to the aquarium and local shops, and recommend that future guests consult the concierge about area activities as there's much to do nearby. Guests also highly suggest future travelers spring for a slightly higher rate to get oceanfront room. But no matter where you're sleeping, you'll find amenities such as flat-screen TVs, internet access, Keurig coffee makers and microfiber beds. The Vista Blue Spa, located on the top floor of the hotel, gets rave reviews from guests for its outdoor hot tubs and long list of services. And while the Helmsman Lounge offers live music, cocktails and light bites, the indoor terrace restaurant, Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar, is not to be missed, either.
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Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay

Monterey, CA
#9 in Best Monterey Hotels

Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay

Monterey, CA
#9 in Best Monterey Hotels
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
  • Moderate Critic Rating
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
    (2395 reviews)
Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
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Recent guests were a bit divided with their assessments of the Portola Hotel & Spa. Some said it's the best place to stay in Monterey, California, while others said it's better suited to convention attendees (the property sits just steps from the Monterey Convention Center). The fact that the convention center is currently undergoing renovations was another sticking point for some lodgers, who said the construction noise takes away from the property's tranquility. The hotel's rooms received better reviews; past guests loved the nautical decor and amenities like Keurig coffee makers, 42-inch flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi access (for direct bookings only). The hotel also boasts a 6,000-square-foot day spa and fitness center, which houses a salon, 10 treatment rooms, and an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. You'll also find three restaurants on-site – a brewpub, a breakfast-focused eatery and Jacks Monterey, which serves California cuisine. Though reviewers were generally pleased with the on-site dining options, they also suggested exploring Monterey's dining scene – an easy feat thanks to the hotel's central location near the city's Old Fisherman's Wharf.
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Hyatt Carmel Highlands

Carmel, CA
#10 in Best Monterey Hotels

Hyatt Carmel Highlands

Carmel, CA
#10 in Best Monterey Hotels
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
  • Moderate Critic Rating
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    (1095 reviews)
Hyatt Carmel Highlands
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All of the 48 guest rooms in this exceptional oceanfront property boast spectacular views, plush furnishings and modern amenities such as iHome stereos, wireless internet access and flat-screen TVs. But those who stay here are even more impressed with the Pacific's Edge Restaurant for its jaw-dropping vistas seen outside its floor-to-ceiling windows. Although the setting is intimate, there's plenty to do on-site and nearby to keep you from getting cabin fever. This Hyatt property offers an outdoor pool, in-room spa services, complimentary mountain bikes and two lounges. Guests are also impressed by the staff's hospitality and available babysitting services. You'll find this Hyatt in the picturesque town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. And because of its brand connections, this hotel participates in the rewards program.
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La Playa Carmel

Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA
#11 in Best Monterey Hotels

La Playa Carmel

Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA
#11 in Best Monterey Hotels
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
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    (850 reviews)
La Playa Carmel
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Though recent visitors noted that you'll pay a premium to stay at this historic property, most agreed La Playa Carmel's location can't be beat. Situated along Eighth Avenue in Carmel, California, this resort – which was originally built in 1905 for a member of San Francisco's Ghirardelli family – grants guests prime access to the beach and Ocean Avenue's boutiques, restaurants and art galleries. Nature trails are also located within 5 miles of the property in Mission Trail Park and the Point Lobos State Nature Reserve. Back at the resort, travelers can relax in a variety of areas, including the manicured gardens, quiet courtyards and serene swimming pool. Or, guests can unwind in their accommodations. Each of the property's 75 guest rooms offers beach cottage decor, a pillow-top mattress, a flat-screen TV and views of the courtyards, gardens, pool or ocean. Plus, the property's daily $25 resort fee covers perks like high-speed Wi-Fi access, shuttle service to area restaurants and a daily Champagne breakfast. For small bites and cocktails, visit the on-site bar.
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Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa on Del Monte Golf Course

Monterey, CA
#12 in Best Monterey Hotels

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa on Del Monte Golf Course

Monterey, CA
#12 in Best Monterey Hotels
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
  • Moderate Critic Rating
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
    (3390 reviews)
Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa on Del Monte Golf Course
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Away from the shore and downtown Monterey, the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa isn't the most convenient choice in terms of location. But this Hyatt outpost makes up for that in size: It's one of the largest luxury properties in Monterey with 550 guestrooms, ample conference facilities, 12,000 square feet of relaxation at the Marilyn Monroe Spa and a huge fitness center. Guests also have access to two pools, two restaurants (and a bar) and the greens of the Del Monte Golf Course. The Hyatt Regency's guest rooms and suites come equipped with flat-panel TVs, iHome stereos and high-speed internet access, not to mention minifridges and marble bathrooms. But as pleased as they were with the resort's offerings, some guests lament having to pay the daily $22 resort fee here. But, members of Hyatt's loyalty program can offset costs by redeeming points here.
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Marriott Monterey

Monterey, CA

Marriott Monterey

Monterey, CA
  • 3.5-star Hotel Class
  • Moderate Critic Rating
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    (1252 reviews)
Marriott Monterey
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In the center of Monterey, this Marriott hotel feels like a vintage property that's far removed from the gaudy tourist traps you'll find closer to the aquarium. Though its location may be less convenient than that of its competition, the Monterey Marriott's rates are also lower. Recent guests consider a stay here to be a bargain: Rooms here are comfortable and well-dressed in red and gold decor, pillow-top mattresses and ample work spaces. Visitors appreciate the in-house fitness center, but those looking to relax were happy lounging by the pool and soaking in the hot tub. And at the end of the day, guests were more than pleased with the American cuisine served at the Marriott's two restaurants, Three Flags Café and Characters Sports Bar & Grill. However, many visitors cite the Marriott's customer service as their main reason for wanting to return. If you're a Marriott Rewards member, you can earn and use rewards at this property.
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Martine Inn

Pacific Grove, CA

Martine Inn

Pacific Grove, CA
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
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    (442 reviews)
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Sanctuary Beach Resort

Marina, CA

Sanctuary Beach Resort

Marina, CA
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
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    (950 reviews)
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