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    Bernardus Lodge & Spa
    Carmel Valley, CA
    #1 in Best Resorts in Monterey
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 485 reviewsTripAdvisor (485)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    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 Nespresso coffee makers and a complimentary wine bar stocked with Bernardus wines, the guest rooms at this property aspire to a homey atmosphere that encourages you to indulge. Guests also 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. Though this hotel charges a daily resort fee, it includes free parking and a 24-hour concierge service, among other amenities. 

    Carmel Valley, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 485 reviewsTripAdvisor (485)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Casa Palmero
    Pebble Beach, CA
    #2 in Best Resorts in Monterey
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 69 reviewsTripAdvisor (69)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    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 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, at The Inn at Spanish Bay or at 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 to ensure your spot. As a member of the Preferred portfolio, iPrefer members can earn and use points here.

    Pebble Beach, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 69 reviewsTripAdvisor (69)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Lodge at Pebble Beach
    Pebble Beach, CA
    #3 in Best Resorts in Monterey
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 515 reviewsTripAdvisor (515)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    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.

    Pebble Beach, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 515 reviewsTripAdvisor (515)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Carmel Valley Ranch
    Carmel, CA
    #4 in Best Resorts in Monterey
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1814 reviewsTripAdvisor (1814)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    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.

    Carmel, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1814 reviewsTripAdvisor (1814)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
    Monterey, CA
    #5 in Best Resorts in Monterey
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2868 reviewsTripAdvisor (2868)
    Free WiFi

    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.

    Monterey, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2868 reviewsTripAdvisor (2868)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Sanctuary Beach Resort
    Marina, CA
    #6 in Best Resorts in Monterey
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1069 reviewsTripAdvisor (1069)
    Sanctuary Beach Resort is a 4 star hotel located at 3295 Dunes Rd in Monterey. It has a 4.0 overall guest rating based on 1069 reviews.
    Marina, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1069 reviewsTripAdvisor (1069)
    4.0-star Hotel Class

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