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Guesthouses and B&Bs
Sunset Inn Santa Cruz
On the outskirts of town, this single-story motel has big rooms with fridges and microwaves. It’s plain Jane, but clean, well kept and one of town’s best deals.
Pine Inn Carmel
Pine Inn has a pedigree going back to 1889 and has a period elegance marked by red flock and brass trim. Antiques and cozy lighting conspire to create an ambience of comfort and style in the 49 rooms.
Across the road from the ocean, rooms at this two-story motel have partial ocean views across the top of the parking lot; book upstairs for maximum privacy and better views...
Carmel Wayfarer Inn
This is a charming country inn dating back to 1919. None of the 16 rooms is the same and some have glorious sunset views. Rates include a tasty continental breakfast with homemade bread.
Best Western Plus All Suites Inn
Every room is a large-ish suite with a kitchenette, and sleeps up to four. The furniture is upper-end generic, but the place was redone in 2006 so it looks fresh. This is a good choice for families or business travelers needing space and amenities...
Lighthouse Lodge & Cottages
This motel is split into two parts, one an all-suites lodge and the other a more traditional motel. Units come in many sizes but are all well equipped and comfortable (some with fireplaces)...
Inter Continental The Clement Monterey
Like an upscale version of a millionaire's seaside clapboard house, this sparkling resort presides over Cannery Row. For utmost luxury, book an ocean-view suite with a balcony and private fireplace, then breakfast in bayfront C Restaurant. Parking $18.
Sanctuary Beach Resort
Be lulled to sleep by the surf at this low-lying retreat, hidden in the dunes north of Monterey. Petite town house rooms have gas fireplaces, kitchenettes and binoculars for whale-watching...
Hofsas House Hotel
Pink outside and frilly inside, the friendly Hofsas House has decent ocean views from the upper floors and large rooms, some with kitchenettes. But tub fans take note: some rooms only have showers.
Pacific Blue Inn
Downtown courtyard B&B is truly ecoconscious, with water-saving fixtures and renewable and recycled building materials. Clean-lined rooms have pillow-top beds, fireplaces and flat-screen TVs with DVD players. Free loaner bikes.
Santa Cruz Dream Inn, A Joie De Vivre Hotel
Overlooking the wharf from its hillside perch, this retro-chic boutique-on-the-cheap hotel is as stylish as Santa Cruz gets. Rooms have all mod cons, while the beach is just steps away. Hit happy hour at ocean-view Aquarius restaurant.
The Monterey Hotel
Right downtown, this quaint 1904 edifice harbors small, somewhat noisy but freshly renovated rooms sporting reproduction Victorian furniture. No elevator. Parking $17.
Asilomar Conference Grounds
Coastal state-park lodge has buildings designed by architect Julia Morgan, of Hearst Castle fame. Historic rooms are small and thin-walled, but charming nonetheless. The lodge's fireside rec room has ping-pong and pool tables. Bicycle rentals available.
Casablanca Inn & Bistro
Built around a former mansion right near the Wharf, Casa Blanca's quaint rooms look like they were decorated 20 years ago by Laura Ashley and Martha Washington, with an odd mix of white-wicker chairs and dark, Colonial-style tables...
This champ of a motel prides itself on cleanliness and friendliness, and as its reward has earned a solid base of repeat guests...
Babbling Brook Inn
Built around a running stream with meandering gardens, the inn has cozy rooms in small buildings, decorated in French-provincial style. Most have gas fireplaces, some have Jacuzzis; all have featherbeds and downy-soft pillows...
Hi Monterey Hostel
Four blocks from Cannery Row, this simple, clean hostel is just the ticket for backpackers on a budget (reservations strongly recommended). No private bathrooms. Take MST bus 1 from downtown's Transit Plaza.
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Featuring stunning views of Monterey Bay, a full-service spa and a private beach, this hotel is only steps from Cannery Row and 3 blocks from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa features a rooftop fitness center...
This Carmel hotel, surrounded by upscale shopping and dining in the downtown area, is just half a mile from Carmel Beach. Free Wi-Fi and a daily continental breakfast are included...
Casa Munras Hotel & Spa
Monterey Bay Aquarium is 2 miles from this California hotel, which features a full-service spa and on-site restaurant. The hotel has a DVD player and a TV in every room...
In Pacific Grove, California, just steps from Asilomar State Beach, this hotel offers a continental breakfast. All comfortably furnished guest rooms feature a gas fireplace and a spa tub. Each room at Rosedale Inn boasts satellite TV and free Wi-Fi...
Holiday Inn Express At Monterey Bay
Located off Highway 1, this Seaside, California hotel features an outdoor pool and offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is just a 10-minute drive away...
Deer Haven Inn
This quaint hotel offers rooms with a fireplace and free Wi-Fi. The Asliomar State Beach is across from the property and access to the Pacific Ocean is within a 5-minute hike of the hotel...