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Can someone recommend some nice hotels in the Monterey area?

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1. Posted by leiter (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

My girlfriend and I are planning on spending three days in the Monterey bay area and I was wondering if someone could recommend some nice hotel where we could stay, in the four star range if possible.

Any recommendation would be appreciated!

2. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1998 posts) 9y

If you are going in the summertime, the best places to stay for the view and beach access are (1) the Best Western Beach Resort Monterey. It's just north of town, but located on the best northern beach and has a great view of the city and bay. Also, the beach is great and the hotel has it all to itself.

or (2) the Clarion Collection Carmel by the Sea--which is not too far from Carmel Beach--named the best beach in all of northern California, but it is a beach which for me has too steep of a walk to get to and enjoy as easily as one should--and parking is very difficult.

If you are going in the wintertime, then the Highlands Inn is the best place (absolutely fabulous for Christmas), but if you want the most reasonably priced hotel, and one in beautiful Carmel, then your best bet is probably the Clarion mentioned above.

In any case, you will need a car--so if you are flying in, make sure to get one, since distances are too far to walk.

Lastly, I should mention the Seven Gables. It's on a beautiful stretch of coastline that has no beach. It's a 100 year old Victorian classic--and is extremely close to the Monterey Bay aquarium and Cannery Row.


3. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1998 posts) 9y

Since you mentioned you wanted a 4 star resort, I should mention the Pebble Beach Resorts and in particular, The Lodge at Pebble Beach

This is the height of luxury (along with the Highlands Inn)

The Pebble Beach resort is the best golf resort in the US. The Pebble Beach courses have been the site of four US Open Golf Tournments and the Cypress Point course was ranked by Golf Magazine last year as the #2 best course in the country. The Pebble Beach course was ranked #5 I believe. Hole #18 and #7 are probably the two most famous in the US--and possibly the world (The masters course has its Amen corner--but #18 at Pebble has it beat in my view).

The lodge is therefore extremely historic. It is also located along the famous "17 Mile Drive" which is a gorgeous stretch of coastline. One house that is located only about 200 feet from the lodge sold last year for approximately $27 million--which gives you an idea of what the neighborhood is like there.

It's a public course--so you can come here and play. But it's about $350 to play a round at Pebble and $225 to play at Cypress Point--but I think the other courses (Spyglass Hill and Spanish Bay) are a mere $140 each to play. You can play the local Pacific Grove Municipal course for about $30--and it's almost as nice.


4. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1998 posts) 9y

My mistake--the prices to play Pebble Beach have gone up again and it now costs $475--although that includes your cart.

Here's the link for the cost of the hotel rooms and the golf rates at this resort: