Wine tasting, gourmet food, and spectacular sights are what you will find in Monterey, California. Spend your days exploring the rocky coastline, kayaking with sea lions in the Pacific Ocean, and drinking your way through the vineyards. Whether you are just stopping over on a drive down the Pacific Coast Highway or making a whole vacation out of Monterey, make your stay comfortable by choosing one of these Boutique Monterey Hotels.

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Bay Park Hotel

Bay Park Hotel is where you want to stay if you are looking for a convenient, central place in Monterey at an affordable price. This hotel is not fancy, but it is clean, quiet, and has lower prices than most other hotels in the area. Rooms are comfortable with standard amenities, plus free Wi-Fi. Attached to the hotel is Crazy Horse Restaurant, a highly reviewed establishment. Pets are welcome here, and the hotel even provides a separate area for dogs to play.

Carmel Hill Del Monte Pines

The low rates at Carmel Hill Del Monte Pines makes it a good choice for budget conscious travelers. The in-room fireplace adds a unique and cozy touch to the out-of-date décor. The hotel is in a central spot in the city, and walking distance to the Del Monte Shopping Center.

Casa Munras Garden Hotel and Spa

Of all the boutique hotels in Monterey, Casa Munras Garden Hotel and Spa is one of the more luxurious options. Its renovated rooms, quality spa, and beautiful pool gives the hotel a resort feel without the high price. There are a lot of things from which to choose when staying at this hotel. Lounge in one of the padded pool chairs, relax with a service or two at the spa, or dine in the on site restaurant. Downtown Monterey is a walkable distance from the property, or rent a bicycle and pedal into town.

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Colton Inn

If you are looking for a hotel in the thick of the action, Colton Inn is hard to beat. It’s inexpensive, quiet, clean, and within walking distance to most things in downtown Monterey. The hotel provides a good-sized free breakfast, as well as afternoon cookies and tea. Enjoy the food and drinks on the beautiful back patio or from the private balcony of your room. It’s important to note there is no air conditioning in this hotel, so if traveling during the peak of summer, that is something to consider.

El Castell Motel

El Castell Motel is a good stopover while driving the Pacific Coast Highway (for a full day of activity on Highway 1, be sure to check out this itinerary). Large families will be happy in the large rooms with comfortable beds and up-to-date bedding. The hotel backs up to a busy road; if you can, opt for a room on the inside for a quieter rest.

Wherever you stay in Monterey, California, know that these boutique hotels will leave you well-rested and ready to take on another full day of exploring this beautiful region.

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