Sleep To The Sound Of Waves: 12 Hotels In Monterey With Ocean Views - Updated 2024

Katie
Katie 
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Driving along the Californian coastline, you’re bound to stumble into the beautiful county of Monterey and with its unique shops, pretty buildings and relaxing beach, you’ll be wanting to stay for a few days. Check out these amazing hotels with ocean views located within walking distance to the beach - perfect for making sure that you get a good night’s rest listening to the waves before you start your next busy day of exploring.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 31, 2024.

1. Hotel Pacific (from USD 169)

This boutique hotel is located in downtown Monterey. Get back after a busy day of exploring California’s Central Coast to a cozy suite done in warm colors and furnished with contemporary décor.

Should you decide to have a lazy day indoors, you can curl up on the sofa and watch your favorite show on the TV. Guests can lounge on the furnished patio while relishing a complimentary breakfast and taking in the stunning sights of the ocean.

If work brings you here, you will have at your disposal a work corner and free WiFi for a smooth day of meetings and calls. Guests can relax with a deep soak in the hot tub with a drink. This pet-friendly property welcomes up to two pets of any size for a fee. Covered car parking facilities are available. Guests can buy tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium from the front desk.

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Hotel Pacific

Wifi Available

Address: 300 Pacific St
1.89 km (1.2 mi) from Monterey Bay Aquarium

Parking Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Non-smoking rooms

2. Monterey Bay Lodge (from USD 122)

This beach-themed property is situated minutes away from the stunning Lake El Estero, Monterey State Beach, and Fisherman’s Wharf. The guestrooms come equipped with free WiFi that can be used for both work and leisure. Guests can watch a movie on the cable TV that streams HBO.

Some of the suites feature a full kitchen where guests can prepare hearty meals if they are craving homemade fare. You can book a room with a patio that overlooks the stunning waterscape. Kick back on the sofa with a drink or enjoy a therapeutic soak in the whirlpool tub. The family room has a Sony PlayStation for the children to have a good time while they are indoors. Spend a romantic evening with a loved one in front of the fireplace.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium and The Presidio of Monterey Museum are nearby and can be kept in your itinerary of sightseeing.

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Monterey Bay Lodge

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 55 Camino Aguajito
2.7 km (1.7 mi) from Monterey Bay Aquarium

Parking Pets allowed 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Garden Non-smoking rooms Business centre Facilities for disabled guests Free parking

3. Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa (from USD 269)

Just a one minute walk from the beach, you’ll stumble upon this hotel, which has stunning views and even its own private beach! We naturally think that the best view is from the rooftop fitness center, but after that, you can head to the spa before returning to your wooden-trimmed bedroom with beach view - ahh, bliss.

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Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Address: 400 Cannery Row
775 meters (0.5 ft) from Monterey Bay Aquarium

4. Monterey Bay Inn (from USD 289)

Want to create some of your own waves to enjoy whilst enjoying the beach views? If so, this hotel might just be your haven. If we can’t persuade you with the rooftop whirlpool, maybe the fact that the beach is just one minute away might sway your opinion. The views are exceptional and can be enjoyed from all angles!

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Monterey Bay Inn

Wifi Available

Address: 242 Cannery Row
912 meters (0.6 ft) from Monterey Bay Aquarium

Parking Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna Terrace Non-smoking rooms Business centre Laundry

5. Spindrift Inn (from USD 184)

Another property that is just one minute walk from the beach, you’ll be spoilt for choice with this listing! We love the elegant simplicity of the bedrooms and the hotel in general, although our favorite feature has to be the four-poster beds. You can wake up in the morning, open your curtains and look straight onto the sea, perfect after falling asleep to the sound of waves.

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Spindrift Inn

Address: 652 Cannery Row
371 meters (0.3 ft) from Monterey Bay Aquarium

6. InterContinental Clement Monterey Hotel (from USD 202)

We’ve gone a bit further afield this time, so the beach is now a two-minute walk away, but don’t worry, you can still hear the waves! Just off of the historic Cannery Row, this family-friendly hotel offers on-site dining and spacious, modern rooms.

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InterContinental The Clement Monterey

Address: 750 Cannery Row
195 meters (0.2 ft) from Monterey Bay Aquarium

7. Monterey Tides (from USD 188)

With direct beach access, this hotel is a must stay! If the beach is too cold, be sure to check out the year-round heated pool, before heading to the on-site Cafe Beach Restaurant, for some fantastic food. Bedrooms are very comfortable, with some offering seating areas and fireplaces. You’ll be well refreshed after any length of stay at the Monterey Tides.

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Monterey Tides

Address: 2600 Sand Dunes Dr
3.94 km (2.5 mi) from Monterey Bay Aquarium

Food can be delivered to guest accommodation Cashless payment available Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Outdoor pool (all year) Meeting/banquet facilities Private parking Facilities for disabled guests Vending machine (snacks)

8. The Stevenson Monterey (from USD 124)

A bit further afield, but still in a fantastic location close to the waves, is the Stevenson Monterey, at a 10 minutes’ walk from the beach. As an added bonus, it is also within walking distance to Fishermans Wharf, which is a fantastic day out. The bedrooms are fairly spacious and although basic, are comfortable.

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The Stevenson Monterey

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 675 Munras Avenue
2.64 km (1.7 mi) from Monterey Bay Aquarium

Parking 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Golf course (within 3 km) Non-smoking rooms Facilities for disabled guests Family rooms Free parking Internet services

9. Best Western Plus Victorian Inn (from USD 179)

Three minutes from the beach, the Best Western Plus Victorian Inn features cozy rooms, wooden features, a comfortable bed and a fantastic price for its location. Each room has a fireplace so that you can stay cozy during the winter months and have the windows open in summer to enjoy the fresh sea breeze and listen to the waves. It is worth noting that there are only partial views of the beach available here.

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Victorian Inn

Wifi Available

Address: 487 Foam St
628 meters (0.4 ft) from Monterey Bay Aquarium

Parking Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Garden Non-smoking rooms Business centre Dry cleaning

10. Hampton Inn Monterey (from USD 169)

This newly renovated hotel is in a fantastic location, just two minutes’ walk from the beach. The rooms are spacious and bright, with plenty of space to relax in and a small seated area, from where you can gaze out the window and watch the world pass by. We particularly love the kitchen in this property, which is huge!

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Hampton Inn Monterey

Address: 2401 Del Monte Avenue
3.99 km (2.5 mi) from Monterey Bay Aquarium

11. Monterey Marriott (from USD 248)

On the main street, just six minutes from the beach, this classic Marriott hotel has two on-site restaurants and an outdoor pool. The walk to the beach is so short that you’ll be falling asleep to the sound of the waves in no time if you choose to stay here. You can expect the usual standard from this Marriott hotel and be sure to enjoy breakfast at the In + Field Restaurant and Bar, which specializes in Californian coastal cuisine.

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Monterey Marriott

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible Visual Aid: Braille Visual Aid: Tactile

Address: 350 Calle Principal
2.06 km (1.3 mi) from Monterey Bay Aquarium

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Golf course (within 3 km)

12. Portola Hotel & Spa (from USD 294)

At five minutes from the beach, the Portola Hotel & Spa offers everything you could expect and need, from an outdoor pool, three restaurants and even a microbrewery! We love this hotel for the fact that not only is it near the beach, so you’re guaranteed a fantastic holiday, it is also eco-conscious.

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Portola Hotel & Spa

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible Visual Aid: Braille

Address: Two Portola Plaza
1.98 km (1.3 mi) from Monterey Bay Aquarium

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Terrace

Marvelous Monterey

Monterey is amazing to visit for a few days, and you’ll have a fantastic time, wherever you choose to stay. But, if you want to be near the beach and hear the waves, we recommend booking one of our suggestions, above.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
Disclosure: Trip101 selects the listings in our articles independently. Some of the listings in this article contain affiliate links.

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