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Trip List by Cohiba13

Best Beach Destination Hotels

19 Jun 2006  Sun, sand and surf. Oh, don't forget about the sunset!
3.5 of 5 stars based on 2 votes

Fun in the sun! This a good list of great hotels!

  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Repeat visitors, Sports buffs, Theater, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists, Pet owners
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

    Set on the shores of Monterey Bay on Cannery Row, this five-story hotel is four blocks from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

    Modern, business-friendly, 400-square-foot guestrooms are equipped with 27-inch TVs, CD players, and stocked minibars.

    On-site recreation includes a health spa and fitness center, and there are two restaurants offering 24-hour room service.

  • 2. Portola Plaza Hotel Monterey

    This hotel overlooks the Pacific coastline in historic downtown Monterey, 200 yards from Fisherman's Wharf; 5 - 10 minutes' walk from Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

  • 3. Marina Dunes Resort: Bungalows adjacent to Marina State Beach

    Right on the dunes
    Built along the Marina Dunes wildlife sanctuary, this resort comprises twenty bungalows set across 19 acres of protected 100-foot sand dunes; Monterey is 10 miles away.

    Spa, playground, pools
    Sea-salt body polishing and seaweed detoxifying are spa treatments at the top of the to-do list, while other amenities include bike rentals, a playground, and pools.

    Ocean views, fireplaces
    Bungalows feature views of the ocean or sand dunes from private balconies or patios. Gas fireplaces keep everything cozy, and refrigerators and CD players are at the ready.

  • 4. Sand Dollar Inn

    Centrally located in Old Monterey, this hotel a short walk, eight to ten blocks, from Fisherman's Wharf and the Monterey Conference Center and five miles from Pebble Beach.

    Contemporary guestrooms feature refrigerators, fireplaces, balconies, and patios.

    A complimentary deluxe Continental breakfast includes fruit, croissants, pastries, eggs, cereals, and bagels; complimentary cookies are offered as well.

  • 5. Best Western Carmel Mission Inn

    Situated in a garden setting, this hotel is four blocks from the historic Carmel Mission, seven miles from downtown Monterey, and eight miles from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

    Massages by the fire
    A massage treatment room with gas fireplace, a 24-hour fitness center, an outdoor splash pool, two spa tubs, a restaurant, and a bar and grill all provide guests ways to relax.

    Filled with foliage
    Potted plants liven all 165 guestrooms, which include tiled bathrooms with massaging shower heads, refrigerators, and complimentary Internet access, premium channels, and local calls.

  • 6. Spindrift Inn: Romantic waterfront inn on Montereyâs Cannery Row

    On McAbee Beach
    Located on a stretch of beach along Monterey Bay, this intimate hotel is 4 blocks from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and a half-mile from Fishermanâs Wharf and downtown shops.

    Monterey wines
    The hotel delivers a daily complimentary Continental breakfast to the guestrooms and hosts an afternoon reception featuring Monterey County wines and cheeses by the lobby fireplace.

    Crackling wood fires
    The 42 guestrooms offer balconies or window seats with views of Cannery Row or Monterey Bay, wood-burning fireplaces, feather beds and comforters, VCRs, CD players, and refrigerators.

  • 7. Monterey Bay Inn

    Located at the quiet end of Cannery Row, this hotel offers oceanfront lodging, a short stroll from the aquarium, restaurants, eclectic shops, and more.

    Newly remodeled guestrooms have balconies, feather beds, Aveda bath products, DVD and CD players, coffee pots, and wireless Internet access.

    Other amenities include a complimentary Continental breakfast for two; chocolates are offered as part of evening turndown service.

  • 8. Elegant adobe-style suites in historic Monterey: Hotel Pacific

    Inn near noted wharf
    Set on Montereyâs âPath of History,â this stylish inn is two blocks from Fishermanâs Wharf, a half-mile from downtown and Cannery Row, and a mile from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

    Afternoon treats
    Paths wind through two courtyard gardens, each with fountain and spa tub; inside, a salon hosts a daily tea reception, where guests also enjoy a complimentary Continental breakfast.

    Classy amenities
    All 105 guest suites include feather beds, hardwood floors, gas fireplaces, furnished balconies or patios, VCRs, CD players, and bathrooms with phones, TVs, robes, and bath salts.

  • 9. Marriott Monterey: Near Fisherman's Wharf, rooms renovated in 2005

    Connected to the conference center in downtown Monterey, the hotel is 3 blocks from Fishermanâs Wharf, and less than 2 miles from Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row.

    On-site day spa
    Amenities include a restaurant, sports bar, fitness center, heated pool, day spa, and business center with high-speed Internet access; upper floors feature ocean views.

    Deluxe bedding
    The 341 air-conditioned guestrooms offer triple-sheeted beds, down comforters, high-speed Internet access, multi-line phones, windows that open, and separate vanities.

  • 10. Carmel Valley Ranch: All-suites resort in Carmel Valley foothills

    An 18-hole golf course, 12 tennis courts, and a fitness center top a long list of amenities also including outdoor splash pools, spa tubs, saunas, and a business center.

    Fireplaces, balconies
    Cathedral ceilings soar above suites with balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows, and fireplaces. Minibars, CD players, video games, and lap-top size safes are also offered.

    Near Chateau Julien
    Carmel Valley Oaks and gracious weeping willows dot the 400 acres upon which this resort is set, less than 2 miles from Chateau Julien Winery; Monterey's Cannery Row is 13 miles away.