Inspired by the area’s Spanish heritage, this hotel features authentic, locally-sourced cuisine, a heated outdoor pool & full-service spa
Hotel at a Glance: Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Nestled in the eclectic, lively heritage district, Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa embodies the Spanish heritage and culture of Northern California. Less than a mile away from Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey State Historic Park, and Monterey Museum of Art, this historic hacienda-style hotel offers a retreat to coastal paradise, combining quaint, elegant accommodations and modern services in downtown Monterey.
- Esteban Restaurant: Authentic coastal cuisine is prepared using fresh, locally sourced ingredients for a gastronomic dining experience to be enjoyed amidst the natural landscapes of the area outdoors or by the warmth of the fireplace indoors.
- Indulge in a relaxing massage, rejuvenating facial, or body treatment at the on-site spa. Guests can begin with a visit to the soothing outdoor spa garden or visit at the end of their treatment for long-lasting relaxation.
- Make a splash during a day in the sun at the hotel’s outdoor heated pool.
- Comfortable guest rooms feature granite bathrooms, along with a Keurig coffee maker and a 42-inch flat-screen HDTV with DVD player and complimentary DVD movie library (upon request).
- Explore the area: Peruse through the streets of Cannery Row, where local restaurants and shops honoring the area’s rich history and culture line the waterfront less than 2 miles away from the hotel. Monterey Bay Aquarium and San Carlos Beach are both 2 miles away. The hotel sits in the middle of downtown Monterey and is within walking distance to Fisherman’s Wharf.
Monterey, California: Scenic Beaches and Marine Wildlife on the Pacific Coast
The city of Monterey is at Monterey Bay’s southern end, in an area considered one of the world’s most scenic thanks to its rugged cliffs and dramatic ocean views. Author John Steinbeck lived for several years in the neighboring town of Pacific Grove, and he immortalized this part of central California in works such as East of Eden and Of Mice and Men. In Cannery Row, Steinbeck depicted the Monterey fish-canning industry at the turn of the 20th century. Today, a tourist destination of the same name houses souvenir shops and eateries right where the sardine factories used to be.
Among the city’s must-see attractions is the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Its mesmerizing displays include a living kelp forest filled with leopard sharks and wolf eels. For those who want to get closer to the sea, there’s the oceanfront Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail, where sea lions sunbathe on the rocks and otters play in the surf. A variety of whales pass by the shores of Monterey all year; visitors might also spot a few dolphins from aboard one of the popular harbor cruises.