Casa Munras Hotel & Spa Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Monterey, California, United States

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Pros

  • Convenient location, walking distance to local shopping, dining, and bus stops
  • Large rooms with comfy beds and earthy decor
  • Deluxe rooms and suites have fireplaces
  • Standard bathrooms feature upscale L'Occitane bath products
  • Flat-screen TVs and DVD players with free DVDs to borrow
  • Esteban -- the on-site tapas restaurant -- has outdoor tables surrounding a cozy fire pit
  • Free movie nights in the summer with blankets and popcorn
  • Modern on-site spa offers full range of services
  • Quiet and updated (though small) fitness center
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
  • Pet-friendly (for a fee)

Cons

  • Outdoor pool is small and not noteworthy
  • Bikes available require a fee
  • Some bathrooms feel outdated

Bottom Line

This upper-middle-range hacienda-style hotel in Old Town Monterey claims to be rich in Spanish heritage, but looks more like a traditional chain hotel. The ivy and flower-covered exterior is pretty, as is the modern lobby with a stone fireplace and cozy leather chairs, but something about the place is almost too "done" to feel authentic. The rooms are spacious and feature some modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and some have cozy fireplaces. But the real pleasure of this hotel lies in its social outdoor spaces. Candles, fire pits and cozy seating invite guests to gather outside -- and most do in the evenings. For a mid-range hotel, the spa here is fantastic -- that, along with the tapas restaurant, outdoor pool, and convenient location -- make this hotel a great pick, especially at its affordable price.

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 Location

Less than 10 minutes from the airport and short drive to Monterey Bay, but in a not-so-charming business district

Located in a business-oriented part of Old Town, near a Denny's and a Thai restaurant, the area around Casa Munras lacks the beauty and charm of other Monterey hotels. But the hotel property itself is quite charming, especially the outdoor social spaces. Plus, the hotel is less than 10 minutes from Monterey Peninsula Airport and is walking distance to tons of local bars, restaurants, and shops. Fisherman's Wharf is just 15 minute away, as is Pebble Beach.

Many people know of Monterey from the writer John Steinbeck, who shared a genuine passion for this picturesque coastal town, as expressed through many of his acclaimed novels. Travelers enter the town via the winding Highway 1, which showcases the rocky cliffs, sea lions, and beautiful misty shores that Northern California is known for. Monterey is also known as having one of the most distinctively historic downtown areas west of Santa Fe.

  • 7-minute drive to Monterey Peninsula Airport
  • 80-minute drive to San Jose International Airport
  • 2-minute walk to local bus stops
  • 2-minute walk to bars, restaurants, and shops
  • 7-minute walk to Monterey State Historical Park
  • 4-minute drive to Del Monte Shopping Center
  • 5-minute drive to Cannery Row
  • 6-minute drive to Del Monte Golf Course
  • 6-minute drive to Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • 6-minute drive to American Tin Cannery Outlet Center Shopping Center
  • 14-minute drive to Laguna Seca Regional Park
  • 15-minute drive to Fisherman's Wharf; dining, whale watching, sailing, and boat charters
  • 15-minute drive to Pebble Beach
  • 20-minute drive to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
  • 23-minute drive to Garrapata State Park
  • 30-minute drive to Carmel Valley

 Bottom Line

This upper-middle-range hacienda-style hotel in Old Town Monterey claims to be rich in Spanish heritage, but looks more like a traditional chain hotel. The ivy and flower-covered exterior is pretty, as is the modern lobby with a stone fireplace and cozy leather chairs, but something about the place is almost too "done" to feel authentic. The rooms are spacious and feature some modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and some have cozy fireplaces. But the real pleasure of this hotel lies in its social outdoor spaces. Candles, fire pits and cozy seating invite guests to gather outside -- and most do in the evenings. For a mid-range hotel, the spa here is fantastic -- that, along with the tapas restaurant, outdoor pool, and convenient location -- make this hotel a great pick, especially at its affordable price.

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Address

  • 700 Munras Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940

Room Types

  • Concierge King Room
  • Cozy Queen Room
  • Deluxe Double Room with Fireplace
  • Deluxe King Room with Fireplace
  • Manor House Suite
  • Traditional Double Room
  • Traditional King Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 176
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Monterey, California
Address: 700 Munras Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940
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