Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The centrally located Hyatt Regency Monterey is one of the largest properties in the area, making it a good spot for large business meetings and conferences. The hotel features six meeting rooms of various sizes, as well as outdoor spaces for meetings when the weather is nice. Also when the weather is nice, business travelers can hit the links (and de-stress after a meeting) at the on-site golf course. Plus, the hotel has a small business center and offers a free shuttle to the airport. And after a day of meetings, guests can visit the popular sports bar for a pint.
Monterey Marriott Rating: 3.5 Pearls
This 319-room hotel may not be quite as upscale as the Hyatt Regency, but it has just as many (and arguably even more) business-friendly amenities. It is centrally located in Downtown Monterey, connected via sky-bridge to the Convention Center and a few blocks from Fisherman's Wharf, and features 27 meeting rooms and a business center with services such as translations and delivery services. The airy rooms are less generic than what one would expect from a mid-range chain hotel, but some could use an update. The hotel also has on-site laundry facilities for those on a long business trip, as well as a lobby coffee bar and a sufficient fitness center.
Carmel Valley Ranch Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Carmel Valley Ranch is a 500-acre property offering modern luxury in a rustic, bucolic setting, with tall oak trees, organic gardens, and rolling vineyards. Rooms are decorated in soft tones and feature flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, free Wi-Fi, and Keurig coffeemakers -- a must for those burning the midnight oil. The hotel also features tons of indoor and outdoor meeting space, as well as a cozy library for getting work done and a gorgeous golf course for impressing finicky clients.
Bernardus Lodge Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This 57-room rustic-luxe retreat in Carmel Valley sits in a lovely setting among rolling hills and vineyards, making it a great spot for an office retreat. The hotel features unique meeting spaces, such as a wine cellar room, and free Wi-Fi in all of the rooms. Rooms are large and comfortable with stone fireplaces, feather beds, and plush white bedding, and big bathrooms feature walk-in showers and two-person soaking tubs. There are several restaurants here as well -- including the famous Marinus restaurant with its chef's table where up to five guests can dine while watching the chef cook.
Hyatt Carmel Highlands Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The 144-room cliff-side Hyatt Carmel Highlands offers awe-inspiring views unrivaled anywhere else around Monterey and Carmel -- some could even argue the entire West Coast. And it's got some solid business amenities to boot. The hotel features numerous meeting spaces -- indoors and out, with the same amazing views that can be spotted around the hotel -- as well as on-site meeting planners. Accommodations are seemingly as roomy as the stunning ocean views they offer, most complete with working fireplaces and stocked with simple yet modern amenities, such as flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. Free valet parking is an extra perk.