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.