Set on the stunning California coast popular with visitors from San Francisco, the Monterey Bay Inn has been welcoming guests for over fifty years. The Monterey Bay Inn offers sweeping views of the rocky shores of the Pacific Ocean, a roof-top hot tub overlooking the bay and comfortable rooms only minutes away from noted tourist attractions, beaches and restaurants.

In the early 1900s, Cannery Row, where the inn is set, was the center of the sardine canning industry. Over-fishing and a terrible fire put an end to area commerce shortly after World War II. However, the Cannery Row district had been immortalized by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck, and swept along by the popularity of the novel Cannery Row, the waterfront street converted old canning factories into hotels and restaurants. The world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium opened on Cannery Row in 1984, further popularizing the Cannery Row district; the Aquarium is located only minutes from the Monterey Bay Inn.

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1.The Monterey Bay Inn Accommodations

The Monterey Bay Inn Accommodations  

mattresses, private balconies, luxurious bathrooms with marble and granite accents, balconies and in-room binoculars for viewing the sea life visible on the rocky shores of the bay.

Sea lions and sea otters dwell in and around Monterey Bay, and their playful antics and sunbathing can be viewed from the comfort of the private balcony. Guests of the Monterey Bay Inn are served breakfast in their room every morning. Other guestroom amenities include a large flat-screen HDTV, free WiFi, toiletries, a mini-bar, a hair dryer, a CD player and a coffee and tea maker. Most rooms have ocean views. Guests are welcome to use the business center and the roof-top hot tub that overlooks the bay.

The Cannery Row View Rooms offer guests a view of this historic area, and one plush-topped king bed to spend the night in.

The Ocean Harbor View Rooms look out onto the shoreline of Monterey Bay and from the rooms, guests can also see San Carlos Beach and Monterey’s harbor district. The Ocean Harbor View rooms have one king bed.

The Oceanfront Rooms have spectacular views of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and have one king bed.

The Deluxe Oceanfront Rooms offer sweeping views of Monterey Bay, one king bed and an electric fireplace to add warmth and ambience to the room.

The Panoramic Oceanfront Room is filled with natural light from its many windows. Guests of this room may view the ocean from the balcony or from the private jetted two-person hot tub. The room also offers a king bed, an oversized bathroom and an electric fireplace.

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2.Dining at The Monterey Bay Inn

Dining at The Monterey Bay Inn  

In-room breakfast is served to guests daily. For tasty eating in bed or on the balcony, guests are served a meal of freshly-baked breads, muffins, seasonal fruit, yogurt, coffee, tea and juice. It’s a great way to start the day in beautiful Monterey.

The proprietors of the Monterey Bay Inn own a restaurant just down the street from the hotel, the famous Sardine Factory. Opened in 1968, The Sardine Factory is world-famous for its wine list, one of the most extensive in the world, and for its mouth-watering seafood. Popular among celebrities, Prince Albert II of Monaco and Julia Child have eaten here. Clint Eastwood used the restaurant’s bar in his film Play Misty for Me.

The Sardine Factory’s abalone bisque was served at the inaugural dinner of former President of the United States, Ronald Reagan. The Sardine Factory focuses on fresh, sustainable seafood and prime USDA Dry Aged Beef. It has a children’s menu and many gluten-free offerings. Its wine list, which has 1,800 labels and over 32,000 bottles, is the largest in the United States and includes an 1888 Chateau Mouton Rothschild. The restaurant’s wine cave is dotted with 16th century art and antiques. It is a sumptuous place to dine, with unforgettable food and a welcoming atmosphere.

Monterey is filled with excellent restaurants and diverse fare. Seafood and American cuisine dominate the restaurant scene, but there is also a good showing of Italian cuisine, steakhouses and cafes.

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3.Vacation Activities

Vacation Activities  

The Monterey Bay Inn invites its guests to make use of the spa at its sister hotel, the Casa Munras, also on Cannery Row. The Casa Munras spa offers a variety of massages, including aromatherapy and prenatal massage, and has a diverse menu of facials, body therapies, scrubs and body polishes awaiting guests of The Monterey Bay Inn.

The Monterey Bay area has some of the nation’s best drives, walks and tourist attractions. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is the most popular attraction in the area; it is a leader in ocean preservation and its innovative displays and programs are designed to showcase the variety and fascination of sea creatures.

Visitors there can get up close and personal with African penguins, view the habitat of sea otters, arguably the cutest animals in existence, view the gigantic kelp forest, home to a multitude of sea life, and in the aquarium’s habitats, visitors can see giant pacific octopi, tiny sea urchins, sea turtles, puffins and 200-pound sea bass. One day is not enough to appreciate this wonderful aquarium.

Another popular and beloved way to spend time in the Monterey area is along 17-Mile Drive, a route around the Monterey Peninsula that hugs the rocky coastline and offers scenic vistas of the Pacific Ocean, stately mansions, the world-famous Pebble Beach golf course and a forest of cypress trees. Drivers may stop and look at The Lone Cypress, perched on a promontory above the Pacific Ocean, which is the most-photographed tree in the country. Picnickers will find many perfect sites to take a break, eat a sandwich and look out upon the waves crashing against the rocks on the shoreline.

The Monterey Bay Inn has two private boardrooms, one that seats eight and one that seats eighteen. These boardrooms have patios and are filled with natural light.

The patios contain fire pits and are perfect for luncheon meetings and pre-dinner cocktails. The inn has up-to-date audio-visual equipment, wireless Internet service, event planning staff and a business center to help guests have the best meeting possible.

242 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940, Phone: 831-373-6242

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