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Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, Monterey

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
400 Cannery Row
Monterey , California
Tel: 800 334 3999
Tel: 831 646 1700's insider take:

The Plaza is the only large-scale full-service hotel right on the water in Monterey. The decor of the Mediterranean villa–style buildings is tasteful but ho-hum, with Biedermeier-style furniture, thick carpeting, and lemon-yellow striped walls. You're really here for the view, so be sure to book an oceanfront room. Fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing just below your window, and in the morning, peer over the edge of your balcony and spot starfish clinging to the rocks while you sip your coffee. Though service overall needs to be tightened up, the rooftop spa, complete with Vichy showers and couples' whirlpool baths for two, is the best in town. Even if you don't book a treatment, leave time for a soak in the outdoor hot tub overlooking the bay.

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