Monterey is one of the prettiest towns on the southern coast of California, but it has more than just a pretty face. This is a town with a long history (long especially for this part of the U.S.) and lots to see and do. It makes a great base for exploring the area, and while you can do it in a day trip from San Francisco, with all the cheap hotels in Monterey you can choose from there is almost no reason not to take advantage of them and stay there for a few days.
There are lots of towns in the area around Monterey which are popular vacation destinations, but that does not seem to have reduced the number of cheap hotels in Monterey itself. Many of them are big hotel chain names you will recognize, because they have branches all over the world. Even some of thei high-end luxury resort hotels in Monterey are part of those chains. There are also plenty of small and charming B&Bs and boutique hotels in this area as well, and while they are often more expensive they also sometimes offer a great alternative to a mid-priced hotel.
Easily one of the top attractions in Monterey is the fabulous Monterey Bay Aquarium, which has been rated the top aquarium in the country. But even beyond this world-class aquarium you can check out the Cannery Row area that John Steinbeck made famous with his novel of the same name, and Monterey’s shopping, restaurants, and beaches are all worth exploring as well. Plus, if you have a car at your disposal, you can venture beyond the city limits for day trips to other nearby sights.
Some of the cheap hotels in Monterey that you should consider for your trip are La Quinta Inn Monterey (located off Hwy 1, overlooking Monterey Bay, 49 rooms, free hot breakfast, free WiFi & internet access, free parking, airport transfer available), Ramada Monterey (near intersection of Hwy 1 & Hwy 68, near the aquarium & downtown, swimming pool, free continental breakfast, free WiFi access, free parking), Days Inn Monterey Carmel (located off Hwy 1, free WiFi access, free breakfast, free parking), Holiday Inn Express Monterey Cannery Row (1 block from Cannery Row, 3 blocks from the aquarium, free underground parking, free wine & cheese reception every evening, free internet & WiFi access, kids eat free), and Best Western Victorian Inn (3 blocks from Cannery Row, 5 blocks from the aquarium, 70 rooms, internet access available, free continental breakfast, free wine & cheese reception every afternoon).