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Get hooked on Monterey, California! From seasoned fishermen in search of the greatest catch of the day to foodies with an appetite for the freshest seafood in Cannery Row, visitors have many reasons to dive into all Monterey has to offer. Here are five of them (and Monterey’s top independent hotels — via Hipmunk — blends uniqueness and affordability with ease)!

1. Hotel Pacific

The Hotel Pacific is the property of choice for insiders who frequent Monterey. This means there are only good surprises here, like hardwood floors and fireplaces! If you choose from a room with a patio or with a balcony, a picturesque view is guaranteed. Seal the deal with a complimentary breakfast buffet before walking into the world-renowned Monterey Aquarium!

2. Mariposa Inn & Suites

With amenities only found at five-star resorts, the Mariposa Inn & Suites defines independent hotels! Located in Monterey and less than two miles from the famous Fisherman’s Wharf, the Mariposa welcomes guests with the most attentive staff and ‘round-the-clock front desk service that knows it all. Where to go for the sights and sounds of Monterey? The Wharf. Where to eat? The Del Monte Center. Just be sure to start your day with breakfast at the Mariposa — in a Jacuzzi — in either a townhouse or the Spa Suite!

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3. Merritt House Inn

If spaciousness or coziness is not on the must-have list, do not stay at the Merritt House Inn! This cottage-style independent hotel is its own Monterey neighborhood with and appealing courtyard and landscaping for days. Rooms come equipped with fireplaces that are powerful enough to keep a social butterfly nestled in bed. However, should the need to find things to do outside the Merritt come to fruition, there’s the Wharf just a short walk away!

4. Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa

Monterey guests agree the Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa is a pleasant surprise trapped in a budget-friendly property. The Casa Munras greets guests with queen- and king-sized beds, fluffy towels and space! The best of Monterey — the beach! — is only a drive away; good luck trying to leave the comforts of home found at the Casa.

5. Colton Inn

One would expect a hefty price tag from an independent hotel positioned in the heart of Monetery’s downtown district, right? One might also plan to leave the kids at home with the sitter, because downtown is hardly kid-friendly. Expensive parking? Try again! Enter: Colton Inn, welcoming guests of all kinds to the center city for years! (And this includes grill masters — there is a BBQ grill waiting for you.) Some rooms come with saunas and others with fireplaces because the Colton is determined to warm hearts. In between Fisherman Wharf visits, the Colton Inn is a peaceful family-friendly choice in the middle of it all.

Let these above-listed independent hotels be the starting point for your Monterey itinerary. Have a favorite? Let us know in the comments below.