Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
This grand dame of Monterey Bay isn’t just by the bay, it’s been built right over its crashing surf, deep in the heart of Cannery Row. Stand on the balcony of an ocean-view room here and you could be on a cruise ship, with the waters of the bay both before and beneath you. Upgrade to a suite and enjoy such luxuries as expansive sundecks, elegant living spaces and spa-like marble bathrooms. The views are key to the rooftop spa too, one of the best in North America. Located on the penthouse level, it boasts a panoramic terrace with outdoor hot tubs, nine treatment rooms and an ocean-view couples’ tub room. Other highlights include the oceanfront restaurant Coastal Kitchen and complimentary bikes for getting out and exploring.