Monterey  visitors looking for elegant accommodations love the Old Monterey Inn (500 Martin St., 831/375-8284, www.oldmontereyinn.com , $275–400). The lovely old edifice stands in the midst of mature gardens that blossom all spring and summer, showing their sedate green side in autumn and winter.
Inside the inn, the garden motif echoes in the upscale bed linens and window treatments, which compliment the pretty furnishings and cozy fireplaces. Spa bathtubs pamper guests. Additional amenities include a full breakfast (often served in the garden) and a menu of spa treatments that can be enjoyed downstairs in the serene treatment room.
Want to stay right on Cannery Row  in a room overlooking the bay? You’ll pay handsomely—but it’s worth it—at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa (400 Cannery Row, 831/646-1700, www.montereyplazahotel.com , $388). This on-the-water luxury hotel has it all: two restaurants, a spa, a private beach, room service, and upscale guest room goodies.
Rooms range from “budget” garden and Row-facing accommodations to ocean-view rooms with private balconies and huge suites that mimic a posh private apartment. Bring your credit card and enjoy!