Since 1904, the Monterey has been offerIng guests dignified lodgings right in the heart of downtown Monterey. It continues that tradition with rooms that pay homage to the past with elaborately hand-carved wooden furnishings (the armoires hide the TV's, though those are rather old, too), plantation-style shutters, gentling whirring ceiling fans and gloriously high, molded ceilings. The beds can be a bit firm (read: hard) but that's our only real complain about this classic, which debuted a new on-site gym in spring on 2015 (really the only thing it was lacking before).  Complimentary continental breakfast is included in the nightly rate.