Old Monterey Inn


On this site, much of Monterey’s history came to pass. For the Old Monterey Inn was built by Carmel Martin Sr. who was instrumental in the creation of the city and preserving many of the historical sites open to the public today. It was here, in this house, Mr. Martin planned for and dreamed of his beloved Monterey.

The story begins when the Scotch-born Martin family arrived in the Monterey Bay, en route to San Francisco and the California Gold Rush, in March of 1865. Their schooner stopped in Monterey for a half day to unload some cargo. The Martins went ashore, past the adobe buildings that comprised the village of Monterey, up the hill, and spread a picnic lunch under the oaks and pines. They fell in love with the land and stayed. The Martin Family purchased land throughout the county, including the spot that had enchanted them upon arrival: the site where the Old Monterey Inn stands today. Through farming, the Martins prospered and multiplied. Over the years, the family was to play an important role in the history of the Monterey Peninsula.

Rooms and Suites

Every room and suite at our inn in Monterey, CA was designed to enhance the charm, sophistication, and architectural significance of this beautifully maintained English Tudor mansion. Intricately carved woodwork, copper detailing, and gorgeous stained glass details complement the elegant decor throughout our historic Monterey inn.

All accommodations at our romantic Monterey lodging offer a private bath with the highest quality amenities including specialty lavender soaps and Aveda® products. In addition, each room and suite provides a cozy sitting area next to a private fireplace, complete with candles to create your own romantic oasis. Thoughtful details abound: plush feather beds and down duvets with superb quality linens, soft terry lined robes and slippers, perfumed bath salts, thick towels and current magazines. Truly a luxury experience!

The Spa

As if the serene gardens, elegantly decorated accommodations and superb hospitality at this renowned Monterey luxury inn wasn’t relaxing enough, we go “over the top” by providing our guests with an intimate spa room complete with soothing water fountains and a romantic fireplace. Enjoy a variety of indulgent spa treatments provided by a team of professional therapists available to pamper you with massages, facials, aromatherapy treatments and more at our inn and spa in Monterey!



After 1965, the home was occupied by the Swett family and their six children. It was thoughtfully restored in every detail, including the Martin’s prized gardens and opened as a bed and breakfast inn in 1978. After owning bed and breakfasts in Mendocino and Napa Valley, Patricia Valletta purchased the inn in 2004 only to elope with her high school sweetheart in 2010. They sold The Old Monterey Inn to Katy and Lawrence Havlick after their fairy tale wedding in our traditional English garden.

Through December 31st, book any 2 night stay and enjoy a $50 discount per person on singles’ and couples’ massages at our on-site spa.

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