About Us

Since 1830

The Merritt House was originally built in 1830. It was purchased in 1852 by Juana Castro, the wife of Josiah Merritt and was used as the couple's private residence. Josiah Merritt served as first county judge from 1851-1854 and was active in organizing Monterey County in 1881. A native of Orange County. N.Y. Merritt practiced law in the East before coming to California in 1849. He married Juana Castro, daughter of the alcalde (mayor) of Monterey and they had five children.

National Register of Historic Places

The Merritt House was developed into its present use in 1979 and is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places to preserve its statewide significance. It is also listed annually in the Monterey History and Art Association Adobe Tour held every April.

Excellent Service

Come experience the family style hospitality that sets The Merritt House Hotel above the rest because when you're here, you're a part of the family.


Nearby Attractions

Monterey Bay is situated near popular Pebble Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and world renowned Big Sur.

Comfortable Accommodations

An excellent choice for travelers visiting Monterey, offering a family-friendly environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay.


Payment Options

Book directly through our website or by calling. We accept all major credit cards.

Centrally Located

Nestled in the heart of downtown Monterey, many popular landmarks and local attractions are within walking distance.


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Things to do near

The Merritt House provides close proximity to the areas most well-known attractions. Within walking distance is the Monterey Conference Center, Fisherman’s Wharf, and many fine shops and restaurants. Minutes away is the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, the popular 17-Mile Drive as well as many famous art galleries.

"Another wonderful stay"

My husband and I stayed once again at the Merritt House Inn’s historic adobe on New Year’s Eve. Lucky for us, we were able to check in early and rest a bit before enjoying the evening’s entertainment.



Love this hotel. Great location and wonderful staff. Close to everything. Rooms are really cute and most have fireplace. Covered parking available. Try to get room overlooking the garden. Price is unbeatable for the location.

Karen R

"Comfortable, homey, good location"

Will stay here again, the front desk woman Celeste was very kind and helpful, and the room was perfect for a 2 day stay with my S.O. Location walking distance from food, Del Monte beach and the fisherman's wharf.