Behind the Scenes in our Romantic Monterey Bed and Breakfast

Walking up the steps to the front entrance of the Old Monterey Inn, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a secret, secluded garden.  In fact, there is beauty all around—flowers upon flowers, intertwining vines, succulents, and even straw flowers (ask to see them when you’re here because they’re delightful).  Our rooms and suites are similarly spectacular-elegantly, tastefully, and individually appointed. 

Indeed, there is beauty all around.  But, some of the things that make the Old Monterey Inn wonderful are not immediately visible.  Katy and Lawrence Havlick, the owners of the Inn, got married in the Inn’s traditional English-style hedge garden— the Old Monterey Inn is now the epitome of a beloved family-run business.  During your stay at our Monterey bed and breakfast, you’ll see Katy tending to the garden, and Lawrence buzzing about helping out where help is needed and making sure that the Inn runs smoothly.  You may even see the two of them taking their dog Lucy for a walk in the evening.  At the Old Monterey Inn, it’s all hands on deck all the time.

They are accompanied by a similarly dedicated staff.  Aracely, the head housekeeper, has worked at the Inn for over 20 years, and has an unbelievable encyclopedic knowledge about all of the tiny little histories of the Old Monterey Inn.  She expertly manages her staff to make sure every detail is perfect for your stay.  She’s got a wicked sense of humor, and an astonishing eye for detail and quality.  She is such an asset to the Old Monterey Inn.

The Innkeeper, Catherine, is a native of Denver, Colorado and moved to Monterey last year to get a Masters of Public Administration at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.  After working and studying abroad, she stumbled upon the Old Monterey Inn when she was visiting Monterey months before the move, and was entranced by the warmth and beauty of the place.  She takes on much of the cooking and check-ins and is excited to make your stay perfect. She is fluent in Spanish and highly proficient in Mandarin Chinese.

So, there you have it!  Our staff is yet another reason your stay at the Old Monterey Inn will be a truly memorable and enjoyable experience!  We are proud to be a family-owned business, and proud that our staff at our Monterey bed and breakfast is so dedicated to excellence.    

Innkeepers of Old Monterey Staff

Old Monterey Inn: Reviving the Old World Charm on the Monterey Peninsula

Lawrence and Katy Havlick bought the Old Monterey Inn in June 2011 and have been improving upon their Inn’s grandeur ever since.  We’d like to share some of the Inn’s improvements with you, and invite you to come enjoy our Monterey Inn in person!

As spring approaches, our acre of gardens erupts into color and thrives under Katy’s green thumb and creative genius.  We’ve planted hydrangeas, lilacs, roses, rose trees, giant impatiens, camellia, night-blooming jasmine, delphinium, foxglove, and morning glory, just to name a few.  This time of year, the early morning is steeped in fog, shrouding the garden in tranquility and wonder.  The fog lifts in the mid-morning to reveal our Monterey gardens in all of their glory!

This year we put hardwood floors in the sitting room of our Garden Cottage.  Along with a fresh coat of paint and new furniture, the Garden Cottage looks wonderful after its full-body makeover!  You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into an elegant and cozy English cottage, and your view of the gardens right outside the bedroom window will really take your breath away!

Certainly less glamorous than camellia, but important and noticeable all the same, many rooms have received a fresh coat of paint.  Mayfield’s warm yellow, Ashford’s crisp ivory, and Brighstone’s warmer earth tones are all radiant in their freshness.  Our painters painstakingly painted between each shutter and around each doorframe, and their care and artistry is a constant source of pride for us.

Stoneleigh, Chawton, Mayfield, Rookery, and Ashford sitting room have all received new bedding.  Walk into Chawton, and the handmade, tailor-made bedding will give you pause.  If you’ve stayed in one of these rooms over two years ago, come back and enjoy the improvements with us!

For the eco-conscious among us, here’s one for you: we replaced every toilet with a state-of-the-art, designer low flush toilet.  We are going green in style at the Old Monterey Inn!

The list goes on, and will continue to grow in length.  With each passing month, a new treasure finds its way to the Old Monterey Inn.  Find your way here to enjoy all that the Old Monterey Inn has to offer.

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