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Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa, Monterey History

Monterey’s True Historic Hotel

Casa Munras was one of the first residences built outside the walls of the old Monterey Presidio. Built in 1824 by Spanish diplomat Don Estéban Munras, the property was originally named La Granja (Spanish for ‘the farm').It became the heart of his sprawling Rancho San Vicente, a principality of 20,000 acres stretching to Carmel.

Celebrating California's Spanish Heritage

The last generation of the Munras family to live in Monterey was Maria Antonia Field, Estéban Munras' great granddaughter. Born in the Casa Munras in 1885, she lived at the residence until 1941, when the Jack Dougherty family purchased the property to use as Monterey's first garden hotel. Maria builds her new home at Rancho Laguna Seca, now named Pasadera. She died in 1962 and is buried in the cemetery at the Carmel Mission Basilica.