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16 Best 5 star hotels in Santa Cruz, CA (2022)

5 star hotels in Santa Cruz, CA

1. Hotel Paradox, Autograph Collection (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

This hip hotel is a mile from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and 5 miles from Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.Contemporary rooms offer free Wi-Fi, iPod docks and flat-screen TVs, plus minifridges, coffeemakers and desks. Suites add separate living spaces.There’s a heated outdoor pool, a hot tub, and a sundeck with a fire pit. Poolside cabanas can be rented for a fee. There’s also an exercise room, a farm-to-table restaurant and a poolside bar.

Things You Need to Know

  • 9 min walk to the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
  • Guests praised the clean rooms but some thought they were small
  • Guests praised the friendly service, which has a concierge
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a restaurant
  • Guests mentioned “Boardwalk” 10 times
  • Guests praised the architecture
  • Guests praised the breakfast

Feedback From Real Customers

Steve Jones

I had not been to Santa Cruz since the start of the pandemic and was really looking forward to it I booked this location through Marriott Trouble started from the moment I tried to check in and they confirmed the wrong room

After a delay we straightened it out and I got a room that was almost up to the same level of the one I had booked But that one came with an additional fee which we later had removed Trying to get a satisfactory room and trying to determine why there’s an extra charge and then having to deal with getting it fixed isn’t exactly what I want to spend my time on for vacation I had planned to charge my car at the hotel and then spent 20 minutes trying to figure out why it wasn’t working I inquired at the hotel front desk they had no idea So I was the one who spent 20 minutes on the phone talking with the charger company only to be told that the charger was out of orderThe property was cool The location was great The people were nice But the organizational aspects of running a hotel and how to make sure your guest needs are satisfied even before they think of them is lacking with this property It almost felt like there’s new ownership and they are still kind of getting their feet wet with what they’re supposed to do I would stay there again primarily based on its location and niceness of the propery

Morgan Smelker

As a preface we have stayed in a few autograph collection hotels in the last few years This is not an autograph hotel And you feel a little nickel and dined when they tell you parking is $10/ night and you can’t even really walk to the beach…First major flag is that in order to go anywhere interesting in Santa Cruz on foot you must cross the river

Rivers a great but this riverbed is full of a cali sized homeless camp Great people watching but there are definitely better parts of the city to stay in Security is great though and we felt very safe while thereThe main areas of the hotel are nice, it’s well done But it’s very much appears to have the bones of a roadside hotel that got a decent facelift The rooms are not up to par for the name Peeling wall paper, no closet doors, tiny bathroom The craftsman ship and attention to detail in the rooms is lacking What we expect for the autograph name If you think of it like a nice roadside hotel with no complimentary breakfast you’ll see it as a 5 star place

Cherisse Du Preez -DFO

The police suggested I write reviews on this hotel to warn people who stay here I wish I didn’t stay at Hotel Paradox Santa Cruz We made the mistake of leaving expensive jackets in the hotel room closet & checked out

Although we realized our mistake immediately the hotel staff had already taken our stuff The manager refused to get it back His exact words were “we have a no responsibility policy… I stand by my staff” Thanks Christian (front of house manager that day)🤦🏼 It was over a thousand dollars in clothes The police got involved and there’s a formal incident report but they can’t force the staff to give us our things back Terrible policy, terrible hotel, absolute thieves I have tried for 3 days to speak directly with the General Manager but he won’t take or return my calls I’m shocked at how criminal their policies are and how abusive and angry their management staff was when I asked if I can come pick up our things I really hope everyone who they steal from reports it to the police so the staff can be held accountable by the law

2. Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Santa Cruz (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Overlooking Monterey Bay, this informal modern hotel is a 10-minute walk from the Natural Bridges State Beach, and 3 miles from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk amusement park.Unfussy rooms feature free high-speed Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as microwaves, minifridges and coffeemakers. Suites add living areas with pull-out sofas; some have balconies with bay views.Parking is complimentary, as is a breakfast buffet served in a casual breakfast room or on a patio with a fire pit. There’s a convenience store and a coin-operated laundry. Other amenities include a gym, an outdoor heated pool and a hot tub.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests liked the clean rooms, which have microwaves
  • The unfussy rooms have coffee makers
  • 5 min drive to Natural Bridges State Beach
  • Guests praised the service
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a restaurant
  • Guests mentioned “Boardwalk” 10 times
  • Guests mentioned “an ocean” 13 times
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a fitness center

Feedback From Real Customers

Mike K

Great stay at this hotel Love the location and away from the busy area of Santa Cruz Hotel was close to Seymour Marine Discovery Museum which was a delight to visit

The service was excellent even during the pandemic shortage I give credit to the staff of working hard and keeping things going The morning breakfast was good I highly recommend staying here The only negative thing I can say is the size of the pool; I would not call it a pool, but more an oversized jacuzzi Pic below is the view from our balcony

Alexa Kiel David

This was our second time staying here in a month The first time, the elevator was broken We received an email that it was broken the day before our stay, and we asked for a lower level room if possible

We arrived and were put on the highest floor and our friends who arrived after us (and did not send in the ask) were placed on lower level floorsThis was frustrating but stuff happens, and we decided to keep our reservation for two weeks laterFast forward to this trip, the hallways smell horrible and our room smells like body odor We told the front desk but there wasn’t a resolution They said they think someone on the first floor is cooking something that is making the hotel smell? UnsureNeedless to say, we won’t be coming back

KK Q

The room was clean and staff are friendly, but I DO NOT RECOMMEND STAYING HERE for one reason, the machine noise!!! OMG!!! At 10pm, 7:45am, and 10 am there was a room shaking noise that persisted for 20-30 minutes When I called the front desk they said also the people on the floor below mine also complained Lets just say it was so loud that my wife had to google if there was an earthquake

WE NEVER EXPERIENCED THIS IN ANY OF THE 50+ HOTELS WE HAVE STAYED INWhat made this even worse was that the next morning the front desk manager said he is aware of this issue Then why dont you fix it???!!!! We even asked for a quite room This really ruined our stay and vacation

3. Hyatt Place Santa Cruz (3-star hotel)

  • Address: 407 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Phone: (831) 226-2300
  • Ratings: 4.3 (516 reviews) Very good
  • Website : Hyatt Place Santa Cruz
  • Check-in time: 3:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 11:00 AM
  • Quick Summary: Relaxed rooms & suites in a contemporary hotel featuring an outdoor pool & a cafe/bar.

About this hotel

On a leafy residential street, this modern hotel is a 14-minute walk from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk amusement park and a mile from Highway 1.Relaxed rooms offer sofabeds, as well as free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Suites add separate living and dining areas. Room service is available.A breakfast buffet is served in an informal dining room. There’s also a laid-back cafe/bar and a mini-market, in addition to an outdoor pool and a gym. Valet parking is extra.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the beds
  • Walking distance to the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
  • Guests mentioned “Boardwalk” 35 times
  • The fitness center has weight machines and free weights
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a hot tub
  • Guests praised the outdoor pool
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a bar

Feedback From Real Customers

David Weintraub

Like all Hyatt Places it’s clean and efficient Staff is nice Parking is an extra $15

You literally hear every door in the hotel slam And believe me they slam In room phone didn’t work No blanket on pullout bed and they never brought one up after asking 3 times Elevator may need a key, may not You don’t really know if it’s working Kinda weird But location to boardwalk and food is good All walkable Suites are really just large rooms with no cutoff walls Odd design Probably 4/5 based on value but still, every Damn Door

Nini Nini

Check in was smooth as well as our 2 day stay The hotel was well kept and very clean On our first full day we came back to a clean room which took me by surprise because I was told at check in that we wouldn’t receive house keeping since we’re staying less than 5 days

But it was much needed since my kiddies decided to feed the floor their crumbs Breakfast was limited but it was appetizing Valet along with the cleanliness of our room and hotel is why I would book her again in the future

Hollis Folts

Very friendly, very service oriented,The TV did not turn on, one call to the front desk and in 5min cable box was reset and we had local news and of course Shark TankThe cont breakfast was better than if I was Home

Very much liked the choicesLarge room with very comfortable sofa and very clean restroomI’m not a High Roller but I felt like one this week I don’t know what 5 stars is YET but let’s go 45 for now

4. Bella Notte inn (3-star hotel)

  • Address: 21305 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
  • Phone: (831) 600-0001
  • Ratings: 4.8 (91 reviews) Excellent
  • Website : Bella Notte inn
  • Check-in time: 3:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 11:00 AM
  • Quick Summary: Casual inn offering rooms with wet bars & heated bathroom floors, plus parking & Wi-Fi.

About this hotel

This relaxed Mediterranean-style inn is 2 blocks from Twin Lakes State Beach, and 2 miles from both Highway 1 and bustling Santa Cruz Beach.The casual rooms offer wet bars with minifridges and coffeemakers, as well as flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, iPod docking stations and heated bathroom floors. Some rooms also have fireplaces, microwaves and/or Jacuzzi tubs.Parking is available, as are beach chairs, coolers, picnic baskets and massage services.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean rooms, which have microwaves
  • The rooms have refrigerators and coffee makers
  • Guests praised the bathrooms
  • 8 min walk to Twin Lakes State Beach
  • Guests praised the service
  • Guests mentioned beaches 15 times
  • The hotel has a boutique store
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a spa

Feedback From Real Customers

John Worth

It is not particularly fancy but it is very clean, very nicely appointed, and very spacious I would happily stay here again, anytime There are other places with more exciting locations and more dramatic facilities but for a clean, comfortable, relaxing stay I am not sure if you are going to beat this in Santa Cruz, especially for the money

Also, unlike airbnb/vrbo they don’t slay you with add on fees I am tired of airbnb/vrbo adding 50% (or MORE!)onto your stay price beyond the nominal rental fee Lastly, if you are going to stay here may as well book through the Bella Notte website and let the place keep the entire rental fee End of rant Bon voyage!

Lou ggle

Loved it here, felt very welcoming Called 2 weeks in advance after confirming booking, owner or manager picked up and gave me all the info I needed with great customer service! Not like other big corporations of hotels where they can only tell you so much till your visit Bella Notte inn is memorable & beautiful

Very quaint hotel Heated floors in the bathroom were great, now I want them installed in my personal restroom at home The walk to the beach is barely 5 mins, loved it! Little cafe right next to it too Not a modern day look if your looking for an extended stay or something I will definitely come back here! Highly recommend but only if you’re into a cute quaint spot to stay close to the beach Not a place to party, quiet time after 9pm No smoking on premises which wasn’t a bug deal when you can walk to the beach and enjoy the sunset Loved the customer service, very personable! Awesome vintage look to the hotel outside & in Can’t wait to cone back! Thank you for the memories! Ps Book well ahead for weekends

Jennifer Lafollette

Great 10 room family owned hotel!!! What a gem! Beautiful rooms with high ceilings on the second floor Comfortable beds beautiful Cabinetry with full Buffet wet bar area in the room The bathroom has heated floors that are so comfy

Friendly staff that was so helpful in finding places to eat within walking distance Only two good-sized blocks walk to the beach A cute little market across the street and a few restaurants within half a block of the hotel This is our new favorite hotel in Santa Cruz!! We are recommending this to all our friends and family

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5. Mission Inn & Suites (3-star hotel)

  • Address: 2250 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Phone: (831) 425-5455
  • Ratings: 4.3 (578 reviews) Very good
  • Website : Mission Inn & Suites
  • Check-in time: 3:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 11:00 AM
  • Quick Summary: Spanish Colonial-style lodging with straightforward rooms, free continental breakfast & a hot tub.

About this hotel

This modest Spanish Colonial-style hotel is located 1.9 miles from the Santa Cruz Wharf, 2.2 miles from the Beach Boardwalk and 2.9 miles from UC Santa Cruz.Straightforward rooms offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels, as well as coffeemakers, microwaves and minifridges. Some have separate sitting areas and whirlpool tubs.Complimentary amenities include continental breakfast and parking. There’s also a hot tub and a sauna, as well as a European-inspired courtyard.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the beds
  • 4 min drive to Natural Bridges State Beach
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • Guests mentioned beaches 12 times
  • Guests liked the breakfast
  • Guests liked the hot tub
  • Guests praised the spa

Feedback From Real Customers

Bruce Satow

Away from the pier and downtown, it’s less crowded and closer to UC Santa Cruz Lots of fun restaurants nearby as well as natural areas to visit It’s an older inn, but the rooms are clean and everything works

They have a little used hot tub and sauna (The sauna you need to ask to use) Parking is a bit tight for larger vehicles Breakfast is pretty nice for being continental

BryceM

ADA accessible parking at the office doesn’t exist Be careful getting out your car! Some of the spaces are extremely steep! I almost couldn’t get back into my vehicle No public bathrooms for travelers who have been driving a long distance

They said they would allow a special one time visit to the only bathroom upstairsno elevatoror you can go across the street to SAFEWAY and use their bathroom! Thanks for the ADA compliance guysyou should be fined or your ADA status revoked Oh yeahthe room was not ready yet so I had to hold it until I got into the room Room was nothing special but the ADA parking at the room was good Why do hotels think that loud bathroom fans are acceptable? Lousy TV picturehave you heard of high definition content? I could see the Hampton Inn from my room, I wish would have gone there instead!

grace starr

Parking is tight, loud dripping sound from the ceiling all night long, urine on the base of the toilet, bathroom too small in general with little space in the shower, harsh lighting, loud fan, cleaning agents leave a distinctive smell throughout the rooms (dust and hair throughout the room) good luck finding the hot tub or sauna! And bring your own coffee maker Floors are bare so bring socks or small carpets Pay the extra price and keep searching! For the price I expect better!

6. Chaminade Resort & Spa (4-star hotel)

  • Address: 1 Chaminade Ln, Santa Cruz, CA 95065
  • Phone: (831) 475-5600
  • Ratings: 4.2 (1430 reviews) Very good
  • Website : Chaminade Resort & Spa
  • Check-in time: 4:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 11:00 AM
  • Quick Summary: Mission-style resort on 300 acres, offering upscale rooms & suites, plus a spa, a pool & 2 eateries.

About this hotel

Set on 300 mountaintop acres, this polished, mission-style resort is 3 miles from the hip shops in downtown Santa Cruz, and 4.1 miles from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.Breezy rooms in 11 villas feature Spanish-inspired decor, Wi-Fi, flat-screens and coffeemakers. Some have patios, while suites add living areas. Room service is available.Amenities include an outdoor heated pool and hot tub, 4 tennis courts and 3 miles of hiking trails. A Zen-like spa offers indoor and outdoor treatments. There’s also a laid-back eatery serving breakfast and lunch, and a restaurant/bar offering eclectic dishes and al fresco dining.

Things You Need to Know

  • 11 min drive to Mystery Spot
  • One of the few hotels in the area with room service
  • Some guests complained about the beds
  • Some guests complained about the bathrooms
  • Guests mentioned “Trail” 59 times
  • Guests praised the fitness center, which has weight machines
  • Guests praised the nightlife
  • Guests liked the outdoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

Brandon Cohrs

We loved this resort Came with my family and enjoyed the pool and spa The property is good sized with 3 different hiking trails

The 2 queen room is really 2 double beds Not sure why they mixed that up The room is a big rectangle with nice space, but it needs a couch or other sitting area The view is gorgeous, sitting on top of a hillside The restaurant is pretty solid for a hotel, too

Jonathan Williams

We came here for a wedding and was given a “discount” resulting in the rooms being $495 for their base double queen room Not to mention we booked this out a couple months before but a friend of ours walked up the same day, got the exact same room for $200

So we paid $300 more for what?!There was NOTHING special about this, not to mention the fan in the bathroom was broken along with the AC that was not working and blowing out hot air instead There was nothing upgraded or modern about the entire venue We were very disappointed by the quality of the rooms, the mutual areas and the staff The staff at the view was extremely slow moving and more of an inconvenience for them to serve you After checking out, brought up the issues with the room and they thought it was accommodating to take off resort fees, big whoop Then dealt with Hannah and she was trying to be helpful and was going to take more off our bill and mentioned she would email the difference in charges, still have not received that email, and instead of having a difference, I have more charges on my credit card NOTHING HAS BEEN RESOLVED The customer service is strongly lacking and not accommodating and feel very cheated out of a lot of money Unhappy, do not recommend and would like this place to reach out to have my issue resolved as I not have 5 different charges from them

Sal Sandoval

I visited the resort for a work conference The location is beautiful and peaceful Hidden in the trees and with a far view of the ocean

The staff were very friendly and accommodating My room was a good size with a pleasant decor Not modern but not quite rustic And antique refrigerator shell hid the real refrigerator inside The dinner was good I cannot comment on lunch because we had a buffet style service for work so the buffet food was okay The atmosphere of the bar and patio area at night was relaxing I was here during the week so it was not a late night place with a nightlife as the bar and restaurant shut down about 9 or 10 Didn’t get a chance to visit the hiking trails but was able to see the morning deer and occasional fox or coyote I wasn’t sure which so keep your small pets on a leash The resort is dog friendly Only reason I did not give it 5 stars is the pool area was not available It is being renovated so I will reserve the last star to see how that turns out The location is centered between Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Capitola beach

7. Inn At Depot Hill (4-star hotel)

  • Address: 250 Monterey Ave, Capitola, CA 95010
  • Phone: (831) 462-3376
  • Ratings: 4.7 (118 reviews) Excellent
  • Website : Inn At Depot Hill
  • Check-in time: 4:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 11:00 AM
  • Quick Summary: Refined B&B with 12 themed & richly decorated rooms, plus full breakfast, parking & a wine hour.

About this hotel

This upscale B&B inside a former train depot is a 5-minute walk from the breezy restaurants and shops fronting Capitola Beach and 7 miles from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.Featuring feather beds, fireplaces and rich decor evoking the ambiance of classic destinations (such as an Orient Express sleeper car or English cottage), the 12 lavish rooms and suites have free Wi-Fi, fresh flowers and flat-screen TVs. Some have high ceilings and patios with hot tubs. Turndown service and in-room breakfast are available.Free amenities include parking, full breakfast served in the dining room, wine and cheese, and evening port, sherry and desserts.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the rooms
  • 5 min walk to Capitola Beach
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • Guests mentioned beaches 15 times
  • Guests mentioned “wine” 14 times
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • Guests praised the bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Dan B

Stayed for our wedding anniversary Great location, quiet setting and top notch service About a five minute walk to the beach

It’s uphill on the way back to the inn but manageable for those with good mobility Stayed in-the Railroad Barron room Very posh and lots of space including a small sitting area All the rooms are themed so different experience each time Reserved parking onsite at no extra cost! Breakfast was delicious and severed in your room if you like We will be back again!

William Taylor

If you like a little ‘pampering’the Inn at Depot Hill might be for you

My spouse and I stayed two nights in their newer unit The main building is a converted train depotwith some room entries on the first level that aren’t necessarily real ‘private’ (although it makes hauling luggage a bit easier than up a flight of stairs) The converted depot is well done aestheticallyinside and outWe were greeted enthusiastically, offered complimentary fruits , chips other treats before showing us to our room We were on the second level of the newer building Our room had a nice private patio , remote gas fireplace, flat screen TV, great lighting (both natural and artificial) , a coffee station and a wonderful bathroom Parking was on-site Our host showed us where everything was and how everythingworked We enjoyed a wonderfully prepared breakfast brought to our room so we could enjoy ‘breakfast in bed’ or on the patioOur room was very quietsomething we appreciate as we get older Very little noise from the adjacent room or from the outside Our only hiccup was the gas fireplace in our room didn’t work all the time We’d called to get it fixedand it started okbut then just quitHowever, our host did adjust our final payment for our troubles We were looking forward to using the fireplace

Melora Golightly

An amazing ADULTS ONLY anniversary destination Sager was very helpful when booking the accommodations and made great recommendations for food and activities in the area The Kyoto room was an experience, we absolutely loved relaxing in the giant soaking tub with a cozy fire going

Loved how private the room was as it’s in a separate building from the main hotel and had a lovely private zen garden as well The beach was easy walking distance from the hotel as well My one and only complaint is that there was no minifridge or microwave in the room but honestly it was hardly missed as the rest of the accommodations more than made up for it Definitely looking forward to staying again the next time we visit the Santa Cruz area!

8. West Cliff Inn, A Four Sisters Inn (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Set on a bluff overlooking Monterey Bay, this elegant, Victorian-style B&B dating back to 1877 is 3 minutes on foot from Cowell Beach and 6 minutes’ walk from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.The 10 understated rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and DVD players; most have gas fireplaces. Upgraded rooms add whirlpool tubs, ocean-view patios and/or outdoor hot tubs.A hot breakfast buffet is served in a cozy dining room; breakfast in bed is offered for a fee. Other freebies include parking, home-baked cookies, and afternoon wine and snacks. There’s also a lounge & a wraparound veranda.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the rooms
  • Walking distance to شاطئ كويل and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
  • Guests praised the friendly service, which has a concierge
  • Guests mentioned “Boardwalk” 10 times
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • Guests liked the ocean views
  • Guests praised the bar and the bar drinks

Feedback From Real Customers

Ethan Bachmann

Nice bed and breakfast that might be worth the moneyThe service is top notch and the location is perfect for a beach vacationThe rooms themselves are nice, but not spectacular

We stayed in the King Tub Suite It only had one tiny window, so it was stuffy the entire time we were in there The window did not have a screen, which seemed odd There was also a bird or something outside the skylight that was making noise literally the entire day and night Speaking of the skylights, the room had three large skylights, which made it very difficult to sleep (especially combined with the bird) The bathroom was beautifulThe wine and cheese hour was great and the breakfast on the morning was quite excellentOverall, I’m not sure if the room was entirely worth the price, but I would still recommend West Cliff Inn in general

M HP

Perfect!! Surprise birthday trip for my boyfriend’s 50th He loves Santa CruzFrom the reservations to checkout the whole experience was fantastic

Beautiful lodgings Delicious food Outstanding customer service Every inch of theplace was clean Great amenities Gorgeous bathroom The only critique would be that the king bed had a lump on one side which was not comfortable but the daybed that was included in the room was super comfortable and we were both able to sleep well; one on the daybed and one on the king bed Overall this is truly one of Santa Cruz’s hidden gems We will definitely be returning

leo suarez jr

Wow wow wow Rachel was amazing! They went above and beyond what we could ask for The views were stunning

The wine and cheese brunch was delicious Very friendly atmosphere Took my beautiful wife for her 30th birthday and they had a bottle of wine and Candies along with rose pedals throughout the room Oh and the jacuzzi bath tab Wow 5 star for sure

9. Ocean Echo Inn & Beach Cottages (2-star hotel)

About this hotel

A 2-minute walk from Sunny Cove, this quaint guesthouse is 2 miles from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.The bright rooms, studios and suites in the main house feature Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, in addition to microwaves and minifridges. Some have full kitchens, sofabeds, balconies with beach views, and/or BBQs. Private cottages have patios or yards.Continental breakfast is available.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean rooms, which have refrigerators
  • Guests praised the kitchenettes
  • 13 min walk to Twin Lakes State Beach
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • Guests mentioned “dogs” 11 times
  • Guests liked the breakfast
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a beach

Feedback From Real Customers

C K

I’m hesitant to share about our experience because I don’t want the secret getting out but, this place was wonderful The rooms aren’t huge, but very comfortable and you’re there for the beach and outside anyway Just down the street is a great beach for kids and dogs

It’s secluded and not open to the other beaches nearby This would be a great place for a group or several families to rent multiple rooms If you’re going to Santa Cruz, this is a perfect affordable hotel to see all the sights and enjoy the town

Kristen Rau

I really liked our cottage The decor was super cute Loved the pitched ceilings

Good size fridge, nice bathroom, utensils Bed was comfortable Our kids enjoyed the pull out couch The beach was hands down the best part! Only bummer is they have a weight limit on their pet policy There really should not be any discrimination with how much a dog weighs especially when they allow 2 dogs up to 50pds each Aside from that, it was a lovely place

olivier palta

I stayed in the lighthouse room and had an absolute blast! The place is dog friendly and is steps away from a dog friendly beachThe room itself was very comfortable and clean Highly recommend this place

Tip: You may ask management for a bonfire kit that you can use at the beach! The kit includes everything you need to start a fire and roast s’mores! This is free of charge

10. Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Nestled in a redwood forest, this mountain retreat hotel off Highway 17 is 3 miles’ drive from Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and a 6-mile drive from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk amusement park.All rooms (some with forest views) offer modern decor and custom-designed beds, plus microwaves, minifridges, flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. Some rooms feature private balconies. Suites add separate living areas, pull-out sofas and whirlpool tubs.Amenities include a bar and grill, a fitness center and a heated outdoor pool, plus a business center and over 7,000 sq ft of meeting space.

Things You Need to Know

  • 9 min drive to the Mission Santa Cruz
  • Some guests complained about the air conditioning but others praised the beds
  • Some guests complained about the bathrooms
  • One of the few hotels in the area with room service
  • Guests mentioned “dogs” 19 times
  • Guests liked the forest views
  • Guests liked the fitness center, which has free weights

Feedback From Real Customers

C. B.

It is a great location, well maintained hotel Room was clean Check-in was ready early

Front desk and workers around the hotel were very friendly and nice I’m not sure why some of the negative reviews from others This is not a 5 star resort but it is one of the nicer low key, family friendly hotels Way better to stay there than in Santa Cruz itself The price point seems fair given that inflation is so high right now so I disagree with other reviews that say it is too high Hotel has to pay for workers, water, etc and all rising costs so all in all, we would stay there again definitely in the future

Jason Hauk

I’ve been a Hilton Honors member for many years and this was one of the best hotels I’ve stayed at The level of service and guest experience we received were top-notch The room spacious and clean, the pool was warm, the hot tub was hot and the food was excellent! Joy and Maria went out of their way to enhance our experience

Only a 10 minute drive to the beach, 15 minute drive to the Mystery Spot and 10 minute drive to look at some Redwood trees We will definitely be staying here again on our next trip to Santa Cruz!!

Monica Gamboa

The room was extremely clean as well as the rest of the Hotel It was also in a great location The front desk staff was so friendly and even went out of her way to let my husband in by the rear parking lot and gave him an extra key

Our room was a little warm and the ac was not cooling off the room We called the front desk and maintenance was at our door within 5 min and fixed the problem I will definitely stay again!

11. The Inn at Pasatiempo (3-star hotel)

  • Address: 555 CA-17, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Phone: (831) 423-5000
  • Ratings: 4.2 (389 reviews) Very good
  • Website : The Inn at Pasatiempo
  • Check-in time: 3:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 11:00 AM
  • Quick Summary: Relaxed rooms in an informal hotel offering a pool & a restaurant, plus breakfast & Wi-Fi.

About this hotel

Set 6 miles from Santa Cruz’s waterfront attractions, this informal hotel is 6.5 miles from the University of California Santa Cruz campus, and 7 miles from the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.Relaxed rooms come with minifridges, coffeemakers and ceiling fans, plus TVs and Wi-Fi. Most rooms open onto the parking lot, while suites add garden views and fireplaces.There’s a casual grill restaurant. Other amenities include an outdoor pool and garden. Parking and breakfast are available.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean, large rooms and the beds
  • 6 min drive to the Mission Santa Cruz
  • Some guests complained about the bathrooms
  • One of the few hotels in the area with room service
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a restaurant
  • Guests mentioned bars 27 times
  • Guests praised the grounds
  • Guests liked the outdoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

Bruno Lacoste

We stayed a weekend visiting the surrounding Santa Cruz area and doing some hikes The location is convenient and soundproofing was good, as we did not hear traffic from Hwy 17 The restaurant food was good as we had lunch there, and service was attentive

On our checkout day, front desk person Christine gave me tips of places to visit and offered us to borrow her personal parking permit so we could visit a nearby Wilder Ranch park She really went above and beyond We had such a great time hiking in Wilder Ranch because of her thoughtfulnessA little drawback was the indoor heater/AC was loud, that bothered our sleep when keeping it on the first night as it was pretty chilly in January still

Kealaleonani D

We had our wedding and reception here!It was very hard finding somewhere we agreed represented US in every wayThis place shocked us all with how amazing the team at Pasatiempo worked with us and how they put a team effort into everything!!I was able to stay mindfully present due to the “no worries” vibes Elyse & her team were able to share with usThe venue was absolutely beautiful!!The reception was nonetheless amazing!!The setup was just as we imagined our wedding day!!I cannot say “Thank You” enough!!Mahalo nui Loa!!!Durkee Ohana❤️🙏🏽

12. Seacliff Inn Aptos, Tapestry Collection by Hilton (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

A mile from Seacliff State Beach, this laid-back hotel is also a mile from the S.S. Palo Alto and 3 miles from New Brighton State Beach.The relaxed rooms offer flat-screen TVs, desks and minifridges, plus coffeemakers. Suites add separate living areas. Wi-Fi is available.Amenities include an outdoor pool, gardens and a fitness center, as well as a casual bar/restaurant. Parking is available.

Things You Need to Know

  • 15 min walk to Seacliff State Beach
  • One of the few hotels in the area with room service
  • Some guests complained about the kitchenettes
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a restaurant
  • Guests liked “Landscape”, mentioned 12 times in reviews
  • Guests praised the grounds
  • The hotel has a fitness center
  • Guests praised the nightlife

Feedback From Real Customers

Autumn Leaf

One of the better hotels I’ve been in! Would be nicer if there wasn’t constant renovation, but they’re expanding and staying on top of their clean game!!Pretty views, lovely fountain and even a tasty restaurant!! The bartender Benjamin is easily one of the coolest and nicest guys I’ve seen in the bartending industry!! Very encouraging and sweet~The pool is nice, hot tub is a little small, but it works and spacey enough!! They have gender neutral restrooms which is important to meLove this hotel and would most certainly go back!!

Joshua Rothschild

Super clean rooms and a nice safe area close to Santa Cruz without the parking and homeless headaches Great staff, Safeway across the street Restaurants and shops nearby

There will be a $10 per night parking charge, heads up but worth the safety and cleanliness Will definitely return Great restaurant and bar with live music on premises

Karen VanHooser

The place is clean and renewThe front desk person was not very communicative or helpful They also charge you 10 extra dollars if you have a car which of course you need a card to get to that hotel

Our room was clean and renew but the AC didn’t work They offer us switch rooms but it was really late at night so we ended up staying in that roomPrice $145 night

13. Seaway Inn (2-star hotel)

  • Address: 176 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Phone: (831) 471-9004
  • Ratings: 4.3 (232 reviews) Very good
  • Website : Seaway Inn
  • Check-in time: 4:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 11:00 AM
  • Quick Summary: Straightforward rooms with TVs & minifridges in a modest motel featuring ocean views.

About this hotel

A 10-minute walk from Santa Cruz’s wharf and beachfront amusement park, this modest 2-story motel is a 1-mile drive from both Seal Point’s coastal vistas, and downtown Santa Cruz’s shops and restaurants.Offering casual, beachy decor, the straightforward rooms provide minifridges, microwaves and coffeemakers, plus cable TV and Wi-Fi. Some rooms have ocean views, and a family suite sleeps up to 6.Parking is available.

Things You Need to Know

  • The rooms have refrigerators and coffee makers
  • Guests mentioned the rooms are small
  • Walking distance to شاطئ كويل and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
  • Guests liked the service
  • Guests liked “Continental Breakfast”, mentioned 11 times in reviews
  • Guests mentioned “Boardwalk” 26 times
  • Guests praised the beach

Feedback From Real Customers

The Maldonado’s

The hotel is beautifully dressed It advertised breakfast, but it is not served due to “Covid” All the rooms have great view of the boardwalk but room 226

Do not get this room, it is in a corner, no view, the closet for the cleaning staff is on that corner, and so is the public stairs We were lucky enough to get this room Nice thing, parking is always available, walking distance to the boardwalk, beach and restaurants Downtown is not to too bad of a walk if you are in good shape

Mr Moogle X

The staff and cleaning lady were really nice! Our room was clean and wonderful This was our first hotel by the beach and for the price it was AMAZING! We plan on getting this hotel again when we visit!UPDATE: Thought it over and honestly I have to give them 5 stars We aren’t the overbearing type of customer and were in and out without any issues, but it was still 100% an amazing stay

❤️

Kulz

We got the family room and it was big enough for our family of 5 The separate room with the sofa bed was perfect for eating in and just watching TV I used the sofa bed, it’s small in size, it needs an upgrade since I can feel the spring on the mattress but sofa bed are always not comfortable from my experience

The staff were amazing and accommodating! The location is perfect where you can just walk to the boardwalk so you don’t have to pay parking

14. Hampton Inn Santa Cruz West (2-star hotel)

About this hotel

Off State Route 1 and within 3 blocks of eateries, this casual hotel is 2 miles from both Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk amusement park and Santa Cruz Surfing Museum.Down-to-earth rooms with colorful touches provide Wi-Fi and HDTVs, plus minifridges, microwaves and coffeemakers. Some add sofabeds, and suites also have wet bars.Amenities consist of a terrace and a fitness room. Parking and breakfast are available.

Things You Need to Know

  • The down-to-earth rooms have coffee makers and microwaves
  • 4 min drive to Natural Bridges State Beach
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • The hotel has a fitness center

Feedback From Real Customers

Mr Assparagus

Just got back from a one night stay and let me tell you, one of the nicest and cleanest hotels we’ve stayed in Smelled brand new, everything was clean Staff was very helpful, breakfast was great! Location is perfect, less than 4 min drive to the beach and a block away from Humble Sea Brewery

Room was spacious, bathroom was big and clean! Felt very safe also We stayed in a room facing Highway 1, it felt a little noisy at times but not too bad Overall, we loved this hotel Would stay here again!

Rosario Williams

The reviews for this hotel are overall 5 stars

so maybe my experience was a one-time isolated incidentor notFor starters, it’s a nice hotel, the gym is clean, convenient to key locations Then there’s the room We booked a king bed suite with a sofa bed It was a really nice HUGE room which was exciting Then this is where it started to get interesting- we pull the sofa bed and the sheets where all bunched up and it was clearly unchanged and unclean Then the king size bed was covered in hair – either someone was laying on it after it was changed or it was never changed Either was it was disgusting I had to request new sheets The other oddity in this room is that the TV volume couldn’t be lowered past 8

James Biehl

This inn is right on Hwy 101 as you enter Santa Cruz from the north A new facility, it has all the features that are expected in a modern hotel Rooms are really spacious and tastefully decorated, wifi is good and the complimentary breakfast is better than most

Hot coffee is available in the lobby 24/7 and is really pretty good May not be Starbucks but it is free and just a minute awayHave stayed in several Hampton Inns in different states and have never been disappointed

15. Ocean Pacific Lodge (2-star hotel)

  • Address: 301 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Phone: (831) 457-1234
  • Ratings: 4.2 (564 reviews) Very good
  • Website : Ocean Pacific Lodge
  • Check-in time: 3:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 11:00 AM
  • Quick Summary: Unassuming budget hotel with an outdoor pool, plus free morning coffee, Wi-Fi & parking.

About this hotel

This unassuming budget hotel is within a mile from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the Santa Cruz Wharf.Simple rooms have free Wi-Fi and satellite TV, plus minifridges, microwaves and coffeemakers. Some rooms add separate sitting areas and/or whirlpool tubs.Complimentary perks include morning coffee and parking. There’s also an outdoor pool and hot tub.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the large, clean rooms and the kitchenettes
  • Guests praised the showers
  • Walking distance to شاطئ كويل and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
  • Guests praised the friendly, professional service
  • Guests mentioned “piers” 32 times
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a hot tub
  • Guests praised the beach

Feedback From Real Customers

Chris Whipple

The staff are COVID safe during check-in and extremely helpful with everything It’s a short 5 minute walk from the beach, with a neat soccer field right next to it The rooms are basic, but way better than a regular side-of-the-highway motel for sure! They have strict noise and pool hours which was good as our room was right next to the pool

Also, plenty of parking

Irina Ganap

Dog friendly hotel, close to Boardwalk (around 5-7 minutes to walk), close to the beach We walked to Its Beach, because it is dog’s friendly, great views on the wayThe hotel itself is super clean, we were really pleased with the comfort of the mattresses

We booked 2 king suit, private rooms with shared bathroom, it was a perfect solution for our family

Rita Cox

This place was great, as usual! ! Clean room Luxurious set up, beds, bedding Every room I’ve stayed in has a microwave, tv, fridge, etc

Free Keurig coffee and maker to use Blow dryer Theres even a laundry room for guests to use Pools always clean and refreshing and hot tub perfect temp! I love staying here bc location is so close to beach and theres a yummy cafe across street too! Prices are great even for a worse location, but this is a great location We stay often

16. Edgewater Beach Inn & Suites (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Overlooking the ocean, this quaint hotel on Beach Hill is 0.2 miles from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and 0.3 miles from the Municipal Wharf.Cozy, simply furnished rooms are equipped with kitchens, cable TV and free Wi-Fi. Suites offer living rooms, fireplaces and/or Jacuzzi tubs.Amenities include a heated outdoor pool, as well as a barbecue and picnic area.

Things You Need to Know

  • The rooms have kitchenettes
  • Walking distance to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and شاطئ كويل
  • Some guests complained about the bathrooms
  • Guests praised the service
  • Guests mentioned “piers” 12 times
  • Guests mentioned “Boardwalk” 14 times
  • Guests praised the beach

Feedback From Real Customers

Desiree Betancourt

We loved that Edgewater Beach Inn & Suites is located right across the street from the pier and a block away from the Boardwalk which is fantastic The manager Lori was kind enough to let my family check in early which we greatly appreciated However, she stated that parking would be an additional $30 since we booked the reservation through a third party which I feel is wrong

Always call and check prices w/ manger first Parking in my opinion should be included when you are paying over $475 a night The room is just spacious enough for resting after a long day at the boardwalk Refrigerator was not cold but it got cold after 8 hours later (turn down the temperature) The restroom is dated Jacuzzi tub I believe was stained so it appears dirty which was unfortunate because I was really looking forward to enjoying the tub but chose not toWe did not use the fireplace (too hot outside) no A/C in room but we had a fan which was nice…So overall the place is well looked after and the manager Lori really does her best to do what she can to keep the place up she answers the calls and address any/all concernsWe would consider staying again in the future but it is my opinion that the owners should begin to update the rooms for the price and include parking to make it worth it… & oh let’s not forget about the crows!! Lol They will wake you up early (6am) and you will hear them walking all over the roof just a heads up!! Lol

Bo Taherian

Interesting that my review somehow disappeared, Google saying they didn’t remove it, so here it is a second timeWell, where to start, if you like to stay at Bates Motel (this is your place), it comes with all the amenities, old, dark, smells bad, roaches, oh yeah, it’s 90 degrees inside and (no air conditioning), also make sure the pilot light on the heater stays on so you don’t die from CO2 poisonings, management or customer service, lol, it’s Bates MotelPS: I will keep posting if my review is removed!!!!

Greta L

Great stay for a night! Easy walking distance (and views) of the beach, boardwalk, and nightlifeThe only thing that could have made our stay better were thicker pillows and white sheets; I don’t like color sheets since they are so difficult to inspect I noticed a stain on the comforter at the foot of the bed but as long as I didn’t touch it I was none-too-worried

The rooms are a bit older so they have a musty smell but I think that gives it characterLoved the nautical theme throughout and the names on each of the doors

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