$249 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Jun 2, 2015 Check-out: Jun 5, 2015

Santa Cruz Dream Inn

3 stars
View map of 175 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
4.1
out of 5
106 reviews
Lovely Family Trip

Best location and wonderful amenities. Swimming pool was packed with children but ours didn't seem... See full review

  • Lucas B.
  • Apr 11, 2015
What a great location. We would recomend staying here while visiting the area.

Great room very clean. The staff was excellent. Stayed for family reunion See full review

  • Mack01
  • Mar 10, 2015
Retro chic beachfront surf city resort on the sand

Only in Santa Cruz is retro so cool. Instead of tearing down this 1960s relic, hoteliers embraced and retrofitted the 10-story property fronting Cowell's longboard wave as a chic boutique hotel in 2008. The only beachfront pool in Santa Cruz, fresh seafood and a flashy drink menu capture the free-spirited personality of this beach town while making it one of the coolest places to sleep on the northern Cali coast. All rooms view Monterey Bay. A set of binoculars comes in each room to help guests spot sea lions. Walk to the pier and Beach Boardwalk. 

Highlights

  • The only four-star luxury hotel in Santa Cruz
  • Beachfront deck has a heated pool, hot tub, kids wading pool, deck chairs, bar and fire pits
  • 100 percent non-smoking
  • Aquarius Restaurant serves sustainable seafood in unbeatable oceanfront setting
  • Free Wi-Fi 

Rooms

Santa Cruz Dream Inn is built so that all 165 rooms have ocean views from private balconies. Swanky, surfer-cool decor is sparse and bright with rich greens and deep browns calling to mind redwood forests. High-tech amenities include free W-Fi Internet access, iPod docs and flat-screen HDTVs. In-room safes fit laptops. Bathrooms have rainwater showerheads, plush robes and Lush bath products. Extras such as refrigerators, bathtubs and poolside patios can be requested. 

Features

From the street, the big-box Dream Inn is an understated white building. From the water, it's a different story. Occupying prime beachfront, the swimming pool deck has the makings of a modern beach party with a full service bar, fire pits and deck chairs. Inside, surfboards line the bar ceiling like light fixtures casting a glow on soul surfer patrons. The water's edge view at Aquarius restaurant impresses all kinds of water lovers. Breakfast, lunch and dinner might feature local farmers market veggies, Tomales Bay oysters and halibut ceviche, always within the guidelines of environmentally-sound seafood harvesting programs. Room service and children's menus are available. 

Transportation

  • Santa Cruz Metro Center/Greyhound bus station (0.8 mi/1.3 km)
  • San Jose International Airport (35.2 mi/56.6 km)

Attractions

  • Beach Boardwalk (Adjacent)
  • Downtown/Pacific Street (1 mi/1.6 km)
  • University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) (4.1 mi/6.6 km)
  • Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (10.5 mi/16.9 km)
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium (45.2 mi/72.8 km)

Business

  • Business center
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Meeting space for up to 250
  • Catering

Policies and fees

  • Must be over 21 and have a major credit card to check in.
  • Parking is available for $20 USD per vehicle, per night plus tax.
  • Pets are not permitted at this hotel.
  • The hotel is currently upgrading the children's wading pool. On certain occasions, as necessitated by the construction, the large swimming pool may be closed.  The front desk team will inform guests of the closing schedule on a day to day basis. The construction will take place during daytime, Mondays to Fridays.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

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Santa Cruz Dream Inn Rooms

Deluxe King
View of monterey bay the santa cruz municipal wharf and the santa cruz beach boardwalk private balcony complimentary high speed internet access.
Deluxe King
View of monterey bay the santa cruz municipal wharf and the santa cruz beach boardwalk private balcony complimentary high speed internet access.
Poolside Queen Queen
View of monterey bay the santa cruz municipal wharf and the santa cruz beach boardwalk private balcony complimentary high speed internet access.
Tower Suite
Tower Suite

Amenities

  • Free parking
  • Pool
General
Concierge
Activities
Pool
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Coffee maker in room
Room service
Services
24 hour front desk
Business center
Laundry service
Express checkout
In-Room Safe
Parking
Free parking
Parking
Accessibility
Accessible facilities
Room
Telephone
AM/FM alarm clock

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
03:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

Ratings and reviews for Santa Cruz Dream Inn

Overall score

4.1 / 5
5.01.0
106 out of 106
Amenities:
4.1
Cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.4
Comfort:
4.4
Location:
4.9
Value:
3.7

92% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Santa Cruz Dream Inn

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Lucas B.
Business
N/A
Apr 11, 2015

Lovely Family Trip

Best location and wonderful amenities. Swimming pool was packed with children but ours didn't seem to mind one bit. We will definitely return.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Santa Cruz Dream Inn

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Mack01
Business
Santa Rosa
Mar 10, 2015

What a great location. We would recomend staying here while visiting the area.

Great room very clean. The staff was excellent. Stayed for family reunion

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Santa Cruz Dream Inn

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Seeking great escapes
Business
N/A
Feb 4, 2015

Great weekend get-a-away

Escaped for two nights to the Dream Inn as to relax by ocean. The location along the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and West Cliff drive provides great opportunities for long walks, watching sea life and good food. Listening to the ocean at night is soothing. Having breakfast on the patio of my room overlooking the water was a treat.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Santa Cruz Dream Inn

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Tooker22
Business
Columbus
Jan 16, 2015

Awesome Getaway

Hotel was awesome, perfect location in Santa Cruz. Bed was super comfortable and the staff was very accommodating!!!! Will definetly be back.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Entertainment tip: In Hotel

Ask any valet or front desk person. They all had great recommendations

Review of Santa Cruz Dream Inn

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Mumum
Business
N/A
Jan 14, 2015

Family visit

Great location on beach with pool and hot tub. The wharf has restaurants and shopping so if you don't have a car there are still things to do. And the boardwalk is right there so kids are happy. Hotel restaurant is good. No mini store in hotel for snacks or emergency items is the only thing missing. Very pleasant staff

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

Weather changes from warm to cold quickly. Layer your clothing!

Review of Santa Cruz Dream Inn

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
LoriK
Business
Falls Church
Dec 29, 2014

lovely hotel

location cannot be beat, decorations, atmosphere, pool, beach outstanding!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Santa Cruz Dream Inn

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
LoriK
Business
Falls Church
Dec 16, 2014

lovely hotel

location cannot be beat, decorations, atmosphere, pool, beach outstanding!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Santa Cruz Dream Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
HSU Grad Mom
Business
West Sacramento, Ca
Nov 24, 2014

Room with a view

I really liked the location of this hotel. I could see the ocean waves from bed! Its right on the beach and an easy walk to the pier. Cool mod style. It's a fun upgrade of an older hotel. Valet guys were very nice even though I had to go in and out a few times the first afternoon. I would definitely stay here again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Santa Cruz Dream Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Cj the toddler
Business
Clayton ca
Nov 16, 2014

Bonding with family

Good view from all the rooms we are surely go back

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Santa Cruz Dream Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Lucky RN
Business
Monterey
Oct 3, 2014

Best part was the view

Spectacular view from the balcony! Everything else was just ordinary. The bed was not comfortable for me. It was hard and squeaky, and the linens were nothing special. The room was clean. There was coffee and tea in the room, but a couple of bottles of water would have been nice. The front desk staff were professional. The valet parking attendants were great! They were very helpful, nice, and quick as lightening!! The one big negative was that as soon as we got off the elevator we were hit with the strong smell of pine cleaner! Made me wonder what was so smelly they'd had to cover it up with eye-watering pine fragrance. Overall, I don't think the price matched the quality of the room.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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