$249 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Sep 20, 2015 Check-out: Sep 23, 2015

Santa Cruz Dream Inn

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

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
4.2
out of 5
104 reviews
Relaxing Ocean Front

Bed was really comfortable. Kept the door open all night to listen to the sound of the... See full review

  • Marcie P.
  • Aug 28, 2015
EXCELLENT staff, beautiful room

Definitely coming back! Excellent from check-in to check-out! Love this place! See full review

  • Vera Q.
  • Aug 14, 2015

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. 

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. 

Property 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. 

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 

Nearby 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

Transportation

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

Policies

  • 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

  • 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
Parking
Accessibility
Accessible facilities
Room
Telephone
AM/FM alarm clock

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
04:00 PM
Check-out:
11:00 AM

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

4.2 / 5
5.01.0
104 out of 104
Amenities:
4.1
Cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.5
Comfort:
4.4
Location:
4.9
Value:
3.7

91% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Santa Cruz Dream Inn

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Marcie P.
Couples
N/A
Aug 28, 2015

Relaxing Ocean Front

Bed was really comfortable. Kept the door open all night to listen to the sound of the ocean..heaven! Staff was excellent. Cant beat the view. Room was clean. Had a great time on our two night trip to Santa Cruz.

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

Couples

Review of Santa Cruz Dream Inn

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Vera Q.
Family
N/A
Aug 14, 2015

EXCELLENT staff, beautiful room

Definitely coming back! Excellent from check-in to check-out! Love this place!

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

Family

Review of Santa Cruz Dream Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Kendra T.
Family
N/A
Aug 7, 2015

Quick getaway

Cant beat the location and the pool service! I would describe it as Vintage Chic

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

Family

Review of Santa Cruz Dream Inn

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Sharan
Family
Woodland
Jul 18, 2015

Beach trip

We ended up staying in a hotel room that had no AC or heater. They did move us into a different room. The staff is so friendly and happy it's better than Disneyland! It has a very good modern kick to the decorations the food next door is perfect and I would like to go back for some more. I will definitely stay there again and I will make sure everyone I speak to I tell them about the Dream Inn.

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

Family

Review of Santa Cruz Dream Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Kevin P.
Family
N/A
Jul 17, 2015

fun beach town

this hotel was really nice. The location was perfect. We were in waliking distance to just about everything Santa Cruz has to offer. Each room does have an ocean view. My only complaint is that there are no sliding screen doors on the balconys. Flies were a minor problem. We bought a basil plant from a local market and that solved our problem. I would stay here again.

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

Family

Review of Santa Cruz Dream Inn

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Mike
Couples
San Francisco
Jul 10, 2015

Fun birthday getaway

Best hotel in Santa Cruz by a long shot. The only one on the water. Decent pool bar with good food. Amazing restaurant. Hot tub open relatively late. Amenities are all well worth it but the extra costs add up quickly. The room was perfect except the graham cracker we found behind the nightstand...they can't be perfect right.

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

Couples

Review of Santa Cruz Dream Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Shefandjas
Family
Oakland
Jul 8, 2015

Great family trip

Close to the beach and central to all activities. Swimming pool is bit small. Great views from the room and excellent restaurant!!

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

Family

Review of Santa Cruz Dream Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
KLV
Family
N/A
Jul 5, 2015

A day away

Always enjoy the view & location! The room is equipped well, bed is comfortable. Staff is friendly & helpful. Was dissatisfied with the quality of the pool bar, and the bartenders lack of knowledge. Only one washcloth in the bath. And check out is 11am...for the price, noon seems reasonable.

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

Family

Review of Santa Cruz Dream Inn

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Mack01
Family
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:

Family

Review of Santa Cruz Dream Inn

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Seeking great escapes
Couples
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:

Couples

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