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Surfers have flocked to the coastline outside Santa Cruz hotels for a hundred years. Fashionistas and culinary aficionados at hotels in Santa Cruz crave return visits to local artisan shops. University of California at Santa Cruz boasts architecture, a Marine Discovery Center and Arboretum not far from hotels Santa Cruz. MJA, Storrs and Bonny Doon are wineries near Santa Cruz hotels. Paradise Inn reserves budget Santa Cruz hotel rooms, while Dream Inn books luxurious accommodations.

Santa Cruz Quick Picks and Tips


The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum honors a century's worth of surfers. The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History enchants guests with relics of wildlife, botanicals and Native American culture. The Museum of Art & History captures the imagination of visitors from Santa Cruz hotels with local history and rotating exhibits.


The Buttery bakes delicious Strawberry Shortcake and the blueberry cobbler at Linda's Seabreeze Cafe captures connoisseur hearts, while Lillian's Italian Kitchen impresses with Black Truffle Gnocchi.

Major Point of Interest

Families take their children out to scenic West Cliff Drive, near hotels Santa Cruz, to observe the wildlife and watch athletes engaging in wind and water sports.


Shoppers from hotels in Santa Cruz visit Pacific Garden Mall, a Pacific Avenue district, for local icons Annie Glass, Lulu Carpenters and Zoccoli's Deli. Independent musicians spice up the scene.


Local and visiting athletes from Santa Cruz hotels enjoy walking, jogging, hiking, surfing and sailing at the nearby beaches, wharves and state parks.

Recently booked Santa Cruz hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
BEST WESTERN Inn 4 hours ago 3 stars $125
Chaminade Resort and Spa 4 hours ago 4 stars $228
Ramada Limited Santa Cruz 8 hours ago 3 stars $110
Hotel Paradox 9 hours ago 4 stars $158
Super 8 Santa Cruz/Beach/Boardwalk West 12 hours ago 2 stars $119
Santa Cruz Dream Inn 15 hours ago 3 stars $265
Hampton Inn Santa Cruz 17 hours ago 2 stars $131
Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley 18 hours ago 3 stars $166
Knights Inn Santa Cruz Beach/ Boardwalk 1 day ago 2 stars $89
Bay Front Inn 1 day ago 2 stars $119

Recently Rated Santa Cruz Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Coastview Inn Santa Cruz
3.2 / 5
82 reviews
3 stars $129
Ocean Pacific Lodge
3.8 / 5
212 reviews
2 stars $119
Hotel Paradox
3.8 / 5
42 reviews
4 stars $158
Chaminade Resort and Spa
3.9 / 5
97 reviews
4 stars $228
Ramada Limited Santa Cruz
2.7 / 5
99 reviews
3 stars $110
3.6 / 5
61 reviews
3 stars $145
3.4 / 5
38 reviews
3 stars $125
Santa Cruz Dream Inn
4.1 / 5
152 reviews
3 stars $265
Bay Front Inn
4.1 / 5
11 reviews
2 stars $119
Continental Inn
5.0 / 5
1 reviews
2 stars $109

Santa Cruz hotels

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Featured Santa Cruz Hotels

From $119

1 Bay Front Inn

2 stars
4.1 / 5 11 reviews

325 Pacific avenue Map

The pet-friendly and comfortable Bay Front Inn is close to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the shopping and night life of Downtown Santa Cruz, while offering affordable accommodations and featuring... More

best hotel on our 2 week road trip.
Close, 5min to the beach, clean, has fridge and microwave, good shower. Good continental breakfast. 10$ for parking but even with this charge it is cheaper then booking directly through hotel....
Jul 15, 2014
From $85

2 Ocean Gate Inn

3 stars
2.1 / 5 25 reviews

111 Ocean Street Map

Whether you are traveling on business or on vacation, we know that you have a choice where you want to stay when you visit Santa Cruz, CA. When you choose to stay with us at Ocean Gate Inn, you... More

Clean sheets
The area is sketchy and the hotel is dirty, but we did have clean sheets. Non- smoking room smelled like smoke and other things. Rickety elevator and paper thin walls. Shower had hot water. Staff...
Jun 26, 2014
From $119

3 Ocean Pacific Lodge

2 stars
3.8 / 5 212 reviews

301 Pacific Ave. Map

Family-owned motel is clean, simple and in the middle of everything Ocean Pacific Lodge offers a value accommodation in the heart of laid-back Santa Cruz. The ocean and downtown are... More

Beach Getaway
Enjoyed our four night stay. Comfortable bedding, clean rooms, decent breakfast and two hot tubs.Lots of children, but that's ok, we had our daughter with us. A short walk to the boardwalk , even...
Jul 21, 2014
From $129

4 Coastview Inn Santa Cruz

3 stars
3.2 / 5 82 reviews

301 Beach Street Map

Simple beachfront hotel with pool in Santa Cruz, California Coastview Inn Santa Cruz boasts an unbeatable and rare beachfront location just across from Santa Cruz's main beach. A... More

Comfortable, clean
There was plenty of parking (additional lot on the building's roof), and the front desk was friendly. The location is great (1 min walk to the beach!). Our room was very clean and I was pleased...
Jul 22, 2014
From $265

5 Santa Cruz Dream Inn

3 stars
4.1 / 5 152 reviews

175 West Cliff Drive Map

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... More

Graduation trip for daughter and her friends.
Perfect trip, great location. The girls had a blast hanging out on the beach and walking to the boardwalk. The hot tub at the end of the evenning was perfect. The restaurant is great. The views...
Jul 18, 2014
From $89

6 Motel Santa Cruz

2 stars
1.4 / 5 56 reviews

370 Ocean Street Map

Central to Santa Cruz, the Motel Santa Cruz is just minutes from the Santa Cruz beach and Boardwalk, the Light House State Beach, Museum of Natural History, the University of California Santa Cruz,... More

Thumbs down
I would not stay there again , the hot water came and went mostly went ,
Jun 24, 2014
From $154

7 Holiday Inn Express & Suites SANTA CRUZ

3 stars
4.0 / 5 101 reviews


Modern, reliable business and family amenities in Santa Cruz Backed by a solid brand name, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz East offers travelers a clean and... More

Nice stay for the family.
Clean, comfortable and close to the attraction we were going to, ie: Redwood Canopy Tour.
Jul 8, 2014
From $109

8 Continental Inn

2 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

414 Ocean Street Map

The Continental Inn is just minutes from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Indulge in the comfort of one of our Deluxe style guestrooms, featuring wireless Internet access, HBO and much more. In the... More

Great stay!
I came for a night and I had a great stay and would come back. We were upgraded to a King room across the street for free! I didn't use the jacuzzi or breakfast so being across the street was not...
Jul 14, 2014
From $89

9 Oceana Inn Santa Cruz

2 stars
2.9 / 5 128 reviews

525 Ocean Street Map

Basic budget motel one mile to beach in Santa CruzOceana Inn Santa Cruz is just one mile to the shore of the Pacific Ocean in Santa Cruz, California. This budget-friendly motel with a swimming pool... More

No Frills
clean, nice staff, close to boardwalk and downtown
Jul 8, 2014
From $95

10 Aqua Breeze Inn

2 stars
3.0 / 5 17 reviews

204 2nd Street Map

We are Pet Friendly Only a minutes walk from the beautiful beach and the Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park Aqua Breeze Inn is a perfect place for a family getaway. You can also enjoy many other nearby... More

Aqua Breeze @ Santa Cruz Boardwalk
Upon arrival, I was greeted by very friendly staff who promptly checked me in. Room was very clean, very basic and had flooring rather than carpet which is a plus for me being near the beach, and a...
Jul 13, 2014
From $145


3 stars
3.6 / 5 61 reviews

500 Ocean Street Map

Easy, affordable family accommodations one mile from the beach Palm trees and Northern California sun greet guests at Best Western All Suite Inn in Santa Cruz, located in the heart of... More

Good for a night or two
This hotel is worth it for a night or two. Breakfast was good, and location is decent. I would stay again.
Jul 19, 2014
From $89

12 Knights Inn Santa Cruz Beach/ Boardwalk

2 stars
3.1 / 5 127 reviews

510 Leibrandt Ave Map

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Economical beach motel style between downtown and the pier Knights Inn is a mid-city budget hotel in Santa Cruz, ideally located near the beach and within 1.5-miles of the downtown... More

One bad apple
So the maid did not clean the room for our second night and the hotel clerk rudely stated, "there's nothing I can do about it". Knowing the owner I relayed this to him and he promptly apologized...
Jul 12, 2014
From $114

13 Days Inn & Suites Santa Cruz

2 stars
2.8 / 5 35 reviews

600 Riverside Avenue Map

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An affordable hotel offering rooms and two-story suites ideal for group or family travel. Stay within walking distance of downtown Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Our hotel features... More

worst night in a hotel room i ever had..
The bed I slept in was horriable!! mattress was harder than a box spring. woke up in the middle of the night in so much pain, had to sleep the rest of the night on the floor. staff came in the next...
Jul 12, 2014
From $110

14 Ramada Limited Santa Cruz

3 stars
2.7 / 5 99 reviews

516 Water St Map

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Wake up in downtown Santa Cruz with hot coffee and breakfast For an easy location and basic hotel amenities that include an in-room refrigerator and microwave, Ramada Limited Santa... More

Great location Santa Cruz
Quiet, great location in Santa Cruz. Clean and neat hotel. But, not awesome for the high price. Better than Most motels in Santa Cruz (been there lots), but really the price value ratio is out of...
Jul 20, 2014
From $95

15 Comfort Inn Santa Cruz

2 stars
3.0 / 5 42 reviews

110 Plymouth St. Map

Pleasant budget hotel with an outdoor pool at Routes 1 and 17 Comfort Inn Santa Cruz is convenient for highway travelers to Santa Cruz. This hotel is located at the crossroads of... More

Relocation trip to Santa Cruz
We stayed at the Comfort Inn Santa Cruz as a home base while looking for housing and work. The location was convenient for driving all around the area. The staff was very friendly and...
Mar 22, 2014
From $99

16 Americas Best Value Inn

2 stars
2.9 / 5 53 reviews

505 Riverside Ave Map

Basic beach lifestyle near downtown Santa Cruz Americas Best Value Inn & Suites is a centrally-located budget-friendly accommodation in the heart of Santa Cruz, California. Set... More

The bed was bug free... The shower was hot. Everything else was questionable.
May 22, 2014
From $149

17 Super 8 Santa Cruz/Beach Boardwalk East

2 stars
3.8 / 5 34 reviews

338 Riverside Ave Map

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High-style value motel with a pool and the beach just two blocks away Super 8 Santa Cruz/Beach Boardwalk East gets high marks for easy beach side stays in Santa Cruz at a reasonable... More

Not as scary as it looks...
If you want to be close to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, this is a great hotel. It is well within walking distance. Beyond that, it's an average property with very tight parking and tiny "breakfast"...
Jul 3, 2014
From $120

18 Howard Johnson Inn Santa Cruz

2 stars
3.5 / 5 27 reviews

130 West Cliff Drive Map

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Take the family to this Howard Johnson Inn Santa Cruz for your next fun-filled vacation. Nearby Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk offers miles of beautiful beaches, roller coasters and mini-golf. Fish and... More

Just dirty
We've stayed here before and had a nice experience, this time however was different. We had to wash the toilet just to use it, very uncomfortable bed, just felt dirty. I hope they address these...
Sep 5, 2013
From $99

19 Quality Inn Santa Cruz

2 stars
2.9 / 5 34 reviews

1101 Ocean Street Map

Overnight value just one mile to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Quality Inn Santa Cruz offers an inexpensive value stay in this Northern California surf city. Easy to find on a major... More

Fine for the family
Seems like the place has recently been remodeled . Clean enough - a priority for me. Decent breakfast and fast and friendly check-in and -out. Walls are thicker than most other hotels, which we...
May 26, 2014
From $158

20 Hotel Paradox

4 stars
3.8 / 5 42 reviews

611 Ocean Street Map

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The new Hotel Paradox in beautiful Santa Cruz, California, is introducing a chic vibe to hotel lodging on the Central Coast. Designed with a fine eye to detail, the boutique Hotel Paradox features... More

Low class outside, dressed up inside.
I was shocked after paying the equivalent price of a 5star spa resort in the area. The place is basically a dressed up holiday inn. Very basic. They did a good job dressing up the place with...
Jul 21, 2014