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Fairfield Inn & Suites Santa Cruz - Capitola

2.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Stayed here last weekend, and really enjoyed our stay. Hotel appears very new and offered a large number of choices for the free breakfast. Hotel is located in a mixed area with a school, RV lot, business and a few residences nearby. If you stay here, I highly recommend the 10 minute walk to Natural Bridges State Park. Route is flat and the views are great. Just follow Natural Bridges street across from the hotel straight down to the park. You can walk through the wooden pass-through even when the park is closed. Continue on the paved road past the Visitor's Center to great views of the beach and the rock natural bridge structure.

Just a quick car ride to SC. Capitola is cleaner and quieter than any place we looked at closer to the boardwalk. I stayed with my family.. what an amazing place to hangout after a day of people watching and loud music :) I'm pretty sure my youngest niece was more bummed about leaving the hotel than the boardwalk lol Side note.. there is a pokestop in the lobby area some where, that's just extra for me but could be a real plus for others :)

I stayed here for the first time on a business trip to the area. This is the best Fairfield Inn I have ever stayed in. The location is very convenient to the beach area, with a number of good restaurants and shopping within walking distance, including a Whole Foods. My King Suite room was very spacious. The HVAC system was excellent (NOT the usual window unit that is so noisy). They also have a very large breakfast room with one of the better free breakfast offerings I have seen for a mid-scale hotel. The exercise facility is your standard offering, but it did the job. Staff was great.

This is an absolutely pristine property. It is located on a main road with lots of shopping/eating options. Notably, there is a Whole Foods almost across the street, and it's a short drive to the Santa Cruz boardwalk. It's very convenient to the interstate and less than a 5 mile drive from Capitola to downtown Santa Cruz that has a lovely area that you can walk for several blocks exploring multiple shops, restaurants, and that has two movie theaters. We stayed here to have a convenient location to explore Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel-by-the Sea, and Big Sur---it is situated so as to be a convenient 40-60 minute drive to all those locations. The free breakfast was fairly standard and non-descript but in an area that was very clean and kept well stocked. Our King Suite was spacious with both a sitting area and sleeping area. Parking is in a gated area located under the hotel---so very secure! I would stay here again without reservation.

We returned to Fairfield Inn this year. The check in and front desk services were quick and friendly. We were initially given a room with seemingly no heat, and within minutes after a call, the desk staff checked our room and gave us another room. The rooms are very comfortable and spacious. A nice touch was the recycle bin in the room. In the garage, there were two charging stations, one DC fast charge for Tesla and Bolts, and one L1/L2 for Volts, Leafs, etc. Although our rental car was not electric, this is a great convenience for those guests driving electric vehicles. The breakfast room was clean and attractive, and had a beautiful view of the sunrise.

We found the hotel desk clerks most welcoming. Our room was a very well arranged suite with really excellent lighting bedside! Breakfast was plentiful, with two kinds of eggs, oatmeal (very thin watery), and several good Greek yogurts, some fresh fruit... Slept well. Recommend it!

We visited this inn on reward points and they put us in a small suite which was great. Enjoyed the bathroom and shower. The breakfast had lots of choices, including make yourself waffles. It is located a short walk from the Capitola Mall which came in handy, because as soon as I arrived, I found that I had neglected to pack my pajamas. A short stroll to Macy's and my problem was solved.

Because we enjoyed our stay so much in August, we came back again and brought my sister and her husband with us! They were also very impressed with the hotel and are thinking about staying again for New Years Eve(chain reaction!). We all walked down to the village to bar hop and then spent the rest of the evening hanging out on the balcony. My boyfriend and I had the pleasure of chit chatting with the night auditor while having a before bed cigarette. She was hilarious and had some great stories! The one thing I did want to mention is that housekeeping knocked on our door, before checkout time, every half an hour, even with a privacy sign on the door. Other than that, we loved our stay and plan to travel back once the weather warms up a bit.

We stay in Capitola often, and the service at this hotel is consistently great. From check in to check out the staff is friendly, parking is available and hotel beverage area is suitable for our small group. Close to food and a short walk to stunning views... I look forward to returning for my next meeting.

It's always hard to find a hotel that works for a family of 5. This one worked out well. However, the place is a bit noisy with all the families. I expect that at hotels such as this. The breakfast is good. The gym and pool are more than adequate. The staff is friendly. My only complaint is the mattress on the sofabed is terrible. It would probably be fine for a small child but not for a adult or teen.

1255 41st Ave Capitola CA

Fairfield Inn & Suites Santa Cruz - Capitola places you within a short walk of The Hook and within a mile (2 km) of Capitola Beach. This 84-room hotel welcomes guests with free breakfast and conveniences like an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. It's also close to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Capitola Wharf.


Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast served from 6:30 AM to 10 AM. At the end of the day, relax with a drink at the bar/lounge.


All 84 air-conditioned accommodations feature sitting areas. Guests can expect 32-inch LCD TVs with satellite channels, along with free WiFi and wired Internet. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. IPod docks, sofa beds, and microwaves are other standard amenities.

Property features

Guests of Fairfield Inn & Suites Santa Cruz - Capitola have access to an outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and free WiFi in public areas. If you plan to drive, free parking is available. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with dry cleaning/laundry and securing valuables. Additional amenities include 2 meeting rooms, a 24-hour business center, and coffee/tea in a common area.

Room options

Standard Room

Queen 2 | Sleeps 5

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

92% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 357 reviews