Quick one night stay at the Dream Inn. Our room was extremely clean and well equipped. Loved the retro/surfer style of the hotel and the rooms. Our room was poolside, which worried me, but once you closed the balcony doors, all the noise was blocked out. The pool has lounge chairs and towels as well ...
Hotels is just over a block from the beach, easy walk to the Wharf and Boardwalk. Rooms are simple but have everything needed for a night or two. Parking is my only complaint, rather lack thereof. They charge $10. a day but on busier days you will be lucky to find a spot.
Great location and nicest hotel in the area. Rooms were smaller than expected and the hotel is built on a hill that makes getting from rooms on the 5th and 6th floor to the lobby and or parking frustrating. Its like a maze 2 elevators to get from 5 to 1.
The hotel was decorated beautifully although the cabinetry in the room had seen better days. The food was expensive, but decent. The pool was nice for the kids, 9ft at one end but, the pool area was extremely dirty. French fries and other food reminants all over. It stayed that way the 4 days we ...
Rooms seams to be recently refurnished nicely, with microwave oven and Refrigerator. The table with half couch and chairs give you comfortable home feeling. The room is spacious (with one queen size bed). I stayed for more than ten days, The room services are casual, with towels replaced depending ...
Nice room with a friendly staff. Rooms were recently remodeled andwell maintained.
The room was very comfortable with a table and chairs and a microwave. We found the location handy for the University and for visiting the city. Very friendly and helpful staff.
I had a very nice time on my trip The room and grounds were clean and the location was very convenient
Staff was kind and helpful. Beds are comfortable! Rooms where decent and clean. Nothing fancy, but was good for a cheap crash-pad across from the beach. Kid & family friendly. Allowed us to park our car in their lot before check in time so that we could go straight to the beach and for a small fee let us keep car in lot after check out while we hit the boardwalk one last time. This made it so we could make the most of play time on the beach.
The city of Santa Cruz is located along the coast of California, attracting sun seekers to its beaches, foodies to its wharf, and hipsters to its many vintage stores and coffee bars. It has an alternative vibe that stretches from its coastline into the nearby Redwood Forests.
Those who want to fully enjoy Santa Cruz’s coastal vibe will want to stay close to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and Wharf. The Boardwalk is an old school outdoor amusement park by the beach that has been open to the public since 1907, while the Santa Cruz wharf is a long pier with plenty of shops and restaurants. It splits the main beach area in half, with Cowell Beach to the west and Main Beach to the right.
Shopaholics should head Downtown, where they can also find plenty of cafes and the Museum of Art and History. Nature lovers on the other hand, will want to seek their accommodation located in the north, close to the hiking and biking trails of the Pogonip Park. It is a vast green area covered in redwood and oak forests at the edge of the city.
The Santa Cruz Harbor is the gateway to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and a great place for those who are into water activities. Kayaking, fishing, whale watching, sailing, and SUP. It is all possible here. The nearby Twin Lakes State Beach is a hotspot for surfers and offers great views of the Walton Lighthouse by Seabright State Beach.
The 4 star hotels in Santa Cruz generally feature one or more on-site restaurants, parking, and free WiFi. Some of them have a pool, spa and/or fitness center. However, all of them have fully equipped rooms with flat screen televisions, hair dryers, safes, coffee makers, and free toiletries.Santa Cruz’s 3 star hotels offer many of the same services, just a bit more toned down. Additionally, most of them will provide you with free breakfast, WiFi, and parking.
Santa Cruz does not have its own airport, but there are various options both nearby and a bit further out depending on where you are coming from. The Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport is your best bet as it is the closest international airport with lots of both international and domestic flights going in and out every day.
San Francisco International Airport also welcomes both domestic and international flights but adds about half an hour to your travel time should you be renting a car. Another option is the Monterey Peninsula Airport. This one is also located nearby, but it only caters to Central California.
No matter which airport is most convenient for you, they all have hotels nearby where you can spend the night after a late or before an early flight. There are ten hotels close to San Jose International Airport, eight hotels close to San Francisco International Airport, and six hotels close to the Monterey Peninsula Airport.