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Top Rated Santa Cruz Hotels

Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley
Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley
3.5 out of 5.0 6001 La Madrona Drive, Santa Cruz, CA
Free Cancellation
$127
4.2/5 (30 reviews)

Room service, the friendly and attentive staff and how clean the hotel was.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019
Guests staying at Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley enjoy an outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and a spa tub. If you drive, self parking is USD 10.00 per ...
Casablanca On The Beach
Casablanca On The Beach
3.5 out of 5.0 101 Main St, Santa Cruz, CA
Free Cancellation
$229
3.8/5 (61 reviews)

Very nice rooms, great location & gorgeous views!

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2020
Guests staying at Casablanca On The Beach enjoy a rooftop terrace, free WiFi in public areas, and a fireplace in the lobby. Free parking is included with your ...
Hyatt Place Santa Cruz
Hyatt Place Santa Cruz
3.0 out of 5.0 407 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA
Free Cancellation
$135
4.6/5 (28 reviews)

We often stay at Hyatt properties because we like the quality room, service, and food. This location was no exception. The only thing a bit off/weird was that the shades for the windows sheer. So when it was night, someone could look up unto your room... and in the morning, the sun was super brights ...

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2020
Guests staying at Hyatt Place Santa Cruz enjoy an outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and a spa tub. Self parking is offered for USD 15.00 per day. The 24-hour ...
Dream Inn Santa Cruz
Dream Inn Santa Cruz
4.0 out of 5.0 175 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA
Free Cancellation
$339
4.3/5 (158 reviews)

Room windows and balcony overlooking the ocean. Pleasant and accommodating staff, enjoyable breakfast and lunch at the restaurant (we were out for dinner). Good proximity to the Pier. Only negative was that open hallways were rather brisk during our somewhat chilly January stay.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2020
Guests staying at Dream Inn Santa Cruz enjoy an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and free WiFi in public areas. Valet parking is offered for USD 25.00 per night. The ...
Mission Inn
Mission Inn
2.5 out of 5.0 2250 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA
Free Cancellation
$122
4.5/5 (15 reviews)

Very comfortable, updated room! Great location too.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2020
Mission Inn features a spa tub, a sauna, and free WiFi in public areas. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to help with luggage storage, and ...
Beachview Inn
Beachview Inn
2.0 out of 5.0 50 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA
$93
3.9/5 (34 reviews)

This was my first visit to Santa Cruz. The location of this hotel is truly excellent for exploring the beach, and the city itself. Friendly staff, good service.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020
Beachview Inn features free WiFi in public areas and a TV in a common area. If you plan to drive, free parking is available. Front-desk staff are standing by ...
Fairfield Inn & Suites Santa Cruz - Capitola
Fairfield Inn & Suites Santa Cruz - Capitola
2.5 out of 5.0 1255 41st Ave, Capitola, CA
Free Cancellation
$149
4.6/5 (16 reviews)

I was not allowed to check in because I did not have "essential traveler documents". I should not have been able to make a reservation without seeing this requirement. I had to return home that night.

Reviewed on May 25, 2020
At Fairfield Inn & Suites Santa Cruz - Capitola, guests enjoy features like an outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and free WiFi in public areas. If you ...
Four Points by Sheraton Santa Cruz Scotts Valley
Four Points by Sheraton Santa Cruz Scotts Valley
3.0 out of 5.0 5030 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley, CA
Free Cancellation
$119
4.0/5 (5 reviews)

really friendly staff, all of them! Bathroom was spotless, beds very comfy

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2020
At Four Points by Sheraton Santa Cruz Scotts Valley, guests have access to a fitness center, free WiFi in public areas, and a business center. You can take advantage ...
Ocean Pacific Lodge
Ocean Pacific Lodge
2.0 out of 5.0 301 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
$119
4.4/5 (40 reviews)

Nice clean place to stay. Good location . Would stay again

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2020
Ocean Pacific Lodge offers an outdoor pool, 2 spa tubs, and free WiFi in public areas. Limited parking is available. Staff members can help with accommodation ...

Luxury Hotels in Santa Cruz

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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.

Where to stay in Santa Cruz, California

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.

3 and 4 star hotels in Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz is home to eight 4-star hotels and 25 3-star hotels. Each star category offers a diverse choice of business hotels, pet-friendly hotels, and boutique hotels in Santa Cruz.

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.

Hotels near Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl. Airport, San Francisco Intl. Airport, and Monterey Peninsula Airport

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.

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