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Santa Cruz California Hotels & Motels

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The Santa Cruz center is around the area of Mission Santa Cruz and the area of Town Clock.

Santa Cruz Hotels/Motels & Accommodations

National 9 Motel
+1-888-690-5247
1015 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • 2-star property
  • Hotel has 28 rooms
  • Expensive hotel
  • Old linens
Quality Inn 1101 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • 2-star Beach hotel
  • 3 floors in property
  • Good kitchenette
  • Friendly service
From$89
Very Good 4.0 /5Review Score CallBookMore Details
Hotel Paradox : 611 Ocean St. 611 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Four star Downtown property
  • Hotel has 5 floors
From$109
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Hampton Inn Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz 1505 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Cheap Downtown hotel
  • 46 rooms in property
  • Generally very clean
  • Clean
From$159
Very Good 4.0 /5Latest Reviews CallBookMore Details
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Santa Cruz 1410 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • When you're ready to explore Northern California, you'll want to stay at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz. Close to this hotel is the Santa Cruz Wharf, the Mystery Spot, Wilder Ranch State Park, and the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. Corporate guests will be given access to the hotel's 24-hour business center. Both business and leisure guests can take advantage of the on-site swimming pool, sauna, fitness center, guest patio, and complimentary hot breakfast. All of the guest rooms are equipped with modern conveniences, such as telephones with voice mail services, iPod docking stations, and HD televisions.
  • Three Star Beach property
  • Check in: 3:00pm
  • Continental breakfast was awesome
  • Affordable parking
From$119
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Comfort Inn - Santa Cruz 110 Plymouth St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Economical Beach hotel
  • Comp. Breakfast
  • Fantastic service
  • Sparkling clean pool
Best Western Inn : 126 Plymouth St. 126 Plymouth St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • 3-star property
  • 28 rooms in property
Ramada Limited Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz 516 Water St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Two star Downtown hotel
  • Free complimentary breakfast
Oceana Inn in Santa Cruz
+1-888-305-3366
525 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • 2 star Downtown property
  • Hotel has 55 rooms
  • Housekeeping was great, according to 79%
  • Most guests didn't like the management
The Islander Motel : 522 Ocean St. 522 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Economy Downtown hotel
  • Free comp. breakfast
  • The majority of guests said the beds were comfortable
  • Wifi quality could be improved
From$249
Average 3.5 /5Reviews CallBookMore Details
Best Western Plus All Suites Inn in Santa Cruz 500 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Affordable Downtown property
  • Complimentary breakfast is offered
From$100
Very Good 4.0 /5Latest Reviews CallBookMore Details
Hyatt Place Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz 407 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Three Star Beach property
  • Hotel has 2 meeting rooms
Hotel Solares - Santa Cruz 600 Riverside Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Low-priced Beach hotel
  • 3 floors in property
Motel Santa Cruz : 370 Ocean St.
+1-888-690-5281
370 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • 2-star Beach property
  • Complimentary breakfast is offered
  • Almost all guests criticized the unstylish hotel
  • Almost all guests thought they were poorly maintained
Ocean Pacific Lodge in Santa Cruz
+1-888-690-5247
301 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • The Ocean Pacific Lodge is the perfect place to stay if you plan on spending your time in the water or sunbathing on the sand. Situated in a beach resort community, you'll be able to charter a boat, go fishing, rent a jet ski, or simply surf the waves without traveling far from the hotel. When you want to take some time to relax at the lodge, enjoy a complimentary breakfast, go for a dip in the swimming pool, or simply watch a movie in your guest room. All rooms are fully equipped with coffeemakers, microwaves, refrigerators, high-speed Internet access, hair dryers, an iron, and an ironing board.
  • 2-star Beach property
  • Check-in time: 3:00PM
  • World class service
  • TV needs to be updated
From$89
Average 3.5 /5Reviews CallBookMore Details
Surf City Inn & Suites : 619 Riverside Ave. 619 Riverside Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Cheap Beach property
  • Hotel has 67 rooms
Pacific Inn Santa Cruz
+1-800-881-1523
330 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Two star Beach property
  • 2 floors in property
  • Good internet service
  • Beds need improvement
Americas Best Value Inn & Suites Boardwalk in Santa Cruz 505 Riverside Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Two-star property
Torch Lite Inn in Santa Cruz
+1-866-221-8581
500 Riverside Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • 2 star Beach hotel
  • Comp. Breakfast
  • Good restaurants & bars in the area
  • All guests appreciated the clean beach
Knights Inn Santa Cruz 510 Leibrandt Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Low Cost Beach property
  • Check-in time: 3:00pm
  • Acceptable minibar
  • Most guests found problems with the furniture
Beachview Inn
+1-888-690-5281
50 Front St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Low-priced Beach hotel
  • Free complimentary breakfast
  • Near city centre
  • Bathroom needs cleaning
Howard Johnson Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz 130 West Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Cheap Beach property
  • Check-in: 3:00PM
Beach Street Inn & Suites : 125 Beach St.
+1-888-305-3366
125 Beach St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • 2-star Beach hotel
  • Hotel has 3 floors
  • No breakfast provided
  • Breakfast can be improved
Ocean Gate Inn in Santa Cruz 111 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Low Cost Beach property
  • 2 floors in hotel
  • Staff was friendly
  • Free internet
Aqua Breeze Inn Santa Cruz Ca : 204 2nd St.
+1-888-283-3404
204 2nd St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Economy Beach property
  • 3 floors in hotel
  • Most guests were happy with the tv
  • Good management
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Carlos Santana, one of the most famous residents of Santa Cruz and often considered to be among the best guitarists in the world, is quoted as saying, 'The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.'

If we consider these words and ponder over them, it is not too difficult to see how they reflect the way Californians seem to think. California, as a state, is considered to be very liberal and accepting, and love is perhaps the strongest emotion in California. Santa Cruz, quite pleasantly, embodies that fact. Situated by the Pacific, not too far away from San Francisco and San Jose, Santa Cruz is one of the best known cities in the world as far as surfing and beaches are considered. Beach Boys, the most famous Californian band to date, have also sung paeans of praise for the Santa Cruz beaches and their gentle waves. 

Santa Cruz is also a university city, housing University of California at Santa Cruz, one of the top research oriented institutions in America. 

Book a Hotel Room While Saving Money

Unlike many surrounding cities like San Francisco, San Jose and San Diego, it is not too difficult to find cheap hotels or budget hotels in Santa Cruz. This has primarily to do with the fact that Santa Cruz is not a tourism center in the region. It is more of a laidback country place that people visit during summer months to make the most of its beaches and its waves. Apart from these, however, there's not much to see in or around Santa Cruz. 

This is the prime motivator and reason of the fact that most establishments found in Santa Cruz are of budget kind. This works well with surfers and other travelers as they can lodge in Santa Cruz instead of lodging in more expensive cities like San Francisco or San Jose. 

Enjoy a Stay in Santa Cruz to the Maximum

After having stated that there is an abundance of budget Santa Cruz hotels, it should also be said that the city is not at all without its luxury hotel establishments. In fact, the Los Tajibos Resort and Hotel in Santa Cruz is considered to be among the very best that are present in the state of California. 

These luxury hotel buildings are usually high rises, equipped with the best imaginable resources and facilities like indoor tennis courts, spas, gyms, heated swimming pools, rooftop bars and free flow of drinks for their loyal patrons. 

Boutiques and Independent Hotels in Santa Cruz 

If you are the sort of traveler who doesn't appear to fit quite well in the affordable settings of cheap motels or the opulence of intimidatingly good luxury establishments, it is perhaps for the best that you turn to boutique and independent options in Santa Cruz. 

There are a quite a few boutique and independent hotel establishments in Santa Cruz that specialize in customizing what they have to offer in order to streamline their service to best suit the needs of their guests. 

Most of the boutique and independent establishments of lodging and boarding kind in Santa Cruz include beach houses, beach shacks, temporary studio apartments and summer houses. As one can guess, these places are typically rented out on short terms and are perfectly suitable in terms of convenience and affordability for tourists and surfers who wish to spend a month or two in Santa Cruz. These boutique and independent establishments can be considered as not only viable but very positive alternatives to cheap hotels, as they provide safe and convenient accommodation at relatively lower prices. 

What Should I Know Before Sightseeing in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, at its core, is a city that's best experienced through its people. So, if you are visiting Santa Cruz, make it a point to hire a local guide or a knowledgeable person who can show you around with passion.

All things said and done, Santa Cruz is a city that revolves around its beaches, its waves and its exquisitely laidback lifestyle further accentuated by authentic Californian and Mexican food. So, before sightseeing in Santa Cruz, you should have at least a semblance of idea about where you are going to find the best food that is both locally sourced and authentic. Like most Californian cities, Santa Cruz has its share of food trucks and street side food joints that can put the best of luxury restaurants and hotels in Santa Cruz to shame in terms of the authenticity and popularity of their food. 

The most popular tourist destination in Santa Cruz happens to be the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. This sizeable stretch of pristine sand and boardwalk is unique to the city and cannot be found anywhere else in California. Another beach that is quite popular among surfers is the West Cliff Drive. Arguably, the waves here are harder to surf on and ever more difficult to rule. But that very reason attract many a bunch of experienced surfers from around the world to feel and take on the challenge of West Cliff Drive. Inexperienced surfers should, however, stay away from surfing at West Cliff Drive. 

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center in Santa Cruz is one of the very first of its kind in the United States. Those who are interested in learning more about marine biology and what efforts are being done to identify newer species of marine life can find a short trip to the Center edifying as well as interesting. 

Best Time to Travel to Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, being a Californian city, is more often than not sunny. It's only during October to December that the city experiences a season that can remotely resemble winters. Otherwise, traveling to Santa Cruz is a great prospect all year round. Many Santa Cruz hotels provide express deals and discounts during winter months. So, if you wish to make your trip more economical, winter months can be the best time for you to travel to Santa Cruz! 

Verified reviews of the city of Santa Cruz

Below are reviews of the city of Santa Cruz, CA from an actual visitor's perspective.

"Meetings in Santa Cruz"
Score 5.0 / 5

Santa Cruz is the quintessential California beach town. This is a great town to visit for people who love the outdoors! People gather from all over to visit the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the West Coast's oldest seaside amusement park and enjoy free concerts on Fridays, roller coaster rides and many other exciting attractions. There is plenty to do when visiting Santa Cruz, such as surfing, hiking from the Redwoods to the beach, paddle boarding and just soaking in the sun. The downtown area, located a couple blocks from the beach, is lined with trees and offers shops and restaurants, art galleries and outdoor live music.

Jennifer G., from 29-Jun-2015
"Beautiful weather"
Score 5.0 / 5

It was great to get out in the heat in the Sacramento area.

Kelly C., from 28-Jul-2014
"Ano Nuevo State Park"
Score 4.0 / 5

Ano Nuevo, Natural Bridges at low tide for tide pools.

Deanna D., from 31-May-2014
The average traveler rating of the city of Santa Cruz, CA shown above is 4.7 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
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