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Capitola California Hotels & Motels

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The Capitola center point is about the area of Capilota Beach and 1 mile southeast of Cypress Outpatient Surgical.

If you love the beach but hate the crowds, Capitola makes the perfect vacation destination. Despite being California's oldest ocean resort village, this Santa Cruz County area on the coast of Monterey Bay remains one of the state's best kept secrets. Its unspoiled beach, historic architecture, and small population of less than 10,000 make it feel more like a Mediterranean village than a Californian locale. More from this guide...

Capitola Hotels/Accommodations

Inn at Depot Hill - San Jose
+1-888-389-4121
250 Monterey Ave., San Jose, CA 95010 ~0.17 miles southeast of Capitola
  • Four star hotel
  • Check-in time: 15:00
From$160
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Quality Inn Capitola by The Sea
+1-888-675-2083
720 Hill St., Capitola, CA 95010
  • 3 star Beach hotel
  • 55 rooms in property
Best Western Plus Capitola by The Sea Inn & Suites : 1435 41st Ave.
+1-800-716-8490
1435 41st Ave., Capitola, CA 95010-2912
  • Three Star Beach property
  • 3 floors in property
From$125
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Fairfield Inn & Suites Santa Cruz Capitola - Capitola
+1-800-805-5223
1255 41st Ave., Capitola, CA 95010
  • 3-star Beach property
  • Hotel has 3 meeting rooms
From$135
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Chaminade Resort & Spa - Santa Cruz
+1-888-965-1860
1 Chaminade Ln, Santa Cruz, CA 95065 ~2.08 miles northwest of Capitola
  • High end Resort property
  • Check in time: 4:00 pm
From$127
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Best Western Seacliff Inn
+1-888-788-5576
7500 Old Dominion Court, Aptos, CA 95003-3807 ~2.28 miles east of Capitola
  • Economy Beach property
  • Hotel has 149 rooms
Ocean Echo Inn : 401 Johans Beach Dr.
+1-888-897-9207
401 Johans Beach Dr., Santa Cruz, CA 95062 ~2.31 miles west of Capitola
  • High end Beach hotel
  • Hotel has 2 floors
  • Rooms are ok
  • Room is all right
Rio Sands Hotel - Aptos
+1-888-311-4278
116 Aptos Beach Dr., Aptos, CA 95003 ~2.69 miles east of Capitola
  • Two-star Beach property
  • Hotel has 2 floors
Pacific Inn Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz
+1-888-469-4795
330 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 ~3.61 miles west of Capitola
  • Economical Beach property
  • Free breakfast
  • The majority of guests found problems with the furniture
  • All guests were happy with the price of the breakfast
Ocean Gate Inn : 111 Ocean St.
+1-888-734-9421
111 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 ~3.62 miles west of Capitola
  • Low-priced Beach hotel
  • Check-in: 2PM
  • Most guests said the wifi quality was bad
  • Housekeeping can be a problem
Motel Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz
+1-888-841-5292
370 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 ~3.64 miles west of Capitola
  • Inexpensive Beach hotel
  • Free breakfast available
  • Approx. half of guests found the staff to be friendly enough
  • Service is relatively friendly
Best Western Plus All Suites Inn - Santa Cruz
+1-888-455-5160
500 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 ~3.69 miles west of Capitola
  • Three Star Downtown property
  • 77 suites in hotel
Best Western Plus All Suites Inn - Santa Cruz
+1-888-965-8297
500 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060-6602 ~3.69 miles west of Capitola
  • Mid-scale Downtown property
  • Hotel has 3 floors
Oceana Inn - Santa Cruz
+1-888-906-6358
525 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 ~3.71 miles west of Capitola
  • Low Cost Downtown property
  • Hotel has 55 rooms
  • More comfort would be nice
  • Most guests said rooms were dirty
Ramada Limited Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz
+1-888-749-6785
516 Water St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 ~3.72 miles west of Capitola
  • Economy Downtown property
  • Complimentary breakfast is offered
Hyatt Place Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz
+1-888-878-9982
407 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 ~3.72 miles west of Capitola
  • Affordable Beach hotel
  • Fitness / Gym is on-site
From$109
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Super 8 by Wyndham Santa Cruz / Beach Boardwalk East
+1-888-389-4485
338 Riverside Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 ~3.72 miles west of Capitola
  • Economical property
Comfort Inn Beach / Boardwalk Area
+1-888-389-4121
314 Riverside Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 ~3.73 miles west of Capitola
  • 3 star property
  • Good kitchenette
  • Every guests reviewed loved the minibar
Americas Best Value Inn & Suites Boardwalk - Santa Cruz
+1-888-675-2083
505 Riverside Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 ~3.75 miles west of Capitola
  • Two-star hotel
  • Check-in: 15:00
Surf City Inn & Suites
+1-800-716-8490
619 Riverside Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 ~3.79 miles west of Capitola
  • Two-star Beach property
  • Hotel has 67 rooms
Hotel Solares
+1-800-805-5223
600 Riverside Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 ~3.79 miles west of Capitola
  • Cheap Beach hotel
  • Hotel has 9 suites
From$79
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Hotel Paradox - Santa Cruz
+1-888-965-1860
611 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 ~3.79 miles west of Capitola
  • 4-star Downtown hotel
  • 170 sleeping rooms in hotel
From$109
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Knights Inn Santa Cruz
+1-888-788-5576
510 Leibrandt Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 ~3.80 miles west of Capitola
  • 2-star Beach hotel
  • 2 floors in hotel
  • Great beaches
  • For 80%, the lobby entrance was sub-standard
Aqua Breeze Inn Santa Cruz Ca : 204 2nd St.
+1-888-897-9207
204 2nd St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 ~3.82 miles west of Capitola
  • Low-priced Beach hotel
  • Free complimentary breakfast
  • About half of guests criticized the small bathroom
  • Tub drain didn't work
Quality Inn
+1-888-311-4278
1101 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 ~3.90 miles west of Capitola
  • Low Cost Beach property
  • Free comp. breakfast
  • Great for foodies
  • Good kitchenette
From$89
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German immigrant Frederick Hihn purchased the area where Capitola now sits and commissioned construction of a local wharf in 1857. While the wharf became an important development for the local lumber industry, Hihn took his time deciding how best to use the rest of his land. In 1869 he started working with Samuel Alonzo Hall, who helped Hihn build the nearby town of Soquel. They created a campground, giving passing travelers a place to stay as they made their way up and down the California coast. More tourist facilities followed, including cabins and a dance hall. Hihn also landscaped Capitola, adding trees, paths, and gardens to the growing tourist area.

While today the beach remains Capitola's biggest draw, one should not ignore this village's other outstanding features. Its streets are perfect for exploring, with quirky boutique stores, art galleries, and wine tasting rooms. Restaurants along the waterfront offer superb meals with a view. After your belly is full, it's comforting to know your accommodation is probably just a short walk away. Consider the choices below to find the right Capitola hotel for your needs.

When is the best time to visit the Capitola, CA area?

Capitola's Mediterranean climate delivers pleasant weather all year round, so there's never a bad time to go. Summer temperatures rarely exceed 75 degrees, while winter averages around 50 degrees. Summer is the busiest season, which results in a spike in accommodation rates. However, Capitola never gets as crowded as more popular California tourist spots, so you won't find yourself battling for space on the sand if your heart's set on a summer getaway. Rates are lowest in winter, although persistent rain can put a damper on travel plans.

Spring and fall may be the best time to visit Capitola for many travelers, as these seasons strike the right balance between favorable conditions and accommodation prices. Expect average temperatures in the 50s and low 60s when traveling over these months.

Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Capitola, CA:

seasonality of hotel rates in Capitola

Averate Rates by Star Rating

Below we've posted 3 graphs displaying average price patterns by star rating class in Capitola, CA. Analyze these illustrations to calculate the most cost effective time period to book in Capitola throughout the year.

What are the luxury hotels around Capitola, CA?

4 Star Average Prices: $243.19

Capitola and its neighboring cities also have several options for travelers who enjoy the finer things in life. Treat yourself to true luxury in these hotels.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Santa Cruz – Capitola is one of the village's most recent additions. All guests stay in spacious suites, with separate living rooms and sleeping quarters. The most luxurious suites feature fireplaces, in-room hot tubs, and dual-head showers. Start your day right with continental breakfast on the rooftop patio, then enjoy the heated pool, spa, or bocce court. There's also a full-service business center for guests who can't totally escape the office.

Chaminade Resort & Spa, in nearby Santa Cruz, is a lavish accommodation option with recently renovated rooms and villas, and it includes two meditation rooms for total relaxation. Each room features little indulgences like microfiber robes, granite bathrooms, flat-screen LCD TVs, and resort or forest views. Dine in one of two onsite eateries: Sunset Restaurant, famous for its Sunday Champagne Brunch, and the modern Linwood's Bar & Grill. You can be as busy or as chilled as you like here, with premium facilities such as a full-service spa, hiking trails, volleyball and tennis courts, hot tubs, a Himalayan salt sauna, and fitness classes.

4 Star Hotel Prices in Capitola

What are the options in Capitola, CA for affordable hotels?

3 Star Average Prices: $199.15

For a coastal getaway that leaves more money in your pocket, consider some of the Capitola area's most affordable hotels. Independent hotels like these offer low rates to compete with the well-known accommodation chains.

Located a couple of blocks from the coast in nearby Aptos, Rio Sands Hotel is a modest, modern, budget-friendly hotel. Colorful king rooms will suit couples and solo travelers, while suites offer more space for families and other larger traveling groups. You probably won't spend a lot of time in your room, though, as the hotel boasts a heated pool for year-round swimming, a hot tub, and BBQ and garden areas. A generous continental breakfast with Belgian waffles each morning and bottomless coffee day and night are both provided free or charge. You also won't pay extra for onsite parking or Wi-Fi access.

Ocean Gate Inn, in nearby Santa Cruz, has 25 air-conditioned standard and king rooms. Each features an LCD TV with premium satellite channels, a combination shower-bath, and a private balcony for watching the world go by. Parking and wireless internet are both free.

3 Star Hotel Prices in Capitola

2 Star Average Prices: $183.86

Where are the best discount hotels in Capitola, CA?

Chain hotels in the Capitola area often offer discounts that can help certain tourists cut their travel bills. See whether you're eligible for these savings at the following hotels.

Best Western Seacliff Inn has several accommodation packages to help you save on local services. For example, the Family Stay & Play package includes a 25 percent discount for Severino's Bar & Grill or room service, while the Whale Watching package offers 15 percent off Sanctuary Cruises. As with all Best Western hotels, Seacliff Inn extends discounts to seniors 55 and over and AARP members, military and government personnel, AAA and CAA auto club members, and groups needing four or more rooms. This Aptos hotel features 148 guest rooms and 10 oversized suites spread over six buildings on the six-acre property.

The same travelers can save at Best Western Plus Capitola by the Sea Inn & Suites, a slightly more upmarket alternative recognized by the Best Western chain as one of the “Best of the Best.” The charming guest rooms feature individual climate control, microwaves and coffee making facilities, granite vanities with make-up mirrors, and high-definition TV sets. Unwind in the heated outdoor pool or spa or supercharge your workout in the exercise room. Morning newspapers, continental breakfasts, wireless internet, and onsite parking are all free.

What value hotels are in Capitola, CA?

Getting value for your money is a key concern for most travelers. You'll always feel like you've secured a great deal when you stay at these best value Capitola options.

Quality Inn & Suites Capitola by the Sea takes value so seriously, it calls its friendly customer service employees Value Qs! The service they provide is just one part of the value you'll receive during your stay. The complimentary continental breakfast is generous, with waffles, pastries, fresh fruit, and freshly ground espresso coffee. Weekday newspapers are also free, although if you don't want to wait for the news, you'll appreciate the free Wi-Fi. An al fresco dining area and outdoor pool, open seasonally, help beautify the hotel grounds.

Ocean Echo Inn & Beach Cottages has real charm, with well-appointed rooms and cottages, all featuring cable TVs, fridges, and microwaves. Many cottages also have kitchenettes and hot tubs. All guests receive a complimentary continental breakfast each morning. Other meals are made easy with an onsite barbecue area.

What festivals are in Capitola, CA?

Capitola might have a reputation for being a little sleepy, but you wouldn't know it during festival time. Residents throughout the region come together for the village's exciting events.

Rediscover the joys of childhood at the annual Kite Classic, held at Capitola Beach each May. Bring your own kite or purchase one from the Rainbow City Limits store on the day to take part in the competition. Alternatively, you could simply watch the colorful kites take flight in this family-friendly event. All funds raised on the day benefit local charities.

Thousands of runners converge on the area each summer for the Wharf to Wharf Race, dubbed “the best little road race in California.” Since 1973, casual joggers and serious runners make the scenic 6-mile journey from Santa Cruz Wharf to Capitola Wharf on the fourth Sunday of July. Bands, singers, and dancers dot the course, entertaining onlookers, motivating competitors, and giving the Wharf to Wharf its unique party atmosphere.

The Capitola Art and Wine Festival, held every September, is a celebration of all that makes the village special. More than 160 fine artists and 20 local wineries showcase their wares. You won't go hungry, with the Local Artisans Marketplace and Festival Food Court both offering an array of tasty treats. The festival is fun for the whole family, with a Kids Art & Music Area complementing the adult activities.

Capitola also loves celebrating the holidays. The annual Easter Egg Hunt, Easter on the Beach, Halloween Parade, Surfin' Santa, and Holiday Crafters Market help get everyone in the spirit of these seasons.

Check the events calendar on the Capitola–Soquel Chamber of Commerce site to see what's happening in Capitola during your next visit.

Whether you're hitting the beach or unwinding over a good meal and a few drinks at a waterfront restaurant, you're bound to have a good time in Capitola. A variety of local accommodation options makes the perfect home away from home when you're exploring this charming California coastal village.

FAQs about hotels in Capitola

What are the most favored hotels in Capitola?

Inn at Depot Hill, Best Western Plus Capitola by The Sea Inn & Suites and Fairfield Inn & Suites Santa Cruz Capitola are the best rated hotels based on customer reviews in the last 365 days.

What are the 4-5 star hotels in Capitola?

Inn at Depot Hill, Chaminade Resort & Spa and Ocean Echo Inn are the top 3 luxury hotels near Capitola city center.

What hotels are closest to the city center of Capitola?

Inn at Depot Hill, Quality Inn Capitola by The Sea, and Best Western Plus Capitola by The Sea Inn & Suites are the properties closest to Capitola city center.

How much does a cheap hotel in Capitola cost per night?

In the last year, a 2 star hotel in Capitola can be as cheap as $183.86 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

How much does a 3 star hotel in Capitola cost per night?

In the last year, the average 3 star hotel in Capitola has been $199.15 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

How much does a 4-5 star hotel in Capitola cost?

In the last year, the average 4 star hotel in Capitola has been $243.19 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

What are the best independent hotels in Capitola?

Inn at Depot Hill, Dream Inn and Chaminade Resort & Spa are the best rated independent hotels (not part of a big brand).

What are the best Marriott hotels in Capitola?

Fairfield Inn & Suites Santa Cruz Capitola and Fairfield Inn & Suites Santa Cruz are the best rated Marriott/Starwood branded hotels (based on customer reviews score).

What are the best Choice Hotels branded hotels in Capitola?

Comfort Inn Beach, Quality Inn and Quality Inn Capitola by The Sea are the best rated Choice Hotels branded hotels (based on HotelPlanner reviews score).

What are the most popular Best Western hotels in Capitola?

Best Western Plus Capitola by The Sea Inn & Suites, Best Western Seacliff Inn and Best Western Plus Inn Scotts Valley are the best rated Best Western branded hotels (based on user reviews score).

What are the most popular IHG hotels in Capitola?

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Santa Cruz and Holiday Inn Express & Suites are the best rated Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) branded hotels (based on user reviews score).

Verified reviews of the city of Capitola

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

"Travel"
Score 5.0 / 5

Quaint, quiet town with much to see and enjoy.

Audrine M., from 13-Oct-2019
The average traveler rating of the city of Capitola, CA shown above is 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews
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