We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff
Ranked #6 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 August 2014

Absolutely wonderful place to stay. The rooms are clean, breakfast is delish, the owners and staff are great, walking distance to beach and some good restaurants. My family loved the heated bathroom floor. The beds are comfortable and even though it is on a main street once in the room you can't hear a thing. Highly recommended!!!

  • Stayed: August 2014
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Eggbert20
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (266)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

153 - 159 of 266 reviews

Reviewed 30 July 2014

I booked the hotel for the Wharf to Wharf run not knowing what a gem this place is. I can not say enough good things about this hotel. The room decor and bedding are beautiful and the heated floors in the bathroom are amazing. It was more of a romantic get away with a 6 mile run on the side! The breakfast was great, yummy scones, yogurt and fresh fruit and granola, eggs, bacon and sausage. The room was expensive, but all the hotels are the weekend of the race and I feel I definately got what I paid for, not some run of the mill hotel that jacks up their prices for the weekend. Not sure if I will run the Wharf to Wharf again with 16,000 people, but if I do, I know where I am going to stay!!!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Sleep Quality
    • Service
2  Thank MommaKay
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Bella_Notte_95062, Owner at Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2014

Dear MommaKay, congratulations on running the wharf to wharf this year and thank you for choosing Bella Notte. Typically the weekend of the wharf to wharf race is about the most expensive weekend to stay in Santa Cruz of the whole year with approx. 15,000 people flooding into town. Unlike some other hotels we do not jack up our rates for the occasion and as a result typically sell out very early each year the wharf to wharf race weekend. We hope you'll come see us again soon. The weather in Santa Cruz during the fall is often better than the summer (no June Gloom) and hotel rates will be much more reasonable. Best Wishes Bella Notte Staff & Management.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 20 July 2014

My wife and I spent our 20th anniversary at Bella Notte. I have lived in the Monterey Bay area off and on for years . . . and somehow missed this gem. The owners are on site most of the time which means very little is missed. The location is quiet, romantic, and reasonably close to a restaurant, Shadowbrook, that we like a great deal.

Room Tip: Book early! The place is small and gaining a great reputation.
See more room tips
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Location
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
3  Thank RKD45
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Bella_Notte_95062, Owner at Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2014

Dear RKD, Congratulations again on your 20th anniversary. Thank you for choosing Bella Notte to celebrate such a special occasion. We too cannot think of a much better place for an anniversary dinner than Shadowbook in Capitola and recommend any guests who want an extra special night out to call Shadowbook ahead of time to arrange for their free vintage taxi service for pickup/drop off and drop off from Bella Notte. We hope to see you again soon. Regards Bella Notte Staff & Management.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 16 July 2014

This place is nice and beautiful. We especially enjoyed the modern up to date room and bathroom with the heated floors. The AC is super quiet and the triple Paine windows makes this a very quiet and comfortable place to stay. The owners were friendly and very accommodating. Delicious fresh fruit among the breakfast items.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
1  Thank Helle L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Bella_Notte_95062, Owner at Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2014

Dear Helle, thank you for staying at Bella Notte and taking the time to write a review. We are happy to hear you liked your room. We certainly feel the installation of triple pane exterior windows earlier this year was a good investment and we are happy to hear you feel the same. We hope to see you again if your travels bring you back to the Monterey Bay area. Best Wishes, Bella Notte Staff & Management.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 10 July 2014

The location is a few minutes from the center of town by car. It is very quiet, and just a block up from a very nice public beach. Breakfast was very good (fruit, yogurt, eggs, bacon, potatoes, coffee) and the owner was very nice. Bathroom floor and heated floors, which was very nice.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Sleep Quality
    • Service
Thank gmaass
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Bella_Notte_95062, Owner at Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2014

Dear Gmaass, thank you for staying at Bella Notte and writing a review. We're happy to hear you enjoyed your stay. A lot of guests love our breakfast ~ catered by our friends at the Britannia Arms in Capitola and Gayles Bakery. We also get a lot of positive feedback on the heated floors in all our bathrooms - something we have never seen in any other hotel. We've even had one guest go as far as to say they wanted to sleep on the heated bathroom floor it was so nice! We hope you'll come visit us again if your travels brings you back to Santa Cruz. Best wishes, Bella Notte Staff & Management.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 28 June 2014

The Bella Notte is a refreshing (and big) step up from chain motels and the slew of overpriced budget motels in this very popular beach town. First off, the staff of the Bella Notte is attentive, friendly, and informative. Although we were very familiar with the area, having lived not far away for several years, the desk staff and owners were always ready with a suggestion for outings.

Our room on the second floor of this compact lodging, was large and inviting. Linens were clean and comfortable, the bed was perfect, and there were plenty of pillows, blankets and towels. Even though the inn is smack on East Cliff Drive, we found the nights quiet and peaceful, despite the fact that we sleep with the windows open.

Breakfast was fantastic. One morning we were provided with egg and bacon sandwiches, in addition to the normal offerings of yogurt, fruit, and pastries from Gayle's Bakery. On other mornings we found ample servings of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and potatoes. One of the most delicious breakfast offerings around, IMHO.

On site parking was available and there seems to be a fair amount of street parking nearby.

While some might find the location a little out of the way (not sure how anything could really be out of the way in a town this small), the inn is surprisingly central to anywhere you want to go. You can walk two blocks to Black's beach and a little farther to other beaches stretching from Black's to Pleasure Point.. It's a quick drive to the beach boardwalk, Pacific Ave., or to the more suburban shopping along 41st Ave. Capitola by the Sea is minutes away by car, if that suits your fancy. If you're looking for an extremely pleasant stay in pristine lodgings in a relatively quiet setting, this is a great choice.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
3  Thank marksmallwood
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Bella_Notte_95062, Owner at Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2014

Dear Mark,

Thank you for staying at Bella Notte and taking the time to share your experience. Thank you for noticing all the things we've done to try and make Bella Notte our guests first choice when visiting Santa Cruz. Before the start of this years busy season we added triple pane windows to all street facing windows and extra heavy (sound blocking) doors to block as much street noise as possible to ensure our guests get a good night sleep. We have many other updates in the works and are sure you'll notice those next time you are in town and hopefully come visit us again. Regards, Bella Notte Staff & Management.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 24 June 2014

We loved this hotel. Not only was it super cute but was in a very good area which was not as congested as staying closer to the pier.

Only drawback is there is not many restaurants close by open for lunch but other than that we loved its location.

We will stay here again if we ever go to Santa Cruz again.

Room Tip: ask for upstairs room.
See more room tips
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Annette M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Bella_Notte_95062, Owner at Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2014

Dear Annette, thank you for choosing Bella Notte and taking the time to write a review. We too think two blocks from the beach and half way between downtown Santa Cruz and Capitola by The Sea is a great location. While we do not have a huge number of restaurants close by we do have two Italian restaurants, one Mexican and one Hawaiian grill all within easy walking distance. A 15 minute walk (or 3 minute drive away) is one of Santa Cruz's most popular restaurant's the Crow's Nest ~ located on the beach at the mouth of the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor. We hope to see you again if your travels bring you back to Santa Cruz. Bella Notte Staff & Management.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Santa Cruz hotels
1.8 mi away
Dream Inn
Dream Inn
#2 of 54 in Santa Cruz
1,875 reviews
1.8 mi away
Hotel Paradox, Autograph Collection
1.6 mi away
Best Western Plus All Suites Inn
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
5.3 mi away
Hilton Santa Cruz / Scotts Valley
1.9 mi away
Sea & Sand Inn
Sea & Sand Inn
#1 of 54 in Santa Cruz
519 reviews
2.1 mi away
Quality Inn
Quality Inn
#8 of 54 in Santa Cruz
513 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff

Address: 21305 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4839
Phone Number:
Region: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Santa Cruz
#3 Family Hotel in Santa Cruz
#10 Business Hotel in Santa Cruz
Price Range: £108 - £150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bella Notte sets a new standard for Inns in the Santa Cruz area. Completed in December 2007, Bella Notte features ten spacious and well appointed rooms. We offer eight king rooms and two double queen rooms. Three superior king rooms also feature a fireplace and walk-in closet. All rooms feature imported marble bathrooms and heated bathroom floors. Bella Notte also provides free in room Wifi and cable TV with premium channels as well as free parking and complimentary hot breakfast. Bella Notte is located in Santa Cruz's Live Oaks neighbourhood, just two blocks from Twin Lakes Beach and close to several great local restaurants. The Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor is a short walk away and the famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, lively downtown Santa Cruz and the popular seaside village of Capitola are all just a few minutes drive. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com so you can book your Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Bella Notte - The Inn At East Cliff Hotel Santa Cruz
Bella Notte Santa Cruz

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing