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“Perfect Christmas Eve”
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Dream Inn
Ranked #2 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence
San Francisco, CA
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6 reviews
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“Perfect Christmas Eve”
Reviewed 14 April 2013

If you aren't enjoying a huge family gathering for Christmas Eve, then this is the perfect place. Not too far from downtown Santa Cruz, and right on the beach. The pool heated to hotter than my shower was great. Having the pool open at night was a real plus; we could swim while hearing the waves crash and seeing all the steam rise. We didn't get to try the food, but the beds were fairly comfortable, the rooms are clean. The only downside is the lack of parking.

Room Tip: Splurge for the beach facing rooms. It really is what makes it worthwhile.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 April 2013

Our favorite place in the world is Santa Cruz. I know some people may think that I am exagerating. However, when we have the time and the money it's always first on our list.
This last month we stayed at the Dream Inn by the pool! It was beautiful! Great view, you can fall asleep to the sounds of the ocean at night. The rooms are a great size and very comfortable. The pool is large and clean, and always the right temperature. It' a perfectly amazing getaway for you and your family!

Room Tip: Get one poolside whenever you have the chance!
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Sean H, Guest Relations Manager at Dream Inn, responded to this review, 16 May 2013
We are honored that you would rank us among the best in the world! We aspire to your lofty praise, and am pleased to hear that we top your list of destinations. We looko forward to having you with us again and again!
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Darlinghurst
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

We stayed here for one night on our way down the coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles. It was one of my favourite hotels. The man at check in was sweet and friendly, and the valet was prompt with our car and bags. The view from our room was absolutely beautiful, even in winter. We were nice and close to the pier and arcade. We had dinner at the restaurant under the hotel and the food and service were fantastic. A little more expensive than we had been paying in other places, but not too exorbitant. I'd love to come back to Santa Cruz in the summer and stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Sean H, Guest Relations Manager at Dream Inn, responded to this review, 13 April 2013
Thank you for your 5 star review! I am happy to hear that your expereince with the staff exceeded your expecations, and the next time you are travling to or from SF or LA we hope to have you stay with us again! Safe Travels!
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Klamath Falls, Oregon
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

A very nice Hotel a little pricey. We were right on the beach in Santa Cruz so what can you say. The food and service was good. Awesome dinners at the FireFish Grill on the Pier. If you have kids make sure the Boardwalk is open as we missed it by a few days.

Room Tip: Get the Ocean View!
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Sean H, Guest Relations Manager at Dream Inn, responded to this review, 26 April 2013
Thank you for your feedback! As we approach the summer peak season in Santa Cruz, the Beach Boardwalk continues to be a great family getaway attraction! We hope to have you stay with us again when you can experience the Boardwalk during full operation.
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Tustin, CA
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

Nice place in a good location. Staff is helpful, friendly and ready to serve. We were there during spring break week (early April) so lots of families. Went out to the pool (the advertised main draw for us), and found it rather crowded. Out of towels for 30 minutes. Pool area so cramped that you couldn't help but overhear others conversations.

Pool is nice - so is access to their beach. Just had a sense of vacationing with dozens of others.

Rooms were nice - albeit slightly small for our family of 4 (two teens and two adults). We had 2 queen beds and did quite well. Free wifi was nice and view of the Pacific a big plus. All in all I recommend given that it probably beats others in the area overall but I couldn't help but feel like it was super busy.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Sean H, Guest Relations Manager at Dream Inn, responded to this review, 13 April 2013
Thank you for your feedback. During spring break we certainly do enjoy hosting many families on vacation with kids of all ages who enjoy all that Santa Cruz has to offer; from the boardwalk to the beach! If you are ever looking for a quiet or romantic getaway we highly recomennd midweek stays. We hope to see you again soon!
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Reviewed 7 April 2013

We would stay there again. It's a little pricey but probably the best option if you want to be on the beach and within walking distance to the Boardwalk. Great view of the ocean. The service was great, the room was nice and our kids enjoyed the pool while we enjoyed the hot tub. If we stay in Santa Cruz overnight again it will be at Dream Inn.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Cali
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Reviewed 4 April 2013

I found a great deal on travelzoo for my family to travel at spring break to the Dream Inn. We had a great time at a much more affordable cost this trip. It seems that JDV has adjusted the pricing of rooms now to fit a more "family" budget instead of the much higher prices we paid when it first was taken over by them a few years ago.
On this trip there were TONS of little kids. The kiddy pool was cemented in and all the kids are in the pool as well as the hottub.
The food prices are way over priced. Breakfast was not to our expectations for the price. Don't get it. We had $50 per day included in our rate. Go to Ideal Bar and grill down the street for breakfast at more than half the price as room service. We love that place.
I drank at the pool bar, $12 per drink, I happen to see what the bartender was pouring on the second drink and it was cheap vodka. I called her on it and she responded with both vodkas are the same price, uh no. We are talking cheap vs. Stoli, Stoli is still not the vodka I normally drink but it isn't the $4 bottle she was pouring. The bar menu says the bloody mary contained Stoli and she was pouring cheap stuff. If I hadn't called her on it she would have passed off the cheap stuff as Stoli. I rarely drink so when I do spend $12 for a drink on vacation I want what the menu says.
All in all it was a wonderful stay with very good sleep on comfy, clean beds. We were at pool level which we prefer.
I would have rated the hotel higher had the food and drink been better.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Sean H, Guest Relations Manager at Dream Inn, responded to this review, 13 April 2013
Thank you for your feedback. We wish to provide only the best in service and amenities, and I would like to apologize if we fell short in delivering that experience to you. Please do not hesistate to contact me directly at the hotel if you have any additional feedback to share. Thank you, and we hope to exceed your expectations on a future stay.
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Property: Dream Inn
Address: 175 W. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5438 (Formerly Coast Santa Cruz Hotel)
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Region: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Santa Cruz
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Cruz
#5 Romantic Hotel in Santa Cruz
#7 Family Hotel in Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Dream Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 165
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A fun culmination between the beach and the slightly offbeat town of Santa Cruz, the Dream Inn is the ideal destination for a weekend escape, corporate event, family vacation or a romantic getaway. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Dream Inn, a Joie De Vivre Hotel Hotel Santa Cruz
Dream Hotel Santa Cruz
Coast Santa Cruz Hotel

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