The Dream Inn is an interesting hotel. It seems confused sometimes on what it wants to be. Does it want to be a full 4 star hotel, or a rambunctious family hotel or a romantic getaway or a funky quirky hotel. They seem to try to do all of those things but some fall a little short.
The hotel is funky, with a fun interiors, our room was comfortable and colorful. Everyroom has a terrific view of the bay and of the Santa Cruz municipal wharf. We also could see the boardwalk amusement park. View was hands down the greatest thing.
This is an expensive place to stay, but you are paying for the location and view, not necessarily the service. There were a lot of families, which is fine with us, the pool however can get very busy and very overrun with kids. The services falls a little flat starting with your car. It is very confusing and chaotic when you pull up. There were cars parked every which way and people running around with no idea on what they are doing. But once that was taken care of things got better. The other very strange thing was the pool. They have a pool attendant, however they were hardly ever there. They were always out of pool towels and even when we asked the front desk they said they would drop some off, they never did.
The restaurant was okay, the drinks were fun and seasonal and expensive, but it was nice. the food was good and our breakfast was terrific.
You have to pay for parking, which was expected, it is 25.00 a day. all in all it was a fun trip. There are lots of family's which was fun, but can be overwhelming if you want it more quiet and romantic. The beach is literally steps away and the view was worth it all.
There is a near by trolley that runs in the summer that takes you down town. it is 25 cents one way. It was very easy to get downtown to eat and shop then return to the beach for the rest of the day.
- 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