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“BEST place to stay in Santa Cruz, CA”
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Dream Inn
Ranked #2 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 April 2014

My husband and I just spend two days at the Dream Inn celebrating my husband’s birthday. I think this is our third time here and it seems that service keeps getting better and better. We LOVE the fact that all rooms are ocean front with a balcony. The sound of waves crashing oh that is just wonderful. However, the cherry on top is the staff. Everywhere you go if you encounter a staff member they always greet you with a nice smile. This time around there was a very special staff member that made our stay outstanding and her name is Jenifer and she works at the front desk. I called a few days before our arrival asking for help on how to surprise my husband with chilled beers. Jennifer answered the phone when I called and she said she was not sure how to handle my request as she was not sure if it would be handled by room service or front desk but that she would find out. I asked that the beer would be something local or imported; she said she would find out and get back to me. A few hours later I received a call from Jennifer and she said that the restaurant did not have any local beer so she went to the nearest liquor store to see if she could find any local beer but could not find any so she bought an assortment of exotic beer and it would be ready when we check in. Sure enough we checked in and a few minutes after we arrived in our room the chilled beer was delivered. My husband enjoyed the surprise. Thank you Jennifer for going above and beyond and making our stay extra special. We can’t wait to return!! This hotels is one of our favorites.

Room Tip: If possible get a cloud suite they are on 8-10 floor. You'll get a great views.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

Starting with the entrance and lobby, I was somewhat underwhelmed given the nightly rate. The tower suite was very spacious with eclectic furnishings, some attractive, some distracting, especially the artwork. Loved the updated bathroom. The bedroom is a huge, tasteful environment with a balcony view of the beach and nearby boardwalk. There was a refrigerator, wonderful coffee maker but no microwave. ONE microwave available for all on the 4th floor but be sure to take wet towels to clean it out before adding your food. Nothing there to do so and it was grungy.
Parking at $24 per day can be beaten by some planning and use of public meters located along the street just around the corner towards the beach and at beach front. Parking at meters is FREE from 8pm to 10 am each day. We left for breakfast, went on excursions then returned later in the afternoon and parked for 2 hour increments (1.50 per hour for first 2 hours; the rate doubles after 2 hours) returning to begin a new 2 hour cycle until 8 pm.
The Picnic Basket was our favorite restaurant.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

I loved this hotel! Rooms are clean, and the location is perfect! The hotel is located on Cowell Beach. Every room has a balcony with a small table and a couple chairs to just relax and stare out to the ocean. Free WIFI! The price is a bit high but it is WELL WORTH IT! It's within walking distance to the Municipal Pier where there are tons of shops and restaurants. You can even drive and park right on the pier. Room service is also available. Every room has a hangar card with which to choose breakfast items for the following morning. I ordered breakfast this way and it came at the time I requested and the food was still hot. The staff was extremely pleasant. I don't have a bad thing to say about this place. I highly recomend this hotel!!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Leesees
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Reviewed 23 March 2014 via mobile

You will be paying a premium price but you will be at the best, cleanest and sweetest hotel in Santa Cruz.
I have been to this hotel about 30 times throughout the past 25 years and it has never disappointed me.

For all you people that left negative reviews, go somewhere else, pay less, then when it's not as good maybe you will see why.

Stayed: March 2014
Thank JayMel86
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Reviewed 21 March 2014

If you like the ocean, the location of the Dream Inn is just perfect. This is a great place to decompress and relax. My lower level room was very comfortable and offered a prime view of the beach. Due to the way Santa Cruz is situated on the coast, you will have the opportunity to watch a beautiful sunrise over the Pacific Ocean. California is not only for sunsets!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

The building looks like it was once an older motel that was then renovated into a tastefully modern yet retro beach hotel. I was on the 7th floor with a view out over the beach and water. Room was a good nice though bathroom was a tad cramped. I didn't get a chance to use it but there is a terrace with a pool and a hot tub on the first floor facing the beach. I'd come again if I was staying in Santa Cruz.

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Reviewed 16 March 2014

Nice modern decor, bright, great view of the pier, no room-to-room noise, overlooks the pier wich has a lot to offer; stores, fishing, sea lions, etc. Parking was exorbitant for the area, $24. Checkin/Check-out not so smooth, needs work.

Room Tip: High room for sure for the view and no beach noise.
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Additional Information about 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: £165 - £328 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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