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Sea & Sand Inn
Ranked #1 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 September 2011

We stayed in the studio room which came with a private patio and hot tub outside. It was an amazing view of the ocean, wharf and boardwalk. We kept the slider open all night and could hear the waves and sea lions. Great play to stay!

  • Stayed: September 2011
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1  Thank Tamlbrook
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Reviewed 12 August 2011

We love this hotel. It is cozy, well kept, and the location is perfect. We have stayed there twice. The first time we came it was February mid winter. . . windy, wet and cold with periods of sun and we loved it. We stayed two nights, though we had only planned one night.
The second time we came in the summer for our 30th Wedding Anniversary. Quite a bit pricier, but lovely for a special occasion. Our room was clean, quiet, comfortable. We always enjoy Santa Cruz, but especially with the lovely patio out front. For one night, we can imagine how amazing it would be to live on the ocean! It was fabulous. We will be back.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank macmaniacmom
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Reviewed 11 August 2011

Awesome views beautiful location. friendly staff. Definitely be back!

  • Stayed: April 2011
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Reviewed 9 August 2011

We stayed one-night at the Sea and Sand on a last minute getaway to Santa Cruz in Aug 2011. The Inn was booked solid that weekend but if could have extended our stay we would have. We stayed in a Deluxe King, which was very spacious and more than enough room for me, my husband and our 16-month old son. The location is perfect. All rooms are oceanfront and it is so nice to go to sleep and wake up to the sound of the crashing waves. The property is close enough to walk to the Boardwalk but not so close that you are in the middle of it all. The pictures on the website really don't do the Inn justice. Our room was far nicer that I expected. My only complaint is that the shower was a walk-in shower without a tub, which is fine, but water flooded the bathroom which is quite dangerous. My son walked in to the bathroom and fell pretty hard due to slipping on a puddle.

We will definitely be back to the Sea and Sand. The service was great, friendly and helpful. The complimentary breakfast was nice and you can't beat the location. Such a special place.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

My son and I stayed here one night while visiting the University of Santa Cruz. The hotel was so charming. It looks a little like something from the 1950's on the exterior, but the rooms themselves are very clean and updated. The bed was super comfortable and the mattress looked brand new. There isn't any air conditioning in any of the rooms. The only time this was a problem was for an hour or so after checking in at 3:00 in the hottest part of the day. With the windows open we were lulled to sleep by the sound of the ocean. We also enjoyed the free "bed and breakfast" style continental breakfast in the morning. The only negative might be the availability of parking and the shortage at the front desk at peak hours.....3-6. Only one staffer to answer the phone, check in guests and handle phone reservations. Overall, I would still highly recommend this hotel and would stay again.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank divemomAustin
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

Wonderful little hotel, great staff, lovely breakfast in the morning, wine, cheese and crackers at night, free parking and the view is fantastic! Extremely clean and shiny bathrooms too. We love the Sea & Sand Inn and will be back each time we go to Santa Cruz! This is truly a great hotel deal compared to others in the area that don't offer as much and their staff isn't nearly as nice and friendly. The casual atmosphere here is really appreciated.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 July 2011

I, frankly, cannot understand all the exceedingly favorable reviews about this hotel. Maybe they are from people not used to travelling a lot, or maybe like one reviewer said, it's because someone proposed to them here. The hotel itself does not deserve the "excellent" status atributed to it. It is just your plain vanilla Days Inn like type of room priced twice or three times as much. And lacking the basics: our room had no coffee maker, no refrigerator, and the TV was a joke (about 30 years old). Maybe other rooms in the second floor are better, I did not check. But in the ground floor you get two sets of windows on opposite ends of the room. One of them open directly to the sidewalk at Cliff Dr. right at level with people's heads passing by ... the other open to the so called terrace - except that this terrace is also the walkway for people coming from and to their rooms, so I don't know how could other reviewers suggest to sleep with windows open.
And the claim about every room having an ocean view becomes useless due to the above. I would rather enjoy the very same view from Cliff Dr. for free and then pay a third of the price, if I were to stay at this hotel. Definitely not worth it.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Sea & Sand Inn

Address: 201 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-6144
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Region: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Beach Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Cruz
#2 Family Hotel in Santa Cruz
#3 Romantic Hotel in Santa Cruz
Price Range: £119 - £210 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sea & Sand Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The ocean-front Sea & Sand Inn has always been popular with savvy out-of-towners, but a major renovation in 2009 has added a whole new “wow” factor. Three new luxury king spa rooms with ocean view balconies were added; two spacious family cottages with private hot tubs and three other spa rooms were also upgraded. All 22 rooms have a fantastic ocean front view of sparkling Monterey Bay. ... more   less 
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