My daughter (17) and I just got back from Santa Cruz for our annual mother-daughter outing during the Sprint Break where we ended up spending a few nights at the Sea and Sand Inn.
Before our trip, I've checked this hotel out on the Internet and it looked heavenly. OK, the hotel did look a bit "worn" but it was near the beach and it boasted to being walking distance to: beach, restaurants, pier and boardwalk. And this, was good enough for both my daughter and me, so I booked a four night stay. Being the time of the year, I considered myself lucky to have snagged the last room at the Inn. The front desk did inform me that the back part of the hotel was still being renovated, but the construction would only be from Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm. Since our stay was going to be from Thursday night to Monday morning, I was going to book it anyway as my daughter and I can keep ourselves busy during the day hours away from the Inn and not be bothered by the construction noise.
When we arrived at the hotel, it was exactly as it looked in their website. The staff was friendly and accommodating and we instantly loved the physical location of the Inn. As boasted on the website, the Inn did have the unobstructed view of the ocean. Our room was up on the second floor with one Queen bed. We knew that we were going to be sharing a close quarters, but we planned to only be in our room to sleep. The room did look out to the ocean and the sound of rushing surf was music to our ears. From the look of it, the bathroom had been recently updated with a roomy shower with a rimless, thick glass door, updated porcelain sink and toilet.
Up to this point, I must say that the Sea and Sand Inn was everything true to what it boasted on their website.
The problem was the thinness of the walls. I've read in other people's comments about this Inn that the walls were thin, but I was under the impression that this problem was addressed during the Inn's recent renovation. The sound of the surf did drown out the minor noise, but the mere sounds of people talking (and not even loudly) was coming through the walls as though they were in the room with us. We really couldn't complain about the noise to the front desk, as the noise was not due to annoying neighbors playing the music too loud, or rambunctious kids jumping on the beds, or even late night partying by rowdy college kids. The level of noise that made our stay very uncomfortable were all due to people conversing or a neighbor who snored during the night.
By the second night, my daughter was so sleep deprived that she slept from 8 am to 2 pm after other guests had left their rooms to pursuit their day time activities. Another problem arose when she was sleeping, I left the room to go for a morning walk. To allow my daughter to get caught up on her sleep, I left a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door. But when I came back in the room, my daughter said she was woken up several times by the maid's door knocking wanting to know if she wanted the room cleaned. My daughter said the maid came back repeatedly asking the same question even though she told maid that the room did not need to be cleaned. At this poing, my daughter was crying with frustration from not being able to sleep. Perhaps the "Do Not Disturb" sign should be explained more clearly to the maid as to what this means to the customers.
I would highly recommend this hotel for many good reasons: Great location. Great staff. Great continental breakfast. Great views from the room.
But I cannot recommend this Inn for the basic reason that it would be very difficult to get a good night's sleep. If you are a type of person who can drop off to sleep in a wink of an eye and sleep through the night like a dead person, then this place would suit you very nicely. But if you need time to wind down and require a moderate amount of silence to help you get to sleep, then this is certainly not the place to book your vacation get away.
In the end, we only spent two nights at the Inn and decided to go home as we were so exhausted from lack of sleep.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Sea And Sand Hotel Santa Cruz
- Hotel Sea And Sand
- Sea And Sand Inn Santa Cruz