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“Very pleasant stay.”
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The Islander Motel
Ranked #20 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

I stayed here this past week with my three kids, two of whom are teenagers. The room was comfy, if a bit tight, with two queen beds, a mini-fridge, and microwave. I originally booked a room with a king and double bed combination (a mini-suite of sorts), but was told those rooms don't have the fridge/micro and with three kids we really need those! But the room served us well.

The A/C worked well, as did the shower, etc. There wasn't a coffee maker in the room, but there was free coffee in the lobby, as well as a sparse breakfast of toast or cereal. Not a lot, but free, so nothing to complain about. The rates for the room were reasonable, as well, considering the time of year.

My kids loved the pool, which was heated. It's a bit on the old side, needs to be redone -- especially the area around the pool, which was actually a bit painful to walk on due to the pebble-like surface coming loose.

The location was convenient. It's a short drive to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, which was the main draw for my kids, naturally. We parked in the $12 lot, which was expensive, but still cheaper than staying in a motel within walking distance.

The staff at the motel was very friendly and helpful! My son dropped our room key behind the stairs and we could not reach it. The woman working in the front office got a broom and swept it out for us. Ha! She was very nice about it.

Parking is a little tricky. It's a small motel (which appealed to me, actually) and there aren't a lot of parking spaces. Six are in a small "garage," but it's hard to maneuver in there. One night we came back very late and there were two spaces in the garage, both next to the wall. Unfortunately, one car had parked slightly over the line so I couldn't fit there. The other space was next to a very large truck that stuck out so much I couldn't maneuver around it, either! The only other space left was in the main lot, in front of the dumpster, which had a sign that said, "No parking, do not block." I had no choice, however, and just hoped for the best. It worked out fine, thankfully.

But, yes, clean and comfortable room. Peace and quiet. Reasonable price and friendly staff. Coffee and small breakfast. Close to everything. I'd stay there again.

Room Tip: If you need a room with a fridge and microwave, choose the rooms that have two queen beds.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

The room was very dark and small. We almost had to crawl over each other. The room seemed clean.
The air conditioning was very loud. The bathroom, very small also, was not well maintained. There were patched, not sanded and painted over, holes on door and walls. The breakfast was very sparse, in comparison to other comparable motels that I have stayed in. Parking on site is not enough, come early or you'll park on the street. Location is good. Owners were friendly and responsive when I asked for a air freshner for the bathroom. All in all, I don't think that this was a good value for the money.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

Just returned from an overnighter after staying here. Hotel room was immaculate. Bathroom immaculate. About a 15 to 20 minute walk to Boardwalk and Seabright State Beach. Five minute drive to downtown, farmers market, shops and restaurants. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

This is a decent place to stay. The free breakfast was an unexpected treat for a motel and it was simple but really nice to set you up for the day (cereal, toast, OJ and coffee). The hotel is about a 15 minute walk from the Boardwalk which we didn't mind but may be too far for some people. The room was clean and the area was quiet. It was a pleasant two-night stay and I would recommend this place to others. However, don't come for the swimming pool though - it's tiny, right by the road and appears to be in the shade all day!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

Family of 4 spent the night-checked out next morning right before check out time. Parking got real bad in the evening hours. By the time we got back from the Boardwalk-there were no slots left! As for the room...the first thing i did was check for bugs...any kind, especially bed bugs!! Room was clean of these critters. But incase something popped up-I had brought a can of Raid with me. LOL No alarm clock, limited t.v. channels and we could not tap into the wi-fi, horrible t.p. in the bathroom-and the room (i'm sure the other rooms as well) really need some TLC. The baseboards are chipped and scuffed, walls have patches but never painted. Would be go back? If I can't find something that's a bit better-then yes. The parking bit really annoyed my husband.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

Thea Islander is well maintained and a ten minute walk to downtown Santa Cruz. We stay here so that we can walk and avoid the difficult parking around town. The rooms are not large but certainly adequate and most have a frig and microwave.

Room Tip: The first floor is more convenient.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

the islander is the cheapest motel around
66$ double room
the room is super clean and nice, above motel avarage
the lady at the recepetion desk is friendly and helpful
basic breakfast
great experience

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Islander Motel

Address: 522 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-6602
Region: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Price Range: £48 - £169 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Islander Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cleans and Comfortable,2 story with 22 guest rooms that include, 32" flat Screen LCD-HD TV Withe Remote, complimentary continental breakfast, Free Local Calls, All rooms have phone, Free WiFi. High speed Internet access in Room hairdryers. All rooms with Micro fridges. Free parking, Seasonally heated pool and electronic door locks for your security. Located approximately 1 mile from the world famous Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk. We are within walking distance to Downtown Santa Cruz, numerous nightclubs, theaters and shopping at Pacific Garden Mall. Roaring camp, Mystery Spot, The University of California Santa Cruz, the Museum of Art and History and Pasatiempo Golf Course are all nearby. We look forward to making your stay with us the Best Value in Santa Cruz. Sorry No Pets.One car per Room.Parking is limited. Deposited Required. Extra Person $15.00 Per Person No Extra Beds or Crib,Payment will taken upon arrivel,. ... more   less 
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