My 16 year-old son and I spent one night at the Hampton Inn Santa Cruz near the end of our San Francisco vacation. We wanted to spend a night at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk before heading to Big Sur in the morning.
The room is conveniently located at the Route 1 / Route 17 junction. It was easy to find. We returned from the Boardwalk close to midnight and found no available parking spots. The front desk clerk advised us to park on the street at the side of the hotel. Leaving my rental car on the street was not a comforting feeling. The front desk blamed the adjacent Denny's for the lack of parking spots. From looking at the signs put up in both parking lots it appears that Denny's and the Hampton are in a constant war over parking spaces.
The next morning I walked through the parking lot counting spaces - at best I got to 37 spaces counting a few areas that probably weren't spots. At least half of these spots were handicapped or 'compact car only" parking spots. Cars were parked near the entrance and in other spots that probably should be fire lanes. We were parked behind a truck on the side street. I am not sure how a hotel gets built with more rooms than parking spaces.
Other than the parking issues, this is a standard Hampton - comfortable beds, nice sized rooms, mininimal traffic noise, one very slow elevator. The front desk staff at check in (the afteroon shift) was very helpful with directions to the Boardwalk.
I am a Hampton guy - I have used Hilton Honors points to stay at Hamptons and look to Hamptons and Hilton Garden Inns as my first choices when possible. That being said, I would never stay here again - the parking situation just overrides everything else. Our rate here was only $30 per night less than the Omni in San Francisco and only $10 less the Hard Rock in San Diego - and we got far less.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Hampton Inn Santa Cruz, a captivating California coast hotel. Treat yourself to our lovely retreat located near everything you'd ever need to make your visit the best it can be. Delight in superb sandy beaches, fascinating local history, out-of-this-world attractions and exceptionally fine dining. Experience a veritable vacation paradise in Santa Cruz. Our hospitable hotel puts you in perfect proximity to the beach, boardwalk and dozens of amazing attractions less than 2 miles away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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