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“Good pop for your buck”
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Continental Inn
Ranked #21 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Novato, California
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Good pop for your buck”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Continental Inn probably sets the bar for best of the budget-friendly inns/motels in Santa Cruz. The "excellent" rating I am giving Continental Inn is in comparison to other two-star hotels in Santa Cruz.

Pros: friendly service, fast Wi-Fi, and free breakfast with a waffle maker! In regard to the room, it is clean and modern (wood paneled floors was a plus). The in-room coffee is above-average. The A/C works well.

Cons: room windows are bolted shut, so it's difficult to air out your room unless you turn on the a/c, which can be a hassle during colder days. The bed, while new, was slightly uncomfortable.

Room Tip: Request a room in the annex building (which is a part of the Continental Inn) across the street. The...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

We stayed at the Continental Inn for two nights in July of 2014. We chose it for the price; it was clean and worked out fine. The continental breakfast was a nice perk, but there is very little seating and only one waffle maker for many guests. The rooms have been renovated; they have laminate hardwood floors which is nice because there's no sandy carpeting. The beds are large and comfortable. The rooms are small but for the price, they're not bad. We were a little fooled by the hot tub and pool, though, and if you're considering this hotel, you should know that up front. The hot tub is located in a corner of the parking lot jammed in by a portable storage unit. There were dead flowers in a flower box that were probably supposed to make you forget you are relaxing in the parking lot. Didn't work. The pool is located in the annex which was across the street. It is much smaller than the hotel website's picture conveys; it was dirty and unusable. You have to drive to the boardwalk; it would be quite a long walk.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Woodside, California
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

We stayed at the Continental Inn one evening while in the area for the "Wharf to Wharf" annual race in Santa Cruz. The staff was nice, the room was small, the free breakfast was nice.... All in all, not too bad. But the price was jacked up beyond reason for the big crowd in town that weekend - $300+ taxes was outrageous for this "inn" that would normally be I the range of $100!!!

My wife was a bit freaked out when she went to bed and found the sheets sandy. Ok, I get it we are near the beach, but this is supposed to be a freshly made bed !!! Yikes!

Room Tip: One side of the hotel faces the parking lot. The other is a "backside" that is sort of lik...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

I was referred to this hotel by a friend and had a great experience. The hotel is seems brand new! Very clean and comfortable. I have recently been traveling to Santa Cruz every weekend for two months now. I have stayed at multiple hotels in the area and called about every one of them. Continental Inn is for sure the best bang for your buck. Plus checkout isn't until 12:00 ( I'm pretty sure at least).

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sacramento, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

I was very pleasantly surprised. We arrived 4 hours before check in, they said I could park my car and go enjoy the boardwalk. Checking as at 3pm. So off we went headed to the boardwalk. Be aware it is a one mile walk to get to the boardwalk about a solid 25-30minutes. We went back at 3pm to check in and were extremely happy with the room. 2 queen beds, wood floors, all done in cherry wood. Nice big flat screen tv, our room was on the 2nd floor overlooking the street, but was very quiet. Black out curtains and newly do e plantation blinds, refrigerator, and kurig coffee maker in room. Very nice and modern. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We liked it a lot and will stay again next time.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Santa Cruz, California
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Big remodel, recessed lights, designer paint schemes, NEW beds (OH YEAH) , new lamps, flat screens. Not a motel anymore---feels more like an inn or hotel. The annex building is my favorite and like the title says---all new..
I noted some recent reviews regarding rude management (TOTAL NONSENSE)---small rooms, yeah, smaller on the office side but very clean and elegant furnishings throughout the hotel. High prices---well, yes, in the summer high but it is Santa Cruz and taxes for hotels are high. The ranting review by Dana C. sounds more like a spoiled whiner from a malcontent than a honest review. The beach is not far away as Dana states. It's a ten minute walk. Downtown is 5 minutes. Reading Dana's review makes me think she has her motels mixed up.
The wi-fi works great, breakfast is good and above all--the place is clean. Best value for your money.

Room Tip: The annex has the big rooms, new remodel
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Santa Cruz
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2014

The cons about this hotel are that in the room that we booked we wanted to call and ask the front desk what the wifi passcode was and I notice the phone doesn't work and the button for front desk was crossed out with pen. Also the tv in the second room we had was one of the old curved tvs. Other than that the hotel is ok. The pros about the hotel is, first they have free breakfast, they have a pool, and to my surprise they had the new keureg coffee machine. (Not sure if I spelled keureg right) I liked the fact that the pools were heated.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Additional Information about Continental Inn

Property: Continental Inn
Address: 414 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4636
Region: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Continental Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Continental Inn is an affordably elegant hotel in the heart of Santa Cruz, just minutes from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Municipal Wharf and just a short walk to the downtown area. Business and leisure travelers alike appreciate the amenities of our hotel. For comfort, convenience and quality service, the Continental Inn is your choice when visiting Santa Cruz. ... more   less 
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