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“Staff is first rate”
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Seaway Inn
Ranked #11 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 January 2014

I want to recognize the staff of the Seaway Inn. They are really great! The property is really clean, and in a nice location, but the staff really make you feel like a truly appreciated person not just a "hotel guest." Stephanie, the inn manager, makes a real effort to be a great leader. Robert and Hailey were also good to us. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled on business
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BeachGazer176, General Manager at Seaway Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2014

Thank you for your review. I am happy to hear that my staff, and myself, were as accommodating as can be, during your stay. We very much look forward to seeing you again. Aloha!

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Reviewed 8 January 2014

Santa Cruz lodging is pricey. We love the Seaway Inn for it's proximity to downtown, the wharf, the Boardwalk, Steamer Lane and Wast Cliff Drive - they're all walkable! Our suite would have slept 5 or 6; it was very large and comfortable. The breakfasts offer variety and the coffee's not bad. There's waffles and deluxe pastries on the weekends but there's always yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, cereal, oatmeal and fruit.
It's $110 cheaper than the Dream Inn across the street - the trick is to pick a view room. Ours was over the office and had the BEST view - see pic.
Minuses - stairs to the second level and parking is tight. If they run out you park in the lot next door and get validated at the Dream Inn - kind of a hassle.
Overall, I think it's one of the best deals in Santa Cruz.

Room Tip: Room 221 is over the office and awesome. Rooms 227-230 look directly out at the Boardwalk and the b...
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank RushCubFan
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BeachGazer176, General Manager at Seaway Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2014

Thank you for your review of our property. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the accommodations. Unfortunately, you are correct about our parking situation, as we do have 4 less spots than guest rooms, but luckily, the Dream Inn does allow us to use their parking lot as overflow, when we fill up. We would love to see you again, should you be in our area.

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Reviewed 19 October 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights in October and really enjoyed Santa Cruz. The staff were helpful enough and the room was a good size and very clean. The wifi was great and is free! The complimentary breakfast was great and there was a excellent choice.

The location is great as it is only a 2 min walk to the beach and boardwalk and you can walk to downtown Santa Cruz in 5 mins.

We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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BeachGazer176, General Manager at Seaway Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2013

Thank you for your review of our property. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed all of the amenities, that we had to offer, as well as our location. We very much look forward to seeing you again, should you be in our area.

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Reviewed 20 August 2013

We were traveling from Napa to Big Sur and stayed here. It was a nice motel. The staff was very helpful. There was plenty of parking. The location was fabulous. The breakfast was good. Loved the pier and the walks along the bluffs. And it is true!!! Santa Cruz does light up the beach with their own fireworks!! I was impressed! Get your reservations early.

Room Tip: Our room was on the second floor.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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BeachGazer176, General Manager at Seaway Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2013

Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your July 4th holiday with us, this year, and hope to see you again!

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Reviewed 16 August 2013

This motel had tired rooms but the breakfast area and selection was very good. Think twice about booking if reliable Wifi is a high priority. Overall comfortable but quirky in places. For example, you had to ask for a hair dryer from reception if you needed to use one. Great location for the pier and boardwalk.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Pinecones_hill
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BeachGazer176, General Manager at Seaway Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2013

Thank you for your review of our property. We have contacted you in regards to the WI FI issue and thank you for the reply. Hope to see you again in the future!

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Reviewed 22 July 2013

We were here for a wedding, so this may have been a "busy" weekend, but the cost of almost $300 per night was WAY too much for this room. We rented the "family" room since there were four adults and it was their last available room, but basically it was one cramped small room barely big enough for the two beds, and a "main" room with a futon, which was small and oddly laid out as well - there was really not much common space, and no table, just a desk. In other words, there's not a lot of space to BE when you aren't in your bed! One of the two main lights did not work, so it was dark as well, as the windows were small and high. Every time we asked for something - ice, extra towels - they asked us WHY we wanted it, as if they're used to abusive guests!

On the other hand, it was very clean, and they have done what they can to make it nice with flowers, deck chairs (chained down, beware they don't move!), and little touches such as starfish drawer pulls that were cute. Parking was not an issue. Also, it really is VERY close to the boardwalk, and the trolley stop to downtown. And the breakfast was nice. But for the cost, it was not worth it.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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BeachGazer176, General Manager at Seaway Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2013

Thank you for your review of our property on Trip Advisor.
I was disturbed to hear that one of your lights didn't work and that we were unable to assist you with that, as that particular light was more than likely controlled by the switch, on the wall, and the person at the desk should have provided you with that information.
We do have tables and chairs in all of our rooms, yours would have been on the side with the two queen beds, again due to the size of the room, it is difficult to fit a lot of furniture.
We feel that our rates are very competitively priced, considering that we are in peak season, our location, and the amenities that we have to offer, but do respect your opinion, in regards to the size of the room and not feeling that you received your moneys worth.
We hope that you enjoyed Santa Cruz, and would love to see you again, should you be in our area.

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Reviewed 2 July 2013 via mobile

Clean, friendly, value for money. Exellent location. Free high speed internet. Check in process quick and convenient. Will definitely recommend. Also free parking and lovely waffles included in the free breakfast. Thank you.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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BeachGazer176, General Manager at Seaway Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2013

Thanks for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the waffles, they are quite popular with most of our guests! We hope to see you the next time you happen to be in Santa Cruz.

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Additional Information about Seaway Inn

Address: 176 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5440
Region: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Price Range: £67 - £200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Seaway Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Seaway Inn is a charming Santa Cruz hotel perched on a hillside overlooking the gorgeous Monterey Bay. It has all the warmth and coziness of a classic beach hotel with a full array of modern amenities. It is just a short walk to family fun at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, world-class surfing at Steamer Lane, fine dining at the Municipal Wharf, and unique shops and entertainment in bustling Downtown Santa Cruz. ... more   less 
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