I am always blown away by how much hotels in Santa Cruz cost. I have stayed at a brand-new Intercontinental in Monterey, a lovely Kimpton property in San Francisco, and at the Beacon Hotel on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for about what a plain-old outdated motel in Santa Cruz costs. But we need to go there about once a year for some kind of sporting event and this is the place my sister-in-law booked. so, even though our Saturday night room was $188 with taxes, it was perfectly fine. Good location a couple of blocks from the boardwalk (seedy neighborhood? OK, well, I'm not sure where the tony neighborhoods are in SC, but I guarantee they aren't within walking distance of the Boardwalk. I went for a run at 7 am by myself and I'm a woman - no seeds bothered me.)
The hotel has plenty of parking and is easy to get to. Our second floor room was very large, had a small balcony, a view of pool, and was dated, but clean. We had a adjoining room with my husband's sister, who had a small dog. She was not given a yucky dirty room because she had a dog - her room was just like ours. The front desk staff was extremely friendly and helpful. They had a make-your-own waffle breakfast station with bagels and cereal, pastries and juice. As always, bring your own coffee, cream and real maple syrup. This is a must no matter where you stay. They also have a little grassy area where families can barbecue.
The property is definitely dated. The pool is smallish and there are two very eighties-style jacuzzi tubs with the old cracked blue tile (3 people max) but they were hot, clean and had awesome jets. The tiny glass elevator is slooooow so we usually took the stairs. There is a very groovy fountain-waterfall-pool thingy that just looks very much like something someone on Jersey Shores would have installed in the late-seventies. Cute and pretty water noises, but completely useless. The beds had those scratchy polyester coverlets, the mini-blinds were bent and our bathroom was awaiting new paint (they had primer up in sections.) The bathtub plug did not seal well and since I had tape on my foot I needed to take a bath instead of a shower - felt bad running water down the drain for something that a plumber could easily fix (manager - room 118 - fix the tub plug). One of the bulbs in the bathroom was out.
The most obvious area that needs to be addressed is the lack of outlets. There was one outlet between the beds that was in use by the lamps and the clock. Sis ended up unplugging her clock so she could play her iPod. One in the bathroom, in use by the hairdryer - so I plugged my phone in there but water and phones don't mix so it was dicey. The only other outlet was behind the bureau and had a multi-plug strip that was full with TV, lamp and coffeemaker - but the coffee cord was too short and we had to put the coffeemaker on the floor to get it to reach. I know this will be an expensive fix for the owner, but with everyone needing to charge their phones and other accessories these days, you have got to provide outlets.
There was a TV, I think it was small and not-flat-screen - I don't watch TV on vacation usually so I didn't notice it.
We had a nice swim at the pool and got out just in time...unfortunately there was a kids' soccer tourney in town, as well as a cheer contest, so we got to hear Marco! POLO! over and over again until about nine at night. The pool closes at ten but some of the parents were partying a bit in their rooms with the doors open (I guess the kids had separate rooms and they wanted to be available for them) so I finally had to go across the hall and ask them to please close their doors as we had to be up at five. Everyone was nice and as soon as the doors were closed the sound was good, pretty quiet for a motel. They all seemed to be having a good time.
Personally, I will not stay at this hotel again, but only because the location doesn't work for the events we go to SC for: triathlon and marathon. We need to be on the other side of the river closer to the start. My sister-in-law, however, loves the place because they are pet-friendly and her silly 4-pound rat terrier can wander around the pool deck and no one cares. (No one can see him, he's so small. He did find popcorn under the bed - note to maids: vacuum under the beds!). But it is a very nice family place, low-key and clean and friendly.
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- Also Known As:
- Days Inn And Suites Santa Cruz Hotel Santa Cruz
- Santa Cruz Beach Hotel
- Santa Cruz Beach Inn