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Ocean Echo Inn & Beach Cottages
Ranked #2 of 15 Santa Cruz B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Missing this lovely place”
Reviewed 22 August 2014

We stayed four nights in a cottage with King bed and loved it. Pretty decor, great bed. On a great little beach. Betty and Mark were kind and unobtrusive. Great to have a wee kitchen of our own and breakfast basics supplied.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank JCRNZ
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Betty S, Manager at Ocean Echo Inn & Beach Cottages, responded to this review, 4 September 2014
We're missing you as well! See you next time you're on this side of the world!
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Sonoma, California, United States
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2014

We stayed in the Water Tower, Unit 10, which suited my husband, my dog, and me just fine. It was located apart from the other units and had a small fenced yard which was perfect for our pet. The location is probably the best feature - half a block from dog friendly Sunny Cove Beach. It's also a short drive to Moe's Alley or Capitola for night time music. We enjoyed the continental breakfast as well as the televisions in the living room and the bedroom. The bed was comfortable. Staff was friendly and welcoming. We would love to return.

Room Tip: This is a good choice for visitors with a pet because of the separate fenced yard.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Loretta C
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Betty S, Manager at Ocean Echo Inn & Beach Cottages, responded to this review, 4 September 2014
Thanks for staying with us! We've been doing some upgrading to Cottage 10 - we've installed a new fence and artificial grass - so now the grass is always green! See you next time!
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Cairns, Australia
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42 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2014

My wife and I stayed here for one week and during that time we were very well treated by the couple that manages and conserves the place clean and pleasant.
The place is comfortable and decorated in a familar and way. Is also very weel located and close to everything you need to have a enjoyable and relaxing stay. We strongly recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: The water tower is as excelent choice
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank CarlosJunior_4763
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Betty S, Manager at Ocean Echo Inn & Beach Cottages, responded to this review, 4 September 2014
Glad you had a great time! We've actually done some remodeling to the Water Tower - you'll have to come back and see what we've done!
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New York City, New York
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307 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2014

The good thing about this place is that their is a small beach right by the hotel. The 2 folks operating this establishment are the 2 sweetest people in the world. I love them. They were so helpful and friendly. The room was clean. If you are staying here, please stay in room 8 10 or 12. 12 was amazing for us. They have renovated these rooms. That is the key. The other rooms in the establishment are very very old and needs to be remodelled bad.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank nadro2010
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Betty S, Manager at Ocean Echo Inn & Beach Cottages, responded to this review, 4 September 2014
Thanks for staying with us! We are continuing to remodel our rooms - glad you liked the ones we've completed! Cottage 12 is a favorite - that view is fantastic!!! See you next time!
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Walnut Creek, California
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2014

We really enjoyed our stay. We were in a newly remolded studio style room.

The pro's:
Very friendly managers.
Nice little breakfast choices yogurt , coffee, bagels, tea and doughnuts!
Walk to the beach two minutes.
VERY clean beach yes there are bits of the fire pits from the night befor.
However, NO TRASH or Dog poop.
Full mini kitchen. 4 burner gas stove, dishes, frigd, microwave , coffee maker
Our room had a Jacuzzi Bath tub.
Clean and simple nice break from busy life in the city
Uber drivers are about 10 min away to take you to the Boardwalk
Short walk along the cliff to a larger beach ( lots of mini tide pools)
Dog friendly ( we will be back with our dog.)
A few blocks to a small shopping center to get food and wine to make a nice snack
outside shower by the stairs to wash off beach sand.

Con's:
only 2 ply Toilet paper!!


I was really happy the beach was SO CLOSE!! It was like a privet beach. Not too small. only locals seemed to be there. At night there are fire pits allowed until 10pm. Friendly beach people and their dogs. Far enough away from the Boardwalk so it is quiet. Not a lot of tourists noise. Close to a great place to get brunch with the locals!

Remember UBER can take you anywhere!! well worth it to go down town have a few drinks and a safe ride back after dinner

In closing, if you are looking to get away from the noise and traffic stay here!
Take a walk to the cove and listen to the waves. Turn off your phone, computer, and mind and relax!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank brokenlizzy
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Betty S, Manager at Ocean Echo Inn & Beach Cottages, responded to this review, 4 September 2014
We can't wait to see you again! Thanks for telling us about Uber - that is new to us. By the way . . . we have upgraded our toilet paper!!!
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SF Bay Area, CA
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18 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2014

Our studio was remodeled, well appointed, clean and comfortable. I'm gathering they are updating the place so it's worth asking about the state of each room/cabin. Some units I believe have a bit of an ocean view and some are dog friendly (adjacent Long Beach is dog friendly). Breakfast is a little weak as is the TP! Location is hard to beat since it's steps away from the beach. FWIW, the place is an $8 Uber ride away from the Boardwalk and downtown.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank slrossi
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Betty S, Manager at Ocean Echo Inn & Beach Cottages, responded to this review, 4 September 2014
So glad you enjoyed your stay. Now that our busy season is over, we are continuing our remodel efforts - see you next time!
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East Rockaway, New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 July 2014

Usually the term 'motel' fills me with dread. This place was a pleasant exception to the rule.

Owners are really friendly, rooms are cute and cozy. There are multiple patios to just sit and lounge, and table tennis out front.

Ample parking, close to everything, and a stones throw from the beach! The only downside is that the interior of our room was a bit outdated, particularly the bathroom. I am usually a bit of a snob, but it would not deter me from coming back.

  • Stayed July 2014
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1 Thank Alex A
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Betty S, Manager at Ocean Echo Inn & Beach Cottages, responded to this review, 4 September 2014
Thanks for staying with us! See you next time.
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Property: Ocean Echo Inn & Beach Cottages
Address: 401 Johans Beach Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Region: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ocean Echo Inn & Beach Cottages 3.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A hidden gem with direct access to the beach at Sunny Cove, a favorite local beach between Santa Cruz and Capitola! This property has a private and charming location with quaint rooms and cottages where you can spend the day on your romantic getaway, enjoy fun family events, eat at great local restaurants, then return to the soothing sound of the ocean waves. Some units have fully-equipped kitchens, ocean views & private decks. Some units are dog-friendly. Short walk to restaurants & yacht harbor. Free continental breakfast, free parking & free WiFi. ... more   less 
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