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Babbling Brook Inn
Ranked #1 of 15 Santa Cruz B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 June 2014

This Inn has very nice people who are quite helpful.
It is located on a busy street so the "quiet ambiance" is only if you have a room off the street side.
Some of the rooms look onto others.
The rooms are cleverly designed, but small, and some bathrooms are small enough that a regular door is not on.
The breakfast was good and nicely served.
It is reasonably well located for walking into the main part of town or to the pier and amusement park area, if you like a hike, which we do.
We found it to be really rather expensive for what it is and the per square foot cost is way up there.

Room Tip: Ask for a quiet and upstairs room
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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FelinaSmith, Operations Manager at Babbling Brook Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2014

Thank you for sharing your experience at the Babbling Brook Inn.
I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed our breakfast service and thank you very much for your kind words regarding our staff. We do truly enjoy the time we spend with our guests.

While it’s true that our historic inn has some cozy rooms, I’m pleased to say that we do have some larger, more spacious rooms. We also have some rooms that have been recently updated, with more to come in the near future.

I hope that we can welcome you back to the Babbling Brook at some point in the future to enjoy our improvements and make the most of our charming inn.

Warm Regards,
Felina Smith
Operations Manager

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

We stayed for two nights, what a find! All the staff were wonderful, we were able to chat with them and felt that they were interested in what we had to say; they made the visit for us. The happy hour drinks and nibbles were fantastic, breakfast was cooked to order and there was plenty to eat. Our room was so lovely, with floor to ceiling window overlooking the garden. The staff supplied us with lots of information about restaurants and places to visit. Although located on a busy road, we were not impacted by noise. Excellent hotel, great staff, thoroughly recommended

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Hugh P
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

The inn has a wonderful, peaceful ambiance and feels like a secluded retreat inside the city. The staff is super friendly and helpful, and the breakfasts and wine and cheese hour are nicely done. The room was so warm and inviting, and the small touches from housekeeping make it feel like your coming home after a day venturing out in Santa Cruz. Great stay!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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1  Thank Sunshine363
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

This was a real gem that we just stumbled across whilst looking for a one night stop over in Santa Cruz. It was so welcoming and the rooms are little wooden houses scattered around the gardens. It's just paradise. The breakfast was fantastic and the fire was roaring in the lounge. All just lovely. Each room has a patio area where you can take your breakfast if you wish or you can sit in any of the garden areas. It's just a short hop to all the restaurants and the beach but tucked away for a bit of paradise. And you can make your own cup of tea in reception whenever you want - this was my first decent cup of tea since leaving England!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

The setting of the Babbling Brook is beautiful and relaxing. The grounds are so lovely and well maintained and do a great job of masking the busy street where the Inn is located. It is also well situated to whatever you may want to do in Santa Cruz including walking distance to downtown. Our room was beautiful so even though it was small we didn't feel cramped. If the weather had been better we could have gone out on our small deck that included the water wheel and the lovely sound of running water. The breakfast was good but not outstanding and is served in a very pretty room. We stayed three nights and encountered three different people on the front desk. One was very friendly and helpful, one was helpful but not very friendly and one was surly. We would stay again.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank nwtraveler64
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

The Babbling Brook Inn is infused with an ambiance of peaceful serenity. Its grounds are lush with of foliage, giving it a distinct sense of seclusion. We stayed in a room called the Contessa, which featured two large feather beds, and a cozy gas fireplace that was flanked on either side by shelves that held am impressive array of books. Sam, our gracious concierge, greeted us with delicious homemade cookies at check in, and we found Sweet Dreams chocolates resting on soft throws on our beds. Each evening, we were invited to enjoy to self-serve wine and ample assorted hors d'oeuvres in the parlor, where the hearth seemed always to be aglow. The breakfasts were delectable and filling. One morning, Sam served us generous portions of quiche, the next morning we woke up to perfect waffles, and both were beautifully presented. Self serve fruit, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, orange juice, cereals, and etc., rounded out our morning meals. We spent much of our time there playing games in the living room, conversing with other guests, reading and relaxing, with occasional excursions into downtown Santa Cruz. All in all, we could not have picked a better inn for our family getaway.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

We chose this hotel online at the last minute, and we were very pleasantly surprised. Smart and friendly staff. Good breakfast. Very nice rooms. Near everything in Santa Cruz city, but calm and cool surroundings. The "babbling brook" is not just the name!

Room Tip: Both rooms that we had were beautiful and spacious.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Babbling Brook Inn

Address: 1025 Laurel St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4237
Region: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Cruz
Price Range: £155 - £232 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Babbling Brook Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This historic bed and breakfast offers 13 guestrooms, each with cozy feather beds and private baths, and many include fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Delight in sumptuous fresh-baked cookies upon arrival, and join us in the 90-year old main house each day for a homemade breakfast, and afternoon wine and cheese service. The Babbling Brook Inn is a romantic oasis, offering a unique and rustic retreat within the vibrant beach side community of Santa Cruz. ... more   less 
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