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“Not fancy but clean, great location.”

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Howard Johnson Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Ranked #41 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Washougal, Washington
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20 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“Not fancy but clean, great location.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

I stayed here for 2 nights and I would stay here again. The location is great,within walking distance to the wharf and boardwalk, we had a nice view of the wharf area with a little deck & chairs for relaxing but it also faced the street. Small fridge and microwave, outdated looking comforter but clean, very clean bathroom, free parking. I had great customer service as they let me park there upon my arrival at 9:00 in the morning, way too early for check in. I went in to ask and when she checked that I was indeed staying there for 2 nights, she said I could park there then check in later. It was great, we enjoyed the wharf and boardwalk all afternoon while we had free parking at the hotel so I do thank them very much for that.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Cary, Nc
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013

Loved the front porch with chairs to relax in and a great view of the ocean and the wharf. Although my room was small, it was just me so it was fine. As a woman traveling alone, even though it was first floor I felt very safe (with no rooms above, so no one walking on your head!). Bathroom was clean and new-ish with great water pressure. Would def stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2013

Great location, walking distance from Lighthouse Field, the wharf, and the Boardwalk - also close to Pacific Garden Mall. Plenty of free parking, wireless Internet actually works - a very nice place overall.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2013 via mobile

Every hotel/motel needs a critical review. The following is based on me and my boyfriends overall experience, for one night in a room with a jacuzzi tub.

This motel has its pros and it cons and I have listed them below.


Pros:
-Free wifi, parking and continental breakfast
-quiet location on top of a hill
-in room safe, fridge and microwave (also very clean)
-flat screen and bottle opener bolted on wall a plus
-hot tub/spa that is open until 10pm
-laundry facility and they sell detergent soap
-spacious room
-comfy couch in the room
-great view of the ocean
-clean and well vacuumed floors
-clean linens (outdated comforter)
-working air conditioner/heater/fan
-great water pressure in bathroom (I love the shower head)
-secure has cameras all throughout the property

Cons:
-room too dark and outdated
-peeling and bubbly wallpaper
-stained and worn out jacuzzi tub (drain stained yellow)
-rusty bathroom fixtures
-bathroom door hard to close (need a little force)
-toilet seat wobbles
-toilet seat corner was melted and looked like semen
-random spots on the floor is uneven and feels like there are holes
-the shower curtain is a dark yellow and makes inside the shower dark
-hard water stains on the tub faucet and jacuzzi jets
-Window will not open all the way (only opens an inch)
-loud water pipes!! Can hear the guest upstairs shower...there's a loud rumbling noise
-parking lot is a bit iffy
-slow wifi connection

Overall this place is good for a one night stay and nothing more. I recommend this motel update their rooms or at least be on top of maintenance and cleanliness, especially for the price they charge..$170 it's ridiculous for what you get and find inside the room.

Not what I initially expected for a HoJo. Boyfriend was also disappointed and doesn't want to come back.

I suggest to shop around before booking, there are other hotels and motels in the vicinity.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Thank Rochelle M
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Additional Information about Howard Johnson Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Property: Howard Johnson Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Address: 130 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5426 (Formerly Ramada Limited Fishermans Wharf)
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Region: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast
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Ranked #41 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 2*
Number of rooms: 30
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