Best Hotels in Santa Cruz

Quirky and outdoorsy, Santa Cruz is a great spot for an authentic coastal vacation in central California. The small town is located about 70 miles south of San Francisco, and today it is known for its collegiate atmosphere, alternative lifestyles and natural beauty. Visitors can get a full beach experience in Santa Cruz with swimming and volleyball at Main Beach and Cowell Beach, and there is the famous Beach Boardwalk which features one of the oldest wooden roller coasters in the country. Big Basin Redwoods State Park is located just less than an hour north of Santa Cruz, and tourists can hike and explore amongst the famous redwood trees in California’s oldest state park. For some brain-teasing fun, the famous “Mystery Spot” in Santa Cruz uses optical illusions and natural mysteries to entertain guests.

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Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff

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Area: 95062, Santa Cruz County
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Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff
based on 39 hotel reviews
Guests were happy with the Hotel Flat Panel TV in Rooms and Location
Bottom line: Good Quality Hotel

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Dream Inn a Joie De Vivre Hotel

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Area: 95060, Santa Cruz County
2nd
Good
Dream Inn  a Joie De Vivre Hotel
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based on 433 hotel reviews
“The service was perfect valets quick and friendly front desk staff efficient and friendly. ”  Expedia
Money saving perks include Free Parking

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West Cliff Inn a Four Sisters Inn

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Area: 95060, Santa Cruz County
3rd
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West Cliff Inn  a Four Sisters Inn
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based on 108 hotel reviews
Hotel Small Rooms was below expectations
Hotel Complimentary Breakfast and Complimentary Wine Reception are definite plus

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Pelican Point Inn

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Area: 95062, Santa Cruz County
4th
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Pelican Point Inn
based on 52 hotel reviews
The Pelican Point Inn in Santa Cruz has received highly acclaimed reviews. The location of this hotel suited everyone who commented, especially because it is in walking distance of the Twin Lakes beach. The guests consistentl...  more
Bravo to the Hotel Location and Clean Rooms

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Holiday Inn Express Santa Cruz

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Area: 95060, Santa Cruz County
5th
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Holiday Inn Express Santa Cruz
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based on 183 hotel reviews
Save money with the Complimentary Breakfast and Free Parking
Prior occupants thought the Hotel Swimming Pool could have been better

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Hampton Inn Santa Cruz

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Area: 95060, Santa Cruz County
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Hampton Inn Santa Cruz
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based on 194 hotel reviews
“The staff is extremely pleasant and helpful. ”  TravelPost
Hotel Heated Pool and Indoor Pool gets high marks

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Mission Inn

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Area: 95060, Santa Cruz County
7th
Good
Mission Inn
based on 38 hotel reviews
Bottom line: Good Quality Hotel
Guests of Mission Inn liked the attentive and courteous staff.
Prior guests praised the Hotel Service

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Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley

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Area: 95060, 95066, Santa Cruz County
8th
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Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley
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based on 173 hotel reviews
Guests of Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley liked the big rooms, the attentive and courteous staff, the spotless rooms and the extremely comfortable beds.
Positive comments for the Hotel Jetted Tub and Terrace

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Sea and Sand Inn

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Area: 95060, Santa Cruz County
9th
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Sea and Sand Inn
based on 149 hotel reviews
Guests of Sea and Sand Inn liked the great condition of the rooms, the fabulous views from most rooms, the central location and the immaculately clean rooms. Yet, they disliked the tiny rooms.
Hotel Small Rooms was unsatisfactory to many
Bottom line: Good Quality Hotel

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Super 8 Santa Cruz Boardwalk East

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Area: 95060, Santa Cruz County
10th
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Super 8 Santa Cruz Boardwalk East
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based on 146 hotel reviews
Guests of Super 8 Santa Cruz Boardwalk East liked the attentive and courteous staff, the immaculately clean rooms, the excellent room amenities and the extremely comfortable beds. Yet, they disliked the dirty or over-crowded sw...  more
Hotel Jetted Tub and Free Parking are definite plus
Hotel Swimming Pool was criticized in the reviews

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