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
Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff is 1.9 miles from the Santa Cruz's City Center and so has a bit of traffic noise but guests have said that it is a very good and relaxing place to stay. Guests have raved about the Inn's fri...  more
Bottom line: Good Quality Hotel
Guests were happy with the Hotel Flat Panel TV in Rooms and Location

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Dream Inn a Joie De Vivre Hotel

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Area: 95060, Santa Cruz County
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Dream Inn  a Joie De Vivre Hotel
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based on 433 hotel reviews
Prior guests appreciated the Hotel Terrace and Heated Pool
“The rooms are extremely clean and well maintained. ”  Yahoo! Travel
Recommended for a romantic vacation

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West Cliff Inn a Four Sisters Inn

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Area: 95060, Santa Cruz County
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West Cliff Inn  a Four Sisters Inn
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based on 108 hotel reviews
The West Cliff Inn, located in Santa Cruz, boasts sea views and a newly renovated interior. With the prime ocean-side locale, the West Cliff Inn regularly receives positive reviews about the proximity to the boardwalk, beach, ...  more
The Hotel Small Rooms fell below the expectations of prior guests
Bottom line: Good Quality at a Good Bang for Your Buck

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Pelican Point Inn

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Area: 95062, Santa Cruz County
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Pelican Point Inn
based on 52 hotel reviews
The hotel Location and Clean Rooms were highly regarded by former guests

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Holiday Inn Express Santa Cruz

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Area: 95060, Santa Cruz County
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Holiday Inn Express Santa Cruz
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based on 183 hotel reviews
Positive comments for the Hotel Kiddie Pool and iPod/iPhone Docks
Money saving perks include Free Breakfast and Complimentary Parking
Bottom line: Good Quality at a Good Bang for Your Buck

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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
Hampton Inn Santa Cruz is located in Santa Cruz, California within walking distance of the Santa Cruz Memorial, Grant Park and public transportation. The proximity of the hotel to two highways strikes many guests as convenient ...  more
Bottom line: Good Quality Hotel
Numerous prior guests enjoyed the Hotel Heated Pool and Indoor Pool

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Mission Inn

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Area: 95060, Santa Cruz County
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Mission Inn
based on 38 hotel reviews
Guests of Mission Inn liked the exceptional staff service.
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
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Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley
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based on 173 hotel reviews
“Very large, ultra clean, beautiful room. ”  Yahoo! Travel
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
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Sea and Sand Inn
based on 149 hotel reviews
Bottom line: Good Quality Hotel
Hotel Small Rooms was criticized in the reviews
Other occupants raved about the Hotel Fireplace and Romantic Atmosphere

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Super 8 Santa Cruz Boardwalk East

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Area: 95060, Santa Cruz County
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Super 8 Santa Cruz Boardwalk East
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based on 146 hotel reviews
Guests were happy with the Hotel Jetted Tub and Complimentary Parking
Hotel freebies include Complimentary Parking
Ranked #10 of 51 Best Hotels in Santa Cruz

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