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
Hotel Flat Panel TV in Rooms and Location are among the highlights

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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
Prior guests praised the Hotel Balcony and Heated Pool
Hotel freebies 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
High praise was given for the Hotel Free Breakfast and Complimentary Wine Reception
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
Verdict: 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
Highlights include: Hotel Location and Clean Rooms
Bottom line: Good Quality Hotel

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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
Hotel freebies include Free Breakfast and Free Parking
Hotel Swimming Pool was unsatisfactory to many

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Hampton Inn Santa Cruz

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Area: 95060, Santa Cruz County
6th
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Hampton Inn Santa Cruz
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based on 194 hotel reviews
Save money with the Free Breakfast and Free Parking
Bravo to the Hotel Heated Pool and Indoor Swimming Pool
Bottom line: Good Quality Hotel

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Mission Inn

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Area: 95060, Santa Cruz County
7th
Good
Mission Inn
based on 38 hotel reviews
Hotel Service gets high marks

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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
Verdict: Good Quality at a Good Bang for Your Buck
Prior guests praised the Hotel Jacuzzi and Balcony

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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
Prior guests praised the Hotel Fireplace and Romantic Atmosphere
Verdict: Good Quality Hotel
Great for a romantic escape with a loved one

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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 excellent room amenities, the excellent location and the tastefully decorated rooms. Yet, they disliked the dirty or over-crowded swimming...  more
Ranked #10 of 51 Best Hotels in Santa Cruz
The Hotel Swimming Pool needs improvement

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