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
Numerous prior guests enjoyed 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
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Dream Inn  a Joie De Vivre Hotel
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based on 433 hotel reviews
“Too bad, this hotel has a great location with wonderful views of the ocean and is within walking ...”  Yahoo! Travel
Bottom line: Good Quality at an Average Bang for Your Buck
Hotel Terrace and Heated Pool were praised by other guests

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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
Great for a romantic escape with a loved one
On the negative side: Hotel Small Rooms
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
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
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Holiday Inn Express Santa Cruz
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based on 183 hotel reviews
Hotel freebies include Complimentary Breakfast and Complimentary Parking
According to reviewers The Holiday Inn Express is a nice hotel right near the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk and the Santa Cruz pier. The rooms are very clean, though with a bit of character due to the age of the building. There ...  more
Hotel Swimming Pool was below expectations

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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
Pros: Heated Pool and Indoor Swimming Pool
Money saving perks include Complimentary Breakfast and Complimentary Parking

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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
Bottom line: Good Quality Hotel
Guests of Mission Inn liked the exceptional staff service.
Hotel Service was praised by other guests

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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
Prior guests appreciated the Hotel Whirlpool 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
Guests of Sea and Sand Inn liked the incredibly comfortable beds, the impeccably clean rooms, the attentive and courteous staff and the central location. Yet, they disliked the compact rooms.
Recommended for a romantic vacation

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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 of Super 8 Santa Cruz Boardwalk East liked the excellent room amenities, the immaculately clean rooms, the great condition of the rooms and the attentive and courteous staff. Yet, they disliked the dirty or over-crowded ...  more
Ranked #10 of 51 Best Hotels in Santa Cruz
The Hotel Swimming Pool needs improvement

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