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 gets high marks

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Dream Inn a Joie De Vivre Hotel

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Area: 95060, Santa Cruz County
2nd
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Dream Inn  a Joie De Vivre Hotel
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based on 433 hotel reviews
The Dream Inn is located in Santa Cruz on West Cliff drive, and is less than one block away from the ocean and fisherman's wharf. Guests give the hotel high marks for its great ocean view, which is visible from room patios and...  more
Other occupants raved about the Hotel Terrace and Heated Pool

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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
Thumbs down to the Hotel Small Rooms
Money saving perks include Free Breakfast

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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
Reviewers liked the 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
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Holiday Inn Express Santa Cruz
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based on 183 hotel reviews
“Room was clean modern comfortable; staff was friendly; location walkable to downtown Santa Cruz”  Expedia
The Hotel Swimming Pool needs improvement

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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
On the negative side: Hotel Noisy Rooms and Swimming Pool
The hotel Heated Pool and Indoor Pool were highly regarded by former guests
Verdict: Good Quality Hotel

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Mission Inn

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Area: 95060, Santa Cruz County
7th
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Mission Inn
based on 38 hotel reviews
Bottom line: Good Quality Hotel
Guests of Mission Inn liked the attentive and courteous staff.
Pros: 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
Hotel Whirlpool Tub and Terrace were praised by other guests

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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
Hotel Fireplace and Romantic Atmosphere were applauded in many reviews
Guests of Sea and Sand Inn liked the immaculately clean rooms, the incredibly comfortable beds, the exceptional staff service and the fabulous views from most rooms. Yet, they disliked the compact rooms.
Popular for a romantic getaway

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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
Save money with the Complimentary Parking
Cons: Hotel Swimming Pool
Ranked #10 of 51 Best Hotels in Santa Cruz

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