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
Pros: Flat Panel TV in Rooms and Location

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Dream Inn a Joie De Vivre Hotel

2
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

3
Area: 95060, Santa Cruz County
3rd
Good
West Cliff Inn  a Four Sisters Inn
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based on 108 hotel reviews
Hotel Small Rooms was below expectations
Recommended for a romantic vacation

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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
Verdict: Good Quality Hotel
Prior guests praised 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
Verdict: Good Quality at a Good Bang for Your Buck
“Check in took way too long but that was due to the person in front of me wanting to know everythi...”  Expedia
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Hampton Inn Santa Cruz

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Area: 95060, Santa Cruz County
6th
Good
Hampton Inn Santa Cruz
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based on 194 hotel reviews
Bottom line: Good Quality Hotel
Thumbs down to the Hotel Noisy Rooms and Swimming Pool
Money saving perks include Free Breakfast and Free Parking

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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
Pros: 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
“The staff is very helpful and friendly.”  TravelPost
Thumbs up to the Hotel Jetted Tub and Terrace

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Sea and Sand Inn

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Area: 95060, Santa Cruz County
9th
Good
Sea and Sand Inn
based on 149 hotel reviews
Guests of Sea and Sand Inn liked the spotless rooms, the incredibly comfortable beds, the exceptional staff service and the convenient location. Yet, they disliked the tiny 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
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 spotless rooms, the incredibly comfortable beds, the convenient location and the tastefully decorated rooms. Yet, they disliked the dirty or over-crowded swimming pool.
Guests were happy with the Hotel Jetted Tub and Free Parking
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