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

1
Area: 95062, Santa Cruz County
1st
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Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff
based on 39 hotel reviews
Bottom line: Good Quality Hotel
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
Great for a romantic escape with a loved one
“Too bad, this hotel has a great location with wonderful views of the ocean and is within walking ...”  Yahoo! Travel
Hotel freebies include Complimentary 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 freebies include Complimentary Breakfast
Verdict: Good Quality at a Good Bang for Your Buck
Great for a romantic escape with a loved one

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Pelican Point Inn

4
Area: 95062, Santa Cruz County
4th
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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

5
Area: 95060, Santa Cruz County
5th
Good
Holiday Inn Express Santa Cruz
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based on 183 hotel reviews
Numerous prior guests enjoyed the Hotel Kiddie Pool and iPod/iPhone Docks
Hotel freebies include Complimentary Breakfast and Complimentary Parking

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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
Previous guests found the Hotel Noisy Rooms and Swimming Pool unsatisfactory
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

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Mission Inn

7
Area: 95060, Santa Cruz County
7th
Good
Mission Inn
based on 38 hotel reviews
Pros: Service
Bottom line: Good Quality Hotel

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Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley

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Area: 95060, 95066, Santa Cruz County
8th
Good
Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley
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based on 173 hotel reviews
“The location is great - close to Santa Cruz shopping district, the Capitola Beach and i even got ...”  Yahoo! Travel
Verdict: Good Quality at a Good Bang for Your Buck
Numerous prior guests enjoyed the Hotel Whirlpool 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
Hotel Small Rooms was unsatisfactory to many
Prior guests praised the Hotel Fireplace and Romantic Atmosphere

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Super 8 Santa Cruz Boardwalk East

10
Area: 95060, Santa Cruz County
10th
Good
Super 8 Santa Cruz Boardwalk East
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based on 146 hotel reviews
Verdict: Good Quality at a Good Bang for Your Buck
Hotel Whirlpool Tub and Complimentary Parking were applauded in many reviews
Save money with the Complimentary Parking

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