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
Thumbs up to the Hotel Flat Panel TV in Rooms and Location

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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
Verdict: Good Quality at an Average Bang for Your Buck
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
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West Cliff Inn a Four Sisters Inn

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Area: 95060, Santa Cruz County
3rd
Good
West Cliff Inn  a Four Sisters Inn
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based on 108 hotel reviews
Money saving perks include Complimentary Breakfast
Hotel Complimentary Breakfast and Complimentary Wine Reception gets high marks

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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
Verdict: Good Quality Hotel
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
5th
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Holiday Inn Express Santa Cruz
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based on 183 hotel reviews
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
Reviewers ranted about the Hotel Swimming Pool

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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
Reviewers liked the Hotel Heated Pool and Indoor Pool
Bottom line: Good Quality Hotel
Money saving perks include Complimentary Breakfast and Complimentary 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
Hotel Service is among the highlights

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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
Verdict: Good Quality at a Good Bang for Your Buck
The hotel Jetted Tub and Terrace were highly regarded by former 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 Small Rooms was unsatisfactory to many
Thumbs up to the Hotel Fireplace and Romantic Atmosphere

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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
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Prior guests praised the Hotel Jetted Tub and Complimentary Parking
Verdict: Good Quality at a Good Bang for Your Buck

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