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
Positive comments for 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
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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
Recommended for a romantic vacation
Bottom line: Good Quality at an Average Bang for Your Buck

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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
The West Cliff Inn, located in Santa Cruz, boasts sea views and a newly renovated interior. With the prime ocean-side locale, the West Cliff Inn regularly receives positive reviews about the proximity to the boardwalk, beach, ...  more
Thumbs down to the Hotel Small Rooms

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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
Positive comments for 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
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
The hotel Kiddie Pool and iPod/iPhone Docks were highly regarded by former guests

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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
Guests were happy with the Hotel Heated Pool and Indoor Pool
Hotel Noisy Rooms and Swimming Pool were criticized in the reviews

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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
Guests of Mission Inn liked the attentive and courteous staff.
High praise was given for the Hotel 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
Guests of Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley liked the spotless rooms, the incredibly comfortable beds, the huge rooms and the attentive and courteous staff.
The hotel Soaking Tub and Balcony were highly regarded by former guests
Bottom line: Good Quality at a Good Bang for Your Buck

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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
Great for a romantic escape with a loved one
Verdict: Good Quality Hotel
On the negative side: Hotel Small Rooms

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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 immaculately clean rooms, the convenient location, the world-class room amenities and the exceptional staff service. Yet, they disliked the dirty or over-crowded swimming pool.
Verdict: Good Quality at a Good Bang for Your Buck
Prior occupants thought the Hotel Swimming Pool could have been better

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