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
1st
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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 are definite plus

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Dream Inn a Joie De Vivre Hotel

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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
Highlights include: Hotel Balcony and Heated Pool
Verdict: Good Quality at an Average Bang for Your Buck

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West Cliff Inn a Four Sisters Inn

3
Area: 95060, Santa Cruz County
3rd
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West Cliff Inn  a Four Sisters Inn
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based on 108 hotel reviews
Popular for a romantic getaway
Save money with the 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
The hotel Location and Clean Rooms were highly regarded by former guests

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Holiday Inn Express Santa Cruz

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Area: 95060, Santa Cruz County
5th
Good
Holiday Inn Express Santa Cruz
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based on 183 hotel reviews
Bottom line: Good Quality at a Good Bang for Your Buck
The Hotel Swimming Pool needs improvement
Prior guests appreciated the Hotel Kiddie Pool and iPod/iPhone Docks

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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
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
Verdict: Good Quality Hotel
Guests complained about the Hotel Noisy Rooms and Swimming Pool

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Mission Inn

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Area: 95060, Santa Cruz County
7th
Good
Mission Inn
based on 38 hotel reviews
Highlights include: Hotel Service

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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
Guests of Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley liked the huge rooms, the exceptional staff service, the extremely comfortable beds and the excellent room amenities.
Pros: Jacuzzi and Balcony

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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
Verdict: Good Quality Hotel
Guests of Sea and Sand Inn liked the attentive and courteous staff, the spotless rooms, the great condition of the rooms and the convenient location. Yet, they disliked the tiny rooms.
Prior guests appreciated 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
Hotel Swimming Pool was criticized in the reviews
Ranked #10 of 51 Best Hotels in Santa Cruz
Hotel Jacuzzi and Complimentary Parking were applauded in many reviews

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