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Bay Front Inn - Downtown Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz City Center,Santa Cruz (CA) - View on map
  1. Pets allowed
  2. Car park
  3. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  4. Check-in/out [express]
  5. Luggage storage
  6. Swimming pool [outdoor]
  7. Wi-Fi in public areas
  8. Family room
"We had a great time here. Staff let us park our car before even checking in that day. Gave us late check out for free and had one of the best continental breakfasts I've ever seen. We were given a king bed, which was awesome and there was a spa bath in our room to top it all off! Would definitely come back here. So cheap and great. "
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6.9

Very good

201 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 112
Hotel Paradox, Autograph Collection
Santa Cruz City Center,Santa Cruz (CA) - View on map
  1. Pets allowed
  2. Car park
  3. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  4. Front desk [24-hour]
  5. Hot tub
  6. Fitness center
  7. Check-in/out [express]
  8. Luggage storage
"Our first stay was in a King Room with lots of walking room and gorgeous bathroom that included small first floor gated “balcony”. This time, although the same was purchased and requested, we did not get the same experience. It was a “cozy” room, although pricing and pictured rooms were identical for cozy and non cozy (aka regular). I inquired and they assured me the pictured room would be what I received. I was happy to pay more for the full room on arrival but they were sold out for the evening of larger King rooms and we did not want 2 queens. I had also requested not to be in a breezeway, but that ended up being where we got placed so it was a bit loud all night. The room was still exceptionally clean and as usual the staff was very friendly. We will stay there again I am sure since it’s such a great location, but definitely won’t be fooled by the pictured rooms and lack of description. "
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8.8

Excellent

30 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 193
Hotel Solares
Santa Cruz City Center,Santa Cruz (CA) - View on map
  1. Airport transfer
  2. Pets allowed
  3. Car park
  4. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  5. Hot tub
  6. Spa
  7. Front desk [24-hour]
  8. Check-in/out [express]
"Definitely one of the cleaner hotels in Santa Cruz. About 10 min walk to the boardwalk. This was my second time staying here. "
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7.1

Very good

107 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 86
Torch Lite Inn at the Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz City Center,Santa Cruz (CA) - View on map
  1. Car park
  2. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  3. Front desk [24-hour]
  4. Check-in/out [express]
  5. Laundry service
  6. Wi-Fi in public areas
  7. Family room
  8. Vending machine
"The hotel is in a good location and within w2alking distance to both downtown and the beach/boardwalk. Nice swimming pool and the room is comfortable. The only issue I had was the internet did not work and the morning breakfast does not start until 7AM which if you have an early start, you miss it."
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7.4

Very good

57 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 75
Courtyard by Marriott Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz City Center,Santa Cruz (CA) - View on map
  1. Valet parking
  2. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  3. Front desk [24-hour]
  4. Check-in/out [express]
  5. Fitness center
  6. Spa
  7. Luggage storage
  8. Swimming pool [outdoor]
8.4

Excellent

14 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 191
Ocean Gate Inn
Santa Cruz City Center,Santa Cruz (CA) - View on map
  1. Car park
  2. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  3. Front desk [24-hour]
  4. Contactless check-in/out
  5. Room service
  6. Wi-Fi in public areas
  7. Vending machine
  8. Daily housekeeping
"I noticed signs at the front desk saying no dogs on premises $100 fine. I happened to have my brother's dog with us at the time of check-in because he headed down to the beach before us to save a spot. I asked if it would be ok for us to leave the dog in the car for 5 mins while we just drop our stuff in the room and head to the beach since our car was parked on the premises I didn't want to be charged a fine for being parked there for 5 mins with a dog in the car. She quickly snapped back with "dogs are not allowed here if I see you take the dog in the room I will charge you $100! and I am not responsible for you leaving your dog in the car!" I again explained to her that it wold literally take a few mins for us to just walk upstairs which our room was right above the office and drop our bags in the room and we would be leaving with the dog and return him to my brother. She just seemed very harsh and rude. The next day however there was a different lady at check out who was great"
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7.3

Very good

209 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 87
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz City Center,Santa Cruz (CA) - View on map
  1. Car park
  2. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  3. Check-in/out [express]
  4. Luggage storage
  5. Breakfast [free]
  6. Swimming Pool
  7. Shops
  8. Safety deposit boxes
"Although it was not in the center of Santa Cruz, it was a short drive to the boardwalk. The hotel is clean and breakfast was decent. We enjoyed our stay at this hotel"
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7.6

Very good

69 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 133
Comfort Inn
Santa Cruz City Center,Santa Cruz (CA) - View on map
  1. Car park
  2. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  3. Front desk [24-hour]
  4. Luggage storage
  5. Hot tub
  6. Golf course [on-site]
  7. Breakfast [free]
  8. Contactless check-in/out
"I stayed one week and I loved it , bed very comfortable , great and helpful staff , loved the breakfast and waffle maker ..very good wifi and tv . The only worry is sometimes the noise of the trash truck early morning ... but overall a great stay and good value for money . Will stay there if I return to Santa Cruz ."
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7.9

Very good

74 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 120
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz City Center,Santa Cruz (CA) - View on map
  1. Car park
  2. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  3. Front desk [24-hour]
  4. Check-in/out [express]
  5. Fitness center
  6. Swimming pool [outdoor]
  7. Luggage storage
  8. Car power charging station
"Clean property and close to the boardwalk/beach."
9

Exceptional

17 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 186
SureStay Hotel by Best Western Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz City Center,Santa Cruz (CA) - View on map
  1. Car park
  2. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  3. Front desk [24-hour]
  4. Check-in/out [express]
  5. Swimming pool [indoor]
  6. Golf course [on-site]
  7. Cash withdrawal
  8. Sauna
"This was the best place I might have ever stayed. Simple but clean, cool, no trouble At all, super nice and helpful staff both stays.... we loved it so much we came back 2 nights later. My boyfriend and I both felt the same instantly and can’t wait to stay here again. Highly recommend this lovely happy cozy place. Sam and Jay were both spectacular! Superfriendly and helpful. "
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7.6

Very good

88 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 81

Fast facts about Santa Cruz (CA), United States

Accommodations96 properties
Popular hotelHotel Solares
Popular areaSanta Cruz City Center
Nightly rates fromR886

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What's the typical price of a resort in Santa Cruz (CA) this Friday and Saturday?

The average price for a 3-star property in Santa Cruz (CA) this weekend is USD 138. The average price for a 4-star property in Santa Cruz (CA) this weekend is USD 214. The average price for a 5-star property in Santa Cruz (CA) this Friday and Saturday is USD 77.

What's the average price of a resort in Santa Cruz (CA) this evening?

The typical price for a 3-star resorts in Santa Cruz (CA) tonight is USD 140. The typical price for a 4-star hotel in Santa Cruz (CA) tonight is USD 212. The average price for a 5-star resort in Santa Cruz (CA) tonight is USD 82.

What properties in Santa Cruz (CA) are exceptionally rated regarding location?

Hotelsfound in Santa Cruz (CA) that is highly rated regarding location include Seaway Inn, Sea & Sand Inn and Fireside Inn Santa Cruz.

What properties in Santa Cruz (CA) are exceptionally rated regarding room comfort and quality?

Propertieslocated in Santa Cruz (CA) that is exceptionally rated with respect to room comfort and quality include Rio Vista Inn & Suites Santa Cruz, Hitching Post Studios Inn and West Cliff Inn, A Four Sisters Inn.

What are the top rated places to stay around Santa Cruz (CA) that have spas?

Verified tourists to Santa Cruz (CA) have given out excellent ratings relating to the spas at Chaminade Resort & Spa and Hotel Solares.

What are the preferred places to stay in Santa Cruz (CA) with airport transfer?

Accommodations that has airport transfer located in Santa Cruz (CA) which are well rated include Chaminade Resort & Spa, Chaminade Resort & Spa and Chaminade Resort & Spa.

What are the recommended accommodations located in Santa Cruz (CA) which have restaurants?

Hotels that have restaurants around Santa Cruz (CA) which are very highly rated include Dream Inn Santa Cruz, Dream Inn Santa Cruz and Dream Inn Santa Cruz.

What's the best accommodation in Santa Cruz (CA) next to a golf course?

Highly rated hotels located in Santa Cruz (CA) near a golf course include Gorgeous Santa Cruz Villa - Modern Beachside Paradise with NEW Hot Tub & Fast Wi-Fi, Relaxing 3 bedroom Santa Cruz house, 5min to beach and Beach Street Inn and Suites.

What's the best destination for shopping in Santa Cruz (CA)?

The best neighborhood for your shopping spree in Santa Cruz (CA) is Santa Cruz City Center.

What are some upcoming holidays in Santa Cruz (CA)?

The aproaching holidays in city_name consist of Memorial Day Holiday on 5/27/2024, Independence Day on 7/4/2024, and Labor Day on 9/2/2024.

When should I make a trip to Santa Cruz (CA)?

Last year, Santa Cruz (CA) received its most visitors during the month of December. Despite this, you may want to consider other months during which there are fewer tourists, as the most popular sights will be less crowded.

Is proof of vaccination required to enter Santa Cruz (CA)?

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to enter Santa Cruz (CA) from outside the country. For further details, please reach out to local authority or check out here.

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Discover the Fun Facts About Santa Cruz, California

Located on the northern edge of Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz is a beautiful coastal city in California. It is famous for its beaches, redwood forests, and laid-back vibe. Did you know that Santa Cruz is home to the oldest surviving amusement park in California? The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk opened in 1907 and is still a popular attraction today. Another fun fact is that the city is a hub for surfers, and the famous surf spot Steamer Lane is located here. Santa Cruz is also home to the University of California, Santa Cruz, which is known for its unique campus design and alternative culture.

Top Reasons to Visit Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz is a must-visit destination for those who love the beach, nature, and fun outdoor activities. The city boasts several beautiful beaches, including Main Beach, Cowell Beach, and Natural Bridges State Beach. These beaches are perfect for swimming, surfing, sunbathing, and picnicking. If you are a fan of hiking, you will love the redwood forests in Santa Cruz. You can explore the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, which has over 4,000 acres of hiking trails, picnic areas, and campgrounds. Another reason to visit Santa Cruz is to experience the vibrant arts and culture scene. The city has several museums, galleries, and theaters that showcase local talent and international artists.

A Comprehensive Guide on How to Go to Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz is easily accessible by car, bus, or plane. If you are driving from San Francisco, you can take Highway 1 South, which will take you directly to Santa Cruz. The drive takes around 1.5 hours, depending on traffic. If you are traveling by bus, you can take the Greyhound or Amtrak bus to Santa Cruz. The Santa Cruz Metro bus system provides transportation within the city, and there are also several taxi and ride-sharing services available. If you are flying to Santa Cruz, the nearest airport is the San Jose International Airport, which is about 30 miles away. From the airport, you can rent a car or take a shuttle to Santa Cruz.

Fun Things to Do in Santa Cruz, California that You Should Not Miss

There are plenty of fun things to do in Santa Cruz that you should not miss. One of the top attractions is the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, which has amusement park rides, games, and food. You can also visit the Santa Cruz Wharf, which has shops, restaurants, and stunning ocean views. If you are interested in marine life, you can visit the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, which has interactive exhibits and a touch tank. For a unique experience, you can take a steam train ride through the redwoods on the Roaring Camp Railroads. Another must-visit attraction is the Mystery Spot, a gravity-defying phenomenon that will leave you amazed.

Why Use Agoda.com to Book a Hotel in Santa Cruz, California?

Agoda.com is the best place to book a hotel in Santa Cruz, California, for several reasons. First, Agoda.com has a wide range of hotels to choose from, including the Carousel Beach Inn, Beach Street Inn and Suites, Mission Inn, Aqua Breeze Inn, and Rio Vista Inn & Suites Santa Cruz. These hotels offer affordable and comfortable accommodations that are perfect for families, couples, and solo travelers. Second, Agoda.com offers competitive prices and exclusive deals that you won't find anywhere else. Third, Agoda.com has a user-friendly website and app that makes it easy to search for hotels, compare prices, and book your stay. Finally, Agoda.com has a 24/7 customer service team that is always available to assist you with any questions or concerns.

The Best Season or Moment to Visit Santa Cruz, California

The best time to visit Santa Cruz, California, is during the summer months from June to August. This is when the weather is warm and sunny, and the beaches are perfect for swimming and surfing. However, this is also the peak tourist season, so expect crowds and higher prices. If you prefer a quieter and more affordable time to visit, consider going in the spring or fall. These seasons have milder weather and fewer tourists, which means you can enjoy the attractions and activities without the crowds. Winter is also a good time to visit if you are interested in whale watching, as this is when the gray whales migrate along the coast.

Expert Tips for Travelers That Would Like to Visit Santa Cruz, California

If you are planning a trip to Santa Cruz, California, here are some expert tips to help you make the most of your stay. First, bring layers of clothing, as the weather can be unpredictable, especially near the coast. Second, wear comfortable shoes, as there are plenty of hiking trails and outdoor activities to explore. Third, bring sunscreen and a hat, as the sun can be strong, even on cloudy days. Fourth, try the local cuisine, which includes fresh seafood, Mexican food, and organic produce. Fifth, rent a bike and explore the city on two wheels, as there are plenty of bike lanes and scenic routes. Finally, be respectful of the environment and wildlife, and follow the Leave No Trace principles when hiking and camping.

Where to Stay in Santa Cruz, California: A Guide to the Best Accommodations

Santa Cruz has a variety of accommodations to choose from, including hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, and vacation rentals. If you are looking for a beachfront hotel, consider the Beach Street Inn and Suites or the Carousel Beach Inn. Both of these hotels offer stunning ocean views and easy access to the beach. If you prefer a more budget-friendly option, consider the Aqua Breeze Inn or the Rio Vista Inn & Suites Santa Cruz. These hotels offer comfortable accommodations at an affordable price. If you are looking for a unique experience, consider staying at a bed and breakfast, such as the Mission Inn. This historic inn offers charming rooms and a delicious breakfast served daily.

What to Eat in Santa Cruz, California: A Foodie's Guide

Santa Cruz is a foodie's paradise, with plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from. If you are a fan of seafood, you must try the clam chowder at the Santa Cruz Wharf. Another must-visit restaurant is the Penny Ice Creamery, which serves homemade ice cream made with organic ingredients. If you are in the mood for Mexican food, head to Taqueria Vallarta, which serves delicious tacos and burritos. For a healthy and organic meal, visit Cafe Gratitude, which has a menu of plant-based dishes. Finally, if you are a coffee lover, check out Verve Coffee Roasters, which serves artisanal coffee and pastries.

How to Travel Around Santa Cruz, California with Ease

Santa Cruz is a walkable city, and many of the attractions and restaurants are within walking distance of each other. However, if you prefer to travel by car, there are several rental car companies available, including Avis, Budget, and Hertz. The Santa Cruz Metro bus system provides transportation within the city, and there are also several taxi and ride-sharing services available. If you are interested in biking, there are several bike rental shops in the city, and there are plenty of bike lanes and scenic routes to explore.