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Dream Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel

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175 W. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (Formerly Coast Santa Cruz Hotel)
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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san francisco
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14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A great place to stay if you want to be right at the beach, pier, and boardwalk in Santa Cruz. A nice combination of being a bit pampered while still being a short walk away from everything. Has a new, crisp feeling even though it's been there for decades. The food in the Jack O'Neill Lounge bar was very good.

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rshelley, General Manager at Dream Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review

Dear dave_tr, Thank you for your great review and comments about the Dream Inn, its location, being pampered and the food. It's always wonderful to hear. We look forward to seeing you back with us soon! Warmest regards, Your friends at the Dream Inn More 

Walnut Creek, California
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37 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Gorgeous location with direct access to the beach, attentive and friendly staff, clean and spacious rooms. The rooms overlook the ocean and the boardwalk with a small balcony. Poolside dining for lunch is convenient. On site restaurant also has good food and service. This was an overall hit with the family. The only negative is the $24 for daily parking... More 

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rshelley, General Manager at Dream Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review

Dear 1bossymom, We can't wait to welcome you back! The fall is a wonderful time to visit as well. Soon the whales will be back in the bay and offering a wonderful viewing opportunity from your balcony. Thank you for your wonderful comments and we look forward to seeing you soon, Bob Shelley More 

Farmington, New Mexico, United States
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104 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Room was nice, but obviously a much older property. The view was great, but the walls etc. could use a little tlc. If you aren't into ultra modern, you won't like this hotel. It is close to the Boardwalk, but not downtown.

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rshelley, General Manager at Dream Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review

Dear Karen B Location is hard to find fault with. With so much to do outside our door, the Dream Inn makes a good choice to see it all. We are working on new room designs that will be introduced in the upcoming year and look forward to welcome you back to enjoy the property. Thank you again for your... More 

Lake Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Nice view but very expensive. Poolside food ordered through old phone and dirty menu if you can find one at all. Poolside food average at best. Pool is too small for number of rooms. Would go again for half the price. Not worth $500 a night.

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rshelley, General Manager at Dream Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review

Dear Brenda_langston, Please accept my apology for the condition of the pool during your visit. The view is nice but we aim to provide a better experience the relying on location to justify rate. We do offer great pricing off season and look forward to welcoming you back to provide a more memorable time. Sincerely, Bob Shelley More 

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20 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have stayed at this hotel for the last few summers because of the oceanfront location, convenience to the beach, restaurants, wharf and Boardwalk. We enjoy the panoramic view from our the balcony or sitting on a lounge chair by the pool to see the view even closer to the beach. We also like to walk to the nearby restaurants... More 

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rshelley, General Manager at Dream Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review

Dear Sheryl L, Thank you for your detail review on your stay. It is busy on weekends with all the family activities available in the area. We do have refrigerators in each guest room located in the credenza and am sorry you were unable to use during your visit. We very much appreciate hearing the friendliness of the staff and... More 

Saginaw, Michigan
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel will hold a very special place Inn my heart forever... Back in November 9th 2003, I was swept off my feet, fell head first deeply, madly & very passionately for the love of my life; my husband.... This very special hotel was where we first confused our love for each other back in November 2003.. Everything about this... More 

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rshelley, General Manager at Dream Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review

To our Dearest friends.....drtbw11, We were so touched to read your wonderful review. Touched by the love and connection you and your husband share with each other and knowing we had only a small part in that. Thank you for taking the time to share with those reading your review about what you found here back in 2003. Please reach... More 

NJ
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11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went there on a business trip with my family. We were put up in this hotel and it was very nice. Rooms are okay for the price but the location and views are fantastic. The restaurant in the hotel is very nice though perhaps again on a somewhat more expensive side. The staff are very friendly and helpful. There... More 

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rshelley, General Manager at Dream Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review

Dear MaheshKakde, Great beach! Glad you were able to share this location with your family while you were here on business. I could think of worse places to have a meeting verses our meeting space with views of the beach and ocean. Thank you for sharing with TripAdvisor readers your experience with us and we look forward to welcoming you... More 

Campbell, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The views from this hotel are stunning as it is on the beach front at Santa Cruz and you will get a view of the wharf and the Pacific Ocean. The Jack O'Neill Lounge is really nice with photos of Jack and views to die for.

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rshelley, General Manager at Dream Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review

Dear Exigeken, Thank you for making the short journey from Campbell to the Dream Inn. We agree with you on all your comments.... stunning views. We look forward to seeing you back here soon. Bob Shelley More 

Wynnewood, PA
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75 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here to end a week long trip to the central coast. I picked the Dream Inn because it looked really great inside and out, but also the location didn't look like it could be beat. We booked a high floor suite in the tower and unfortunately when we arrived just after four our room was not ready, but... More 

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rshelley, General Manager at Dream Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review

Dear Mark H, We are so thankful for your thoughtful and detailed review of the Dream Inn. Your recommendation is good for the higher floor. (although there isn't a bad view from any room when looking at the ocean). We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Sincerely, Bob Shelley More 

Western Springs, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful place to stay right on the ocean. The whole hotel has a laid back, relaxed atmosphere. The views are great and the hotel is within walking distance of everything. However it is truly the people who work there that make the Dream Inn fabulous. They go above and beyond to make your experience exceptional. I can't wait... More 

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rshelley, General Manager at Dream Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review

Dear Diane O, It is wonderful to hear your comments about the staff. The views are one thing that we wish we could take credit for but we can take a small something for the smiles and joy the staff have when sharing the Dream Inn. We are very much appreciative of your review and thank you for sharing. Warmest... More 

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