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Dream Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel

4.0 of 5 175 W. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (Formerly Coast Santa Cruz Hotel)
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Novato, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars NEW

This hotel was built in 1963 and I remember staying here in the late '60s. It was and is quite a concrete monstrosity on the beach, but thank goodness it is the only one that was built there. However, it was a fun trip back in time with the Mid-Century Modern furnishings and decor. The location is great for accessing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I think this is the only hotel directly on the beach in Santa Cruz, which was important to us. We slept with the door open and listened to the waves at night. Access to the beach wasn't the best, but being an older hotel it seemed well enough. Very clean, great service. Loved the private balcony and proximity to the... More 

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Ukiah, California
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10 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The location of this hotel is by far the most exceptional in all of Santa Cruz. It sits just North of the boardwalk directly above the Sand. we were there for a romantic weekend just one week ago and so enjoyed sleeping each night with our sling glass door opened to the balcony. all night long we listened to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My best friend was married here yesterday, waking up on a beautiful Friday morning thinking this day is going to be perfect. Open the door, the staff is on strike. Naturally, the bride was freaking out. I spoke with management & they went ABOVE & BEYOND to make sure the wedding day felt flawless. Our service was impeccable. They got... More 

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San Mateo, CA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have stayed here several times. The location is great. The last few times things have been getting a bit worse I am sad to say. This last stay was by far the worst. I realize you are paying for the location (and it's not cheap, especially in the Summer months) This time when we arrived we got to the... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent two nights over a busy holiday weekend. Although the hotel was full, it was not noisy and the public areas were not crowded. Our third floor room had a wonderful view, yet it was low enough for us to easily walk to the pool, lobby and valet lot. The cloud rooms are supposed to be the best, but... More 

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Minden, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We always go to Santa Cruz for our birthday weekend. Love staying on the beach. The Dream Inn is the perfect place. Close to the boardwalk, wharf, dining and bars. We will walk everywhere. We watch the surfers, walk on the beach and relax. We happened to get an excellent price this year. The place is clean and conviently located.... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited this gem on a family trip a bit ago. It was absolutely wonderful!!!! The staff from beginning to end were the BEST!! The views are stunning. The rooms are very clean! We had to get two rooms that joined because we are a family of 5. This is the only reason I could not give it five stars. It... More 

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napa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant food was very disappointing, as was the nonexistant/inconsistant seating policy at dinner. The property was sold out on a beautiful, sunny Saturday, and the level of service was terrible. There was ONE waitor serving on the pool deck, which was mobbed with people. There were used food and beverage containers and trays everywhere. During the four hours we... More 

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New London, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I spent 3 nights recently in what many locals consider the best in town. We were delighted with the cordial staff, the cleanliness, and the speedy elevators. As noted, all the rooms have the spectacular Bay view, and as was suggested by other reviewers, you cal leave the balcony doors open and hear the soothing sound of... More 

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Address: 175 W. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (Formerly Coast Santa Cruz Hotel)
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Location: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Dream Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 165
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Also Known As:
Dream Inn, a Joie De Vivre Hotel Hotel Santa Cruz
Dream Hotel Santa Cruz
Coast Santa Cruz Hotel
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#4 Family Hotel in Santa Cruz
#4 Business Hotel in Santa Cruz
#4 Romantic Hotel in Santa Cruz
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Cruz

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