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Dream Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel

4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   175 W. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (Formerly Coast Santa Cruz Hotel)
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Ranked #6 of 51 hotels in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
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Hercules, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The room was a disappointment for the high price, but you are paying for location, location, location. It is right at the end of the boardwalk so you don't need to drive or walk a great distance. Each room has a balcony overlooking the beach that is right in front of the hotel. Even on the lower floors it is... More

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Okemos, Michigan
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Just happened to notice, and I may be wrong, but this hotel may be the only accommodation on the water once you get on the PCH after you get out of San Francisco and drive south toward Santa Cruz. This is part of the reason why the room price is well north of $200 per night, depending on time of... More

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Livermore, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Wanted to get away with the hubby for one night, just the two of us. Booked The Dream Inn for the prime location on the beach, the fun and colorful vibe of the hotel and the ability to walk everywhere. It was everything we were hoping for! Our room was clean and comfortable. The hotel is fun, modern and bright.... More

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Dollar, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

An interesting experince staying at The Dream Inn. We were expecting something very special but I think what we got was a good, cofortable hotel with attentive staff. The valet parking boys were first class - nothing was too much trouble and they were highly effecient. Inside, however, the hotel feels a little bit too much like a slightly upmarket... More

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Bloomington, Indiana
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Good: GREAT location, on the beach, next to Boardwalk. Great view. Friendly, helpful staff. Bad: Priced like a 5-star hotel. Small bathrooms. High traffic street. The restaurant is very good, and nice atmosphere overlooking the beach.

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Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Dream Inn is definitely on the more expensive side relative to other options, so it really depends on what is important to you when booking a hotel. If immediate access to the beach is a must, poolside drinks a plus, and an uninstructed view of the ocean, then this is your pick. It's literally on top of Cowell beach, with... More

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Williams, California
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10 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The hotel's location is fabulous no denying that. However the area has grown very seedy, full of homeless and drunk homeless under our balcony yelling obscenities all night. The rooms were modern and nice. I don't like the bathroom set up. We had two Queens and four of us. There isn't a separate sink outside, so really inconvenient for everyone... More

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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30 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The location is absolutely great, but especially suitable for families with children. The rooms all face the poolside and there is a lot of noise coming from the pool going on to early in the evening and starting at 7 am. The pool itself and pool area are quite small and the only shade is coming from umbrella's and there... More

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Sacramento, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are going to Santa Cruz you need to stay here. The pool plus easy beach access is everything. You can walk to the boardwalk too. I was there with my family - wife and 3 kids, plus my brother, sister and Mom & Dad. This is the only hotel in Santa Cruz that is on the beach. My... More

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Tampa
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was our first visit to SC and our first stay at a Joie de Vivre hotel. After reading the reviews, I lowered my expectations. We were in town for a wedding on the beach by the hotel and with the reception at the hotel, so we wanted to stay at the hotel. We signed up for their Joie de... 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*
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Dream Inn, a Joie De Vivre Hotel Hotel Santa Cruz
Dream Hotel Santa Cruz
Coast Santa Cruz Hotel

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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#2 Business Hotel in Santa Cruz #4 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Cruz #5 Romantic Hotel in Santa Cruz #6 Family Hotel in Santa Cruz
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A fun culmination between the beach and the slightly offbeat town of Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz Dream Inn is the ideal destination for a weekend escape, corporate event, family vacation or a romantic getaway. ... more   less 
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