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The Islander Motel

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522 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Eugene, Oregon
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Needed a cheap place to stay for a few days in Santa Cruz. The strip along Ocean Street and Riverside down to the Boardwalk is lined with them. Reviews on the Islander were mixed, but better than most. The place was relatively clean, staff was unfriendly and less than helpful as appears to be the custom in the neighborhood. Location... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

It was clean and quiet. Breakfast was very modest, so if you're not a big breakfast person it's fine. It's a motel so i think the price is fair! Would recommend for staying a night or two. Downside was the duvet, or perhaps lack of. It's a sheet with a quilt over it. I guess it's standard for motels?

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

I wasn't expecting much of this place, but I was pleasantly surprised. The rooms really were clean. Perfect for what it is: a cheap place to stay. "Continental breakfast" included toast that the staff was eating so we decided to skip out on that. I'd stay here again. I've been to a lot worse motels and this one thankfully isn't... More 

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Island of Pag, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

The owners are nice and friendly. It's a family business and you can see the effort as soon as you enter motel. The room is very clean and comfortable. It is a budget friendly. Parking is big, secured and free of charge. The wifi signal is great. Also, we had a complimentary breakfast(cereals, toast, tea and cofee). There is a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015 via mobile

Great location close to Santa Cruz city center. Rooms were big, also the bed was comfy and large. Motel is clean, the receptionist had a good knowledge of the area, so was able to reccomend good restaurants in the area and Santa Cruz must see places. Overall very nice,safe and clean motel with good parking.

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Gore, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I stayed last week for three nights. Rooms were very clean, had all you need and breakfast was even supplied. The staff were friendly. Good location and fair price compared to many others I looked at.

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Brooklyn
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Booked three nights, but then quickly found option I was happier with. Canceled through email address provided on confirmation. I never heard anything one way or the other, and then charges appeared on my credit card - first the full amount, changed ultimately to a portion of the first night. When I was sent an automated email asking about my... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Boyfriend and I stayed here. Nothing fancy, but it was clean, in a great location and was a great price. Stayed on a Thursday evening. Pool looked clean and had nice warm water, but didn't get chance to swim. Room and bed comfortable and clean, only one problem that should be addressed and that was a horrible sewer odor in... More 

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Kearney, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015 via mobile

We arrived late in the evening and, as reviewers have mentioned, parking was tight. The room was very clean and tidy. Furnishings seemed nicer than your average motel/hotel. Typically slow WiFi that we found at many of the hotels throughout our trip. Santa Cruz is a beautiful town and would stay at The Islander again if we visit.

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Kansas City, Kansas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I were supposed to stay here, however, there were problems as soon as we pulled in. We were traveling with a trailer (5x8 uhaul type). We took two parallel parking spaces right by the pool in order to check in. As soon as I walked through the door I was informed that we could not park there... More 

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