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The Islander Motel

2.0 of 5 Motel   |   522 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Ranked #25 of 52 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This motel is clean, rooms small, no micro/refrig. The manager is not helpful and if anyone in your party even smells like cigarettes at check-in he will give you an evil eye like you are some criminal or something. He must have told me 6 times that the rooms are non-smoking. I do not smoke, my husband does but would... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Good value for a budget night stay; clean, free wifi and breakfast included (but basic, cereal & toast). Fridge & cable in room. Pool area not the greatest and could do with a clean. Santa Cruz pier was nice with lots of places to eat although most of the sea front was shut down as it was getting out of... More 

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Quebec, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Nice price for Santa Cruz in summer. Clean room. The lady at the front desk was very nice (wish I could say the same about her husband). 20 minute walk to boardwalk. Pool is smaller than it looks on the picture.

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Centereach, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We spent a night at this motel. It has an excellent location, in downtown of Santa Cruz. Very clean, with very friendly staff. It has a very limited selection of items for breakfast in the very small area. The biggest problem was a limited parking space. I will recommend this motel to everyone who should spend a night in a... More 

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Sacramento, California, Usa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The office looked like it had been recently updated, the clerk was polite and offered the wi-fi code without us having to ask. Our room was up stairs, small but sufficient. It was clean, the mattresses were comfy but the pillows were really flat, wished I had brought my own. The room had a mini fridge and microwave. We chose... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

Room was ok but nothing special. Breakfast choice very small and no where to eat it, it really is just a bowl of cereal and a drink. Parking was ok, but I can see how some may have struggled here, as we were 2 days at the beginning of a week. Overall Santa Cruz generally is a little disappointing. Carmel... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I stayed here this past week with my three kids, two of whom are teenagers. The room was comfy, if a bit tight, with two queen beds, a mini-fridge, and microwave. I originally booked a room with a king and double bed combination (a mini-suite of sorts), but was told those rooms don't have the fridge/micro and with three kids... More 

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Long Beach, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The room was very dark and small. We almost had to crawl over each other. The room seemed clean. The air conditioning was very loud. The bathroom, very small also, was not well maintained. There were patched, not sanded and painted over, holes on door and walls. The breakfast was very sparse, in comparison to other comparable motels that I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Just returned from an overnighter after staying here. Hotel room was immaculate. Bathroom immaculate. About a 15 to 20 minute walk to Boardwalk and Seabright State Beach. Five minute drive to downtown, farmers market, shops and restaurants. Highly recommended!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This is a decent place to stay. The free breakfast was an unexpected treat for a motel and it was simple but really nice to set you up for the day (cereal, toast, OJ and coffee). The hotel is about a 15 minute walk from the Boardwalk which we didn't mind but may be too far for some people. The... More 

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Address: 522 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Location: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — The Islander Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 22
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