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The Islander Motel

2.0 of 5 Motel   |   522 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Ranked #22 of 51 hotels in Santa Cruz
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Modesto, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Family of 4 spent the night-checked out next morning right before check out time. Parking got real bad in the evening hours. By the time we got back from the Boardwalk-there were no slots left! As for the room...the first thing i did was check for bugs...any kind, especially bed bugs!! Room was clean of these critters. But incase something... More

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Shenzhen, China
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The is a $40 motel that charges 2.5 times the price. It's old but seemly clean and more or less well maintained. There's no coffee in the lobby or room, and barely sufficient parking, Teh walls and floors are thin and conversations can be heard with little effort. There's not breakfast, continental or otherwise, but there are three restaurants across... More

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Fresno, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Thea Islander is well maintained and a ten minute walk to downtown Santa Cruz. We stay here so that we can walk and avoid the difficult parking around town. The rooms are not large but certainly adequate and most have a frig and microwave.

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Zagreb, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

the islander is the cheapest motel around 66$ double room the room is super clean and nice, above motel avarage the lady at the recepetion desk is friendly and helpful basic breakfast great experience

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Trier, Germany
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33 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Stayed 1 night in May 2014. Originaly booked double bedroom but upon the arrival and seeing that tiny bed we decided to pay extra for a king size bedroom. Double bedroom is hardly enough for 1 person.The receptionist was very rude. We did not even try breakfast and at 11am left this place. There are plenty of other motels in... More

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Volketswil, Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We have beeing a couple of times in santa Cruz. There are a lot of motels as well hotels. Most of the hotel manager are rude and at all not friendly. But in the Islander motel you will feel so wellcome. You feel like a real guest! The swimmingpool have the perfect size and is very clean! The rooms are... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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28 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

This was the best value room ($45) of my trip Seattle to LA Easy to find, just off ocean street, I experienced no issues at all Checkin- efficient and businesslike Room: clean and comfortable. Nice decor. Cable tv, fast WIFI, plenty of power points. Plenty of hot water and nice shower. Motel was fairly busy but was not disturbed. Toiletries... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

The motel is clean and quite basic. The kids loved the pool . It's about a 20 minute walk to the boardwalk where there are some nice restaurants. The walk to the beach is interesting . We were up too late for breakfast !

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Portland, Oregon
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

I was traveling solo and this room was $100. per night. The internet pictures make it look much nicer than it is. Pros: King size comfortable bed, free internet, and motel was quiet at night, also close to boardwalk, restaurants etc. Cons: Rooms are small, no coffee maker, sheets thin, floors not so clean, drain in bathtub wouldn't drain (gross)... More

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Address: 522 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Location: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — The Islander Motel 2*
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Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
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Cleans and Comfortable, AAA 2 Diamond rated, 2 story with 22 guest rooms that include, 32" flat Screen LCD-HD TV Withe Remote, complimentary continental breakfast, Free Local Calls, All rooms have phone, Free WiFi. High speed Internet access in Room hairdryers. Some rooms with Micro fridges. Free parking, Seasonally heated pool and electronic door locks for your security. Located approximately 1 mile from the world famous Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk. We are within walking distance to Downtown Santa Cruz, numerous nightclubs, theaters and shopping at Pacific Garden Mall. Roaring camp, Mystery Spot, The University of California Santa Cruz, the Museum of Art and History and Pasatiempo Golf Course are all nearby. We look forward to making your stay with us the Best Value in Santa Cruz. Sorry No Pets. ... more   less 
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