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The Islander Motel

2.0 of 5
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522 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Ranked #28 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Owner operated for 23 years! We had just stayed at a Quality Inn and a Travelodge in the same area around the same price and this was better. Very clean! Well run and organized. Lovely woman who usually runs front desk who is one of the owners. Could have a little more elaborate breakfast and should fence off/block pool from... More 

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Capo Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

stayed for orientation for the university. Bed is nice and comfortable. Room is nice and clean. Comes with wifi, tv, refrigerator, and AC. Breakfast was pastries, cereal, toast, juice and milk. It was nothing special but something nonetheless. Near downtown and boardwalk. Very good for price. I would definitely come again!!

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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Basic hotel, good location but on a busy street so noisy even though I asked for a quiet room. Clean. Owners are friendly. Not much of a breakfast. Free parking and a few spaces are covered. Prices are fair.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015 via mobile

Super clean and simple rooms with a tiny little pool. The beds are great,but the internet was awfull.all in all, a good indie hotel.if i could review trip advisor,id co,plain about the 200 character minimum.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This property was a great find. We decided on an impromptu trip to Santa Cruz just a few days before leaving. I booked the room (2 queens, one room) and looked forward to our Memorial Day getaway. We had a late arrival and after a very long drive with extremely heavy traffic which made the normal 2 hour drive a... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Hubby and I came to Santa Cruz on a spontaneous trip. We checked out other hotels but they didn't seem clean enough for the price. Didn't know the area and that Big colorful caught out our eye so we decided to check it out. We asked to look at the room before we committed to it. The room was clean,... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Dirty place, Hypodermic needle was in the room with drugs when we arrived, bad parking and no coffee pot. Run down, needs new bedding and paint would help, dresser was old and dirty drawers. You get what you pay for.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Hmm....nice clean room!!! Very comfortable and well appointed room! Overall an excellent value with lots of parking. The people here are very friendly too!! The others at the boardwalk look like the parking is very limited and overpriced

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

The room was decent but that's about it. The staff were not friendly at check-in. In the morning I went to the lobby to get some weak coffee in a Styrofoam cup with powdered creamer. The guy behind the desk was on the phone and he interrupted his conversation to ask me if I was staying at the motel and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Nothing special but everything you need (except the Wifi). Nice and clean room, good parking space For the breakfast there was choice of cornflakes, toast, butter, marmalade, coffee and tea. In the bathroom was soap and shampoo. Internet was working just for maximum of 5 minutes in a row.

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