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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 52 hotels in Santa Cruz
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Centereach, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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
12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 July 23, 2014

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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

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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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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Address: 522 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Location: United States > California > Santa Cruz
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Hotel Class:2 star — The Islander Motel 2*
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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.One car per Room.Parking is limited. ... more   less 
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