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The Islander Motel

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522 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
The Islander Motel
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Ranked #28 of 53 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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5 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We were lucky to find a place to stay for one night. It was in the middle of a three day holiday and many places in Santa Cruz were booked. Friendly staff, good location, complimentary continental breakfast and just over $100 a night. The not so positive experience was the noise from Ocean avenue and that I found long dark... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We stopped by on a whim when deciding to spend a little more time in Santa Cruz. Unlike other reviewers we found the owner to be very nice and helpful, suggesting good restaurants for dinner and providing us a quiet room. The prices were really great here. The room was clean and comfortable. Just what we were looking for!

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San Diego, California
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

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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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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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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5 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
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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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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