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The Islander Motel

2.0 of 5
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522 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
The Islander Motel
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Ranked #30 of 53 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 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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Valley Springs, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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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Lake Tahoe
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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Trbovlje
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Was in town on a shoot, and loved staying here! I was hesitant with the price, but honestly it's great! The owner was very kind and gave us directions to nearby attractions. Not necessarily a date place, but just to sleep, perfect.

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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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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
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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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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