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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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  • 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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Gore, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed last week for three nights. Rooms were very clean, had all you need and breakfast was even supplied. The staff were friendly. Good location and fair price compared to many others I looked at.

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Brooklyn
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked three nights, but then quickly found option I was happier with. Canceled through email address provided on confirmation. I never heard anything one way or the other, and then charges appeared on my credit card - first the full amount, changed ultimately to a portion of the first night. When I was sent an automated email asking about my... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Boyfriend and I stayed here. Nothing fancy, but it was clean, in a great location and was a great price. Stayed on a Thursday evening. Pool looked clean and had nice warm water, but didn't get chance to swim. Room and bed comfortable and clean, only one problem that should be addressed and that was a horrible sewer odor in... More 

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Kearney, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived late in the evening and, as reviewers have mentioned, parking was tight. The room was very clean and tidy. Furnishings seemed nicer than your average motel/hotel. Typically slow WiFi that we found at many of the hotels throughout our trip. Santa Cruz is a beautiful town and would stay at The Islander again if we visit.

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Kansas City, Kansas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I were supposed to stay here, however, there were problems as soon as we pulled in. We were traveling with a trailer (5x8 uhaul type). We took two parallel parking spaces right by the pool in order to check in. As soon as I walked through the door I was informed that we could not park there... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

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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Valley Springs, California
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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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