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The Darling House

314 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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The Darling House
Ranked #7 of 15 Santa Cruz B&B and Inns
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I just spent a lovely weekend in Santa Cruz at The Darling House for the second time. The location is unbelievable, right across the street from West Cliff Drive. I had the pleasure of falling asleep to the faint sound of sea lions in the distance. The owners/hosts are very friendly and accommodating. This B & B has a lot... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

This property is beautiful and historic with original decor and little details that speak to the era in which it is built. It has one of the best views from the front porch, you can see the entire boardwalk and on a sunny day, it's quite breath taking. If you don't mind a property that hasn't been updated and are... More

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DWCD, Manager at The Darling House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review & we are glad you enjoyed your visit with us. Were you embraced in the colors of the rainbow as they filled the room with the rising sun? The Rainbow room does happen to be a favorite for many returning visitors. We hope to see you again. More

California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

The Darling House is a beautiful home with wonderful history. We stayed in the aptly named Rainbow Room. It was romantic, charming, and quaint. We slept to the lullaby of the sea, and awoke to the glorious prism display of the sunrise. The adjacent bath was perfect with a LARGE bathtub. No shower, but it was fun to soak with... More

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DWCD, Manager at The Darling House, responded to this review

It was delightful to have you with us, and we're glad you were able to indulge in the luxury of that huge porcelain tub. Thank you for the 2 additional hints. Hopefully it will help others who come for a relaxing retreat on the edge of the Pacific. More

Annapolis, Maryland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Looking for a beach town south of San Francisco and found this on Tripadvisor. What a find! Faces the bay and surfers, high over the water and right in town. What made this special was the home itself and the couple that runs it, the Darlings! Build around 1910, it survived a big earthquake in the 1980's, even its incredible... More

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DWCD, Manager at The Darling House, responded to this review

It was a pleasure to have you visit with us on the edge of the Pacific. Thank you for your kind words & recommendation to other travelers. We look forward to your return visit. More

Derbyshire
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

What a beautiful place...pricey but nicey...we were greeted by Mr and Mrs Darling and Denise Darling and were shown to our comfortable room. If you like architecture, beautiful vistas, quaint service and yummy breakfasts then this the place for you! It was so nice to be woken up by the sealions under the pier...barking away! Never had an alarm call... More

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DWCD, Manager at The Darling House, responded to this review

We appreciate your review & are glad to have provided a relaxing stay during your time on the edge of the Pacific. The sea lions are a favorite alternative to the morning alarm clock. We look forward to your return visit. More

Detroit, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

We loved it there. Spent 2 nights while visiting our daughter. Our hosts were such wonderful people. Served a very nice breakfast and late afternoon tea. Rooms are themed. Lots of proud history in this old mansion built in 1911! But the best part was the hospitality of our hosts and their history and wisdom! We got to hear a... More

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Napa, Californa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

I just stayed at The Darling House, and felt compelled to write about my experience. Upon arrival I was greeted by Mr. and Mrs. Darling who are very warm and kind couple, and was shown to my magnificent room with a panoramic view of the ocean. That evening I had a lovely dinner in walking distance from The Darling House,... More

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Simi Valley, California
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

I can only recommend this B&B for those who don't demand modern amenities and who aren't on a tight schedule. The house itself has beautiful architectural details, but is overwhelmed by it's attempt to stay true to the time it was built. I had the feeling that many things have been gathering dust for years. Not because the owners, who... More

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Los Gatos, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

The Darling House is one of my favorite escapes from the city. I first stayed there more than 20 years ago, and have enjoyed coming back every few years. It's close to all the Santa Cruz attractions like Natural Bridges State Park, Downtown, the University and Beach Boardwalk, yet away from the bustle. It literally overlooks the ocean and world... More

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California, United States
1 review
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

The Bad: You have to share a run down bathroom. The woman will pester you like crazy if you arrive passed the 4pm "check in." The rooms are tiny and the bed is rock hard. The woman is very old and can barely hear. And the price is ridiculous, you are much better going to an econo lodge where you... More

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Additional Information about The Darling House

Also Known As:
The Darling House Hotel
The Darling House Hotel Santa Cruz
Address: 314 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Location: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Over looking the Pacific Ocean this stately Spanish Mission Victorian mansion provides rest and relaxation both in its fine original craftsmanship as well as its central location that gives easy access to many of the local attractions. ... more   less 

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