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The Darling House

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314 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Merced, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This home is experiencing the effects of the drought in CA just like everyone else. They have chose to use their water wisely and no longer water their yard so the property looks a little different in person than in the pictures; the lush green yard is gone. We enjoyed the historic home, the woodwork, the furnishings, and especially the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This B&B unfortunately is very tired. It really needs an update in several areas. Not I would say exceptionally clean. Furniture broken. Same breakfast two days in a row. Would have preferred a little wine crackers and cheese in the evening before setting out for dinner or a evening out. There were just cookies and very tepid tea. Stayed there... More 

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Denise D, Owner at The Darling House, responded to this review

While we've worked hard over the years to maintain our old-world charm, it sounds like we may have let a few things slip through the cracks. We're sorry to hear that your room didn't feel fresh and clean -- we'll certainly be working on improving that. We'll definitely take your suggestions regarding the breakfast and the wine and cheese, as... More 

Sacramento, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

The house is original, no modern updates. No phones, TVs, etc. Also, no mirror near an outlet to style your hair, and no decent mirror for makeup. But, those are minor inconveniences compared to the genteel ambiance of the house. The location is far enough from the boardwalk that you could ignore that busy area, but still walking distance to... More 

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Denise D, Owner at The Darling House, responded to this review

It sounds like the carefully preserved details, and the proximity to some of Santa Cruz's best spots are what you loved most about our place. We couldn't be happier to hear it, Mary! It was so wonderful to have you with us, and we love that you're already anxious to return. Thanks for mentioning the things like the bathroom mirror.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

Mr & Mrs. Darling were charming and friendly. Their residence was incredible and location second to none. However, we found some of the cleanliness lacking and, inasmuch as the original furnishings admirable, some upkeep and repair is, in my view, required.

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

Richard, we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us on the Edge of the Pacific. We continue to be in awe each time we look in appreciation of our surroundings. We have tried to maintain the turn of the century atmosphere by furnishing with original antiques though day to day use has taken a toll on some of them.... More 

Swindon, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

If you are looking to stay in Santa Cruz then Darling House is wonderful and close to all the amenities. You will feel like you have stepped back in time as the owners have preserved many of the original 1910 features. The owners themselves are fantastic and very friendly, full of advise about where to visit. Many of the rooms... More 

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Carmel, Indiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We like staying at Bed and Breakfasts, and have been seeking them out for a while now. The Darling house fits the paradigm we so appreciate; a historic home that, with a few unobtrusive modifications here and there becomes an extraordinary and welcoming place to stay while indulging in what the area has to offer. Of course, Santa Cruz is... More 

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Denise D, Owner at The Darling House, responded to this review

Wow, Jeff thank you! We are always glad when our guests are able to unplug, relax, unwind, and gratefully breath in the delight that Darling House provides for your Santa Cruz experience. We appreciate the rave review and your willingness to take the time to share it with others. It's always nice to visit with you when you are in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We found that place by chance based on the outlook and location. Jumped in after a long ride on our Harley and found one of the loveliest erderly couple in our life. They were friendly and helpful and we had a great talk. The place is amaizing, a time travel with such a small things like a silver mirror and... More 

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Denise D, Owner at The Darling House, responded to this review

Janka, we're so happy to hear you and your husband had such a wonderful, relaxing time with us while you were cruising down the coast in your Harley! So glad you enjoyed the old charm of the place and the sound of the seals. There's really nothing quite like it. The next time you're adventuring down the California coast, we... More 

Campbell, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Clean, homely, and super nice. We loved the location as well, walking distance to the beach. They also have their own parking lot, it is so quiet as well. Breakfast is light, but very healthy! We stayed in the Monterey Room, it was worth it. Totally worth it!

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Manteca, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

My husband and I decided to try an bed and breakfast for a quick get-a-way this past weekend. The Darling House was the perfect experience. Even though we had a later check-in, we were welcomed! The house is spectacular and has so much history. The Darlings were the great hosts to us. We will definitely be back.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We decided to leave Sacramento and have a little weekend getaway. We ended up in Santa Cruz tired and w/o reservations, and we found the Darling House. The Darling House has excellent service, and an amazing atmosphere. When you step into the foyer you feel like you have traveled back in time. They made accomodations for my spouse, myself and... More 

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