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Carousel Beach Inn

110 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 110 Rivers (Formerly Carousel Motel)
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Carousel is clean and friendly and almost on the Boardwalk!! Really!! Main entance is just steps away, so your parking is all taken care of while you stay there. The hotel is a bit out dated and not for fussy travelers. A bit noisy, but still OK. We didn't care, some will. So fun to go over to the Boardwalk,... More 

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Carousel Beach Inn is very conveniently located and offers a simple but good jumping point around as well as in and out of Santa Cruz. Walking about SC is easy from it and to it too. The interior remodel, the reason why picked the place, is easy and not as attractive as it may seem in the pics. It's... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Right across the street from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, this is a great Inn for just parking your car (for free, in the property's interior parking lot--very secure) and never needing it again for a few days in Santa Cruz. You can easily walk to the Boardwalk and its fantastic amusement ride collection, long strolls on the beach, the... More 

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Citrus Heights, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Room was well kept, staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Inconsiderate guest took up two parking spots which are limited and the staff offered to give us her spot for the night. Great location, just steps from the boardwalk. Will stay here again when visiting Santa Cruz.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This hotel is in a great location! It is right across the street from The Boardwalk and down the street from the Wharf. We visited in the off-season so The Boardwalk was closed and very quiet. I would imagine that the hotel would be a lot louder when the rides are operating. The rooms appear to have been updated in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We stayed here for one night valentines day weekend and it was a good experience. Just steps away from the boardwalk and walking distance to the wharf. We arrived early but the staff was nice enough to check us in early (1ish). Rooms are relatively clean. Shower was powerful and functional (had a fold down bench to put stuff on).... More 

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Saint Paul Park, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Clean, cute rooms with balcony. 2 minutes from the beach and boardwalk. Continental breakfast included muffins, bagels, fruit ... Much better than expected! Will definitely stay again when in Santa Cruz.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I don't know what some people want from a hotel at the beach. When I go to the beach my expectations are different from when I'm traveling to other locations. I don't want some uber-fancy, over-the-top hotel with a fancy lobby and over-done rooms. I want a hotel exactly like the Carousel Beach Inn! I liked them before they did... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Because of our work schedules, I often "family-it" solo, as the only adult. 3 trips back, I decided I wanted to book the hotel RIGHT AT the Santa Cruz Beachboardwalk, envisioning the hassle of lugging beach gear and the 8 and 4 year olds back after a long day. During their winter rates period, the Carousel was crazy reasonable, free... More 

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Woburn, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Near the boardwalk great view from our room. Overly priced for one night during the slow season, clean room but a lot of noise on the outside and we went during the slow season. Free private parking off the street. Hotel needs upgrading i.e. paint the outside. Staff was ok.

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