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Carousel Beach Inn

110 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 110 Rivers (Formerly Carousel Motel)
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Ranked #20 of 52 hotels in Santa Cruz
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
Settles1961 Sacramento, California
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Sacramento, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Last time I stayed at this motel was in 2006. It has been completely updated. The rooms were remodeled with bright beach colors, tasteful artwork and very comfortable beds. Everything is clean and well maintained. We had a minor problem with our air conditioner and stopped by the front desk to report it. By the time we came back from... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was stunned at how close we were to the BW! The staff was so accommodating. They allowed us park our car at 10am and then had our room ready (204) at 2pm. It faced the BW with a wonderful balcony, which was perfect for watching the action. It doesn't get any better than having some wonderful Mexican takeout and... More

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This inexpensive, no frills motel was clean and well-equipped. The staff were very friendly and there was ample parking on site. It is one of the best motels that we stayed in on our road trip from SF to LA. The real beauty is its convenience for the boardwalk which is one of the highlights of any road trip on... More

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Aliso Viejo, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
26 hotel reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Upon arriving to SC we were a little worried. I knew this hotel was not high on the Tripadvisor list, however it was the closest to the boardwalk that offered free parking, early morning muffins and coffee at an okay price. The room were very, very clean. That is a huge plus as our family needs clean rooms it is... More

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Oakland, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Some friends and I made our annual trek down to Santa Cruz for Friday Night Bands on the Beach and to ride rides on the Boardwalk....one of our group made reservations at this motel, and it truly can not be MORE convenient! Six of us shared two queen rooms the first night, and my boyfriend and I relocated to a... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The location can't be beat! It was great for our family. We have teens that could walk over to boardwalk without us. The rooms have been updated they are bright & great art work. We arrived early. I called & asked for a room facing the boardwalk & was accommodated. Our room wasn't ready but we checked in & parked... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We had a wonderful stay and it was close to the Board walk. They were helpful when we got in and even Checked us in early with a balcony view of the Board walk.. Overall experience was good! The only thing I am concerned about are: They tried running my card prior to out stay.. Which we were never told.... More

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Las vegas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014 via mobile

Clean. As expected and as advertised. Great value and quaint. If you knew exactly what you wanted from the boardwalk passes, this is worth the discount. If you have any reservations about your activities at the boardwalk, you may not want to buy in advance as they are non refundable and non transferable.

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Napa, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We stayed at the Carousel Inn for 3 nights during my son's spring break this year. The Boardwalk is ALMOST right outside your door! We can see the Boardwalk from our balcony. The room was very roomy, nice and clean, and the mattresses and sheets were very, very comfortable. So soft and heavenly, the bed sheets felt like 1000 thread... More

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Petaluma, California
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We stayed here on 5/24/2014. I called to make the reservation for what I was told was the last room. While asking a few questions I heard a loud mainly voice ask the gal I was speaking to "DOES SHE WANT IT OR NOT?". The gal then said I had to make a decision that moment because a walk-in had... More

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SCSeaside, Director of Operations at Carousel Beach Inn, responded to this review

I’m disappointed to hear that your experience with us during a busy Memorial Day Weekend was not up to our usual high standards. We are working with staff to address your concerns. We typically receive wonderful reviews for our guest service, we’re very sorry that your recent stay with us fell short. - Lisa King, Carousel Beach Inn Director of... More

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Address: 110 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 110 Rivers (Formerly Carousel Motel)
Location: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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Also Known As:
Carousel Motel Santa Cruz
Carousel Hotel Santa Cruz
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