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Carousel Beach Inn

110 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 110 Rivers (Formerly Carousel Motel)
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Ranked #23 of 51 hotels in Santa Cruz
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
glam72 Oakland, 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
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Oakland, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
3 helpful votes 3 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

Lodi, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

My boyfriend and I recently stayed here for a weekend getaway. The staff and room are wonderful. The location is even better: right across the street from the Boardwalk!! We kept the car in the parking lot the entire time and just walked everywhere. Plus, we didn't have to pay for parking. Big plus considering parking is a pain &... More

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Madera, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
6 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I read many reviews, and after narrowing down ( with the criteria of being close to the beach and boardwalk, and not spending a lot) chose the Carousel Beach Inn. I used to live in La Selva Beach nearby, so I know how pricey the area is. Initially upon arrival I was thinking I had made a mistake. The property... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

our family of four had a nice visit (one night) to the Carousel Beach Inn. Very basic but upgraded cosmetically, and clean. Wi-Fi service was pretty weak, a downfall for my two teens, but overall we liked the bedding, clean and comfortable. And the location could not be any closer to the Boardwalk. also the price was attractive probably since... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

My second time staying at this property - both times I've had amazing staff, excellent, clean rooms (this trip, even better with their new remodeling!) And who could complain about the location - right across the street from the boardwalk! A bit overpriced but they truly deliver - I've left other motels in Santa Cruz to come here. Look forward... 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
Carousel Santa Cruz

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Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Wheelchair access
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#7 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Cruz
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The family-friendly Carousel Beach Inn is just steps away from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the Main Beach. ... more   less 
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