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Howard Johnson Inn Santa Cruz

2.0 of 5 Motel   |   130 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (Formerly Ramada Limited Fishermans Wharf)
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Ranked #29 of 51 hotels in Santa Cruz
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
Bill H Roseville, California
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Berkeley, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed at this hotel the night before last. My car was (shocker!) unfairly TOWED and now I have to take the owner to small claims to get my $335 back. What happened: I saw poor reviews but proceeded to book because I'd had lovely stays at the same hotel about five years ago when I needed to stay in... More

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Roseville, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here because of the proximity to the Boardwalk. Rooms were clean. Facility looked "old" and could use some modernization. Beds were comfy. Thankfully, the location is such that it is quiet after-hours. It's not near the bar down the street or close enough to the Boardwalk that you're kept up after 10pm. Breakfast was typical, with waffles, juice,... More

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Monterey, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Room was exceptionally large and clean . It had been recently remodeled and had granite countertops, etc. and a nice view of the area. Had a full kitchen which was great. The front desk staff were both helpful and available. The breakfast was much better than we expected...loved the make-it-yourself belgium waffles. The other items were quickly replenished before they... More

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Merced, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Beds and pillows were horrible woke up every hour felt like I was sleeping on lumpy rocks. Great location and walking distance to the boardwalk and restaurants. Motel was clean and felt safe walkimg the neighborhood at night . Was upset that when I asked to stay parked the day I checked out, was told I had to pay $10.00,... More

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Fremont, Ca
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

The rooms were filthy, the blankets were dirty, the refrigerator didn't work, the front desk totally could care less and why would they need "cash only" for our second car? Seems a little strange to us. The only thing good about the entire place was it was close to the wharf. I think you need to call the guy from... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Was surprised how expensive this was for really average budget style accommodation. More like a backpackers. Low quality - lots of plastic and nylon. hot tub with lots of floating dirt in. Breakfast was fairly awful. Room was certainly clean but rooms either side being redecorated so maybe something better on way. Would gave been a good find at half... More

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

My family and I stayed for one night as a stopover in a family room, the staff were very helpful and friendly and the room although a little small was clean and adequate, with a very powerful shower. A good breakfast was included in the price with fresh juice fruit toast and yoghurt, my children loved the waffle making machine.... More

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We stayed just the one night and the staff were friendly, the double room, with two queens was clean and comfortable. Had a balcony and view of the ocean which was a bonus. Basic breakfast was included. Short walk to the beach. Free parking and they let us stay parked for a few hours after we had checked out. Good... More

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Address: 130 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (Formerly Ramada Limited Fishermans Wharf)
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Location: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Inn Santa Cruz 2*
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Also Known As:
Howard Johnson Inn Fisherman`s Wharf Santa Cruz Hotel Santa Cruz
Howard Johnson Santa Cruz
Ramada Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Ramada

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