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Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff
21305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95062   |  
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Ranked #1 of 52 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
1 review
“Wonderful change from the usual hotel chains”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

My son, two daughters, and I stayed here on our drive through California, on our way to his new home in Washington State. And it was a wonderful reprieve to us. The breakfast was fresh with healthy breakfast choices, as well as fresh baked items from a bakery nearby!! The room was immaculate, with beautiful linens. An elegant feel really, without the exorbitant price. We were kindly given the information when we called to make reservations, of the fact that construction would start in the morning. They were updating the doors to the rooms with soundproof ones-- Not needed in my opinion, but it just reflected to me the quality of accommodations they were going after. Beautiful place. The beach is close by. Easy parking, easy access. Simple luxury.

Room Tip: Our corner room was quiet and easily accessible.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bella_Notte_95062, Owner at Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Dear Family Moving On, thank you for staying at Bella Notte and taking the time to share your experience with a review. We hope the rest of your road trip has gone well and your move to Washington State is a good one. Please keep us in mind if your travels bring you back to Northern California! Best Wishes Bella Notte Staff & Management.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Lubbock
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14 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Very pretty Inn and very pretty room. Lovely furnishings. Good bed with great linens, heated bathroom floor, plush robes. Extremely clean. Even a DVD player. Continental breakfast. I was quite comfortable.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bella_Notte_95062, Owner at Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Dear Grandmary A, thank you for staying at Bella Notte and taking the time to share your experience with a review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and especially our heated bathroom floors. Bella Notte Staff & Management.
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Tampa, Fl
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36 hotel reviews
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163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Our room was large, king bed as desired, and perfect if people were spending time at the beach, as they could store and pack a lunch. There was a refrigerator, and sink separate from the bath.
The heated bathroom floor was really neat, loved it.
We found no problem with noise, and found it was quiet throughout our stay.
Thanks for the suggestion to go to Capitola...we had fun.
The breakfast great, and Saturday having a full breakfast was a real treat.
We thought it was closer to the beach, but we managed.
Parking was very acceptable, Thanks for a great stay.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bella_Notte_95062, Owner at Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Dear MSmith, thank you staying at Bella Notte and taking the time to write a review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and especially the hot breakfast (served on weekends) courtesy of our friends at the Britannia Arms in Capitola. Best Wishes Bella Notte Staff & Management.
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Union City, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

My husband and I stayed here the past weekend. Beautiful, well appointed room. Heated floors, jetted tub, refrigerator, spacious room. Loved the full breakfast provided. Beach within walking distance. Very helpful and friendly staff. One of the best hotel experiences in recent memory. We will be returning soon. Great value for the price. No pool, but we didn't miss it.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bella_Notte_95062, Owner at Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Dear Vickie, thank you for staying at Bella Notte. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again on your next trip to Santa Cruz! Bella Notte Staff & Management.
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San Jose, Calif
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Found this place online by accident and reserved for anniversary getaway. This property is only 7 yrs old and is a hidden gem in Santa Cruz area. There is only ten rooms and all have exterior doors unlike other hotels with hallways. This is the reason people have commented on outside noise but no biggie for us. We stayed in room #9 that is upstairs and is nice and big. Beware there is no elevator and there is about 20 steps to 2nd floor. Our room had a king bed, flat screen TV w/built in dvd player on wall that moves, wet bar, mini frig and small desk area. The air/heater is under window and does make noise when turned on but that is normal. The mini frig does make noise every few hours but that is normal too. The bathroom has nice tub, tiles walls and floors. The floors are heated and is a very nice touch especially when barefoot out of shower or using restroom. The bed is very comfy and there is extra pillows in closet along with iron/board and safe. The ceiling are vaulted which makes the room look bigger than the average hotel room. There is a clock radio with ipod hook up. This place is VERY clean and very well maintained. We did hear our neighbors talking in the morning so this is not a place to have a party and get loud and wild. There is no swimming pool and there is one parking space per room. I wouldn't recommend this place for screaming kids as it is nice and peaceful for relaxation and spa like style rooms. The room had nice plush carpet and tile at entry, very comfortable and beautiful. Our bedroom window had no view but that was just fine with us. We did have a full breakfast with yummy sausage, bacon, scrammbled eggs, potatoes, toast, cereal, fruit, coffe, juices, etc. The full breakfast I understand is not always provided as there is sometimes just continental breakfast available. Depends on season or if rooms are fully booked. The breakfast is provided by The Britannia Arms located in Capitola Village. (YUMMY). The property owners are so very helpful and nice, really felt like home. Can't wait to go back next time. Recommend for couples, adults.

Room Tip: Lower floors if cannot walk stairs, any room is nice I hear.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bella_Notte_95062, Owner at Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
Dear Drinkwiz, thank you for staying at Bella Notte and writing such a thoughtful and thorough review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and the amenities offered. We hope to see you again the next time you need a quick getaway to Santa Cruz. Bella Notte Staff & Management.
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North Plains
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

This is a great find. This was a waypoint, not a destination. The hotel is well appointed and well run. The room was large, spotless, and very well-equipped at this price point. The bed was comfortable, pillows soft. In-room refrigerator provided. Everything about the room and bathroom went with a $200/night hotel, more than that at a beach town. Staff were helpful, and breakfast better by far than expected at this price. There are no negatives here at all.

Room Tip: room 3 advised; no elevator for second floor rooms.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bella_Notte_95062, Owner at Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
Dear NoName, thank you for staying at Bella Notte and taking the time to share your experience with a review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again if your travels bring you back to Santa Cruz. Bella Notte Staff & Management.
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Redding, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

What a wonderful inn with a wonderful staff. The room was clean & quiet, the bed was comfortable & the staff in this establishment goes above and beyond to be courteous & helpful. Carol was extremely helpful in letting us know where points of interest were. Because we were there in off season the breakfast was minimal, but there were wonderful choices, the fruit was fresh & the cookies were fresh from a bakery & delicious! I would definitely recommend this as a place to say & if we go back to Santa Cruz it will be our go to place! I would rate it more than 5 stars if I could.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bella_Notte_95062, Owner at Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff, responded to this review, February 6, 2014
Dear ReiredLady46, thank you for staying at Bella Notte and taking the time to write a review. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your stay and our staff was of assistance to you. Many guests enjoy our breakfast and we'd love to take all the credit, but we cannot. We get our pastries fresh each morning from Gayles in Capitola. And on weekends when a hot breakfast is generally served we get that from our friends at the Britannia Arms (also in Capitola). We hope to see you again the next time your travels bring you to Santa Cruz. Bella Notte Staff & Management.
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Address: 21305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Location: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Santa Cruz
#2 Romantic Hotel in Santa Cruz
#3 Best Value Hotel in Santa Cruz
#6 Business Hotel in Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bella Notte sets a new standard for Inns in the Santa Cruz area. Completed in December 2007, Bella Notte features ten spacious and well appointed rooms. We offer eight king rooms and two double queen rooms. Three superior king rooms also feature a fireplace and walk-in closet. All rooms feature imported marble bathrooms and heated bathroom floors. Bella Notte also provides free in room Wifi and cable TV with premium channels as well as free parking and complimentary continental breakfast. Bella Notte is located in Santa Cruz's Live Oaks neighbourhood, just two blocks from Twin Lakes Beach and close to several great local restaurants. The Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor is a short walk away and the famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, lively downtown Santa Cruz and the popular seaside village of Capitola are all just a few minutes drive. ... more   less 
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