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Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff
21305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95062   |  
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Free Breakfast & Parking
Ranked #1 of 53 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cheltenham
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
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“Very Good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Stopped for one night and we wish it had been more. Beautiful beach only 3 mins walk away. Friendly service and the best inclusive breakfast we had on our holiday. Santa Cruz was very quirky and we wish we had more time to visit Capitola. Hotel well positioned between the two.

Stayed August 2014
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Bella_Notte_95062, Owner at Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff, responded to this review, September 7, 2014
Dear Michiel, thank you for staying at Bella Notte. We're sorry you did not have more time to stay with us and explore Santa Cruz . While most people just know Santa Cruz for the Boardwalk we also have many great wineries, redwood groves, coastal/mountain hikes and for the adventurous all manner of water activities such as surfing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and whale watching. We hope you enjoyed to rest of your trip to the US and had a safe flight home. Best wishes, Bella Notte Staff & Management.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Sydney, Australia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The hotel though is very nice (doesn't look so much from the outside- looks can be deceiving!) . All the staff were friendly and helpful (especially their English owner- can't remember his name), the breakfast was a great selection for a small place (you won't go hungry) and there is adequate parking.

We have the corner room no.10 which is a suite. Very nice, large room- little kitchen, big bathroom, king-size bed- heaps of room which came in handy as we had a lot of luggage! The wife especially loved this place.

If you have a rental car/ some mode of transport its ok, but note the location of the hotel probably a 10 minute walk to the main beach in Santa Cruz and a 15 minute drive to the main wharf. (However, downtown Santa Cruz doesn't really compare with Monterey/ Carmel, its probably better to drive down there!)

Room Tip: Room No.10 was great
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bella_Notte_95062, Owner at Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff, responded to this review, September 6, 2014
Dear Tom, Thank you for staying at Bella Notte and taking the time to write a review. We are happy to hear your enjoyed your room (no.10) and our complimentary hot breakfast. While most guests enjoy our location - two blocks from Twin Lakes State Beach just south of the Santa Cruz yacht harbor halfway between downtown Santa Cruz and the village of Capitola we are not the closest hotel/inn to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk by any means. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your US vacation! Best Wishes Bella Notte Staff & Management.
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Sacramento, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This was the perfect hotel for our getaway. From the front desk to the amazing breakfast, everything was perfect. The room was awesome...loved the king bed, spa tub and heated floor. It was very refreshing as to how personable the inn owners were. Would definitely look forward to going back. Thank you for an awesome time.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Absolutely wonderful place to stay. The rooms are clean, breakfast is delish, the owners and staff are great, walking distance to beach and some good restaurants. My family loved the heated bathroom floor. The beds are comfortable and even though it is on a main street once in the room you can't hear a thing. Highly recommended!!!

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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orangevale, ca
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I booked the hotel for the Wharf to Wharf run not knowing what a gem this place is. I can not say enough good things about this hotel. The room decor and bedding are beautiful and the heated floors in the bathroom are amazing. It was more of a romantic get away with a 6 mile run on the side! The breakfast was great, yummy scones, yogurt and fresh fruit and granola, eggs, bacon and sausage. The room was expensive, but all the hotels are the weekend of the race and I feel I definately got what I paid for, not some run of the mill hotel that jacks up their prices for the weekend. Not sure if I will run the Wharf to Wharf again with 16,000 people, but if I do, I know where I am going to stay!!!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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, August 8, 2014
Dear MommaKay, congratulations on running the wharf to wharf this year and thank you for choosing Bella Notte. Typically the weekend of the wharf to wharf race is about the most expensive weekend to stay in Santa Cruz of the whole year with approx. 15,000 people flooding into town. Unlike some other hotels we do not jack up our rates for the occasion and as a result typically sell out very early each year the wharf to wharf race weekend. We hope you'll come see us again soon. The weather in Santa Cruz during the fall is often better than the summer (no June Gloom) and hotel rates will be much more reasonable. Best Wishes Bella Notte Staff & Management.
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Weed, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

My wife and I spent our 20th anniversary at Bella Notte. I have lived in the Monterey Bay area off and on for years . . . and somehow missed this gem. The owners are on site most of the time which means very little is missed. The location is quiet, romantic, and reasonably close to a restaurant, Shadowbrook, that we like a great deal.

Room Tip: Book early! The place is small and gaining a great reputation.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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, August 8, 2014
Dear RKD, Congratulations again on your 20th anniversary. Thank you for choosing Bella Notte to celebrate such a special occasion. We too cannot think of a much better place for an anniversary dinner than Shadowbook in Capitola and recommend any guests who want an extra special night out to call Shadowbook ahead of time to arrange for their free vintage taxi service for pickup/drop off and drop off from Bella Notte. We hope to see you again soon. Regards Bella Notte Staff & Management.
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Simi Valley, California, United States
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

This place is nice and beautiful. We especially enjoyed the modern up to date room and bathroom with the heated floors. The AC is super quiet and the triple Paine windows makes this a very quiet and comfortable place to stay. The owners were friendly and very accommodating. Delicious fresh fruit among the breakfast items.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Bella_Notte_95062, Owner at Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff, responded to this review, August 8, 2014
Dear Helle, thank you for staying at Bella Notte and taking the time to write a review. We are happy to hear you liked your room. We certainly feel the installation of triple pane exterior windows earlier this year was a good investment and we are happy to hear you feel the same. We hope to see you again if your travels bring you back to the Monterey Bay area. Best Wishes, 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:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Santa Cruz
#2 Best Value Hotel in Santa Cruz
#2 Family Hotel in Santa Cruz
#5 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 hot 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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