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“Great view and very fun decor” 5 of 5 stars
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Dream Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   175 W. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (Formerly Coast Santa Cruz Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #6 of 52 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Great view and very fun decor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

We loved this place! Great views. Friendly staff. The restaurant was one of the best on our trip. Would love to go back in warmer weather to really enjoy the pool area.

  • Stayed February 2012, 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012

I recently stayed at the Dream inn for my three-year anniversary and I had such a great time here. Initially I booked a room in the “tower suite” but since my boyfriend and I arrived way too early for check in we had to wait for our room. This was no problem because just a few minutes away is the beach boardwalk, we grabbed lunch and just an hour later I get a call from the front desk asking me if I would prefer another room that was ready and since it was my anniversary it is the best room in the hotel; at no additional cost to me of course. This was unexpected but overall I am glad we stayed here. The views are amazing, the room is nice and spacious, and the location is so close to the beach!! The staff was great, friendly and polite. I will definitely come back more often in the summer. Overall we had a great time =)

  • Stayed February 2012, 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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Vancouver, Canada
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

The rooms on the lower level have great decks and are very close to the pool and jacuzzi. Specifically room 118 is a winner. Fall over twice and you're in the ocean.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sacramento, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

Although the decor is strictly Jetsons (not normally my cup of tea), I've rarely enjoyed a brief stay so much. Our room was immaculate, and every room has a spectacular view of the Monterey Bay. You can zone out sitting on your room's balcony, watching the surfers. Staff are attentive and accommodating. The in-house restaurant, Aquarius, has acceptable food and an incredibly pleasant and relaxing ambiance, with views of the bay and the beach through floor-to-ceiling glass walls. The location is ideal, on the posh West Side of Santa Cruz, but in easy walking distance of downtown, the boardwalk, and the municipal pier. I'll be back!

Room Tip: Join the Joie de Vivre rewards club and get a free bottle of wine on check-in.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sacramento, CA.
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

We went to Santa Cruz this Valentine's Day to celebrate our anniversary. This year we stayed at the Dream Inn. The room was nice and the bed was very comfortable....really nice bedding and get this, a pillow library. You can pick from a list of pillow types! Ha, no need for us since the feather pillows in the room were soooo nice. The hotel is right on the beach and every room has an ocean view. They put us on the 10th floor so we had the most amazing view ...can't tell you how nice it was. The parking valets took great care of the car and we never had to wait to have them bring it up. Overall I'd say this place get's an A+ for rooms, location and staff. If you plan to visit Santa Cruz, stay at the Dream Inn!

Room Tip: Higher floors for the best ocean views - lower floors for closer access to the hotel pool and spa.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2012

What's in a name? Everything when you are talking about the Dream Inn. My family and I LOVE this hotel. As soon as we arrived the valet quickly helped us with our bags. Check in was fast and simple. We took the elevator to our easy to find room on the 10th floor and the moment I stepped in I was speechless. The view was beautiful. That alone was worth every penny. The room was very nice as well. We stayed in the cloud suite which was perfect for the 4 of us. Valentine's night we had dinner at Aquarius. (the hotel's restaurant) It was delicious, even for a vegetarian, a meat lover, and 2 picky kids! Everything about our stay was great. The staff was so friendly and helpful. Plenty of fun things for the kids to do. We went to the boardwalk, bowling, and even had surf lessons! Thank you Dream Inn for a beautiful vacation. It was like a dream :)

Room Tip: All the rooms have balconies so you can't really go wrong when choosing a room.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

The location is hard to beat...just feet from the beach and pier/ boardwalk. Very cool conversion of an old surf motel. Very nice staff and the rooms worked well for our brief overnight stay. Great morning walk along the strip to a local breakfast diner. All and all a good experience.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 175 W. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (Formerly Coast Santa Cruz Hotel)
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Location: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Santa Cruz
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Cruz
#4 Family Hotel in Santa Cruz
#5 Romantic Hotel in Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Dream Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A fun culmination between the beach and the slightly offbeat town of Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz Dream Inn is the ideal destination for a weekend escape, corporate event, family vacation or a romantic getaway. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Dream Inn, a Joie De Vivre Hotel Hotel Santa Cruz
Dream Hotel Santa Cruz
Coast Santa Cruz Hotel

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