We took advantage of the incredible low winter rates and stayed at the Dream Inn on Dec10-13, 2012. It had been many years since our last stay and we were very impressed with the personal attention we received by the staff. The night before we arrived I was surprised to receive a personal call at home from a staff member welcoming my arrival, that has never happened before at any hotel. Upon our arrival the staff was very helpful and ready to help in any way. Our room on the fourth floor was decorated in an art deco style, with lots of light and pleasant colors. The room and bathroom were very clean. Of course, the signature of the Dream Inn is the great view of the beach, warf and boardwalk. Everything was done perfect and the Aquarius is a great place to eat (see my review). One more thing, if you are lucky enough to get to Santa Cruz on a week day in the winter you will find the beach, eateries and shops mostly empty and if you like to get away from the usual mob beach scene, it is so pleasant and slow pace.....Hope you have as nice stay as we did, as my title says, I "Highly Highly recommend".