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“Great location, hip 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 53 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
San Francisco, California
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Great location, hip decor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Completely unfamiliar with Santa Cruz, my BFF and myself picked Dream Inn because of its proximity to the Capitola Half Marathon start and finish line. Everything was in short walking distance- perfect. I've stayed at other Joie de Vivre properties so I was confident that it would be nice. True to form, the staff was friendly, the room was nicely decorated (in that modern 50s/60s style) and the beach/pier/wharf views were unsurpassed.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

We stayed at Dream Inn for two nights and enjoyed it. The is the only larger hotel on the beach and it's proximity to the beach (on it!), pier, wharf and west cliff drive. Our room was on the 7th floor and whilst the room was spacious and comfortable we were positioned next to the lift so it was noisy during busy times. Surprisingly we could also hear a child running around in the room above. The decor was modern and retro-styled.

The staff were friendly and welcoming and there is parking across the road which is very convenient - at a cost. WIFI is now complimentary. We had two fridges and one was empty so this was handy to stock our own drinks.

As others have stated, the view is great and we enjoyed sitting on the balcony watching the world play on the beach below. A nice spot to unwind.

We would definitely recommend Dream Inn, just request a room away from the lift and perhaps on the top floor.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sean H, Guest Relations Manager at Dream Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review, June 28, 2013
Thank you for your feedback. I hope that on your next visit we are able to turn your dream into a reality. Please feel free to let us know if you experience a disturbance as we endeavor to make the Dream Inn a place for everyone to enjoy themselves, but not at the expense of others. We hope to have you again to exceed your expectations!
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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

This is a cute, modern, hip hotel. It's furnishings have a fun hip/retro surf theme. Everything is reasonably updated, nice and new. The best thing about this room was by far and away the view. Each room has an ocean view with views of Cowell's Beach, Steamer's Lane, and the Wharf. From your room you can watch surfers, beach goers, paddle boarders, and catch glimpses of Santa Cruz's various sea life. All the staff is pleasant. We were there for a work trip for my husband and he was really pleased with the catering services as well. If you are going to Santa Cruz, try to stay here! Walk to the Boardwalk, beach, Wharf. Restaurants and entertainment close by. Santa Cruz's great downtown not far away on Pacific Avenue. Heated outdoor pool and hot tub are great as well:). Santa Cruz's best walking/jogging route - West Clifff Drive begins and ends just right out the door.

Room Tip: All rooms have a beach view! Keep an eye out for Joie de Vivre specials.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

My husband and I have stayed at the Dream Inn twice in the last 5 months. Overall we LOVE this hotel mainly because all rooms have ocean views. The first stay was on the 6th floor in room 626 the only complain of that room was the hard bed. In addition the food at Aquarius was not that great, I think the chef had an off day because we’ve dined there and the food was good.

Our second stay was far the best. We went to celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary which I mentioned when I called to make the reservation. When we checked in the front desk wished us a Happy Anniversary, which I thought was a great touch and very thoughtful. This time we stayed on the 10th floor which I think was better than the 6th floor in regard to view, well keep that in mind for next time. During this stay were able to enjoy the wonderful weather lounging by the pool with beverage and food service, which was great. Although note that if there are a lot of people at the pool the waitresses could take a long time or not notice you want service. This stay we opted not to eat at Aquarius and try other restaurants nearby, we only had dessert and drinks one night. We are looking forward to our next stay, we hope it is soon.

Room Tip: Rooms in 10th floor have a great veiw!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sean H, Guest Relations Manager at Dream Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review, May 16, 2013
Thank you for your review and feedback. We hope to provide a consistently high level of service, and we hope that your next stay mirrors your last. Please always let us know if something is amiss as we are here to make sure your stay exceeds your expectations. Thank you again, and we hope to see you soon!
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San Jose, Ca.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Dream Inn on our honeymoon, nearly 45 years ago, and have gone back many times over the years, even after it was sold and lost the old name. Fortunately, Joie de Vivre was able to re-use the old name when they bought it. They have done a great job of remodeling the rooms and the pool area is quite nice with all new lounge furniture, umbrellas, etc. They also have a very nice and friendly pool side bar where you can order snacks, burgers, beer, mixed drinks. The entire pool area is surrounded by glass that's maybe 5 feet high, keeping out wind from the ocean, but keeping the gorgeous view intact. The rooms are nicely appointed with flat screen TVs, laptop safes, small refrigerators. What shocked me was that they also have an audio/video unit that allows you to plug in your DVD player, iPad, etc., and play content on the TV...HDMI outputs and RCA outputs as well. Nice staff, great experience. The place is pricey but worth it. Look for deals on Travel Zoo, etc.

Room Tip: Ask for highest possible room in "tower", which has 10 floors, instead of the 3 story wing...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Sean H, Guest Relations Manager at Dream Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review, May 16, 2013
Thank you for your 5 star review! I am sure that the property has gone through some major changes over the last 45 years. I hope that your experience matched or exceeded your memories of your last stay. Hopefully it won't take another 45 years to have you back!
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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Went up to Santa Cruz for family party and stayed 2 nites at the Dream Inn. The rooms were great with ocean view and very clean. The hotel staff were very nice and accommodating. Christopher at the front desk was awesome and took care of us. The location was great and walking distance to the pier. Looking forward to going back and enjoy this city and hotel again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

this is a great place to stay and eat THERE SERVICE IS THE BEST GREAT VIEW JENNY in the restaurant SHE IS WONDERFUL and made our stay special along with stephani and jeremy.DREAM INN IS THE PLACE TO GO IN SANTA CRUZ

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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Sean H, Guest Relations Manager at Dream Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review, May 16, 2013
Thank you for recognizing the service provided to you by Jenny, Stephanie and Jeremey. I am thrilled to see that our staff exceeded your expectations. Our thought is that happy employees usually make for happy guests. Sounds like we got it right! Looking forward to seeing you soon!
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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 Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Santa Cruz
#4 Family Hotel in Santa Cruz
#4 On the Beach 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*
Number of rooms: 165
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. We're getting ready to make a splash. Our beachfront pool area will be closed for renovation from December 1, 2014 through March 12, 2015. We look forward to reopening with upgraded amenities and design, plus a hot tub more luxurious than ever before-all steps from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and Monterey Bay. ... more   less 
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