We were driving around Northern California, drove into Santa Cruz around 8PM and stopped at this hotel because it looked large enough to have an opening and we are so glad they did!!! We got a 1st floor (still 1 floor over the beach) ocean view room for about $280. We LOVE boutique hotels and this although much larger than most boutiques this is very modern and boutique-y feeling. There is beach access from the pool area - you are totally within walking distance of the wharf (many restaurants) and Pier/Amusement Park. The pool was salt-water and the perfect temperature for a chiily Nor-Cal day. The pool area has a cute bar that opened later than I was there - and there seemed to be plenty of chairs facing the ocean/piers for a great view at any time.
We slept with the balcony door open to listen to the waves and had only a few problems with the noise of birds - we saw bugs flying over the beach, but none of them entered our room at night. Loved the toiletries - LATHER. Tempting minibar foods left on counter were distracting, but still great. The only negative would be the bell staff seemed greatly understaffed, they need more bellman to handle the large # of people, but still a great stay and will return if going back.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Dream Inn, a Joie De Vivre Hotel Hotel Santa Cruz
- Dream Hotel Santa Cruz
- Coast Santa Cruz Hotel