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Sea and Sand Inn
201 W Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060   |  
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Ranked #5 of 52 Hotels in Santa Cruz
california
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
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“A great surprise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

So many have written great reviews about this property and I don't want to be redundant, but when you find a place that makes you happy, you've just got to share the love! All of the staff were helpful and wonderful, especially Cecilia, who we found out has worked at the Sea and Sand for 21 years! She is a shining example of service with a smile. There were thoughtful little touches--a small note on our table to remind us to set our clocks back one hour before we went to bed (spring forward, fall back!) and gifts of salt water taffy. Yes, the full ocean views are incredible, as are the sunrises. Yes, there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance (the pier comes to mind--try Fire Fish), and you'll find a nice little binder in your room filled with what is happening in and around Santa Cruz in addition to restaurant choices. Yes, the rooms are on the small side but they are tastfully decorated and so very clean. If you forgot your hairdryer (I did), you'll find they supply one in a black bag in the closet! The rooms could use a little soundproofing, which would be my only gripe, but I almost feel bad saying that because our stay was just perfect at the Sea and Sand!! We will definitely return to this little gem.

Room Tip: If you crave an unobstructed ocean view, you can't go wrong with a second floor room!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Keystone, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

We stayed at the Sea and Sand Inn in December of 2011 on Christmas Eve. We had flown into San Francisco and rented a car to drive down the Pacific Coast Highway. It had been a very long day and we only made it as far as Santa Cruz when we decided to stop for the night. We had not made any prior reservations and were being free spirits! I had read about the Sea and Sand Inn before coming to California and so I wanted to check it out. As it turned out, they had rooms available! When we checked in we were warmly greeted by Deeder who booked us into a room on the bottom floor of the hotel. I really don't like the bottom floor as I can almost always hear people walking above me.....this was no exception! I asked my husband to go and ask if we could be booked into another room on the top floor. When my husband returned, he had a huge smile on his face and said, "Wait 'til you see this!" He led me upstairs to a suite that had a fireplace, a private balcony and a whirlpool tub for two!! It was beautiful! I asked how much he had to pay for it and he said, "Nothing". Deeder had simply upgraded us and said, "Merry Christmas!" How wonderful!! I awoke in the morning to the sound of sea lions barking.......a fresh cup of coffee in my hand as I stared at the beautiful ocean on Christmas morning! I have been dreaming of the Sea and Sand Inn ever since!! We are hoping to be back this Christmas!

Room Tip: Absolutely pay a little extra for a suite....you will not be sorry!!
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  • Stayed December 2011, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012 via mobile

We stayed midweek. It was quiet on the beach and so we slept with the windows open listening to the waves. Pretty nice. I can imagine, on a noisy hot weekend, feeling like some previous reviewers, but it was a great last night in California for us. Loved it.

The place is right next to some pretty pricey bijoux hotels and it offers (free) evening wine and cheese and beachfront tables & chairs on the grass while they don't. Chatty front desk staff,, good sized rooms, clean and decent bathrooms. The only downside is a long (30 mins plus) walk to any restaurants above diner level.

We'd certainly return - at least off season.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

We checked in at 2am when we got tired of looking for the perfect place to stay. Woke up to find that we were in the perfect place! Fabulous views across the bay, comfortable beds, lovely bathrooms, friendly, helpful staff. Highly recommend a stay here.

Room Tip: All sea facing!
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  • Stayed October 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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New Jersey
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136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

Upon arrival in Santa Cruz we found the Sea & Sand Inn to look like another average motel. Upon opening the gate to get to our room we found we entered another world. OMG, the view of the bay and boardwalk was a postcard view. The room was cozy and it felt like we checked into a B&B. We opened the windows at night and heard the waves and felt the ocean breezes enter the room. OK, cancel the rest of our road trip, I don't want to leave.
Breakfast was homemade scones and muffins. You could bring your breakfast up to the room or have it downstairs. Since my boyfriend is lazy, I got breakfast and brought it to the room, eating ourside. Homemad muffins and scones where out ot this world. I REALLY didn't want to leave.
Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk is another place to die for.

  • Stayed June 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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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012 via mobile

Alot of partyiers called desk they didnt pick up had to finally go up no avail. When we finally got to sleep it was disturbed by other guests room was average nothing special but the overpricing dont know about a next time here i guess if theres no other place tip many places r booked many months in advance n winter prices r substancially lower but down side is nothing is as nice as summer oh a note dont walk through beach flats at nite gangs n drugs r bad

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London ,England
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

This is an old style Motel/Inn property in a great location. parking is fairly straight forward.
The gardens are nicely tendered and make the place a bit special.
Staff are helpful but you don't need any further input.
It would be great to have the first floor access walkways on the road side so that all rooms could benefit from sea views without people walking backwards and forwards.
Slight downside is that the rooms are aired using a gas heater which is permanently on and it is a little worrying regarding Carbon Monoxide. These should be uprated to electric heaters.
We recommend this Motel/Inn.

Room Tip: First Floor has better view of the beach area.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 201 W Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Location: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Santa Cruz
#4 Romantic Hotel in Santa Cruz
#9 Family Hotel in Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The ocean-front Sea & Sand Inn has always been popular with savvy out-of-towners, but a major renovation in 2009 has added a whole new “wow” factor. Three new luxury king spa rooms with ocean view balconies were added; two spacious family cottages with private hot tubs and three other spa rooms were also upgraded. All 22 rooms have a fantastic ocean front view of sparkling Monterey Bay. ... more   less 
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