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“Great little place, clean, quiet, inexpensive” 4 of 5 stars
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The Islander Motel
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   522 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060   |  
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Ranked #22 of 52 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Great little place, clean, quiet, inexpensive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

We stayed there for 1 night. The room was small and cozy but had a king size bed. To me it seemed like the building had been updated. Windows and countertops seemed new. Bed and showers were very clean.
Free parking
Free Internet
Free continental breakfast: cereal, oatmeal, bananas, milk, orange juice and coffee
Surrounded by restaurants but may I suggest "the Greek" about a mile away. Try the lamb
Great overall value, would stay again

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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munaf s, Manager at The Islander Motel, responded to this review, November 10, 2012
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write!! So glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and hope that you will come see us again soon.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Denver, Colorado
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

This property is basic and somewhat dated. The price was right, but it is located on a major road (Ocean Blvd.) so there was quite a bit of road noise. It was centrally located and within walking distance to the Boardwalk, the Wharf and downtown, had we been so inclined. The room was clean with a refrigerator and microwave.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sparks, Nevada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

And inexpensive. Plus a very nice boss lady who will invite you back if you've been nice yourself. Our room was tight and comfortable with a king bed. A small fridge with a small microwave oven on top of it sat in one corner, pretty handy for a resort area with its numerous and often expensive restaurants. A light breakfast is provided in the lobby. Two wireless connections. Take Ocean Street south across Soquel and you'll arrive at the Boardwalk.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write!! So glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and hope that you will come see us again soon.
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Vista, CA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

Front desk was very curious and competent. Many positives - clean, super low price, bedding good, breakfast limited but sufficient. Only negatives - need to take breakfast back to room to eat as there is no room, nor tables to eat in the lobby. Also, our heater was very loud. But the good far outweighs the two inconveniences. We will return!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

My wife and I just returned from a 3-night stay. We really liked it. The rooms are rather small, but big enough for the two of us, clean and quiet, with fridge and premium cable. No bed bugs or any other insects. Dogs not allowed. Continental breakfast. Good diner and restaurant literally around the corner. Outdoor heated pool on premises. Enough parking space. No strangers on premises. Located in a clean, quiet neighborhood in the center of Santa Cruz, and near to everything. Very nice and helpful owners @ reception desk. Great stay, good vibes. We will be back in Santa Cruz in a week, and booked a room at the Islander Motel again. And yes, I would definitely recommend it to a friend.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Los Osos, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here on a Sunday night so it wasn't too expensive. For the price it was good. Nice and clean. They were vey friendly and helpful. Our friends were meeting us in Santa Cruz and the lady at the front desk let them use the phone to call us. The breakfast was simple but fine with real orange juice, coffee, bread and butter, and cereal. Our room had a TV, a microwave, and a fridge. The hotel is also just a short walk from downtown so we could have a couple drinks with dinner and not worry about driving back or dealing with parking.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 522 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Location: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 52 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — The Islander Motel 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cleans and Comfortable, AAA 2 Diamond rated, 2 story with 22 guest rooms that include, 32" flat Screen LCD-HD TV Withe Remote, complimentary continental breakfast, Free Local Calls, All rooms have phone, Free WiFi. High speed Internet access in Room hairdryers. Some rooms with Micro fridges. Free parking, Seasonally heated pool and electronic door locks for your security. Located approximately 1 mile from the world famous Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk. We are within walking distance to Downtown Santa Cruz, numerous nightclubs, theaters and shopping at Pacific Garden Mall. Roaring camp, Mystery Spot, The University of California Santa Cruz, the Museum of Art and History and Pasatiempo Golf Course are all nearby. We look forward to making your stay with us the Best Value in Santa Cruz. Sorry No Pets.One car per Room.Parking is limited. ... more   less 
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