I stayed here for a single night prior to the Capitola Half Marathon. It's a great location in relation to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (less than 5 minute walk). They have a nice pool, the room was very clean and everything was in working order. The couple that was working there were very friendly and even remembered me and asked me about how my run was the next day when they saw me. Nice personal touch.
It did seem a little expensive for a Super 8 motel; I suspect the location contributes to the higher price. I didn't make use of the free breakfast but the lobby was a little small; you may want to enjoy your breakfast outside if the weather allows.