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“Very run down, but fulfilled its purpose” 3 of 5 stars
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Fireside Inn
311 2nd St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (Formerly Paradise Inn By The Beach)   |  
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Ranked #33 of 52 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Antibes, France
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79 reviews 79 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Very run down, but fulfilled its purpose”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Booked last minute on hotwire and got a room for a very fair price. It was central enough to walk into town and the room was comfortable even though it didn't feel very clean. It definitely fulfilled its purpose for a safe stay during our roadtrip, and the service was friendly.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Auckland, New Zealand
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Disappointed. Smell of food by reception. Curry? Off hand receptionists - just doing the job, no real welcoming. Did not feel safe - Adjoining room said they had a new tablet stolen from the room. Bedding clean enough if a bit small for the nice big bed. Room cleaned/refreshed daily. Towels OK, very thin. A mishmash of furniture. No coffee maker.
Read the reviews carefully before booking. New owners this year.
Just not up to standard - I would choose somewhere else if going back to Santa Cruz.

Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Antioch, California
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I took a trip to the Boardwalk with some friends. The location of this hotel is great, just a few minutes walk from the beach, but it was the most disgusting place i've ever stayed. The window in the bathroom was open when we got there and there were little flies everywhere. The window opened up to a wall that had graffiti all over it. The shower was dirty, disgusting, and stained. The waste basket was still full of trash that the previous people left, and the TV didn't even work at all. I would NEVER stay here again!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Berkeley, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This is place wright on the Beach across from the Boardwalk.

It's Great, we love the Pariot's next door but it's a little loud sometimes.

We were in and out of our room all day and night for reto night's at the Boardwalk, and dinner on the wharf.

Me and a friend road my motorcycle over from Berkeley and Sacramento. I booked 1 day, stayed 2 more and will now know where to stay when I am in Santa Cruz. Don't let the older motel vibe foul you, that's the charm of Santa Cruz. The Location, your their in the center of it all and can see it from your room.

Not, like the other place's.

The place was nice, Value for the area (GREAT), the size of the room was larger then most, and very comfortable and clean.

I Wanted to point out mostly the bed's; the mattresses, I was so comfortable. I sleep like a baby.

The Staff, was so friendly and helpful with our stay. We talk ever morning over coffee, and a nice Continental breakfast.

Free Parking; is the best. It is a little step on the hill, and tight but everybody works together to make it work. The property is watch by cameras 24/7 and the staff is good about watch over things.

There a fridge, microwave, Wifi, Flatscreen TV, fans, no A/C - not needed open a window or a door it the beach. Come on. You get what you pay for location, location, location. But, these wonderful people that work there made our stay and our trip wonderful. Thank you, to all the staff at Fireside Inn.

Room Tip: There is no A/C, none needed it the beach there is a heater and you may need it. Great sleeping weat...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pflugerville, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Room #208, Two bed Suite (1 King & 1 Full in a very small separate room)

OVERALL: (Solid 2.5 of 5 motel)
We gave it the bump to 3 for its location only. Decent little 60's "Hole-in-the-wall" Motel that's only one block from the beach. Overall clean appearance. Not dirty feeling at all. Main complaint being the very slight musty and smokey smell. Rooms are non-smoking however there are ashtrays outside every room. No A/C means windows and doors are open and people are smoking outside your door. We could hear people talking on the balcony late into the night. Windows stayed closed to avoid smoke and noise.

POSITIVES:
1. Location-location-location! Note that some of the nicer places are only 1/2 mile from the beach
2. Room was clean and well maintained
3. Free WiFi internet was very fast... however it dropped out periodically
4. Friendly staff
5. Room included two fans to supplement the lack of A/C
6. Good ice maker available

NEGATIVES:
1. Price: Paid $119 with $10 military discount. Higher rated hotels, only 1/2 mile from beach, were $89-$109.
2. Smell: Very slight musty and smokey smell
3. Temp: Warm and mildly humid in room (with fans engaged) due to lack of A/C
4. Bedding: Thin linens slightly dated. Not to par with most $120 per night hotels
5: Towels : Need replacing as they were stained, thin, rough and were insufficient to completely dry your body with he single towel provided per person (2 total)
6. Bathroom/Shower:
- Sink did not drain properly
- Toilet barely flushed
- Shower head low and has no hand held extension. 5 minute "hour-glass" timer in shower to help you avoid running out of warm water
- Window covered in paint over-spray and is very loose fitting thus hard to close
- Transom from carpet to bathroom tile missing (carpet tack strip exposed)
7. Accessibility to Room: Pulling heavy luggage to room wash challenging as there is no elevator and you have to go both up and down stairs to get to most of the rooms on the second floor. We had to squeeze between cars with our luggage being careful not to scratch cars as there is no access to the main stair case.

Location is king and that is why it was sufficient for our needs.

Room Tip: - Avoid 2nd floor if you have heavy bags. - Check the temp of the room as it may be a bit warm in s...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Stay in this hotel often and the location is perfect.
Nice small walk to just about what you need, and the rooms are always clean.
They jack up the prices on weekends though...............................

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

When I booked over the phone, the person was really friendly. After booking a $ 265 room, I thought was a good one, since was the same as I was paying for the Disney resort, in Anaheim.
Such a mistake. Not ever air conditioned?
The bathroom window is open to the neighborhood to watch you?
Very very run down, loud, one chair in a suite, no patio, no porch, no view, parking for one small car ( I was driving my pick up) and no coffee or drinking water.

Seems the kind of motel we see in the movies, where bad guys hide.

The location is good, however, if the intentions is to be close to the Amusement Park.
The guy at the front desk tried to be helpful ( I guess trying to compensate the really poor deal)
He also told me that the breakfast is included with the room. I : Cool, where is that? Here, at this desk, we can arrange a couple of things. Decided to leave the place 5 AM.

Room Tip: Find a good room in a different hotel/motel.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 311 2nd St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (Formerly Paradise Inn By The Beach)
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Location: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Fireside Inn is located less than a 5-minute walk from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and Coconut Grove. Under new management January of 2014, the Fireside Inn has been completely renovated to give the guest the best experience in the area. Other attractions within 5 miles are Lighthouse Field State Beach, University of California Santa Cruz, and the DeLaveaga Golf Course. Downtown Santa Cruz is a 10 minute walk, with dining, museums and shopping surrounding the Fireside Inn.The Fireside Inn Santa Cruz features free Wi-Fi and a daily continental breakfast with pastries, juice and coffee. Free parking is included. All guest rooms are comfortably furnished with standard amenities including free high speed internet access, microwave, mini fridge, hair dryer, free local calls, alarm clock radio, and cable TV. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Paradise Inn By The Beach Hotel Santa Cruz
Paradise Hotel Santa Cruz
Paradise Motel Santa Cruz

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