This was our first stay at the Beach Street Inn after coming to Santa Cruz for 20+ years. The hotel is very clean and the amenities for a beach hotel are outstanding.
The hotel is made up of 4 different levels. 1st level just above the shops on the street, the 2nd level rooms can't see the street, but do have a view of the beach and wharf, the 3rd level is made up of ocean view rooms with semi private patios and then the 4th level is at the very top surrounding the pool. We stayed on the 2nd level in an ocean view room, but I would imagine all of the rooms have positive features to them.
The street access from the front of the hotel to the beach is very convenient. There are several restaurants, a liquor store, pizza parlor, ice cream, and the wharf shops/food all within walking distance. Across the street is the Santa Cruz trolley stop where you can catch a ride to downtown for $.25 each way. (Exact change of a quarter is needed.) The trolley arrives/departs every 30 minutes. Very convenient way to visit the unique downtown area and not have to drive or search for a parking space.
The hotel itself is very nice and the typical traveler will be more than pleased. The only small negatives are the parking (which fills up quickly in the summer) and the squeaky beds in our room. The beds were comfortable, but extremely squeaky if you adjusted yourself or moved around on the bed. It was tough not to wake up others when turning over during the night.
The hotel also has bikes for rent, a BBQ area, and a fire pit for use. The pool area is clean and comfortable and beach towels are provided at the pool area. While the price is not cheap to stay at this hotel, the perks and pleasant ambiance of the hotel make you feel you get a little extra something for those added dollars. If you can afford it, definitely check it out.
Overall I would certainly suggest this hotel. I'm sure we will be staying here again next summer when we visit Santa Cruz again.
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- Also Known As:
- Beach Street Inn And Suites Hotel Santa Cruz
- Terrace Court Hotel
- Terrace Court Santa Cruz