Been staying here for many years. Most of the time we ask for the very front rooms that you can sit out on the deck and people watch. The only downfall for that is late at night you still have a little traffic,the train that comes right in front and the garbage trucks doing there thing. My suggestion is the third floor rooms,you can see the ocean and can get some rest or by the pool if you want to be right in the back of the hotel but yet you are just minutes away from the beach across the street. Very friendly staff. Great hotel for a family or just a couple of you. You can walk to the pier and get some good seafood or take a drive to Capitola just a few minutes away and eat outside or in at the Crows Nest restaurant which is yummy also. Best Bakery in this town is the Buttery Bakery,part bakery with the most delicious items and part deli and also serves breakfast and lunch but get there early as they only have so many seats. This place rocks!! Do not eat at the Santa Cruz diner that you see first coming into town, bad service,plastic plates so if I wanted plastic plates I would go camping.....yuck!! food was awful,just because Diners,Drive-In & Dives visited there does not make it good as we have been to 3 Triple D places and all were terrible,dirty and won't ever return. This hotel is a great hotel to stay at but they get booked months in advance so if you plan on staying here book a couple of months in advance.