On a recent business trip I had to limit my hotel choices because of the high prices in Santa Cruz, among some of the highest in the country. This motel-style hotel, where all of the rooms open onto the parking lot, was a reasonable alternative. The bed was comfortable, the breakfast adequate, and we did have one free parking space, all amenities that come at a premium in Santa Cruz. The layout of these rooms is unusual and, I think, ends up wasting space. The front door to the room is a sliding glass patio door, set at a 30 degree angle from the other walls in the room. This creates an open triangle of floor space when entering the room; maybe this is a good place to drop your surfboard when you're here on vacation. However, this arrangement makes the rest of the room cramped. When trying to work on my computer at the small table, making a cup of coffee, or laying out my suitcase, I was always twisting and turning, needing to take three extra moves and turns for what should have been one. The shower was very spacious and comfortable, but the remainder of the bathroom must be described as cramped. The staff member that checked us in was terse, but professional. The other staff people I interacted with during my stay were much more friendly. The next time my work takes me to Santa Cruz I will probably check out other options.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Seaway Inn is a charming Santa Cruz hotel perched on a hillside overlooking the gorgeous Monterey Bay. It has all the warmth and coziness of a classic beach hotel with a full array of modern amenities. It is just a short walk to family fun at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, world-class surfing at Steamer Lane, fine dining at the Municipal Wharf, and unique shops and entertainment in bustling Downtown Santa Cruz. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Seaway Hotel Santa Cruz