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“Great location for a high price” 3 of 5 stars
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Howard Johnson Inn Santa Cruz
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   130 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (Formerly Ramada Limited Fishermans Wharf)   |  
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Ranked #34 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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fort worth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

The room we got was small but it had everything we needed(coffee maker,large comfortable bed,big bathroom,partial view of Santa Cruz Wharf & window a/c with heater) & everything worked!
Rooms at the front of the hotel were expensive but we stayed were there wasn't that great of a view but it was reasonably priced.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reno, Nevada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Stayed here for one night in Sept. 2012. Paid way more for this room than a 5-star hotel in downtown San Diego. Room was dingy, dark, old and outdated. It was clean. It was a great location but the Ocean View we paid extra for was lame due to the new Monterrey museum just recently built that blocks the view. Location was great to the wharf and pier. Not worth $227 per night though. Yikes...

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

I don't understand these bad reviews at all....

So pleasantly surprised as we drove up to this hotel to see how close it is to the beach and the sea. The receptionist wasn't particularly friendly but we forgot all about that upon seeing the room. Immaculate decor, large fridge freezer, lovely balcony with a table and 2 chairs with views over towards the beach and sea. The shower was good and powerful, everything was in good working order. Amazing air con and very clean and nice bedding. I didn't go to the pool/spa nor the communal dining room so I can't comment on those.

The pier and Boardwalk are literally minutes away - you're as near to the action as you can be without sitting on the pier, and yet it's still quiet and chilled. Watch the surfers running in from the sea and listen to the sound of the sea lions carrying on the wind. Pretend you're in Lost Boys and go on the funfair rides!

Next door and just down the hill is an incredible burritos and tacos place. For $3.50 you can pick up a great meal. And it's open late.

I loved Santa Cruz and this hotel was as good as I'd hoped.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Concord, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

Stayed in a room with a Jacuzzi. Very clean. Quiet. Looks like it was recently remodeled. 32" flat screen on wall, microwave and frig. The frig was not the smallest one but one with a small freezer. Staff was cordial and helpful. Washer/dryer. Snack vending with surprisingly good prices. Location was very good. Close to boardwalk (less than 100 yds to wharf). Some questionables...The continental breakfast needs some work. Could use bagels, better selection of cereals and fresher fruit (bananas were getting brown). Spa but no pool. Not sure if this is a problem but hot water was scalding. This caused a problem when in the shower and water pressure changed.Ouch. One more thing, my car was a target for bird poop as the parking lot is open and under many trees. Still, overall stay was pleasant. Usually stay at Carousel but I will go back.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Naples, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Would like to rate the hotel but arrived at 11 pm with a prepaid reservation to find the office closed and a note on the window to ring the bell and wait for help. 45 minutes and 3 phone calls later was rerouted to another HJ property an hour down the coast by HJ customer service. Do not stay at this hotel and do not book thru Hotels.com. Their customer service in Malaysia was of no help and would only give a 50% refund. The manager of the hotel the next day was useless on the phone, offerred no reason for no one being at the office and would only refund $45 of the $130 saying that that was all he made on the room with Hotels.com making the rest. Even if you total both monies together, I must eat $20 through no fault of my own than booking thru Hotels.com and choosing this terribly run hotel. Avoid at all costs if you can.

Room Tip: Don't even bother. Skip this place unless you like bending over and taking it up the ***.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 130 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (Formerly Ramada Limited Fishermans Wharf)
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Location: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast
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Ranked #34 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Inn Santa Cruz 2*
Number of rooms: 30
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Also Known As:
Howard Johnson Inn Fisherman`s Wharf Santa Cruz Hotel Santa Cruz
Howard Johnson Santa Cruz
Ramada Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Ramada

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