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“Above average value, average room, horrible internet connection” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Howard Johnson Inn Santa Cruz

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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 #33 of 53 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Above average value, average room, horrible internet connection”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Using the coupon in the hotel deals magazine, we got a room with 2 double beds for $70, which is very reasonable for the area. Don't pay for "ocean view" because there really isn't one. The room was clean but the towels were not (although they were folded and put away). The breakfast was a joke. The wireless network kept dropping out and was terribly slow. They have a disclaimer sign at the front desk that blames all wireless woes on the guests computers (which it isn't). They will lend you an ethernet cable and you can plug in at your room, making the internet much faster.
The shower was great because of the high water pressure, one of the first ones with a massage setting that actually worked.

Room Tip: Don't pay extra for the ocean view, you really can't see much. Rooms near the spa are noisy...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 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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Sparks, Nevada
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

I was here with my husband and 5 year old son. We searched for a good hotel deal close to the boardwalk for awhile. We wanted a hotel with a balcony, close to ocean/boardwalk, hot tub, continental breakfast and a pool. We ended up here. no pool, but everything else matched. The room was big and had a kitchen, we did not use. It was a bit pricey but would be ok if you stayed awhile because of the kitchen feature. Very close walk to the ocean was the best feature.

Room Tip: Go for the ocean view with balcony.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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fort worth
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12 hotel reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
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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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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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 #33 of 53 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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