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“Car Not Needed for Boardwalk/Wharf/West Cliff” 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 #29 of 52 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Sacramento
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Car Not Needed for Boardwalk/Wharf/West Cliff”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We chose this hotel for its location, rating and off season price. It did not disappoint. Our room, though very small, was clean, had a view of the wharf /bay, and a private balcony with table and chairs. We didn't need our car to do most of the things we had planned in our two day, one night stay. Room furnishings/decor were standard issue hotel style. There was a small refrigerator, microwave and safe in the room. We really enjoyed having cocktails on the room balcony.
If we had planned to spend more time at our lodging, we would have probably picked a hotel with a pool and other added amenities. Our only complaint was that the tub had, what looked like, fused rubber marks (possible from a bath mat at one time???) Would ask for a different room next time. And yes, because my husband and I are outdoor types, we spent most of our time on the beach/cliffs or enjoying other Santa Cruz features.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

This hotel gives HoJo a bad name. After staying at the HoJo in Anaheim we booked one nights accommodation in Santa Cruz. We were charged way too much for a small room and were charged $20 for the use of a crib without linen, which we had to set up ourselves. No big deal, but every other US hotel we have stayed in provides this service free and with blankets.
Breakfast was disappointing with plastic plates, cutlery and stale bread... It is also requested that you take out your own trash (?)
We were far from impressed and found the staff nonchalant and lazy. We have since learned that HoJo hotels are franchised which explains the difference in service. We would not recommend this hotel to anyone, especially families. There are plenty of other hotels in Santa Cruz to choose from.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Menlo Park
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

It was a nice quiet place to stay. A little too expensive for the quality of the room for the Saturday night, but that's what you get when you extend a stay. I wish they had better breakfast items, meaning healthier, and I really do not like the paper plates and Styrofoam to eat off of, but this is an American standard. It would be great to have some real mugs and bowls and create less garbage.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Richmond
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Stayed here because of location and figuring if it was HoJo, it wouldn't be as bad as some Santa Cruz motels. It was perfectly fine for what I needed, which was a place to stash my stuff and to get one night's sleep. If I were spending any more time there, I don't think I would have been very impressed. But the are very few places to stay in Santa Cruz, so I guess this is one of the acceptable ones.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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Minden, Nevada
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Wanted to get away for Labor Day. Howard Johnson in Santa Cruz is in a great location. We like to park the car and walk. This place is in walking distance to the wharf and boardwalk. Also a nice stroll down to the light house. The room was clean and had a refrigerator and microwave. It also offered a decent continental breakfast. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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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 #29 of 52 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Inn Santa Cruz 2*
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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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