I think the theme of our trip through California has been "old". Old roads, old trains, old motels. This Quality Inn looks like it was really something - in 1968. Don't get me wrong, this is NOT run-down by any means. However, its better days are definitely behind it.
The good - this was an adequate, clean room off the 2nd floor patio (tile and trees - it still has charm)
The not-so-good - Security latch screws were all loose (fixed with my pocket knife screwdriver); loose tiles on the floor below correspond to the crack in the ceiling above (likely a reminder of past earthquakes in the area?)
Breakfast was not worth stopping for - no protein, all breads/pastries/cereals (not good for all of you diabetics out there) - we elected to visit Jack-in-the-Box, instead.
Given all of that, one must remember that this is Santa Cruz...an interesting and eclectic place. The Quality Inn is less than 10 minutes from the Boardwalk and Wharf (good food there), and a few more minutes to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. So this is not a bad starting point.