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“What a great find....crashing surf and a huge balcony” 4 of 5 stars
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Casablanca Inn on the Beach
3.5 of 5 Motel   |   101 Main Street, corner of Beach and Main, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (Formerly The Casablanca Inn)   |  
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Ranked #20 of 51 hotels in Santa Cruz
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“What a great find....crashing surf and a huge balcony”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

We were pretty stuck trying to find last minute B&B in Santa Cruz as darkness fell,having cancelled our last night in Yosemite.Luckily, we found this gem.Couldn't believe what we got for our money ($150) just before off-season.Good, well-supplied kitchen, roomy bedroom,decent bathroom, big fridge/freezer and - most importantly - a huge balcony with nice tables and sunshades overlooking the beach and wharf.The only sound at night was crashing surf.This was despite the main road just below us (which would normally make a place a 'no' for me), but somehow because you are high up and set back from the road, it made no impact.The balcony is shared with others but this was fine, it is plenty roomy.I could have just sat on it with a good book and enjoyed a day relaxing,if we didn't have to move on.We were told it was a 'light' continental breakfast served in the hall which you then take to your room.In fact, there were various bagels,cakes,granola,yoghurts etc.And we didn't need to worry about making tea/coffee as we had our own supplies but those were supplied at breakfast also.It was delightful sitting in warm morning sunshine ,on the big balcony , enjoying such a peaceful, palm-fringed start to the day.After a pretty dismal experience in Yosemite's Housekeeping Camp(for which we paid the privilege of about $105 per night ) we were so pleased at finding this characterful place - and with great free parking.The hotel is only a 10 minute walk to the main shopping street and minutes to the boardwalk.The Thai restaurant next door offers reasonable food at a decent price and was perfect for a late night carryout meal without having to trawl through a new city to find somewhere - very nice people owning it too.

Room Tip: We were on the balcony level facing the sea,downstairs from the reception.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charles C, Owner at Casablanca Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, November 12, 2013
Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us On the Beach! We are so happy that we were able to provide enjoyable and convenient accommodations for you and your family! While we can't account for your experience in Yosemite, we are very glad that we could enhance your vacation! Please come back and stay with us anytime, the beach and waves won't be going anywhere anytime soon!
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
San Francisco, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

My wife and I and our two young children really enjoyed our stay at the Casablanca Inn.. of our trips last year this is the one the kids keep mentioning and saying they want to go back. We stayed in one of the "bungalow" units facing the ocean, and with small children this couldn't have been an easier arrangement. Just a few steps from the beach, literally. Every morning we sat out on our balcony to have breakfast, and dinners with the sunset were wonderful.
The staff was friendly and helpful--the place had a warm, familiar quality to it.
The only criticism I would make would be of the decor and finishes to the room itself. Potentially the space we stayed in could, with some small effort, have been made to look and feel very charming and comfortable. It was a pretty bare bones appearance, with some poorly installed flooring, etc. Given everything else great they have going for them there, I'd suggest to the owners that some small investment in advice from good interior designer, with some work on colors, paintings/ wall decor, furnishings, and hiring a good tile installer, would make a world of difference in ambiance and a greater sense of value for the guest.

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

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Charles C, Owner at Casablanca Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us On the Beach! We are delighted that you enjoyed your interactions with our great staff and you were able to take advantage of the great spots on one of our patios overlooking the beach! We also appreciate your comments regarding our accommodations. As of June 2011, Casablanca Inn has been under new ownership and we are in the process of updating the rooms in order to remind our guests of our beachfront location, while still maintaining the historical charm of the property. We hope that our guests can notice our positive changes each time they come over and see us, we invite you back to see our progress!
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Stockton, California, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

This is the second time we stayed at the inn. Very relaxing and overall fun. We highly recommend this place for anyone who wants to stay in Santa Cruz. Everything is close by and the beach view is amazing.

We will be back again!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Charles C, Owner at Casablanca Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
We are so happy to hear about your experience with us On the Beach! Our beachfront location and proximity to the downtown shopping area allows so many options for our guests to gain the most out of their Santa Cruz experience. Thank you for taking the time to give us a good word, and also for your continued patronage! We hope we can give you another relaxing vacation in the near future!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We used to stay at the hotel next door until they recently changed ownership. If only I had known that everybody at the Casablanca was as wonderful and accommodating as they are, we would have stay here long before. We reserve 3 rooms, sometimes 4, and there is never a problem. I would recommend this hotel over and over again. Give it a shot, you won't stay anywhere else, either.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Charles C, Owner at Casablanca Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to write your wonderful review! Customer service is our #1 priority, and we are so happy that our awesome crew is able to give you a great experience On the Beach time and time again! We hope that we can continue to make Casablanca Inn the home away from home for you and your family in the future!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We found this gem when we needed a quiet moment at the beach. Not the standard motel room, we had a view of the rolling waves on the beach and listened to the barking seals. We walked the beach, the wharf, and the boardwalk, then had tasty drinks & Thai dinner in the bar & restaurant attached. The continental breakfast was well appointed, and the staff so very friendly. We definitely will return.

Room Tip: Our room 24 was a quaint tiny room, We loved the open quality with the big window looking out to the...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charles C, Owner at Casablanca Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
What a review! We are so excited that you stumbled upon our little Inn On the Beach and had such a great experience! We are so fortunate that our location creates many opportunities for our guests to take advantage of so many great places and things to do in Santa Cruz. Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your stay, your friends at Casablanca Inn look forward to treating you to another quiet moment at the beach soon!
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Oakley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We love the Casablanca it's location is the best you can sit right on the balcony get a suntan and relax while looking down at the beach. We love the Beach Bungalows they are perfect for a relaxing weekend. Kim & Biil from Oakley, CA.

Room Tip: The Beach Bungalows are perfect.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charles C, Owner at Casablanca Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
We are so happy to hear about your time with us On the Beach! We love hearing about how our beachfront location allows for guests to really enjoy the surf and sun without leaving their balcony! Please come back and stay with us anytime you are in Santa Cruz, we would love to have your good company up front in the Bungalows soon!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

If you want a Grand Hyatt on the beach... go somewhere else. This is Santa Cruz and all of it's querkiness and charm reside in this inn and neighborhood. We've stayed many times at the Casablance Inn over the years and when we're in the mood for northern California beach, this is where we'll always go. In room 19 this time, great views of the beach and pier. Nice cool sea breeze at night, but yes, our sea lion friends under the pier are up and chattering all night long, so be prepared. You can't get a better location in Santa Cruz for the beach, literally steps away from the boardwalk, expansive beach, and the pier with several good restaurants. The ocean facing rooms are comfortable, bright and have access to a great deck. Very relaxing, fun, long weekend for us here at the Inn. The young staff is very accomodating, and the light breakfast is perfect for starting the day and not cutting in to the great local lunch and dinner possibilities. I'm very picky about our hotels and Inns and Casablanca Inn meets my expectations perfectly.

Room Tip: Choose one of the ocean-facing rooms for the views and breeze. quieter rooms in the back.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charles C, Owner at Casablanca Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
You have taken the words right out of our mouths with your wonderful review! Here On the Beach, we are very aware of our humble nature compared to the big name Hotels in the area, and we do not try to be like them in the least! We strive to maintain the historic charm of our Santa Cruz past surrounded by beautiful views of the Wharf, Beach Boardwalk, and entire Monterey Bay. Our rooms differ from one to the next to offer Santa Cruz visitors a different experience every time they stay with us! We are so touched by your support and admiration of our property, we hope you will come back and visit your friends at Casablanca Inn soon! The sun and surf await you!
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Additional Information about Casablanca Inn on the Beach

Address: 101 Main Street, corner of Beach and Main, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (Formerly The Casablanca Inn)
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Location: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Casablanca Inn on the Beach 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The historical Casablanca Inn is strategically located across the street from the Santa Cruz beach, a block away from the wharf and the boardwalk. All our rooms are beautifully decorated and have a breathtaking view of the beach. Some of our rooms have a unique design which reflects the distinct character of the historic Cerf Mansion. Over the years, the Casablanca Inn has been fortunate enough to cater to some of the most influential and famous personalities of our time, which has immensely appreciated the elegance that our hotel has to offer. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Casablanca Inn & Bistro Hotel Santa Cruz
Casablanca Inn And Bistro
Casa Blanca Hotel
Casa Blanca Motel

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