We like this hotel. It's dog friendly, there's a great little Surf City coffee house a block away (Dawner sandwiches are a great deal), the restaurant is reasonably good, and the bartender makes good drinks! While not the cheapest option, and a bit away from the heart of Santa Cruz, this is a safe, pleasant place to stay. The spacious rooms are nicely appointed and even have refrigerators (a plus). Rooms in the low 300s & 400s are noisy on weekends as they overlook the banquet entry and parking lot. Clean and comfortable, and pretty. If you get the jacuzzi spa room, you get a big, fluffy robe to hang out in!