I travel extensively for business and Hilton is where I choose to stay. As a national chain, they really are #1 in the hotel business. Some locations are better than others, and this hotel (although named "Santa Cruz) is actually about 5 minutes away in the little town of Scotts Valley. For me, it delivers.
The property is somewhat oddly laid out (for example, there are six floors but it takes two seperate elevators to reach the 5ht and 6th floors) but it works out ok. The rooms are spacious and well appointed in the typical Hilton style. As a Diamond member I was upgraded to a suite, which was way more room than I needed but it is always nice to have space. Where this hotel shines though is in the service and food quality of the lobby bar. The food is reasonably priced (rare for a hotel) with large portions. Everything from wings to burgers to sandwiches to steak and pasta are featured on the menu. The bar has a "sports bar" feel, with three HD big screens to watch sports. Playoff hockey and NBA basketball were featured on my visit, and the staff did a great job of balancing requests for games. I watched the Warriors/Spurs playoff game while sitting at a table. The place was packed but the bar staff did a great job of keeping everyone serviced with drinks and food. I stayed for over three hours and never felt rushed.
All in all, a very nice experience. I would recommend this hotel for both the business traveller and anyone seeking a nice place to stay near Santa Cruz.
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Santa Cruz / Scotts Valley Hotel Santa Cruz
- Hilton Hotel Santa Cruz