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175 W. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5438
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 07/27/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 07/27/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#5 of 53 hotels in Santa Cruz
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A fun culmination between the beach and the slightly offbeat town of Santa Cruz, the Dream Inn is the ideal destination for a weekend escape, corporate event, family vacation or a romantic getaway.
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Property amenities
Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Children's television networks
Business Center with Internet Access
Paid private parking on-site
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Vending machine
Poolside bar
Bicycles available
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Convenience store
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Flatscreen TV
VIP room facilities
Laptop safe
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
Great View
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Rae F wrote a review Today
Crescent City, California4 contributions
We regularly pay $500-$700 per night when we travel. We chose to stay at this hotel because it was on the beach and for the price we thought the rooms would be fairly nice. We were very disappointed when we got to our room. It was a small hotel room, but the view was amazing. And while you can listen to the waves crash all night, the experience is soured by the Motel 6 quality mattress and rough bed linens along with horrible pillows. This made for a uncomfortable sleeping experience. The bathroom was small and so was the shower. The grout was stained but the showerhead made up for some of this. It was a wonderful waterfall showerhead with a shower wand and the water pressure was good. The best part of the trip was the coffee stand in the lobby. The two girls working that day had it ready to open five minutes before the posted starts time. We appreciate this very much as we had a 9 hour drive ahead of us and wanted to get an early start. We got two wonderful breakfast sandwiches and coffees that were delicious. Overall, I would pay the same or more and stay at a nicer hotel a couple of streets from the beach rather than put up with the uncomfortable bedding and lackluster room.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
VickyAllen1957 wrote a review May 2021
Boulder Creek, California2 contributions
Hotel's Favorite
Beautiful venue, all rooms have ocean view, comfy beds, hit it right for Los Lobos concert, champagne and chaucatterie, pastel colors, sleep to the sounds of the ocean, surf classes start at sun rise on the beach below, sand captions on the sand below created by sand artist, never want to leave!
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Response from Isaac S, Sales at Dream Inn Santa Cruz
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear VickyAllen1957, Thank you for staying at the Dream Inn and sharing your feedback with us. We are thrilled to read that you enjoyed our ocean view rooms and beach front location. I am so glad that we were able to exceed your expectations. Thank you again for your comments. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Best Regards, Isaac S
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Lorraine C wrote a review Today
Stockton, California1 contribution
The toilet was extremely loud. The bathroom sliding door had water rot on the bottom and was leaving wood shavings on the floor and was very tight to open and close. The seat cushions on the "L" shaped bench seat had stains and were not cleaned underneath. There was garbage, crumbs and money under the cushions. The patio floor was dirty. The dining table had dried and sticky food residue underneath. The shower grout did not look clean. The fan in the bathroom did not work. The blinds were dusty. There were crumbs in the drawers by the coffee maker. The beside lamps were dirty, dusty, and had fingerprints.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Betsy B wrote a review Yesterday
Gilroy1 contribution
Had a fabulous time with the family. Tons of fun at the pool, to beach, and back to the pool. Shout out to Saajia the bartender for hooking up the delicious Shorebreak Pinas!!! Fun for the whole family.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Ruth K wrote a review Jul 27
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Tracey P. was our server at the Jack O’Neill Restaurant and Lounge and she was AMAZING. Everything we asked for got to us in a very timely manner and she was so sweet to go the extra mile and take care of the many teens and children in our party. She was very personable and made us super comfortable in the way she spoke to us as well as letting us know her favorites and being very specific about all the dishes on the menu. Our family is very highly demanding on any server we have and she’s been the best so far. She deserves a raise!!!! -David King and Family
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
$236 - $558 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dream Inn Santa Cruz
Which popular attractions are close to Dream Inn Santa Cruz?
Nearby attractions include West Cliff Drive (0.2 miles), Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center (0.1 miles), and Boardwalk Bowl (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Dream Inn Santa Cruz?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Dream Inn Santa Cruz?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Dream Inn Santa Cruz?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Dream Inn Santa Cruz?
Yes, paid private parking on-site and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Dream Inn Santa Cruz?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Picnic Basket, Jack O'Neill Restaurant & Lounge, and Ideal Bar & Grill.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Dream Inn Santa Cruz?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Dream Inn Santa Cruz located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the center of Santa Cruz.
Are any cleaning services offered at Dream Inn Santa Cruz?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Dream Inn Santa Cruz offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Dream Inn Santa Cruz?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.