We had 8 men stay in two of the cottages for a golf trip. The facilities and grounds were in great condition and had all of the amenities needed for a few nights stay. The staff was excellent and assisted with whatever was needed.
Close to the beach in a quiet location. About three blocks from the boardwalk and reasonable prices. Friendly service and clean. The old cottages are such a treat to stay in. Loretta is great at managing the place and making you feel welcome and safe. No alcohol on the premise which can be a blessing and keeps in quiet.
I just visited this amazing Historic hostel in Santa Cruz. I had no idea what to expect although I had read great reviews of this place. SC Hostel exceeded all the reviews that I read. It's incredibly CLEAN!! Beautifully and 'cheerfully' decorated, so that you can feel like you can relax and 'chill' And!! Speaking of 'chilling' I was concerned about the lock out rule during the day that the reviews mentioned! Well, NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT This 'rule' is no longer in effect. Guests can and are even WELCOMED to hang out at the hostel all day. So I definitely recommend the Santa Cruz Hostel to travelers to come visit and hang out!
Great location walking distance to the boardwalk and set in a quiet residential area. Parking wasn’t too bad we were able to find parking at a meter and then we purchased a permit from staff who were very friendly and helpful. On both days we found a space within a five mins walk from the hostel. We had a family room which was ok although one of the windows did not have a curtain on it. Toilets and shower were clean and OK. There is some nice seating outside and also a large shared area with large fridges washing machine and tumbler driers. One complaint as people have mentioned before is that you have to vacate between 11-3 which they have now stopped doing . But great value and location for where it was
I have visited the Carmelita Cottages 3 times and have always enjoyed it. I am so glad the in/out time has changed, it made my last stay a more pleasant experience. It is a cute, comfortable place with nice staff. I appreciate the no alcohol policy and believe it adds to the family friendly environment. It is clean, quiet and the location absolutely cannot be beat. Beautiful beaches, great hiking, and nice restaurants within walking distance. Parking is the only challenge. I have gone prior to the May15 parking restrictions (permit only parking at that time) and have been able to find parking within a 1/2 a block from the hostel.
We stood in a small but comfortable family room, very clean and tidy. The shared bathrooms and toilets were in an immaculate condition. There are 2 kitchens in the house, all very well maintained. The staff is absolutely friendly and helpful. They really like what they are doing!
Having stayed in a number of hostels throughout the US and abroad, I must say this hostel was one of my favorite. My travel buddy and I stayed in the Captain Dame cottage which has a men's and women's dorm. The women's dorm has 5 beds (2 sets of bunkbeds and 1 single twin). The beds were comfortable and the room clean. The cottage had a coed restroom/shower and a cozy common area. This cottage was only one of several on the hostel grounds. The check-in process was seamless. James was thorough and also gave me a good suggestion for dinner. I utilized the main kitchen which was located in another building. I also noticed that the same building housed a couple of coin-operated washers/dryers. This place definitely has everything a traveler would need. Another plus is it's location which is only a few short blocks from the waterfront, pier and restaurants. I had one issue which I conveyed to management; ants in the bathroom. I feel confident they addressed my concern.…
Nice place, friendly staff and pretty garden. Very old charming cottage from another century. Very well located as well...but very difficult to park the car. I recommend it if you want to visit Santa Cruz.
I'll start by saying that if this hostel changed some of its policies it would actually be a lovely hostel - pretty cottages, great location, clean rooms. BUT - their policy that you must leave the hostel between 11am and 5pm is just ridiculous - what kind of accomodation doesn't let you have access to the room you have paid for? The whole point of staying in accomodation is that you are travelling and need to use somewhere as a base. It's your home away from home - especially when you have been travelling for months like we have! There was some vague reasoning given that the cottages are a "public park" - but the cottages are not open to the public so I fail to see why paying guests should not be able to access their room and belongings for the day. It's an extremely limiting policy and one that frankly feels unhospitable and stingy. Other issues were a midnight curfew (?? At a youth hostel??), no alcohol allowed on premises (we didn't realise this until too late and had to drink our wine in a nearby park!) and generally unfriendly staff. You get a real "us and them" vibe from the staff, with interactions focused on reiterating policies or checking in/out. Strangely the guest kitchen is in one building, but coffee is served in the staff area which made going there to get it feel like a bit of an imposition. All in all a real disappointment unfortunately. Someone should shake this place up and bring some life to the place!! It's a beautiful spot and you could make it a relaxing 'non-party' hostel, without enforcing these ridiculous policies. I've stayed at many hostels that are tranquil and chilled out and they still allow full access to premises, alcohol on premises and no curfew. It's all about the atmosphere you create. …
I've stayed with family members in mixed dorm rooms in several of the cottage-style buildings and enjoyed it each time. The atmosphere is great: both the buildings and the people who share the space with you. Walking distance to the Santa Cruz boardwalk (amusement park rides). Finding parking can be a challenge