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414 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4636
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#19 of 56 hotels in Santa Cruz
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4.0
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4.0
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3.9
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3.8
The Continental Inn is an affordably elegant hotel in the heart of Santa Cruz, just minutes from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Municipal Wharf and just a short walk to the downtown area. Business and leisure travelers alike appreciate the amenities of our hotel. For comfort, convenience and quality service, the Continental Inn is your choice when visiting Santa Cruz.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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24-hour front desk
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Diane K wrote a review Nov 25
I initially chose the Continental Inn for it's convenient location and the great news that they would accept my pet. Their rates are some of the most reasonable around as well. I had just broken my foot so it became my comfortable refuge for rest. I found the office staff were all very friendly and helpful, and responded promptly when I needed my TV remote fixed or had a question. The fridge didn't have a freezer but was able to hold a fair amount. Even though it's near a busy street, it was relatively quiet. They have a respectful 10pm no-loud-noise policy and it felt very safe. I would absolutely stay there again. Diane K.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Hanban2016 wrote a review Aug 2022
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Last minute booking and Victoria at the front desk was very accommodating and friendly. One of the few places that is pet friendly in SC. While prices are generally high on weekends in SC, this place worked well for us.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from INNsight Reputation Management, Owner at Continental Inn
Responded Aug 21, 2022
Dear Solid, We are excited to hear such positive comments about our property from our valued guests. Thanks for noting our great location--it is definitely something that sets our hotel apart from the competition. Our friendly and supportive staff works hard to keep the guest rooms clean, convenient, and comfortable. Thanks for staying with us, and kindly do recommend us to anyone visiting Santa Cruz. Thank you, Sid, General Manager P.S. Always remember to book directly from the hotel website for discounted rates continentalinnsantacruz.com.
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Cherrity B wrote a review Jul 2021
Oregon House, California3 contributions
The room was actually a suite. They were extreamly small, but neat and clean. oddly enough there was a jacuzzi tub in the bathroom. we didnt use it, but it was a nice feature. The young woman who checked us in wasnt out right rude, but to call her friendly and welcoming would definetly be a stretch. The hotel is actually divided by the main road, Ocean st. The swimming pool is on one side, the hot tube is on the other. Unless you want to play a game of frogger and try and cross the street, you have to walk to the corner, cross the road at the light, walk back up the street and go to the other half of the hotel. Not what i want to do while wet with a towel. they gave me my choice of sides. i picked the pool side. Turns out its about a 5000 gallon pool. about the size of my above ground at home. it was clean...but tiny. i didnt venture to the hot tube. I didnt want the hassel of crossing the street. the parking situation was awful. its set up so you actual park under the first level of rooms. each parking cubby is marked for 3 cars, If you have anything bigger than a super compact , it aint happening. people didnt even try to park in the spaces. They just parked 2 to an area. you wouldnt even be able to open your door to get out if parked as marked. this place wasnt a flea bag, it was clean, but the parking, room size and lame swimming pool set up were enough to make me not want to stay there again. for the same daily rate I stayed in a beach front hotel with all the anenities , a bar, steak house, fire place etc. Id stay there in a pinch maybe...but not if i had other choices
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Response from INNsight Reputation Management, Owner at Continental Inn
Responded Jul 14, 2021
Dear Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review of your recent stay at the Continental Inn. We are happy to know that you enjoyed our hotel, and overall you had a great stay with us in Santa Cruz. Even during these unpleasant times, we are working hard to ensure our guests are comfortable and safe. We apologize for the inconvenience you faced while staying at our hotel with the front desk staff and location of our pool and hot tub. We would like to host you again and strive to get a perfect score on your next trip to Santa Cruz. See you again soon! Thanks once again for staying with us, and please do recommend us. Regards, Sid, General Manager Continental Inn
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Julie R wrote a review May 2021
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We drove in from San Francisco without reservations and got lucky, a room had been released earlier in the day! The facility was clean, the grounds well cared for, management accommodating, and the room super clean. The main attraction though is the bed! One of the best nights sleep in a hotel ever! If you can get a room here you won’t be disappointed!
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from INNsight Reputation Management, Owner at Continental Inn
Responded Jun 7, 2021
Dear Julie R This is fantastic! You brightened our day! Thank you for giving your stay with us in Santa Cruz a PERFECT SCORE. We're glad you enjoyed a pleasant stay at The Continental Inn. We're known for our excellent service and friendly employees, and we're glad to hear that you value our efforts and had a wonderful holiday weekend in Santa Cruz. We look forward to hosting you again soon for another enriching stay on your next trip to Santa Cruz, California. Book directly from our hotel website: continentalinnsantacruz.com for our most affordable rates. Best Regards, Continental Inn Management
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Ellie T wrote a review Nov 2020
Brighton, England, United Kingdom75 contributions74 helpful votes
Disappointed for the price paid. I found the room to be generally of OK cleanliness although at this time with Covid it does need to be better and the doors had hair stuck to them which was a bad sign that surfaces had not been wiped down properly. There were lots of scuff marks on doors and walls that made the room seem tired (Room 119). The blanket had holes in, the pillows were very uncomfortable and you could hear everything from the nearby rooms which did not make for a restful sleep. I wouldn't return unless the price was lower. It was easy enough to walk from here to the shops and restaurants though.
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Date of stay: November 2020
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Response from INNsight Reputation Management, Owner at Continental Inn
Responded Dec 1, 2020
Dear Ellie, Thank you for the review! I’m happy to know that overall you had a good stay at the Continental Inn, and you loved our fantastic location that is close to many boutique shops and trendy restaurants. Even during such unpleasant times with COVID-19, our staff works tirelessly to welcome and accommodate our lovely guests, clean and sanitize our guest rooms before guests’ arrival. We feel our prices are competitive rather than overpriced compared to other surrounding hotels in Santa Cruz. Had you raised your concerns regarding the room amenities with the front desk staff while you were here, we would have happily helped you resolve all your issues. We may even have had you relocated to another guest room for your satisfaction. We hope you do give us another chance to earn your business on your next trip to Santa Cruz. To get the lowest rates on your next trip, we recommend booking your stay directly on our official website ContinentalInnSantaCruz.com and save up to 15% vs. OTAs! Thanks again for choosing to stay with us, Sid General Manager Continental Inn
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A R B wrote a review Jan 2020
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom98 contributions47 helpful votes
Stayed for 1 night after a flight into San Jose. Reception is small, but adequate. On arrival, the staff were friendly enough and helpful in answering any questions. Car park is fine. Did have a couple of local residents racing their remote controlled car around the car park when I arrived, but not in a manner that was obstructive or rude. Room was small, but adequate and suitably comfy. It did feel a bit expensive. But not excessively so.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Response from INNsight, Guest Relations Manager at Continental Inn
Responded Jan 10, 2020
A R B: Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review of your stay at the Continental Inn. I’m happy to know that overall you had a comfortable experience staying with us. We work really hard to ensure our guests have a pleasant experience from check-in to check-out. We’d like to host you again and strive to get us a perfect score from you on your next trip to Santa Cruz. Remember to book your stay directly on our official website, ContinentalInnSantaCruz.com to get the best deals and exciting offers. You can save up to 15% vs OTAs! Once again thank you for choosing to stay with us, Sid General Manager Continental Inn
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LJ B wrote a review Oct 2019
Worksop, United Kingdom27 contributions46 helpful votes
I worked on the boardwalk many years ago and this was the first visit back since then. Opted to stay nearer the downtown area so there was stuff to do at night. The hotel is in a good location for the downtown. It was clean and friendly. The shower head was looking tatty and needed changing, but the water was hot and, door didn’t seem to close properly. The jacuzzi looked horrible, crammed in a corner of the car park with a tatty fence around it. It was ok all in all and we enjoyed our time in Santa Cruz. Compared to Europe this really is vastly overpriced for what you get. However, in the US it probably hits about right. We stayed in a five star hotel in the centre of Amsterdam only a few months ago for $10 dollars more a night than the Continental Inn and believe me there is no comparison. Americans must have really low expectations, or lots of money.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from INNsight, Guest Relations Manager at Continental Inn
Responded Oct 30, 2019
LJ, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review of your stay with us. I’m happy to know that you loved our beautiful accommodations and our location. We feel our rates are more competitive rather than expensive for a high season visit to a popular destination beach town like Santa Cruz. Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Be sure to book your stay directly on ContinentalInnSantaCruz.com to get the lowest rates anywhere online on your next trip. You can save up to 15% vs OTAs. Thanks again for staying at the Continental Inn, Jay General Manager Continental Inn
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Kim E wrote a review Aug 2019
Norfolk, Massachusetts19 contributions23 helpful votes
This place was tiny. Parking is tight, space in the room was tight and even the check in area is tight. Friendly face to check in and very clean room, but pictures make it look larger than it is. Fine for a two night stay but expect nothing more than a small motel room. We never saw the pool or were even told where it was. (Across the street, I think.) The hot tub is in a scary little she'd enclosure in the back corner of the parking lot. I didn't see a lot in Santa Cruz that made me think there were many better places, so just know what to expect.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from GuestEngagementTeam, General Manager at Continental Inn
Responded Aug 19, 2019
Kim: I am sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy your time with us. Our recently remodeled guest rooms are 290 square feet. That’s not typically considered small by almost anyone's standards. Our front desk staff usually lets guests know where our amenities are located during check-in, I apologize for any confusion, and I’ll speak with the staff about better communication so that this doesn’t happen again. If you had just asked, they would have been more than happy to answer any questions about the hotel or share fun things to do in the area. I do hope you stay with us again the next time you’re in the area. We’d love to host you. Remember to book direct at ContinentalInnSantaCruz.com to find the best available rates online. Jay General Manager Continental Inn
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Amber W wrote a review Aug 2019
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The hotels in Santa Cruz that are close to the boardwalk are so old we were wary of staying at any of them. We decided in the Continental because it was a great balance of distance and price. We were so impressed! The staff were very a accommodating! Jay, the manager, was helpful and knowledgeable. The room was modern and clean. Comfortable temperature. Great beds. Good water pressure. We couldn't even tell the building was old. The landscaping and outside were fresh and clean. It was great!
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from GuestEngagementTeam, General Manager at Continental Inn
Responded Aug 12, 2019
WOW! It feels really good to hear such amazing words. I would like to thank you for choosing to stay at the Continental Inn, and for taking time to give us wonderful feedback with shining 5-Stars! Hosting a guest like you is always special. I hope that you choose us again on your next trip! TIP: Book directly from ContinentalInnSantaCruz.com (rather than other online travel agencies) and SAVE up to 15%! Once again, thank you so much for choosing us! Your recommendations will be appreciated! Jay General Manager Continental Inn
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Kathy N wrote a review Aug 2019
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We could walk from the hotel to the boardwalk. Very clean, nice front desk staff, even gave me a soft pillow (room ones are hard). Loved having a microwave and small refrigerator. Highly recommend. will stay her again next year.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Responded Aug 12, 2019
Kathy: A huge THANKS for your valuable feedback and dazzling 5-Stars! I am pleased to know that you had a wonderful experience while staying at the Continental Inn. For us, guest satisfaction is the highest priority and I am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our services! Once again thank you so much for choosing us and recommending our hotel to others as well! We will be looking forward to hosting you again next year. Note: Book directly from our official website ContinentalInnSantaCruz.com (rather than other online travel agencies), and get exciting offers and great discounts! Jay General Manager Continental Inn
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Frequently Asked Questions about Continental Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Continental Inn?
Nearby attractions include West Cliff Drive (0.7 miles), Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (0.7 miles), and Santa Cruz Wharf (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Continental Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Continental Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Continental Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Continental Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Marianne's Ice Cream, Linda's Seabreeze Cafe, and Laili Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Continental Inn?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Continental Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.7 miles away from the center of Santa Cruz.
Are pets allowed at Continental Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Continental Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting San Lorenzo River Railroad Bridge (1.1 miles).
Is Continental Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.