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.
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. …
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.
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!
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.