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645 7th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2702
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#34 of 56 hotels in Santa Cruz
Location
4.3
Cleanliness
4.8
Service
4.3
Value
4.3
Your home away from home in beautiful Santa Cruz, California The Harbor Inn is located in a semi-residential area one block east of the picturesque Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor and walking distance to Twin Lakes State Beach, the gateway to the Monterey Bay Sanctuary. The 2-story suites offer loft bedrooms with sloped ceilings, plus kitchenettes and living rooms with futons. Framed by a white picket fence, our property has gardens and a lawn with chairs. Internet access is also available.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
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Microwave
Refrigerator
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Charming
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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L0ve2travle wrote a review Oct 2021
United States281 contributions130 helpful votes
This is a quaint boutique hotel, with small rooms and a feel of a farm house with apple trees in the back yard. I don’t like chain establishments and usually stay in smaller hotels. Eric (staff/owner) let me check in after 2pm, which was nice, and offered an available room when I mentioned that my room faced a noisy street. And this is the reason for 3 stars. When booking a hotel, one relies on other reviews and pure luck. Unfortunately, the hotel location was not great, facing 7th Ave on one side and a PG&E station with lots of traffic on the other side. If you’re a light sleeper like me, bring ear plugs and eye mask because the window blinds don’t block street lights. On the positive, the room was small but clean, with own bathroom and small kitchen. Harbor cafe was closed for a staff appreciation week, so I brought my food. Only a 10 min walk to the beach and a 10 min drive to downtown. Suggestion to management for better customer experience: * install noise/light blocking curtains *provide plastic plates/utensils * replace a heavy frame picture above the bad with a light one, to avoid injuries during an earthquake
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Bring earplugs
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JulieinSacramento wrote a review Jun 2021
Sacramento, California12 contributions2 helpful votes
Homey and clean, friendly staff, wi-fi worked most but not all of the time. Appreciated the refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker in room 306. The walls are thin, so I would bring earplugs just in case you don't have the quietest neighbors. The bed was fine for me, but soft and oddly slants a bit from the middle to each side. Unless you want to stop at the small deli/grocery about 1/2 way to the beach on 7th, I'd advise turning right at the first signal (Eaton, sign toward East Harbor) and walk to the beach via 6th Ave. - much quieter and you can see how folks have fixed up their homes and gardens (or not). For larger supply run there's a Safeway about 5 - 7 min drive away.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Room Tip: I asked for a quiet room, and 306 was relatively quiet.
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heatlamp wrote a review Apr 2019
Mill Valley, California56 contributions34 helpful votes
Stayed two nights, mid-week off-season. Check-in was easy, but check-in hours restrictive. Older property, room clean, bright and tidy, but bed comfort only so-so for us. Nice to have microwave, small fridge and coffee maker, but missed not having any breakfast. Good cafe down the street, but breakfast for two will run you something like $35. Walls pretty thin and building creaky, but fortunately the neighbors were quiet and considerate when we were there. Quite a bit of road noise in the morning -- if you are a light sleeper bring ear plugs. Even though the daytime high temperature was only in the 60's, the room was pretty warm and there is no a/c. We did use the fan, which helped. 45 minute walk to the part of downtown where we had dinner (and we are not slow walkers), many small hotels quite a bit closer. Nice that this is not a national chain, and price (about $100/night on our visit) was not unreasonable, but we'll likely look elsewhere next time.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Room Tip: upstairs probably most quiet, no elevator.
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Ruggero57 wrote a review Apr 2019
86 contributions26 helpful votes
Found on hotel.com and chosen for good reviews. Clean and quiet inn. Big room with huge king size bed. Very near to harbor and 5 minutes away from downtown. Parking available no cost. Average price and a good stay for 3-4 days.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Hagit & Jaime Hasson wrote a review Oct 2018
Ganei Tikva, Israel222 contributions20 helpful votes
A nice small motel close to the beach of Santa Cruz. close to supermarket and small places where you can have breakfast (no option for breakfast at the hotel). The room was comfortable and clean. Free parking. We had a problem with the WiFi connection but the woman at the reception just checked us in and went away so we had nobody to ask to solve the problem. We stayed 2 nights but the reception open up only on 10:00, (we left before) and by the time we came back it was already closed.
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Donna Z wrote a review Oct 2018
Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania8 contributions6 helpful votes
Stayed just two nights, but I would definitely stay here again. The room was clean, quaint, and the bed was comfortable. I was able to arrange a late check in. This is what a seaside hotel should be. It felt like home. Plenty of hot water and good shower pressure. I enjoyed my stay here.
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Elizabeth O wrote a review Oct 2018
Woodinville, Washington40 contributions5 helpful votes
Good price, good quality. More like a b&b. Mid-century funky. Comfortable. Nice caretakers and staff. I shared a toilet/shower, total non-issue. A comfy chair in my room (206) would have been nice and a box of tissues.
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Traveled solo
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VickNJohn wrote a review May 2018
22 contributions29 helpful votes
We found the room nice and clean. Charming with a great location. No breakfast or snacks served, but less than a block to Harbor Cafe. Easy walk to the Harbor and the Crow's nest restaurant. We found the bed acceptable in comfort.We paid $140 (including all fees) per night through Hotel.com. We stayed Saturday and Sunday.
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Date of stay: May 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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NVRoaddog wrote a review May 2018
Henderson, Nevada158 contributions102 helpful votes
I looked at a (very nice) typical motel for our recent trip to Santa Cruz. I'm sure it would have met our needs, but I "pulled the trigger" on the Harbor Inn. The HI is a great choice if you want a more "homey" surrounding. We had a room in the front with a private bathroom (good option for us older folks). Not perfect - the TV is small and the curtains do not block out much light - but more than met our needs. Good location, also.
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Date of stay: May 2018
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Room Tip: Front rooms get street noise, but I do not know if the rooms farther back have private bathrooms.
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kariedi wrote a review May 2018
Henderson, Nevada171 contributions55 helpful votes
Very enjoyable place to spend a few days with a Bed and Breakfast feel to it. Guests leave books to read on a book shelf in the hallway. Friendly staff. The rooms have microwave and fridge. Nice decor. Within walking distance of the Harbor Cafe that serves great breakfasts. Across the street from Glass gift shop (next door to PG&E). If you have a front room, wear ear plugs as trash is picked up on Monday and Tuesday.
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Date of stay: May 2018
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Room Tip: Probably upstairs in the back if you are able bodied
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PRICE RANGE
$101 - $173 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
19
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Frequently Asked Questions about Harbor Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Harbor Inn?
Nearby attractions include Santa Cruz Harbor Beach (0.5 miles), Twin Lakes State Beach (0.5 miles), and Santa Cruz Harbor (0.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Harbor Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and kids activities.
Is parking available at Harbor Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Harbor Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Linda's Seabreeze Cafe, Betty Burgers, and The Crow's Nest.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Harbor Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Harbor Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting San Lorenzo River Railroad Bridge (2.1 miles).