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Riverside Inn & Suites

505 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5123
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#35 of 53 hotels in Santa Cruz
Finding an ideal budget friendly hotel in Santa Cruz does not have to be difficult. Welcome to Riverside Inn & Suites - Boardwalk, a nice option for travelers like you. Nearby landmarks such as Boardwalk's Cocoanut Grove (0.4 mi) and Mission State Park (0.7 mi) make Riverside Inn & Suites a great place to stay when visiting Santa Cruz. You’ll enjoy relaxing rooms that offer a refrigerator and air conditioning, and you can stay connected during your stay as Riverside Inn & Suites offers guests free wifi. The hotel features a 24 hour front desk. Plus, Riverside Inn & Suites Hotel/Motel offers free breakfast, providing a pleasant respite from your busy day. For guests with a vehicle, free parking is available. During your visit, be sure to check out one of Santa Cruz's popular crab restaurants such as Stagnaro Bros Seafood, The Crow's Nest, and Aquarius, all a short distance from Riverside Inn & Suites. If you’re looking for things to do, you can check out West Cliff Drive (0.4 mi) or Santa Cruz Wharf (0.3 mi), which are popular attractions amongst tourists, and they are all within walking distance. Riverside Inn & Suites looks forward to welcoming you on your visit to Santa Cruz.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Vending machine
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Room features
Air conditioning
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Hindi


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Grade: 86 out of 100
13Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
2Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
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Alla Y wrote a review Mar 2021
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We were pleasantly surprised by room layout. We booked 1 room with 2 queen beds and there were 2 rooms separated by bathroom and a hallway . Super clean , no smell , comfortable beds and pillows. Very friendly front desk . No complaints at all. Thank you, riverside inn for great accommodation.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from Riverside Inn , General Manager at Riverside Inn & Suites
Responded Mar 23, 2021
Hello allay934. We are so pleased to learn that you had an excellent stay with us! Our clean, comfortable rooms offers basic necessities such as a microwave and refrigerator, and coffee maker to make our guests' stay as convenient as possible. Our close proximity to both downtown Santa Cruz and beach make Riverside Inn & Suites the ideal location to set up base - no need to drive everywhere! Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We hope we will have the pleasure of hosting you again in the future. Best Regards
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Gary I wrote a review Oct 2019
Moorpark, California93 contributions45 helpful votes
Pro - affordable, near Boardwalk and Down Town, friendly staff, hot water in showers, microwave, refrigerator, closet, quiet normally Con - no EV parking, limited parking, no breakfast, not gated so homeless might wonder around area
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
1 Helpful vote
Response from RiversideInnandSuite, Manager at Riverside Inn & Suites
Responded Oct 8, 2019
Hello 251garyi. Thank you for your review, your feedback is very important to us. We are happy to learn that you enjoyed your room. Our location, clean rooms, and price are a few of the things our guests love about Riverside Inn & Suites! We hope you will stay with us again in the future. Thank you again. Kind Regards.
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Elyce Michelle V wrote a review Oct 2019
12 contributions
great walking distance to the Boardwalk park!! low budget with friendly service 😁 my friends and I really enjoyed it. ordered pizza and got our rest. if you like to skate there’s a park right across the street
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from RiversideInnandSuite, Manager at Riverside Inn & Suites
Responded Oct 4, 2019
Hello elycemichellev. Thank you for your review. Our staff is delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay! We are known for clean, comfortable rooms at a competitive price for the central location near the beach and downtown Santa Cruz. It is great to hear that our staff was able to make your stay pleasant. We hope you will consider us again for any future trips to Santa Cruz. Thank you for your time. Best Regards.
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Ilas1 wrote a review Aug 2019
Asti, Italy13 contributions27 helpful votes
Simple and comfortable motel, near to the center city... Free parking in front of the room... Room equipped With several optional: fridge, hairdryer, ironing board, courtesy set. Friendly receptionist.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
1 Helpful vote
Response from Kiran P, General Manager at Riverside Inn & Suites
Responded Aug 21, 2019
Hello Ilas1. Thank you for taking the time to write a review on your stay. Our staff is very happy to learn that you enjoyed your stay! We take pride in offering our guests clean, comfortable rooms with basic essentials like coffee makers and microwaves, in addition to the amenities you described! Thank you for choosing Riverside Inn & Suites to host you during your stay in Santa Cruz. We hope you will stay with us again. Kind Regards.
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FoodiePilgrim wrote a review Jul 2019
Plymouth, Massachusetts656 contributions126 helpful votes
We stayed here two nights. The room was comfortable and clean and well-appointed - it really left nothing to be desired. But when we checked in, the first impression was of a peevish manager preemptively guarding against misbehaving young people: signs with sternly-worded rules were everywhere. "No skateboards"? That won't stop a kid on a skateboard, and it makes me worry needlessly. Nonetheless, the room was very good, and clean, and the shower had good water pressure. I would stay here again.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Trip type: Traveled with family
1 Helpful vote
Response from Kiran P, Manager at Riverside Inn & Suites
Responded Jul 12, 2019
Hi FoodiePilgrim, Thank you so much for staying with us and for your time in writing an honest review. Santa Cruz is a popular destination for the summer and visitors have many choices when it comes to summer lodging; our goals are to provide a family-friendly hotel and professionalism from the moment we first have contact with you. Our guests enjoy the basics like cleanliness, comfortable beds, well appointed rooms and vigilant staff members on duty. I apologize if our displayed policies made you feel anything but welcomed - our policies are to ensure all of our guests, such as yourself, may enjoy their stay. I hope you will give us another opportunity to change your check-in experience. Best Regards
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Frequently Asked Questions about Riverside Inn & Suites
Which popular attractions are close to Riverside Inn & Suites?
Nearby attractions include EXIT Santa Cruz (0.3 miles) and Kaiser Permanente Arena (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Riverside Inn & Suites?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and a 24 hour front desk.
Which room amenities are available at Riverside Inn & Suites?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Riverside Inn & Suites?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Riverside Inn & Suites?
Conveniently located restaurants include Saturn Cafe, Firefly Coffee House, and India Joze.
Is Riverside Inn & Suites located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.7 miles away from the center of Santa Cruz.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Riverside Inn & Suites?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Hindi.
Are there any historical sites close to Riverside Inn & Suites?
Many travelers enjoy visiting San Lorenzo River Railroad Bridge (0.9 miles).