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Rio Vista Inn & Suites Santa Cruz

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Fully restored 129 years old, built in 1890 Victorian mansion into a complete modern 4 star luxurious boutique hotel, just opened in November 2014. This hotel provides modern and luxury accommodations. Located just approximately a 2 minute walk to our famous golden sand Santa Cruz beach and boardwalk and within walking proximity to our downtown garden shopping mall, where a full range of variety restaurants, bars and grills are for any of your meals. The famous Mystery Spot is also located just about 3 miles from our hotel. Within walking distance are also the famous west cliff drive, the municipal wharf, the Santa Cruz lighthouse, the Santa Cruz harbor and all the fine restaurants within. We are also a close drive to our Natural Bridges state park where we are able to see the famous Monarch Butterflies.
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Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Non-Smoking Hotel
Wheelchair access
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Accessible rooms
Non-Smoking Rooms
Refrigerator in room
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Grade: 87 out of 100
30Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
5Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
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This is a very honest review and sending my concern to anyone who will try to book this place. 1. Checking in is sooooo Poor as no one is at the desk. We are told to wait. The guy came in with a strong cigarette smell. 2. It is overpriced. We booked thru Booking.com with
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My wife and I stayed for two days in room #10 the attic. When we arrived the parking was good the location was good the building looked nice. The receptionist keeps limited hours and rarely at the front desk. Check in was easy as was checkout. Could have been more helpful
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We were really disappointed with our stay here and don’t believe it should be called ‘luxury’. The room was very cramped with the bed against the wall. The shutters let in light all night meaning we didn’t sleep well. There were stains on our towels and the room generally
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Where to start... the hotel calls itself ‘luxury suites’ with a price tag to match...more like student accommodation or a crusty old care home (if the smell in the loft “suite” is anything to go by). We paid $178 a night in search of a comfortable stay in Santa Cruz. We ended up
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This is a nice place but Room #4 can get some noisy morning road traffic. Friendly staff. Close to Boardwalk and great food. We had a nice view of the river. Housekeeping only gets a fair mark. Bathroom gets a well done.
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Photo provided by managementRio Vista Inn & Suites Santa Cruz
One of our unique suites
shower tile missing!
huge hole in the ceiling that was leaking!
Filthy Rug at Enterance
Hi. I stayed in the "Deluxe suite with river view" room It wasn't a big room. It had king size bed ,flat screen tv, blue ray, speakers with bluthooth, a tray for breakfast in bed, 2 robes , I think they also had a safe and a mini refrigerator (don't remember if it was empty or full). The room also had an ice bucket. And a new gas fireplace/heater. And of course a private shower (not so big, not A bathtub) Maybe your room will have a different shower facilities... I hope I helped. Have fun.
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"Don’t bring heavy bags as you have a few stairs to climb"
"If you want more space, don't book a budget room."
"Avoid tiny room #6"
"No not stay here."
"Loved the 3rd story rm views"
$127 - $343 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesCaliforniaSanta Cruz
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