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Babbling Brook Inn

1025 Laurel St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4237
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#1 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Cruz
Babbling Brook Inn infuses contemporary design with the ageless architecture. As you arrive, you will feast your eyes on the stunning foliage, winding brick and stone pathways that weave through Babbling Brook Inn’s grounds. The generous wooden decks and balconies offer views of hillsides brimming with climbing vines, mature trees, and the waterwheel that is serviced by the creek that flows through our lush gardens. Thirteen elegant rooms with thoughtful touches, soft pastel color pallets, and a décor that integrates the works of renowned artists Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Degas, and Tennyson which line the walls of each guest room. Meticulous attention to detail is apparent in every guestroom and the common areas within Babbling Brook Inn.
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byronkl wrote a review Nov 2020
Oakland, California7 contributions
We had several problems with our stay: We were left standing in the rain to check in because the front office was closed at 6:30 pm, our room looked nothing like the photos, the office was deserted during the day -- but the deal-breaker was the room had no heat. None. It was 42 degrees out and we had to sleep in our down jackets, literally. When we got back to our room around 10:00pm we discovered that there was no thermostat, no heating vents, and no heat. We tried to complain the next morning but the office was empty at 8:00 am. We called the after-hours number and it went to voicemail (Again, this is 8:00 am on a Saturday morning). We called Hotels.com and they had the same experience - no answer, straight to VM. Over the next several hours we called the number repeatedly, went to the office, as we hung on the phone with Hotels.com. At 11:00 am Hotels.com finally relented and transferred us to another property (Thank you Samuel) No heat in November? Ridiculous.
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Date of stay: November 2020
Room Tip: Ask if they provide heat.
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Kevin S wrote a review Aug 2020
Vallejo, California1 contribution
Stayed up all night listening to animals or humans ruckus in the attic had to call the police no manager on site no one to help if you come here bring a gun for protection just saying no 1 will help you you're all alone
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Careen H, Innkeeper at Babbling Brook Inn
Responded Sep 24, 2020
We would begin by letting you know that we take the safety of our guests seriously. We are unclear regarding your statements: “on one will help” and “you’re all alone”, as property manager did respond to your request for assistance. This employee investigated the noises in the celling crawl space and searched of the property to ensure that no one was hiding anywhere. While he was at the hotel the police arrived. After the police completed their investigation, confirming that they did not find any evidence supporting any individuals in the crawl space or elsewhere at the property that evening. The police believe that the noises were from animals escaping the CUZ fire. Your stay corresponded with the first night of this unprecedent fire. Appreciating that we cannot get it right all the time we hope that you are able to appreciate the chaos created by the CUZ fired in Santa Cruz and the surrounding area. When we make a mistake, we really try to rectify it during the guests stay, to ensure that they leave feeling happy and relaxed. Please do contact us so that we can make you feel better regarding you stay with us.
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paul loomes wrote a review Mar 2020
2 contributions2 helpful votes
this was a treat for me and my wife and we are from the uk . we decided on this quirky small hotel because it look cool and we were not disappointed we chose the artisan room which has a small deck and a hot tub ... the room was great and very clean ...the bed was so comfortable it was better than my own bed at home. my wife loved the feel of this boutique hotel....however their were 2 things that surprised me in the adverting info on hotels .com they talk of an happy hour ,which imply they have a bar ....they dont ? but do have a wine tasting and chees tasting. however when i booked the room through hotels .com they asked if i wanted any upgrades like a bottle of proseco strawberry and flowers ... i did and was charged an extra $50 or so on top of the room rate... when i got to the room they were not there ?so i went to the hotel guest desk and they said they knew nothing of this and it was hotel .com booking ???? they did know about my order because i saw it on ther computer . my advise is take your own booze and dont order anything as i still have not been refunded or apologized to by any one ...
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Date of stay: March 2020
Room Tip: the artisan room
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Reedy0610 wrote a review Oct 2019
14 contributions15 helpful votes
Stayed here for the last 3 nights of our visit to California. Inital reception by Jodie was good and very friendly. Stayed in the Contessa room which was large, clean and spacious. Beds were very comfortable. The provision of a safe would be a good touch in such a large room. Room was extremely noisy late night/early morning as it was next to the main road. Breakfast was not worth bothering with as only fruit, small muffins/cakes and an omelette cut up into slices and left on a sharing plate. Asked if there was toast and cereal and was told everything available was laid out in the breakfast room. Very quirky hotel in its own little oasis.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Jamieclarks wrote a review Oct 2019
Marina del Rey, California45 contributions29 helpful votes
Shame on this previously gem of a place, Check our our previous review and the (former) owners response (they wanted to print it and hang on the wall) Since then we’ve stayed in various forms (couple, solo business and family) as the hotel went through 2 owner changes, and since the departure of Sam who cared for the place as if it was his own, not to mention the changes in the breakfast menu, you can tell the place is well past it’s glory, and in Santa Cruz there are just enough options. The room we stayed in last time (beside the main office) was something about else, wife couldn’t sleep (between the phone in the office ringing off the hook to the party upstairs that lasted beyond 3:30am) it was just so far from our past experiences, noting that our last two stays hinted at what’s to come.. This place used to have personality and charm and now it’s like McDonald’s acquired the local diner. The location is the same (ok) but you can’t help but notice the big changes. Pros: comfortable beds, trees and wooden table outside Cons: noise, very low water pressure, broken curtains, no help with luggage (many stairs!) very basic breakfast, impersonal touch (we stayed over a dozen times before;) Staff is very open about these changes and voiced their concerns as well
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about Babbling Brook Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Babbling Brook Inn?
Nearby attractions include West Cliff Drive (0.5 miles), Nickelodeon Theatre (0.5 miles), and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Babbling Brook Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Babbling Brook Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Babbling Brook Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Babbling Brook Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Laili Restaurant, Zachary's Restaurant, and Walnut Avenue Cafe.
Is Babbling Brook Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the center of Santa Cruz.
Are there any historical sites close to Babbling Brook Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Davenport Jail (9.3 miles).