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River View Villa Hotel

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607 3rd St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5024
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#9 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Cruz
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Welcome to River View Villa in Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz’s exquisite River View Villa is more than just another Northern California guest house—it’s history, reborn. Make a reservation today, and secure your deluxe guest room in beautiful Santa Cruz. 4 Well-appointed bedrooms complete with private bathrooms, TVs, docking stations, dual air conditioners, microwaves and refrigerators.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
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Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
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Family rooms
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Melissa S wrote a review Feb 2018
10 contributions4 helpful votes
We were a group of 4 so we got one room in the main Victorian house and then one in the smaller regular house to the side. The history of the place is super interesting and they do a really great job highlighting it. The room in the Victorian was really nice. The whole place is renovated, clean and spacious enough. Note: the shower is in the room with no privacy, so if you're not comfortable with the person you're with seeing you nakie, then something to think about! Or at least this was true for our room. The location is great- close to the beach and downtown. I wouldn't waste my time with the side house if I had to choose between the two. BUT, it was completely fine. Clean and completely adequate. Just not charming like the Victorian and it's more of a shared space like you are renting a house with people and everyone has their own rooms, instead of feeling like you're separate as you do in a hotel (or how you feel in the Victorian part). But if you are cool with that and the expectation is set, it's a totally fine place to stay. We thought the breakfast selection was good, things were fresh and no compaints! Overall we had a nice stay and I would imagine this place will be even better when it's warm out because they've done a nice job making the space lend itself to lounging in the sunshine outside.
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Date of stay: February 2018
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onaroll56 wrote a review Dec 2016
Los Osos, California89 contributions17 helpful votes
Old cramped rooms in an old remodeled house: our room had not a single hook or a place to hang clothes, our suitcases had to be on the floor. We have never before been in such a small, cramped space. It calls itself a resort, but it is absolutely not that. Yet you will be charged a resort fee. We asked what that was for, the answer was for parking. The couple checking out before us complained that their hot water gave out. Yes there is free continental breakfast, but all food was stale, we even saw the half-priced stickers on some packages and the available bananas were spotted black.
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Date of stay: December 2016
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KnickerbockerJones wrote a review Nov 2016
San Francisco, California119 contributions43 helpful votes
My husband and I booked a room a the River View Villa "Hotel" as a last minute booking for a romantic weekend. This is not a villa. It was $189 and after fees it came out to $222. For this price you are renting a room in a cheaply renovated house. Yes there is a model looking kitchen with dining table and kitchen amenities. NO silverware. The room comes furnished with a HARD mattress, television, small table located in front of the television, microwave, micro fridge and air conditioner. Off season you can do off street parking but parking if that is not a possibility they use their front lawn as parking. The instructions for parking are coming hit the palm tree then turn the wheel hit the fence and back in. It does not look that easy. Front desk is not available after 9pm. While the location is convenient to both downtown and boardwalk there are what appear to be really shady characters in the surrounding apartments and hotels. Overall our stay was tolerable but we won't visit again do the price and shadiness of the area. NOT A ROMANTIC WEEKEND.
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Date of stay: November 2016
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Trish F wrote a review Aug 2016
Maryland2 contributions1 helpful vote
The location was convenient to the beach but in a low budget area with other motel chains and one under construction. I was expecting a better experience given paying twice the cost of a Quality Inn or 3 times of a Motel 6. It was not a villa, but a renovated house. You could hear everyone and everything in their rooms. Parking was treacherous as you had to drive the car up a narrow driveway and park on the front lawn of the building. I was anxious about damaging the rental car although the gentleman at the front desk was helpful and accommodating and helped me to park the car. The bathroom had a large puddle on the floor when we arrived which we decided was from water coming though the shower door, the door knob fell off the front door when opened and the shower lever did not work well with very little water pressure. The free breakfast consisted of hard pastries, cereal, banana, apples and cold coffee. Trying to figure out why they charge a $10 resort fee as it's clearly not a resort. Not what you'd expect for $280 a night. Was definitely the worst value of all the places we stayed in from LA to San Francisco. Will not stay here again.
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Date of stay: August 2016
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Omidmiri wrote a review Jan 2016
San Jose, California8 contributions11 helpful votes
First of all, this place is not a hotel, it's a house that they rent the rooms. Reception is not available after 9 pm. There is no phone in your room. AC is so loud that you can't sleep without ear protection. There is a kitchen outside your room that people seating there and talking and it looks like they are in your room. Breakfast start at 8 AM and actually this the time that front desk should also start working but I went there at 8 AM to get a coffee. Nobody was there and coffee pot was empty and you can't call what's there a breakfast, it's just some old pastries. The water for the shower wasn't warm enough! I paid around $200 for this room. Generally terrible experience!
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Date of stay: January 2016
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Response from knights7985, Owner at River View Villa Hotel
Responded Jun 17, 2016
Thank you for staying with us and do apologize for the inconvenience. We have tried to make improvements to your requirements.
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Frequently Asked Questions about River View Villa Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to River View Villa Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (0.2 miles), Santa Cruz Wharf (0.2 miles), and Kaiser Permanente Arena (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at River View Villa Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at River View Villa Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at River View Villa Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to River View Villa Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Saturn Cafe, Beach Street Cafe, and Firefly Coffee House.
Is River View Villa Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.8 miles away from the center of Santa Cruz.