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“Great Spot even with little ones”
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Dream Inn
Ranked #2 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence
San Francisco, CA
1 review
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“Great Spot even with little ones”
Reviewed October 9, 2009

The hotel's location is great -- right on the beach. It's easy to walk to the wharf, or the Boardwalk. The hotel was recently renovated and the rooms are nice, clean and have cool, modern decor.

In term of amenities, the pool was nice and warm though on the small side. They also have a small children's pool about 2.5 feet deep. Service is good throughout the hotel. Room service menu is somewhat limited but food taste and quality are great. We had a suite and the extra room was nice since we had two kids - ages 2 and 4. But there was no tub in the bathroom -- just a shower, although it did have the hand held shower head that we could use to rinse off the kids.

Overall it's a nice hotel. The prices are a bit steep -- we got a good last minute rate. I don't think it's worth $400 that they command in the summer, but for $200-$300 it's worth a visit.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 8, 2009

My mom (90 yrs. old) and I stayed 3 nights here for my nephew's wedding. Nice, spacious rooms with a private balcony overlooking the boardwalk, pier and ocean. Rigt on the beach. Very convenient to downtown.

  • Stayed August 2009
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Long Beach, ca
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Reviewed October 8, 2009

This is a very updated and modern hotel. I really enjoyed the view and the location. On thing is it was very noisy for some reason. We think the door tot he bathroom may be the reason. it is a sliding door and I have a feeling the other rooms were slaming theirs during the night. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Palo Alto, California
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28 reviews
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Reviewed October 2, 2009

We stayed at the Dream Inn with our two daughters, ages 8 and 3. We booked directly with the hotel at the last minute because we knew it would be a great beach weekend weather-wise.

Every room looks out onto the beach and the views are terrific. Check-in was smooth and the valets were helpful and prompt. Definitely join the Joy of Life Club before you go. As a Joy of Life member, I was presented with a chilled half-bottle of Chardonnay at the front desk.

I loved the direct beach access from the pool area. The beach directly in front of the hotel is less crowded than on the Boardwalk side, which is nice. The Boardwalk is only a 3 minute walk away.

The pool is heated to a very comfortable temperature and we spent most of the afternoon playing with the kids in the pool. Pool service for drinks and snacks was quick, even on a busy day. Room service from Aquarius was yummy and fast. Breakfast at Aquarius the next morning was delicious. When it took our server a while to get to us to take our orders, he comped our first round of drinks. Nice!

The beds are comfortable and we all had a good night of sleep. We were fortunate to have a room at the end of the hallway on the same floor as the pool and didn't get a lot of noise from other guests walking up and down the halls. We were missing a few things which were remedied by Housekeeping (only decaf coffee capsules for the coffee maker, not enough paper cups). We're looking forward to our next weekend getaway at the Dream Inn.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
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Pleasanton, CA
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Reviewed September 10, 2009

We stayed at the Dream Inn for one night to attend a Friday night concert at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. We booked the room using their reservation line and check-in was fast and easy. We left our bags with the bellman when we arrived and they were delivered promptly eventhough the hotel seemed to be very busy. The bellman had great advice regarding breakfast locations -- we went to Zackary’s on Pacific Ave, very busy but a great breakfast. Like other reviewers mentioned we slept with the sliding door open all night, the sounds of the ocean were wonderful and we didn’t have any problems with street noise or bugs. The Dream Inn is a bit pricy but the rooms were very clean and everything worked well – plus you can’t beat the location, so we all agreed it was worth the extra cost. We didn’t try the hotels restaurant, so I can’t comment on that. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We had two adults and two teenagers in a single room with double Queen beds. The valet parking was free and we checked our bill when we left and didn’t find any “hidden fees” that many hotels don’t mention. I think the Dream Inn will be our first choice when visiting Santa Cruz from now on.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
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San Jose
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24 reviews
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Reviewed August 30, 2009

The location for Dream Inn is great if you want to be near the Wharf and Boardwalk. Having a room that overlooks Cowell's Beach is great, sitting on the balcony in the afternoon was a treat. But, there was something that was just not up to par. Maybe I'm spoiled, I've stayed at JdV's Hotel Vitale in San Francisco, so I know what they are capable of. The room just didn't feel special, it was just another hotel room.

Pros: Close to the Wharf, Boardwalk, Beach. Amazing restaurant - Aquarius. Great views. Lather bath products.

Cons: Horrible shower, dirty carpets, too soft pillows, substandard air conditioner. Thin walls, I swear my neighbor was moving furniture for half the night. I could also hear him blowing his nose in the morning.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled solo
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Sacramento
1 review
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Reviewed August 30, 2009

This was our first stay and had so much fun we are planning to come back every year! Once you arrive you don't need to leave for anything! This is a great location with a really nice hotel! All the staff were so helpful and made sure our stay was more than we had hoped! The rooms are great with young children. We fit a crib, a child's travel bed, and luggage in there without any problem! Added bonus it the free valet parking!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Dream Inn
Address: 175 W. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5438 (Formerly Coast Santa Cruz Hotel)
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Location: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Cruz
#2 Business Hotel in Santa Cruz
#5 Romantic Hotel in Santa Cruz
#7 Family Hotel in Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Dream Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 165
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A fun culmination between the beach and the slightly offbeat town of Santa Cruz, the Dream Inn is the ideal destination for a weekend escape, corporate event, family vacation or a romantic getaway. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Dream Inn, a Joie De Vivre Hotel Hotel Santa Cruz
Dream Hotel Santa Cruz
Coast Santa Cruz Hotel

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