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Reviewed August 7, 2012

The location is great! Walking distance to everything, downtown shops and restaurants as well as the boardwalk. The walls seemed a little thin but it's worth the location. Staff was friendly , and we love the city of Santa Cruz.

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Thank islabound
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

We stayed here in July 2012 and enjoyed our stay. The hotel is very close to the beach and the boardwalk and is a clean, nice place to sleep. The breakfast was decent too. We were somewhat disappointed with Santa Cruz, as after doing the boardwalk, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot to do. Everything shuts down after six!

Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

Hotel was very clean, though parking spots were tight and at a premium. Buffet breakfast was OK. walking distance to Santa Cruz Pier was much appreciated. Hotel staff were very eager to please apologizing since someone was in line in front of us - totally unnecessary, but appreciated none the less. Website pictures were somewhat deceiving - this is a motel/motor inn. It is a decent value

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank rick-zeb
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Reviewed July 27, 2012

When I told a friend about plans to visit Santa Cruz, I was warned that most of the hotels close to the boardwalk/wharf/waterfront are crummy and run-down. The Ocean Pacific Lodge is a definite exception to that rule! It's a very nice facility. As others have pointed out, the hotel has been renovating its rooms. The accommodations were simple but pretty and comfortable. We had a 3rd-floor room right above the pool and breakfast building -- so convenient! The pool area was nice -- two hot tubs and one regular pool -- all very clean. The front-desk employees were very friendly, and the office is so cute, decorated with a lot of posters and murals of the Woodie surfing cars famous in Santa Cruz. Parking in the lot was not difficult at all.

A few small drawbacks: The hotel subscribes to a limited range of Direct TV channels. There's nothing wrong with this in itself, but the confusing thing is that if you are flipping around channels to find something to watch, you keep getting to screens that say "Channel not paid for". So you can't really just flip from channel to channel and find something to watch. I don't think this is the fault of the hotel -- it's probably just how Direct TV is set up -- but it's slightly confusing.

The other thing is that even though this hotel is well-kept-up and feels safe, Santa Cruz seems to have a large population of street people, and you will encounter some of them when you walk from the hotel to the boardwalk/wharf/waterfront. We didn't encounter anyone who was drunk or belligerent in some way, but you should just have your wits about you as you walk around in this area. Unfortunately, I don't think there's any part of central Santa Cruz that's not like this. As I said, at least Ocean Pacific itself is a very nice facility, clean and safe.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

I read the previous reviews from a few years ago saying that this hotel was dated, not clean, etc. Pay no attention to those old reviews as the Ocean Pacific Lodge has been renovated.
Our room was clean and freshly painted with very nice decor. The bathroom was large and had a beautifully tiled double shower and a vanity area in the bathroom separate from the sink.
The pool was clean and inviting and we enjoyed the two hottubs. The free breakfast with waffles was a plus. I would definitely recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for a renovated room near the pool.
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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