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Ocean Pacific Lodge
Ranked #22 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Lakewood,CO
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“Reasonable rate, good location”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

I have stayed at this hotel a couple times. This time we got a room with two king beds and it was 2 rooms, so was nice to have that extra room. The personnel seemed nice and accomodating, and the room was clean. It was also nice to have an extra couple sinks outside the bathroom when you have a whole family. The location is just a couple blocks from the boardwalk, close to the area where all the surfers go, and a few blocks from the downtown area, so we could walk almost everywhere. The breakfast was sufficient and seemed to have plenty of food, although I didn't see anyone restocking. The pool is nice but closes a bit early so we weren't able to use it much. All in all, it was a good value, and would stay here again.

Room Tip: Would probably ask for an upper floor just less parking lot and street noise.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Rancho Cordova, California
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

My boyfriend and i stayed here for two nights last week. I stayed here with my family growing up and my mom reminded me of what a great value the rooms are for the size of the rooms and the hotel's proximity to the wharf and boardwalk.

We paid about $175 after taxes for each night, a Wednesday & Thursday. Perhaps a little overpriced but we booked only a few days in advance.

We arrived around 1:30 p.m. and inquired about early check-in since it was a weekday but were told no. They did, however, allow us to park our vehicle at the hotel while we walked to the boardwalk. After we returned several hours later we checked in, exhausted, unaware that we were in for a rude awakening!

My worst fear come true: WE GOT STUCK IN THE ELEVATOR!! Absolutely terrible. We had to call the elevator dispatcher and press the alarm bell every few seconds to alert the hotel staff. Someone finally knocked on the elevator and said "Are you guys stuck in there?" When we replied yes, he said "OK." OK?! No apology, no status of what's being done? I about died. When they finally restarted the elevator I was beyond relieved since I was close to having a panic attack from claustrophobia.

Here's what bothered me the most, besides a faulty elevator: after the "incident" we never received an apology from staff, etc. It would have been REALLY nice if gave us a discount on our first night or something but we weren't expecting that at all. At the bare minimum an in-person apology or phone call would have been appreciated.

So as not to end this on a negative note, I'll quickly run through the positives:

*Our King room had a living room with microwave, fridge and wet bar. While we didn't use the television/couch area, it was nice to have a separate place to mix our pre-dinner cocktails and gather our beach snacks.

*The bathroom had a giant jacuzzi, which was a nice touch. While there was also a spa onsite, it's nice to have a spa in the privacy of your own room.

*You can't beat the location. We did not need to use our vehicle one time during our frequent trips back and forth to the wharf and boardwalk. There are shops, liquor stores, delis and other small eateries just steps from the hotel.

*The bedding was spotless and, although I'm slightly terrified after reading reports of bed bugs, to our knowledge our room did not have them and, if we did have them in our room at the hotel we did not bring them back into our own home (knock on wood).

Yes, the decor is very dated and the wallpaper would make even my grandmas shake their head. Yes, the bathrooms could use a deep cleaning and I definitely considered wearing sandals in the shower. However, the positives FAR outweigh the negatives and, assuming they get their elevator act together, we would definitely consider staying there in the future.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Berkeley, California, United States
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

(This is long, but worth the read in my humble opinion.) Last evening, July 8, 2013, my nine year-old son and I checked into this pet-friendly hotel near the Boardwalk of Santa Cruz. We checked in late (after 9 p.m.) and I told the front desk employee that we would be leaving at 5 a.m. I also said we had a small, clean, quiet dog I could keep in my car with the windows down. He replied not to worry about it and said he would not charge me for the extra pet fee ($30.)

My son fell asleep and I spent some time reading, organizing our stuff and put food from the cooler into the room's fridge. We had been at the KOA in Santa Cruz for four nights (and had a great experience - no bed bugs!) The Ocean Pacific Lodge also smelled like a cigarette and pot-smoking haven, despite what I thought was a non-smoking room.

I was about to shower (around one a.m.) and saw two bugs in the bathroom. Upon closer inspection, they looked like bed bugs to me. I had them years ago and, sadly, became well-acquainted with them (and how difficult and costly they are to get rid of) when I stayed at a hotel in LA near the airport for work. I flushed them down the toilet - a bad move, it turns out.

I tried to call the front desk, but the phone was not working. When I went to speak with the employee in-person, he sheepishly, and awkwardly, confessed to me that it was a problem. He suggested I pull the bed away from the wall to look at the wall and floor and inspect the premises. He also said to look at the mattress corners. I did so and saw shell casings of bed bugs all around the corner of the mattress. I also saw rust-colored stains. (Stupidly, I did not take a photo with my phone!) In addition, I saw a white powder substance covering the floor and baseboard behind the bed. I was told it was a preventative measure - diatomaceous earth?

They offered to move me to the second floor (smoking rooms!) but my son was sound asleep and I had just unloaded everything. I was asking for information only and did not want to move, but was thinking of sleeping in my car with my son. I was too tired and had taken an Ambien sleeping pill so could not drive home at this point. The employee became very nervous and woke the owner when I said I would be reporting the condition of bed bugs.

The owner came down with his lovely wife (around 2:30 a.m.) and was furious about the situation. He ORDERED his wife (whom he made walk behind him the whole time - cultural practice?!) to return to their room and ORDERED his employee to return to the front desk. (The wife and employee appeared to be afraid of this man - in my humble opinion - and the employee later recanted several things in front of the police officers.) The owner then told me it was private property, which HE owned, and if I didn't leave he would call the police. He refused to leave the hotel room and when I mentioned I was an attorney and was aware I had legal rights he became incensed.

When I threatened to put this information on Yelp, he threw me down on the bed - the bed my son was sleeping in. I got up, yelled my lungs off, and started to bang on doors next to me. The owner laughed and said, "There are no cameras inside the rooms but they are all over the place outside." He attempted to provoke me and laughed again when he asked what I was going to do to him. He left the room and then called the police (as did I) and apparently said I physically attacked him and had a pet in the room without permission. (I am under the care of a hand surgeon and have a wrist injury. I had a wrist support device on and need to have additional surgery on my dominant, right wrist. I can assure you, I was not in the physical condition, or emotional condition, to assault the owner. Nor would I jeopardize my law license or do anything like this in front of my son unless I was defending myself or my son from attack.)

Shockingly, the police believed the owner and threatened me with arrest if I did not vacate the premises because it was private property. They refused to look at the mattress or behind it. They also said I should have saved the bugs and that bed bugs were never found in bathrooms and that they left trails of blood which the officers did not see - not that they looked at the mattress! They assumed I illegally brought the dog in the room since I had not paid the extra pet fee. (This was one of the statements the employee recanted as he denied telling me not to worry about about the extra pet fee.) I told the officers I could not leave the premises because I had taken Ambien - a sleep aid an hour earlier. They assumed my Ambien sleep medicine was a "narcotic" (the officer's word) and I was "under the influence", though they performed no sobriety tests and were willing to let me drive away. The officers made sure I was fully refunded and gave me an hour to vacate, but I was ENRAGED, crying and yelling at people outside not to stay at the hotel because of bed bugs and the fear of being arrested in retaliation for complaining. (Bad reaction on my part.)

Soon after, I drove to the police department. Beware - an angry woman, despite the valid reasons for it, will be viewed as a "crazy lady!" It was now about 5 a.m. I am in touch with the Sergeant and hope to take some legal action against the owner. In addition, I hope to share my story so the Santa Cruz police will change their approach. In short, do NOT stay here!!!! And...ALWAYS take photos and save bugs if this ever happens to you.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

Although there was nothing outstanding about this property, we did find that it was very convenient to the beach and the pier restaurants. It is 1 block from the pier and an easy walk. The complimentary breakfast was o.k., although the coffee ran out and no one in attendance to refill it.
This is a good place to stay if you have kids, as they have a pool as well as close to the beach.
Not a strong 3 star hotel, but better than a 2 and some rooms were being renovated.

Room Tip: When the pool is in full use, it can be noisy if your room overlooks the pool.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cambria, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed June 3, 2013 via mobile

We decided to stay last minute and chose this hotel based off previous reviews we read. The only room left was the King Suite with Jacuzzi tub. The room was clean but very old and needs maintenance. The jacuzzi was falling apart and the wallpaper was pealing everywhere. The pillows were so hard I couldn't sleep because I got such a bad headache from them. Literally rocks. Thr air condiotioner blew down and was old a rickedy. Took forever to cool off. The location is good and it clean. But def needs a touch up. Especially for being the King Suite.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Reviewed May 20, 2013 via mobile

$159 got us a modern 2 king suite which was really well set up with a separate bedroom for the second couple and a second basin/dressing area for the girls to get ready in while someone else is in the bathroom PLUS a pool and spa PLUS great personal service and dinner recommendations from reception PLUS a free breakfast! Oh and it was only a five minute walk down to the pier & boardwalk. We are two couples who have been travelling around the USA for a month and I think this is the best value place we've struck so far!

  • Stayed May 2013
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New York City area
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed May 3, 2013

We arrived in Santa Cruz April 25th and drove through, looking at online comments and such and landed at this place. The price was right, and were not expecting much from the room..but were totally surprised that it was bright, modern, clean, comfy beds, looked like recently remodeled..dual shower heads, keurig coffee in the room, better than usual bath products. Had to be the best place we stayed all week. We only had one night, but were really really pleased with it. The jacuzzis were working and hot..the pool was refreshing as well.

Nothing bad to say at all about this place! Would stay here again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ocean Pacific Lodge
Address: 301 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4922
Location: United States > California > Santa Cruz
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #22 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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Hotel Class:2 star — Ocean Pacific Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 57
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