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“Good view! Good location!”
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Sea & Sand Inn
Ranked #1 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Good view! Good location!”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

The lawn and view are great and staff are very nice and helpful. The motel is basic, but well organized. It is walking distance to the wharf, restaurants, lighthouse, and boardwalk. We were on the ground floor and a couple of nights there was noise from the upper level.

Room Tip: Some of the rooms could use more storage space in the bathrooms.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Thousand Oaks, CA
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

I took my two granddaughters on a road trip last week. We had room 101 on the ground floor with two queens. It was very nice. The staff was delightful and the room very clean and the shower was great. It looked newly redecorated. It is a clean and refreshing blue and white motif that you would expect to find at the beach. I would definitely go back, but ask for a room on the second floor next time. We heard all of the elephants in the room above ours. I guess that I didn't read the reviews close enough. It's a two block walk to access the beach. I thought we could just walk down stairs to get there from the hotel.

The view from the picture window was just incredible and the back of the hotel is so peaceful looking. It overlooks the ocean, the pier and the boardwalk. It looks like a typical motel from the front, but it's a little piece of paradise in the back. The large hotel next door has a pool, but they have to walk around the hotel to get to the beach too. I like the intimacy of this hotel much better.

The breakfast was a nice continental breakfast served in the breakfast room that also overlooks the ocean.

The little girls and I both enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Chico, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed August 12, 2013

We had a standard king room on the bottom floor. The grounds are great and amazing spots to overlook the ocean. The room was so small we had to juggle the suitcases around the crib. The hotel was perfect walking distance to the boardwalk. The room was clean and had the softest towels. Our favorite part was having the window open that evening and hearing the ocean, the sea lions and the yells from the boardwalk. The hotel was super secure and felt really safe. Splurge on a larger room but you won't be in it long. Too much fun stuff to do.

Room Tip: First floor had easy access to the beautiful sitting areas.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Granite Bay, CA
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2013

Claucat is correct that this is a glorified motel. But that's not really a negative in this case. From the street, the Sea & Sand may not look spectacular, but really that is the backside of the inn. The important part faces the ocean. Perched on the cliffs overlooking the beach, the Sea & Sand has a lovely garden and terrace to sit in and enjoy the stunning view of the Pacific, the Santa Cruz wharf and the Boardwalk (which are also within easy walking distance). There was a bridal party there taking pictures when we first arrived. I could see using the whole garden for a small wedding. It would be lovely.

The rooms are quaint, spacious and tastefully decorated with non-hotel style furnishings.

Pros:
Location, location, location
Friendly helpful staff
comfortable beds, sheets & pillows
Clean
Superb continental breakfast
Garden
Fireplace in breakfast room
Afternoon cookies/punch/lemonade in the summer, wine & cheese in the winter
VIEW - we woke up to the sounds of barking sea lions
Spacious bathroom
PLENTY of towels and washcloths
Quiet (except for the sea lions :D )

Cons -
Shower only, no bathtub in room 101
No fridge or microwave in room
$3 to rent a movie from the front desk (should be free)
Parking spaces are a tight fit

This little motel would be nice for a romantic couple's weekend or a family vacation.

Room Tip: Room 101 is closest to the main office and breakfast room. There is a breezeway on one side and roo...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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no. california
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed August 1, 2013

We stayed here in June and loved it!!! Such wonderful staff and a very nice breakfast. Why in the world is the previous reviewer writing about her stay 5 years ago? I'm surprised Tripadvisor printed that nasty review!

Room Tip: we stayed on the first floor and still had a nice view.
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Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Redondo Beach, California
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed July 30, 2013

We booked this place for one night a few years ago based on a friend recommendation and felt it was nothing more then a glorified motel. The room was cramped and noisy and the so call "breakfast" was nothing more then a few muffins and coffee. Granted, we stayed there about 5 years ago so it may have improved. I really did not stay in 2012 BUT your review options ddid not give me a chance to write in a date.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, CA
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48 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Traveling with young children requires more planning, making sure they are not only comfortable but also entertained and engaged.
Sea and Sand Inn fulfilled most of our family's needs during our visit:
Great ocean view, comfortable queen size beds, walking distance to the Boardwalk and an assortment of restaurants at the pier.... Waking up to the sound of the ocean was the biggest plus!
Excellent continental breakfast and friendly staff...
The NotSoGood (but insignificant):
It is an older property (with some real functional upgrades, like in the bathroom), old TVs (not LCS flat screens, but who's there to watch TV?), and dated rooms (but very very clean! That's a must!)
So, still worth every penny spent ! We parked the car for the duration and walked everywhere....
Will definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Sea & Sand Inn
Address: 201 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Location: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Beach Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Cruz
#2 Family Hotel in Santa Cruz
#3 Romantic Hotel in Santa Cruz
#5 Best Value Hotel in Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The ocean-front Sea & Sand Inn has always been popular with savvy out-of-towners, but a major renovation in 2009 has added a whole new “wow” factor. Three new luxury king spa rooms with ocean view balconies were added; two spacious family cottages with private hot tubs and three other spa rooms were also upgraded. All 22 rooms have a fantastic ocean front view of sparkling Monterey Bay. ... more   less 
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