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“The secret is out...this place is wonderful!”
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Sea & Sand Inn
Ranked #1 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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Cincinnati
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“The secret is out...this place is wonderful!”
Reviewed July 23, 2008

A little slice of heaven sits on the edge of a cliff in Santa Cruz and its called the Sea and Sand Inn. We loved this little inn. Has a beach town feel in that its an older property but very well maintained and the grounds are lovely. Flowers everywhere, small seating areas that all overlook the most spectacular view over the ocean, beach pier and boardwalk. Far enough away that all you really hear are the waves crashing on the shore below, but close enough that its an easy walk down to the beach or boardwalk. The room was nice. Maybe a little dated, but clean and sufficient. The bathroom was tiny and the shower head meant for short people....But oh, sitting outside under the trees looking out over the ocean eating freshly baked cookies and lemonade they serve each afternoon! We honestly sat there trying to figure out if we could change our itinerary so we could stay there another night! We really did NOT want to go! The Continental Breakfast was fresh and tasty with bagels, muffins, scones, toast, fresh fruit, juice and coffee. Santa Cruz just has the greatest vacation vibe and our teenagers can't wait to go back. I definately recommend the Sea and Sand Inn.

  • Liked — The view and the location
  • Disliked — I prefer comforters covered with a washable duvet rather than bedspreads
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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Philadelphia, PA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed June 25, 2008

A small hotel with a fabulous view, right on the cliff overlooking the ocean and within walking distance of the beach, pier and boardwalk. I think all rooms have an ocean view. The staff is very friendly. The hotel also serves afternoon snacks (cookies, lemonade, iced tea), happy hour and a light breakfast (muffins, cereal, fresh fruit). The muffins and the cookies were baked in their kitchen and served warm out of the over (yum). The price in June was $219 for a double queen.

  • Liked — Beautiful, unobstructed view of the ocean
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
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2 Thank MerionSta
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Santa Barbara, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed May 29, 2008

We spent a night at the Sea and Sand Inn recently on a trip up the California coast. This is a nice motel in the theme of the ‘beach towns’ of the past; very fitting for Santa Cruz. The room was small by today’s standards, but it was clean and convenient. All rooms have an ocean view and there are nice areas outside for sitting and watching the ocean. You are within easy walking distance of the wharf and the boardwalk. The staff is friendly and there is free wireless internet that worked well and a free continental breakfast that is about average for this type of property.

Getting to the Sea and Sand is easy from CA-1. Just take Bay Street southeast (toward the ocean) and when it ends at Cliff Drive the Sea and Sand is on your right on the ocean side of the street. There is parking along the side of the property as well as a few spaces at each end. We had no issues finding adequate parking, but it wasn’t the busiest season when we were there. There is construction (renovation) going on at the large hotel next door, but it didn’t seem to cause any noise or traffic problems.

We felt that we got a good value at this property and enjoyed ‘living in the past’ for one night.

  • Liked — Clean with friendly staff and convenient location
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank Goleta
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Reviewed September 22, 2007

We stayed at the Sea and Sand Inn for one night on a road trip. I researched hotels through Tripadvisor and it seemed this hotel was a favorite. The location is right on the beach and walking distance to everything. The customer service was great and the guy that helped us was very nice. The room was very small, clean, and dark with no AC. It had basic features, but is not luxurious by any means. If you like to hang out in your room at all, this would not be a good choice. No deck or outside space, unless you walk down to the beach or sit in their little public patio. There were a bunch of people partying at this little patio until about 3am, which unfortuntely was about 20-25 feet away from our window. We wanted to have to window open a little to enjoy the sounds of water, but had to close it about 1am so we could sleep. I wish we would've contaced the office about it, as we were told upon check out, that security could've been called to ask them to quiet down. Other than that, the Sea and Sand Inn is a great little motel to stay in Santa Cruz.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — small size of room
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank travelers1008
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San Francisco
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed August 12, 2007

Our King size room was large with a newly updated bathroom that was huge. We had a jaczuzzi tub and king size bed. The jacuzzi tub was actually in th room in the corner which was really odd but it was fun to turn on the jets and soak.

I am not sure it was worth spendning $250 a night only because in Santa Cruz you spend most of your time on the beach boardwalk or out wandering the downtown, not sitting in your room.

It did look to be one of the safer, nicer spots in the area. There are a lot of dumpy motels in Santa Cruz and the Coast Hotel next door was a dreary box.

Next time I would try the West Cliff Inn. It looked lovely and was right near the Sea and Sand.

  • Liked — Beautiful location on the cliff
  • Disliked — expensive
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Ann Arbor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2007

We stayed in one of the two larger king suites with private patio, so I cannot speak for the smaller rooms (except to tell you that the ocean view from the enire complex appeared to be excellent). Our room was tastefully decorated and completely updated, with kitchenette, very modern bathroom, two flat screen t.v.s, and impeccably clean to point of sparkling, with a lovely private patio, high on a cliff, directly overlooking the ocean. There is only a four foot partition seperating the king bedroom from the living area with sofa beds, so if that is an issue, than this may not be the place for you. We were traveling with our child, so this arrangement worked out fine for us. My only complaint was that the king mattress was rump-sprung, and with everything else being surprisingly in excellent order, the inn really should spring for some updating on the beds. Other than that, our king suite was nicer than I expected in every regard. A footnote: several roller coasters dot the bay to the south of the hotel. You can hear the rider's delighted screams in the far distance throughout the day, which appears to set the sea lions off, who bark back (half the fun of being in a sea-side toursit town!). The amusment parks shut down at 10:00 p.m., and at that point, all you will hear as you sleep is the surf from this superbly located inn. Another suite is directly next to the one we stayed in. Fortunatley, our neighbors were not partiers, just door slammers, so we had a fairly restful night. I suppose that in this regard, you may be taking a chance if you crave peace and quiet, but then, this can happen anywhere.
We had a very pleasant stay, and plan to return. I would definitely highly recommend the suites at the Sea and Sand if you want a clean, updated, nicely furnished room with a private patio, right on the ocean.

  • Liked — View, location, cleanliness
  • Disliked — Internet connection was virtually hopeless-- really bad
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled on business
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5 Thank MsEd
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Antioch, Ca
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2007

We have stayed at many places in Santa Cruz over the years and this by far has to be the BEST ever so far! The Inn sits on top of a cliff overlooking the beach and ocean. The grounds are beautiful with some really nice sitting areas and patios. We loved the lower deck located at the bottom of the Inn right above the beach. What a place to get some R & R! The peace was indescribable. This does not have a pool which we really did not miss with the beach and ocean so close by. We noticed that because it had no pool there were not very many children running around. In fact, we only saw two older kids. We truly did like the quiet atmosphere of mostly adults being there. The staff could not be friendlier or kinder to us. The room was clean but a bit older in decor. If you like really modern fixtures, this won't be the place for you as the bathroom tile was a bit old and the water smelled like sulfur in the shower (which most of these older places seem to all suffer from). We were able to overlook all of this because we felt we truly got what we paid for which was sitting right on top of the beach and ocean. At night you could hear the waves crashing on the beach and the seals barking. What a way to go to sleep! They have a service which you can call that goes and picks up food for you from several area restaurants. We especially loved this feature because we were very tired one day and ordered food to be delievered. It was there in 30 minutes. The other fabulous things were the continental breakfast which was very good and (you will love this), they bake cookies from 3:00-5:00 pm which were scrumptious (you can have all you want) and they make lemonade and iced tea. Another great feature is that the front office is OPEN 24 hours a day with someone always on call. We absolutely loved this too because we came home late and my husband was able to go into the office and make some hot chocolate as the night was quite chilly with the fog rolling in (he was also able to grab more cookies)! This was 11:00 pm at night....there is popcorn available for $l.00 and you can also rent movies from the front desk. Lastly, there was GREAT SECURITY because NO ONE can come into the complex without their card key because the place is GATED SOLID. In today's world, this is a fabulous feature to rest one's mind. The only possible problem areas are that there is a pathway which is right in front of your room and if you are trying to relax by your window overlooking the ocean there is constant foot traffic which seemed to look in every time they passed. It was a bit uncomfortable because we like our privacy. We ended up going outside quite a bit for the views and enjoyed the patios they have set up. Parking is not real great but they do try to make sure that each guest has their own spot. We rated this Inn a 4. If you love the beach and ocean as we do, you will be more than happy here. Just remember its not the Ritz and an older Inn at that. This place shines overall for its location, location, location.....wonderful things are within walking distance, especially the great Santa Cruz wharf and boardwalk. Please do try at least one night and you will be so thankful you did. Like us, YOU WILL BE GOING BACK AGAIN AND AGAIN..... Thanks to all those at Sea and Sand Inn for making our stay so very wonderful!

  • Liked — Proximity to beach and ocean/incredible views
  • Disliked — Lack of privacy from foot traffic looking into room.
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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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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