I stayed here for two nights on a business trip to Santa Cruz. The hotel is right off the freeway, is relatively new, rooms are nice, bathrooms clean, etc. The breakfast seemed ok, though I never ate it because the coffee was horrible. The gym was small but functional. The pool was tiny, and in an open air courtyard (lest you expect an indoor pool, it is not in fact enclosed).
However, the parking at this hotel is an absolute nightmare, and I don't think it's ever going to improve. The parking deck is under the hotel, and the positioning of the cement support columns and walls make for extremely tight parking spaces. Every support column had marks from people scratching their cars on them. There were a few spaces that I couldn't even squeeze into in my rented Dodge Avenger. People literally had to fold their mirrors in to get their cars out of some of the parking spaces. Unless you were lucky enough to get one of the few spaces next to a marked off walkway, or could creatively angle in next to one of the support columns, you pretty much had to pull straight into every parking space to have any prayer of getting in, and the aisles weren't exactly roomy either so that was quite a chore. There were a couple times when, after spending 5-10 minutes circling the parking deck trying to figure out which space had the extra inch or two I needed to even attempt parking in it, then maneuvering my car so I could pull straight in, I could barely get out of my car there was so little room between me and the next car or a wall. My only other complaint about this place was that it was on the wrong side of the street, which means you have to cut across lanes and make an awkward u-turn every time you want to head into town or to the beach.
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- You can relish the comforts of home when you choose to stay at our Holiday Inn Express® Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz. Our hotel's location offers easy access to the Boardwalk, picturesque beaches, towering redwoods and terrific shopping. Our new Santa Cruz, CA hotel is the perfect starting point for a trip to Northern California.Corporate guests appreciate our business amenities and the location of our hotel in Santa Cruz, CA. We are located near local businesses such as Plantronics, Santa Cruz County Offices and UC Santa Cruz. We offer free high-speed, wireless Internet access and a 24-hour business center, so you can stay productive while you travel. You can enjoy a barefoot stroll along the beach, thrill rides at the historic Santa Cruz Boardwalk or a visit to the Surfing Museum because our Santa Cruz hotel's location is perfect for a California vacation. The family might love a ride on the Roaring Camp Railroad through the Redwood forest. It's easy to take a vineyard tour, indulge in shopping at the Capitola Village or take a stroll along the Santa Cruz wharf.Our hotel in Santa Cruz, CA has outstanding amenities like a well-equipped Fitness Center, a Sauna and a sparkling, outdoor pool and guest patio. Our contemporary rooms pamper you with HDTV and iPod docking stations. There's even a free, hot breakfast. Discover why we're the best choice among hotels in Santa Cruz, CA. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Santa Cruz Hotel Santa Cruz
- Holiday Inn Santa Cruz