While the Hilton a little further out of town may provide a full service property (and frankly, also a pretty good value at some times and a very acceptable on site restaurant), the Holiday Inn Express on Ocean Street is perfect if you want to be closer to the water without paying a premium. It is also very convenient to UCSC, the purpose of my visit, and has a staff that aims to please.
I was fortunate enough to be upgraded to a "larger" room so don't know if the amenities in my room were what you can expect to find in all rooms, but it had a refrigerator, 2 TV's, couch (assume pull out), table/chairs and large bathroom. Very nicely appointed for a mid-tier property.
Parking is convenient but make sure you stop by the office to check in before you park your car - you need your room key to access the elevator from the underground parking area!
Nice sitting area in front of the entrance that we took advantage of. They DO make you sign an agreement stating you will not have a party in your room so don't imagine you will get a lot of excess noise late at night either.
All in all a very pleasant stay and highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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