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The Islander Motel
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All reviewsgreat mexican placea great coffee shoproom was cleansmall breakfastone nightinexpensive hotelocean avenuecontinental breakfastwalking distance to downtownbusy streetqueen roomsmall poolcheck in was easymicrowave and refrigeratorparking lotreception areashort drive
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Reviewed May 15, 2013 via mobile

property was clean. room was clean. no funny smells. everything looked as if it was being taken care of. good price for the stay and staff was very friendly and accommodating to our late night arrival. Would stay again!

  • Stayed: May 2013
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2  Thank Sirilo G
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

This motel is exactly what we were after: a value-for-money place to stay that was reasonably central, clean, comfortable but still well-priced so no need to be fancy.

The owners do a great job and the service they and their staff provide is excellent. The rooms are sizeable and well cleaned, with very comfortable beds and pillows. There were several nice touches that were somewhat unexpected in this price range, such as a large welcome bottle of fresh water, free bathroom amenities, and shower water pressure that puts some expensive hotels to shame.

Our only slight criticism was a somewhat unpleasant odour from the bed cover in our room, which needed a clean. However many motels suffer from this and in context this was a minor inconvenience.

We would happily stay here again.

Room Tip: If you decide not to take up the free motel breakfast, we highly recommend the brilliant Cafe Brasil, which is only a few minutes' drive away.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank WH0A
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Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

Room was clean, bed was huge! The sttaff was polite. Didn't stay long, quick drive to boardwalk. Walk if had more time. Trip advisor discount helped. Extra pillows in room. Refrigerator in room. Lamps on both sides of bed.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Thank Ireneiscooler
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

Good price, easy walk downtown, very clean. Simple room worth the price. AC drowned out the road noise. I accidently left my glasses on the bedside table after checkout. Staff went above and beyond delivering them to a UPS office to mail them back to me. I am greatly appreciative!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank mrw264
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munaf s, Manager at The Islander Motel, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2013

Thank you for your valuable feedback. We are very pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us.

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Reviewed March 26, 2013

we booked a friday, saturday stay there and it was great. clean rooms with decent shower, bath. Some noise from the road but nothing insane. noise depends on your neighbors and their behavior as usual when staying somewhere.
About a fifteen min walk to boardwalk and near to Pacific avenue and all its variety and life. We were relaxed and pleased with the Islander and will stay there again when visiting Santa Cruz.
Tip for breakfast, go up Soquel ave to the Buttery for breakfast and sooper cakes and amazing coffee. About ten mins walk up the hill left out of Ocean street.

Room Tip: upstairs was peaceful, no stomping from above.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Carl H
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