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The Islander Motel
Ranked #19 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

First the positives....decent price...parking OK...great bathroom...good lighting...shampoo and lotion supplied...great location about 1 mile from the water...good bed...lots of TV stations....average size room....nice clerk. The biggest negative was a small cathode ray tube that Motel 6 would love to have because most of their rooms have the same type. It is located on a busy street (Ocean) so there was quite a bit of traffic even at night. I used my old trick of keeping the air conditioner running not so much to cool the room but to provide "white noise" to drown out the vehicles nearby.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

A room was well sized. Beds are good. Everything looked clean.
I experienced lack of fresh air and some in unpleasure smell.
There are many other motels on this street. For me it was noisy inside during the night.

Resume: it is good, but as for me overpriced.

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1  Thank Voleslav
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

We stayed here for 1 night and could not have stayed any longer. The room was clean and comfortable but the area outside the room was noisy with people talking loudly and slamming doors at all hours plus a lot of vehicle noise. If you are travelling down the coast, stay in Carmel rather than Santa Cruz, as it is a much nicer town.

Stayed: August 2013
1  Thank Karen D
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

We chose this motel for its price and were pleasantly surprised at what a good value it was. The check in process was quick and efficient. We had a clean and comfortable room on the second floor. We opened the window to cool the room a bit. Once the window was closed, we couldn't hear a thing from the rooms next to us or from the traffic. The king sized bed was comfortable. The bathroom was spotless. The water pressure in the shower was great, and the water stayed hot for both of us. The amenities included shampoo, conditioner, and two bars of soap. The refrigerator was larger than the one we had in higher ranked accommodations. The furnishings looked a bit worn, but solid. Care is obviously taken in keeping up the rooms. We didn't use the pool, which is across the parking lot and visible from the rooms, but there is a wall that shields it from the street. The check out process was smooth, and the Islander has the cutest little front desk clerk I have ever seen!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

By reading other reviews, we obviously were charged much more. We paid $146 for our king bed room which was clean with a comfortable bed but lumpy pillows. We stayed on a Saturday night and the noise was unbelievablely bad. Shouting from other rooms, doors banging, and traffic passing made it difficult to get any sleep, The staff appeared disinterested and the breakfast was very basic and poor. If you want a good night's sleep, don't stay here.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank DiR46
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

We were in Santa Cruz for one night for a wedding and this was a good choice. Everything was as expected from other 4-dot Trip Advisor Reviews. It is older, well kept, clean, and comfortable. The staff was welcoming and helpful. The king bed filled the room so I would not recommend that for families because there isn't a lot of room for all the kid paraphernalia. The motel is on a very busy boulevard that is noisy during the day but I didn't hear anything at night. No iron in the room. There is No Coffee Pot in the room, and the very light continental breakfast isn't open until 7:30 but thank goodness because that means you can discover Fins Coffee up the street which is worth the trip to Santa Cruz in itself. Many Europeans in residence made the experience a little more interesting. If you are on a budget, stay here, you can't go wrong.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

Can't beat $100 (including tax) a night for a king sized bed, fridge, and microwave. The staff was great, the room was small but comfortable; bathroom was clean and seemed redone. The ice machine is sketchy though, looked moldy inside. The wifi signal wasn't very strong as well, but it was there.

As stated, it's far from the beach, it's close enough to stroll downtown but that's about it. If it was closer to the beach it would be perfect.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Thank elicia77
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Additional Information about The Islander Motel

Address: 522 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-6602
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Location: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Price Range: $67 - $224 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Islander Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cleans and Comfortable,2 story with 22 guest rooms that include, 32" flat Screen LCD-HD TV Withe Remote, complimentary continental breakfast, Free Local Calls, All rooms have phone, Free WiFi. High speed Internet access in Room hairdryers. All rooms with Micro fridges. Free parking, Seasonally heated pool and electronic door locks for your security. Located approximately 1 mile from the world famous Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk. We are within walking distance to Downtown Santa Cruz, numerous nightclubs, theaters and shopping at Pacific Garden Mall. Roaring camp, Mystery Spot, The University of California Santa Cruz, the Museum of Art and History and Pasatiempo Golf Course are all nearby. We look forward to making your stay with us the Best Value in Santa Cruz. Sorry No Pets.One car per Room.Parking is limited. Deposited Required. Extra Person $15.00 Per Person No Extra Beds or Crib,Payment will taken upon arrivel,. ... more   less 
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