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“Left before the sun even set.”
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Beachview inn
Ranked #20 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Vancouver, Canada
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Left before the sun even set.”
Reviewed May 24, 2012

We checked in and headed up to our assigned room. The Inn is quite small, housing probably 12 units on the second floor and approximately 8 units on the first. The entry to our room was at the end of the walkway in a dimly lit corner where the entry way to 4 rooms are clustered. The entrance area is dark, even at 4 o'clock in the afternoon on a sunny May day. We unlocked our door and entered the room. We immediately noticed an overpowering, artificial pine (read: CHEMICAL) odour. After locking the three locks on our door (that many locks leading me to feel concerned about safety and security), I opened the window to allow some fresh air inside. While I opened the window (for which the lock was cracked, once again peaking my concern for security), I noticed a black fuzz on the window track. The window sill area looked like it had never been cleaned. In fact, the entire room looked like it had never been thoroughly cleaned, nor broken areas repaired. And despite the Inn's name, we did NOT have a view of the beach.

After the chemical pine odour dissipated, a wet, musty smell took its place. Presumably, this smell was rising from the carpet which was most likely a vibrant emerald colour upon installation. Now, the colour bordered on brown due to the dirt permanently engrained in the carpet fibres probably resulting from never having a professional cleaning. Even darker were the black stains which were numerous and appeared throughout, from the entrance into the room to the bathroom, under the bed and around all the furniture. It seemed as if housekeeping (if they exist in this place) failed to even try to remove stains. This thought was confirmed when I noticed dried brown marks on the cabinet where something had obviously been spilled, the liquid run down the cabinet, dried when it should have been easily wiped away during cleaning.

The queen size bed in the room was again, far below acceptable standard. The frame looked like it had been bolted into the wall at one time but later moved. Rather than filling in the old hole in the wall, there was clear plastic tape covering the hole. The mattress itself was sagging so much that the mattress top was practically concave. My boyfriend has a previous back injury which surely would have flared up had we slept on this bed. Myself, with no injuries, would probably have incurred one had we slept on this bed. This mattress was so worn out that it should have been replaced years ago. The linens covering the mattress were themselves in dire need of being thrown out. The fabric was so worn and thin from hundreds of times of usage and hundreds of washings (I hope). The linens, like the mattress, needed to be replaced a long time ago.

By this point, we were thoroughly disgusted with the state of the room. Our disappointment was only increased when the guest in the next room arrived and began talking on his cell phone. We could hear every single word he was saying due to the paper thin walls of this place. We were ready to leave after being so horrified by the state of this Inn but the person next door made us pick up our bags, return the key to the front desk and leave even faster.
The only positive of this Inn was that we were able to use the free wi-fi they offer to search for another hotel. We ended up booking at the Marriott in Monterey which offered luxury amenities far beyond our needs and at a rate much higher than we wanted to pay but the room was clean and quiet and safe.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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Reviewed January 17, 2012

Heather is great! We had a great stay because of Heather! She smiles and laughs and it is just super! The Beachview Inn is great because of Heather!!!

Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Santa Rosa, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 15, 2011

I was just down in Santa Cruz for my birthday and visiting since I had never been to Santa cruz before.. Beachview Inn was a great little place to stay especially if you are not looking to spend a whole lot of money. My boyfriend and I are in the process of saving money, so this was a perfect vacation that didnt completely rip open a hole in our wallets. We had a view of the beach right from our room, it was in a very safe location and was walking distance to the beach boardwalk. It was fabulous how close everything was and convinient to have taco bars, restaurants and grills right around the Inn. It was beautiful and the weather this month was perfect. Walking from the beachview inn, you could walk straight to the wharf and be there within a minute. It's nearly impossible to get lost. Defenitly take advantage of the fact its very close to the beach and besides, who wants to be inside all day long when you can be outside on the beach enjoying the sun! I had a great time and Beachview Inn is a fabulous place to stay and you get a lot for the price they offer.Even a free comlimentary breakfast, and Heather, The lady at the front desk was EXTREMELY helpful, and considering I was not from around the area, She informed me of all the great places I should visit near the Boardwalk. I had a great experience at the Beachview Inn, Santa Cruiz CA.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Midlothian, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2011

Yes, our room had an ocean view, and yes, we were in a convenient location. However, here is a huge list of the negatives about this lodging:
outdated and very worn furniture.
box spring had blood stains
indoor/outdoor carpet appeared unclean
curtains had small tears/holes
bed itself had springs that were "bulging"
exterior needs renovations
breakfast was minimal--cereal, pastry, oj, and coffee

Heather, the co-manager, was delightful and very helpful to us, which we appreciated greatly. She arranged for a quiet, top floor room for us due to our sleep problems.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 19, 2011

Came in on a Friday to spend 2 nights here at this Hotel, It was very disappointing once we got to the hotel. The room smelled,the toilet upstairs overflowed the next morning and the managers said it was flooding into their room downstairs. Oops! Sorry!! not our fault!! Mopped it up, carpeting all soaked and it was OK but the room was small,the coke machine didn't work and the managers (the lady) was very friendly but the young guy her husband looked like he was stoned half the time there. Parking a little tight there,but felt safe as far as my car being there. Charged us over a $100 a night and worth about $50 a night at the most. Got a upstairs room so maybe could see ocean but really could not very well. The bedspread well do not sit on it and the sheets not so sure they were clean. The free breakfast has a lot to be desired for the rolls in the packages seemed stale. Just not a place I would stay again for the price. Will maybe stay across the street at the Seaway Inn,or treat ourselves to the Sea and Sand as I know that is a awesome place to stay as I have stayed there before and to hear the waves crashing all night long worth every penny!!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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72 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed October 17, 2010

We needed a room at the last minute, and were referred to the Beach View Inn by a friend. I called and spoke to Maggie on the phone a few hours before arriving. She was very sweet and friendly and went out of her way to take care of our requests, and gave us a great rate on our room. Upon arrival she was just as friendly in person as on the phone. Her husband also greeted us and recommended good eats in the area. We rented a 2 bed room for 1 night. The room was nice and open. There was a mini fridge and a microwave in the room, though no coffee maker. On the down side the beds were very hard, as were the beds in the room my friends stayed in. The view from the balconies was very nice. The walk from the hotel to the pier was very short! Fabulous location! We had a wonderful dinner overlooking the ocean and didn't have to worry about parking. In the morning there was a small assortment of pre-packaged pastries in the breakfast area, along with coffee, milk, and orange juice. Very minimal, to say the least. The coffee was decent, but I can hardly call the spread a continental breakfast. Maggie greeted us by name when she saw us, and we had a nice chat before checking out. She let us park in the lot for the day after we checked out, which saved us some bucks! All in all, the great customer service totally made up for what the hotel lacked in comfort and amenities. We would definitely go back and stay again. It's friendly, quaint, and in a great location.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank excitedforlife
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Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed September 3, 2010

I am not a picky person by any means, however this place is a dump. We found a 4 inch cockroach on our bedroom wall!!!!!!!! The front desk staff came and grabbed it for us and re-imbursed us our hotel money.

There was also a blood stain on one of our pillows...

The only positive is the location, right across from the beach and pier.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank losierc
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Property: Beachview inn
Address: 50 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Location: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Beachview inn 2*
Number of rooms: 22
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