We weren't sure of staying this close to the boardwalk; I had heard that it could be very noisy. They had a great Boardwalk package deal that made it easy to give it a try.
I found the rooms to be of decent size, clean, well stocked with towels & the usual motel amenities. It appears the motel has had renovations in the last year or two, which gave it a nice feel. The front desk staff were friendly & professional.
There would only be a couple things I could say weren't great: the electrical sockets are old & loose, which meant things plugged in didn't always stay on, sometimes we had to "jiggle" the plug a bit to get things going, but it wasn't a huge inconvenience. The second thing would be the amount of people who do not know how to use a quiet voice when they are in the hallways outside the other rooms. Between squeeling toddlers & loud adults, we got an earful, sometimes early in the morning (6:00 a.m.!). The last thing was the amount of people smoking on their balconies - YUCK! Without air conditioners, and especially this time of year, we wanted to have our sliding glass door open to enjoy the fresh air. However, with smokers on the balconies around us, the air was anything but fresh, leaving us the choice of breathing the 2nd hand smoke in our room, or being closed up in a stuffy room. We chose the stuffy room.
Being right across the street from the Boardwalk was a HUGE plus, and one we really enjoyed. The noise wasn't a problem this late in the year, since the Boardwalk closed at 7:00 p.m.
The parking spots are a bit tight as stated in other reviews (we have a Toyota Sienna), but being so close to everything, we only took our car out once. Again, that closeness to the boardwalk saved us!
If we were going for a "Boardwalk" weekend, and I got the same deal, I would stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The family-friendly Carousel Beach Inn is just steps away from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the Main Beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carousel Motel Santa Cruz
- Carousel Hotel Santa Cruz
- Carousel Santa Cruz