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Americas Best Value Inn & Suites-Boardwalk
Ranked #33 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Reviewed July 23, 2013

In the olden times, a room at an inn consisted of a bed and maybe a small table with a chair. A clean place for you to lay down and rest after a long weary travel on the road At this America's Best Value Inn, that's exactly what you get with a tv and small dresser plus an open closet and iron/ironing board and a small coffee maker. We stayed in room 124, it had a double bed and the room was just right for 2 people. The room looks to have just undergone a renovation with semi fresh paint and new fixtures in the bathroom. It's not the Four Seasons but it was clean and no funky odors like you would expect in a motel that's only a little over 2 blocks from the beach. As I previously mentioned, the bathroom had new fixtures from the lights to the faucets, shower and bathtub. The tub was so clean that I was not afraid to go barefoot while I shower :). They have the usual bath amenities of shampoo, soap, lotion, shower cap but what I found helpful (and cute) was the "emergengy kit" that consisted of a small needle, thread, nail file and cotton buds and wipes. And there is a hairdryer in the bathroom. If you're the type to stay in your room and admire the decor this place is not for you. But if you're looking for a decent place to stay after a long day of frolicking on the beach and exploring up and down the coast then this place serves it purpose. It's a little over 2 blocks from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Parking is small and not assigned - I suggest early exploring of the surrounding areas and then come back early in the afternoon to get parking and then walk down to the Boardwalk for an evening of fun and games. Free continental breakfast consisted of coffee, juice, toast, cereal, fruits and some pre-packaged danishes - on the 3 nights/4 days we stayed, they had mini cinnamon rolls, bear claws and some cookies.

Room Tip: Request for a room facing the courtyard to avoid any noise from traffic and better parking.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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vpanchal, General Manager at Americas Best Value Inn & Suites-Boardwalk, responded to this reviewResponded December 15, 2013

Dear Ai C,
Thank You fro your feedback, we are in the process of renovating our entire property, we are glad you have enjoyed your stay with us. We do have limited parking to 1 car per room, we do apologize if parking was an issue during your stay. Again thank you for your feedback. Reviews help our staff improve services for our guests. Thank you for choosing Americans Best Value Inn-Santa Cruz

Vijay, G.M.

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

A year ago I wrote a review stating the motel exceeded my expectations. It is cheap, which means my expectations were pretty low. The location is great because it is walking distance from the Boardwalk, the San Lorenzo River Bike Trail and the West Cliffs Trail. Since last year they have begun renovating all rooms, which was much-needed. It's still cheap, the people are still friendly and helpful. The continental breakfast included cereal, milk, juices coffee, tea, sweet breads and fresh fruit. The room we stayed in was small, but had new carpeting, paint and remodeled bathroom with granite counter tops and shower enclosure. It even had a bathtub, which I love. It's not the Ritz, but definitely a value. Again this year, they allowed us to leave our vehicle in their parking lot after check out, while we went off on bicycles. One warning, they do not guarantee a parking space. If you check in late you may have to park on the street. Also, try to get a room that faces the courtyard, rather than the street to avoid the noise of traffic.

Room Tip: Get a room that faces the courtyard area rather than the street so you don't get the noise of tr...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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vpanchal, General Manager at Americas Best Value Inn & Suites-Boardwalk, responded to this reviewResponded December 15, 2013

Dear SuzyQModesto,
Thank you for both this year's and last year's review. We are beyond glad that you enjoyed both of your stays. We are in the process of renovating our entire property to better serve our guest. Thank you for your positive feedback, we are looking forward to seen you soon. Again Thank you for choosing Americas Best Value Inn-Santa Cruz

Vijay, G.M.

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Reviewed July 3, 2013

Staff was very nice & helpful. The rooms were remodel very clean & nice! 2 blocks from the beach easy to walk to. It was quiet there. Coffee in the room then nice little breakfast in morning fruit, toast, cereal, juice, pastry. Will go back & take the family

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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vpanchal, General Manager at Americas Best Value Inn & Suites-Boardwalk, responded to this reviewResponded December 15, 2013

Dear Valeri W,
Thank you for your review , we enjoy reading positive feedback about our staff. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that you will be a returning guest. Thank you for choosing Americas Best Value Inn- Santa Cruz

Vijay, G.M.

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Reviewed July 2, 2013

Room was clean. Location is good because you can walk easily to the boardwalk. We had a room facing the street and it was loud until after midnight. Breakfast was poor and it was disappointing that the office didn't open up until 8:30 am. Parking is very limited.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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vpanchal, General Manager at Americas Best Value Inn & Suites-Boardwalk, responded to this reviewResponded December 15, 2013

Dear Sloslp,
Thank you for giving us your feedback of your stay with us. We do apologize for any inconvenience you had during your stay. We try to accommodate every guest on parking, we do have limited parking to 1 car per room.
Again thank you for your feedback, it helps us to improve our service to our guest.

Vijay, G.M.

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Reviewed June 23, 2013

It's the typical beach hotel, just a place to shower and sleep. Small and old, but clean and safe. About 20 rooms linked together in a sort of square with the parking lot in the middle. My husband and I stayed in an outward facing room towards the road, so you can hear all the cars passing by because its only a few steps away from the street. The surrounding buildings in the area are just other hotels. It's about a 5 minute straight shot walk to the boardwalk and main beach area and a few minute drive to the downtown shopping area. Parking wasn't guaranteed but we didn't have trouble finding a spot. Offers Internet, which worked fine. Bathroom was surprisingly spacious compared to the room with a large countertop. Bed was comfortable, old tv, small closet space, fridge and microwave, a dresser, and small table. Breakfast was in the office, offering a few pastry items, cereal, and coffee. I would stay again.

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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

Hotel is not a five star for sure. BUT Rooms are clean! And I felt safe. So for the one night I spent there I think it was fine. I wasnt on vacation, just needed a place to sleep. The staff was friendly and accomodating. Breakfast wasn't spectacular but did the job. Too expensive for being so basic but it is close to the boardwalk about 5 minute walk, maybe that's why. One thing the room is not up to date. It has chipping furniture and old, old drapes. But again for a one night stay I can complain, well Only about the price.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 26, 2013 via mobile

We got this room via priceline. It's a couple blocks from the boardwalk. It's an older remodeled motel, but clean comfy new beds, strong hot shower, and has a fridge and microwave. We stayed in a room that had a king bed and a queen bed that were seperated by the bathroom. It was a suite. We loved it and would stay again. The only thing was breakfast isn't open until 8:30. We didn't care, others might.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Address: 505 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5123
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Location: United States > California > Santa Cruz
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #33 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Price Range: $70 - $161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Americas Best Value Inn & Suites-Boardwalk 2*
Number of rooms: 25
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