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Beach Street Inn and Suites
Beach Street Inn and Suites
9.0 Excellent
125 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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0.8 mi from city centre, Santa Cruz 
ExcellentBased on 986 reviews
9.0

Boasting a swimming pool and an outdoor pool, Beach Street Inn and Suites is located in Santa Cruz and provides comfortable accommodation. It is situated a short walk from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Santa Cruz Wharf.

Carousel Beach Inn
Carousel Beach Inn
8.4 Excellent
110 Riverside Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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1.0 mi from city centre, Santa Cruz 
ExcellentBased on 834 reviews
8.4

Situated under a 20-minute walk from Santa Cruz Metro Bus Station, Carousel Beach Inn offers guests a convenient base while in Santa Cruz. A short walk from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, it offers comfortable rooms equipped with free wireless internet access, a refrigerator and a private bathroom.

Dream Inn Santa Cruz
Dream Inn Santa Cruz
8.8 Excellent
175 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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0.9 mi from city centre, Santa Cruz 
ExcellentBased on 901 reviews
8.8

Situated in Santa Cruz, the hotel is within walking distance of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and provides a swimming pool and a Jacuzzi. It also offers free Wi-Fi, massage services and an express check-in and check-out feature.

Continental Inn
Continental Inn
7.7 Good
414 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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0.7 mi from city centre, Santa Cruz 
GoodBased on 794 reviews
7.7

Continental Inn Santa Cruz is situated in Santa Cruz and is close to the area's tourist attractions. It also provides a safe, luggage storage and an outdoor pool.

Hotel Paradox, Autograph Collection
Hotel Paradox, Autograph Collection
8.4 Excellent
611 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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0.6 mi from city centre, Santa Cruz 
ExcellentBased on 514 reviews
8.4

Situated within walking distance of Santa Cruz Metro Bus Station, Hotel Paradox Autograph Collection offers guests a convenient base when in Santa Cruz. It has a fitness centre, as well as valet parking, an outdoor pool and an express check-in and check-out feature.

Cliff Crest Inn
Cliff Crest Inn
8.6 Excellent
407 Cliff Street, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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0.7 mi from city centre, Santa Cruz 
ExcellentBased on 54 reviews
8.6

Situated less than a 10-minute stroll from Santa Cruz Metro Bus Station, Cliff Crest Inn offers guests an ideal base while visiting Santa Cruz. It is set in the area's vibrant nightlife district, just a short walk from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Super 8 by Wyndham Santa Cruz/Beach Boardwalk East
Super 8 by Wyndham Santa Cruz/Beach Boardwalk East
7.4 Good
338 Riverside Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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0.8 mi from city centre, Santa Cruz 
GoodBased on 538 reviews
7.4

Super 8 by Wyndham Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk East Hotel is situated in Santa Cruz and is close to the area's well-known attractions. It also provides an outdoor pool, a 24-hour reception and on-site parking.

Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz
Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz
6.4 Good
325 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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0.7 mi from city centre, Santa Cruz 
GoodBased on 479 reviews
6.4

This Santa Cruz motel is located within a 10-minute walk of Santa Cruz Metro Bus Station. It also offers an outdoor pool, a BBQ/picnic area and free Wi-Fi.

Inn At Pasatiempo
Inn At Pasatiempo
8.3 Excellent
555 Highway 17, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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1.8 mi from city centre, Santa Cruz 
ExcellentBased on 562 reviews
8.3

Featuring an outdoor pool, The Inn at Pasatiempo provides well-appointed rooms close to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. It also offers room service, a 24-hour reception and meeting rooms.

Ramada Limited Santa Cruz
Ramada Limited Santa Cruz
6.5 Good
516 Water Street, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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0.7 mi from city centre, Santa Cruz 
GoodBased on 832 reviews
6.5

Ramada Limited Santa Cruz Water Street is located in Santa Cruz and provides guests with wired internet. It is conveniently positioned for guests wishing to visit the area's popular attractions.

Tips for booking a Santa Cruz hotel

Cheapest month:January
Most expensive month:June
Average price in Santa Cruz:$226/night
Absolute cheapest price found:$54/night
Cheapest day:Monday
Most expensive day:Saturday
$164 - $333
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$158 - $301
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Fairfield Inn & Suites By Marriott Santa Cruz, Ca
Fairfield Inn & Suites By Marriott Santa Cruz, Ca
8.5 Excellent
2956 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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1.8 mi from city centre, Santa Cruz, CA, United States 

Located in Santa Cruz, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Santa Cruz offers complimentary wireless internet and a gym. It also features a Jacuzzi, an outdoor pool and a sauna.

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Seaway Inn
Seaway Inn
8.3 Excellent
176 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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0.9 mi from city centre, Santa Cruz, CA, United States 

Boasting a swimming pool, Seaway Inn is situated in Santa Cruz and offers charming accommodation. It provides complimentary Wi-Fi, a 24-hour reception and an express check-in and check-out feature.

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Sea & Sand Inn
Sea & Sand Inn
9.2 Excellent
201 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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0.9 mi from city centre, Santa Cruz, CA, United States 

Sea & Sand Inn is situated in Santa Cruz and is close to local sightseeing spots, including Undertow Roller Coaster and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. It is moments from Cowell's Beach and is near the area's well-known attractions and dining spots.

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Harbor Inn
Harbor Inn
7.8 Good
645 Seventh Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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1.9 mi from city centre, Santa Cruz, CA, United States 

Harbor Inn Live Oak is located in Live Oak and offers free Wi-Fi. It is ideally positioned for those wanting to visit the area's popular attractions.

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West Cliff Inn, A Four Sisters Inn
West Cliff Inn, A Four Sisters Inn
9.2 Excellent
174 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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0.9 mi from city centre, Santa Cruz, CA, United States 

Located close to Santa Cruz Metro Bus Station, this Victorian bed and breakfast is an ideal base for those wanting to discover Santa Cruz and its surrounds. It is situated a brief stroll from Santa Cruz Wharf and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

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Beach Street Inn and Suites
Beach Street Inn and Suites
9.0 Excellent
125 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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0.8 mi from city centre, Santa Cruz, CA, United States 

Boasting a swimming pool and an outdoor pool, Beach Street Inn and Suites is located in Santa Cruz and provides comfortable accommodation. It is situated a short walk from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Santa Cruz Wharf.

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Carousel Beach Inn
Carousel Beach Inn
8.4 Excellent
110 Riverside Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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1.0 mi from city centre, Santa Cruz, CA, United States 

Situated under a 20-minute walk from Santa Cruz Metro Bus Station, Carousel Beach Inn offers guests a convenient base while in Santa Cruz. A short walk from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, it offers comfortable rooms equipped with free wireless internet access, a refrigerator and a private bathroom.

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Dream Inn Santa Cruz
Dream Inn Santa Cruz
8.8 Excellent
175 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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0.9 mi from city centre, Santa Cruz, CA, United States 

Situated in Santa Cruz, the hotel is within walking distance of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and provides a swimming pool and a Jacuzzi. It also offers free Wi-Fi, massage services and an express check-in and check-out feature.

Cheapest hotels in Santa Cruz, California

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Pacific Inn Santa Cruz
Pacific Inn Santa Cruz
5.5 Okay
330 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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0.7 mi from city centre,  

Located within walking distance of Santa Cruz Metro Bus Station, the hotel provides guests with an ideal base when visiting Santa Cruz. It also provides a heated pool and free Wi-Fi.

$25
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Capri Motel
Capri Motel
6.4 Good
337 Riverside Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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0.8 mi from city centre,  

Featuring a bowling alley, Capri Motel is situated in Santa Cruz and is a short walk from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. It is conveniently located for guests wanting to visit local attractions.

$73
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Howard Johnson by Wyndham Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
7.0 Good
130 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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0.8 mi from city centre,  

Howard Johnson by Wyndham Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is situated in Santa Cruz and is close to the area's popular attractions. It is located a short walk from Santa Cruz Wharf and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

$81
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Riverside Inn & Suites Santa Cruz
Riverside Inn & Suites Santa Cruz
7.5 Good
505 Riverside Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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0.7 mi from city centre,  

Americas Best Value Inn & Suites-Boardwalk is set in Santa Cruz and is a short walk from Santa Cruz Metro Bus Station. It provides free Wi-Fi, and is a brief stroll from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Santa Cruz Looff Carousel and Roller Coaster.

$82
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Ramada Limited Santa Cruz
Ramada Limited Santa Cruz
6.5 Good
516 Water Street, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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0.7 mi from city centre,  

Ramada Limited Santa Cruz Water Street is located in Santa Cruz and provides guests with wired internet. It is conveniently positioned for guests wishing to visit the area's popular attractions.

$84
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Hitching Post Studios Inn
Hitching Post Studios Inn
8.1 Excellent
1717 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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1.7 mi from city centre,  

Boasting free Wi-Fi and an outdoor heated pool, Hitching Post Studios Inn is situated in Santa Cruz and offers comfortable accommodation. It also provides a 24-hour reception, an express check-in and check-out feature and luggage storage.

$85
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Hotel Solares
Hotel Solares
6.3 Good
600 Riverside Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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0.6 mi from city centre,  

This Santa Cruz hotel is located within a 10-minute stroll of Santa Cruz Metro Bus Station. It also offers a Jacuzzi, an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi.

$85
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Beachview Inn
Beachview Inn
7.8 Good
50 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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0.8 mi from city centre,  

Beachview Inn is situated in Santa Cruz and is within a short walk of local landmarks, including Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. It is ideally located for those wishing to discover the area's attractions.

$87
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Hotel prices in Santa Cruz

2 stars and under

$25 - $192

Ocean Pacific Lodge

#1 Most popular

Ocean Pacific Lodge
8.4 Excellent
$108
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Continental Inn

#2 Most popular

$100
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Capri Motel

Best value

Capri Motel
6.4 Good
$73
Avg. per night
3 stars

$122 - $231

Inn At Pasatiempo

#1 Most popular

Inn At Pasatiempo
8.3 Excellent
$151
Avg. per night
Babbling Brook Inn

#2 Most popular

Babbling Brook Inn
9.2 Excellent
$212
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Fairfield Inn & Suites By Marriott Santa Cruz, Ca
$122
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4 stars +

$156 - $235

Dream Inn Santa Cruz

#1 Most popular

$235
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Hotel Paradox, Autograph Collection
$156
Avg. per night

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Where to stay in Santa Cruz

About Santa Cruz

The Californian city of Santa Cruz is famous for its moderate climate, redwood forests and beautiful coastline. Sitting just below San Francisco, on the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, the sunshine city is a beach goers paradise.

Things to do

Santa Cruz is home to one of the oldest beachfront amusement parks on the west coast, located on the Beach Boardwalk. After loading up on sugar-coated doughnuts, take a ride on the Giant Dipper for an old-school American adrenaline rush.

For an action-packed day of sun, sand and sports, head to Twin Lakes State Beach where you can enjoy surfing, kayaking and sunset stand-up paddleboard classes. Afterwards, retire to the Crow’s Nest Restaurant to dine on fresh seafood fettuccine and delicious grilled dishes.

Downtown Santa Cruz is perfect for strolling around at a leisurely place. Hop from boutique shop to quirky cafe in search of the perfect souvenir or hire a bike to zip around the area like a local. For a sweet treat, head to the Santa Cruz Farmers Market to pick up some baked goods.

Seymour Marine Discovery Centre is an educational centre located next to Natural Bridges State Beach. Children and adults alike can wander around the interactive science exhibits and dip an arm into the aquarium’s touch pools. Make sure to get a picture in front of the large blue whale skeleton outside.

Getting around

Mineta San Jose International Airport is under one hour north of Santa Cruz, and Monterey Regional Airport is the same distance to the south. Once in town, the downtown district is pedestrian-friendly, though the metro bus service runs regularly for longer trips.

Santa Cruz travel FAQs

  • What are the best hotels in Santa Cruz?

    Dream Inn Santa Cruz is a very popular hotel in Santa Cruz with a score of 8.8 from 897 reviews. Chaminade Resort & Spa (7.5 from 499 reviews) and Hotel Paradox, Autograph Collection (8.4 from 514 reviews) are also highly rated Santa Cruz hotels based on recent feedback from HotelsCombined users.

  • What is a good hotel near Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk?

    A good hotel close to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is Dream Inn Santa Cruz (rated 8.8/10 from 897 reviews).

  • What is a good hotel in Santa Cruz near Pasatiempo Golf Course?

    The most popular hotel near Pasatiempo Golf Course is Inn At Pasatiempo, with 562 HotelsCombined users scoring it 8.3/10.

  • Is there a good hotel near Santa Cruz Harbor?

    A good hotel near Santa Cruz Harbor is Casablanca On The Beach, which has been rated 7.8/10 by 519 HotelsCombined user reviews.

  • How much do hotels in Santa Cruz cost?

    The average price of a hotel in Santa Cruz has been around $199 per night over the last 3 days. For a 5-star hotel in Santa Cruz, the average price is around $548/night, depending on your dates. The average price of a 4-star hotel is $266/night.

  • How much is a cheap hotel in Santa Cruz?

    $69 per night is the cheapest Santa Cruz hotel price found in our data from the last 72 hours.

  • What are the best hotels on Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz?

    Pacific Avenue is the main street in Santa Cruz, connecting Water Street in the northern part of the city to Beach Street in the south. This street is famous for being pedestrian-friendly and has a variety of sidewalk vendors. Convenient public transportation is also available on Pacific Avenue, including the Santa Cruz Beach-Downtown Trolley and the Amtrak station. If you want to stay near everything this city has to offer, from tourist attractions to shopping to nightlife, consider checking out Santa Cruz hotels around this street. Pacific Blue Inn is a great option, placing you right on Pacific Avenue, a short distance away from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Monterey Bay. Another recommended choice for business travelers on this street is Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz, which features concierge service, a business center, access to computers, and a desk in every room.

  • Are there kid-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz?

    For those seeking family-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz, consider booking a reservation at a hotel in Westlake. Whether you are looking for a family beach vacation or great views in the city, this neighborhood offers it all, including a beautiful park with a kid's play area. We recommend checking in at Mission Inn, which places you within walking distance of Westlake Park, great for little ones who need to burn off some energy. This hotel also features wake-up service, deluxe family rooms, complimentary breakfast, and a picnic area. Alternatively, you can opt for a hotel close to family-friendly attractions in Santa Cruz. Booking a room at Beach Street Inn and Suites will put you very close to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Santa Cruz Wharf. The hotel is also within walking distance of the Santa Cruz Metro Bus Station, providing you easy access to various attractions around the city. In addition, this establishment features well-equipped kitchenettes, a heated pool, and laundry service, all great perks for a family vacation.

  • How do I find a peaceful and quiet hotel in Santa Cruz?

    For travelers seeking a tranquil stay in Santa Cruz, consider cheap hotels in Santa Cruz around West Cliff Drive. This calm and peaceful area in Santa Cruz is ideal for a quiet vacation. For a relaxing weekend escape in Santa Cruz, we recommend staying at Dream Inn Santa Cruz, which features a wonderful blend of beachfront style with a little eccentric charm. Staying at this hotel gives you many fun activity options on-site or nearby, including bowling, golf, and canoeing. The hotel has a poolside bar, spectacular ocean views, and a lounge, ideal for a peaceful and relaxing stay. Moreover, Dream Inn Santa Cruz has a restaurant on-site, so nearly everything you need is on the hotel premises.

  • What neighborhood in Santa Cruz has the best restaurants?

    To find the best food in Santa Cruz, consider exploring dining options in the city center. This neighborhood hosts the city's thriving culinary scene, featuring various restaurants, cafes, and bars. Some of the unique dining options in the city are located along Soquel Avenue, including Lillian's Italian Kitchen, located on the north end of the street around the Seabright Avenue Junction, which serves authentic Italian cuisine. As you head south, you will find more restaurants serving all manner of cuisines and delicacies. Some of the many eateries along this street include The Crêpe Place, serving French food; Viva's Mexican Food; Ristorante Italiano, famous for Italian cuisine; and Taqueria Santa Cruz II and Taqueria Vallarta, both serving classic Mexican dishes. Staying at Best Western Plus All Suites Inn provides you with convenient access to various restaurants in this area.