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Hotel Solares is located in Santa Cruz, just 10 minutes' walk away from the Beach Boardwalk. An outdoor pool is located on-site along with rooms that provide free WiFi and cable TV.

heated pool which was open until late, breakfast, very cute outside at night with the fairy lights and was never too busy

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6.8
Review score
918 reviews
Price from
$84.60
per night

Located a short walk from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Howard Johnson by Wyndham Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk features beautiful ocean views and a hot tub.

Amazing location. I would prefer more savoury options for breakfast.

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6.3
Review score
957 reviews
Price from
$81
per night

Located in Santa Cruz, a 16-minute walk from Santa Cruz Beach, Hyatt Place Santa Cruz has accommodations with an outdoor swimming pool, private parking, a fitness center and a shared lounge.

Really central, stayed in the king room which was very spacious and modern

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8.4
Very Good
863 reviews
Price from
$117.04
per night

This beachfront hotel is located next to Santa Cruz’s famous boardwalk and steps from the center of the city, making it an ideal destination for a weekend escape, corporate event, family vacation or...

location, ocean view and comfortable

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8.7
Excellent
1,027 reviews
Price from
$239
per night

Just 5 minutes’ drive from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, this hotel offers an outdoor pool and hot tub and has spacious rooms. Free WiFi is included. It offers free on site guest parking.

Easy and quick to book the room

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7.4
Good
714 reviews
Price from
$69
per night

The Comfort Inn Santa Cruz is conveniently located where Highway 1 and Highway 17 meet. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

Above my expectations and would highly recommend to other.

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7.8
Good
649 reviews
Price from
$103.50
per night

This motel in Santa Cruz is within walking distance of the beach, boardwalk and Santa Cruz Wharf. The motel offers free Wi-Fi, spacious rooms, and a seasonal, outdoor pool.

The location was perfect. Close to the beach/boardwalk The room was clean and the inside of the room was better than expected from the outside.

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6.1
Review score
565 reviews
Price from
$67.15
per night

Just minutes from area beaches and the famous Santa Cruz Boardwalk, this hotel features spacious and comfortable accommodations as well as relaxing amenities in Santa Cruz, California.

Rooms very clean. Friendly staff

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8
Very Good
687 reviews
Price from
$92.65
per night

Featuring an outdoor pool with cabanas available, Hotel Paradox, Autograph Collection offers fire-pits for guest use. A restaurant and bar is on site. The modern rooms feature free WiFi.

Beautiful hotel, great beds, friendly staff. Up to Marriott standards

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8
Very Good
426 reviews
Price from
$110
per night

Just 10 minutes’ walk from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, this eco-friendly hotel offers rooms with attached bathroom with flat-screen cable TVs and iPod docking stations.

It is in a great location and is so well set up and clean.

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8.5
Very Good
477 reviews
Price from
$89
per night

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Santa Cruz's best hotels with breakfast

  • Hampton Inn Santa Cruz West, Ca

    Hampton Inn Santa Cruz West, Ca

    Hotel in Santa Cruz
    Breakfast options

    Conveniently located 1.1 miles from the Natural Bridges State Beach, the Hampton Inn Santa Cruz West, Ca offers a fitness room and guest laundry room.. All rooms include free Wi-Fi.

    The property is well located and very clean and modern

    8.6
    Excellent · 376 reviews
  • Hampton Inn Santa Cruz

    Hampton Inn Santa Cruz

    Hotel in Santa Cruz
    Breakfast options

    Ideally located off Highway 17 and only minutes from the beautiful beaches of Santa Cruz, California, this hotel offers many thoughtful amenities, and is close to popular area attractions.

    Room appeared to be very clean. Staff was friendly.

    8.1
    Very Good · 235 reviews
  • Howard Johnson by Wyndham Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

    Howard Johnson by Wyndham Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

    Hotel in Santa Cruz
    Breakfast options

    Located a short walk from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Howard Johnson by Wyndham Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk features beautiful ocean views and a hot tub.

    The location, and the staff was very accommodating.

    6.3
    Pleasant · 957 reviews
  • Best Western Plus All Suites Inn

    Best Western Plus All Suites Inn

    Hotel in Santa Cruz
    Breakfast options

    Best Western Plus All Suites Inn is 2 mi from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and 10 minutes' drive to the University of California Santa Cruz.

    The staff in the lobby were very nice and helpful.

    7.1
    Good · 341 reviews
  • Hotel Solares

    Hotel Solares

    Hotel in Santa Cruz
    Breakfast options

    Hotel Solares is located in Santa Cruz, just 10 minutes' walk away from the Beach Boardwalk. An outdoor pool is located on-site along with rooms that provide free WiFi and cable TV.

    I didn’t get to eat, I wasn’t aware there was breakfast.

    6.8
    Pleasant · 918 reviews
  • SureStay Hotel by Best Western Santa Cruz

    SureStay Hotel by Best Western Santa Cruz

    Hotel in Santa Cruz
    Breakfast options

    Located in Downtown Santa Cruz this hotel is 15 minutes' walk from many shops and restaurants. The hotel offers a seasonal outdoor pool and rooms with free Wi-Fi. Parking is free for guests.

    Well run, clean establishment. Decent location. Nice staff.

    6.9
    Pleasant · 365 reviews

Budget hotels in Santa Cruz

  • The Inn at Pasatiempo

    The Inn at Pasatiempo

    Hotel in Santa Cruz
    Budget Hotel

    Featuring a year-round outdoor pool, this french-country Santa Cruz, CA inn is adjacent to Pasatiempo Golf Course, designed by Alister Mackenzie.

    Very quiet & clean ----Close to many things---

    8.3
    Very Good · 497 reviews
  • Hilton Santa Cruz Scotts Valley

    Hilton Santa Cruz Scotts Valley

    Hotel in Santa Cruz
    Budget Hotel

    Just minutes from area beaches and the famous Santa Cruz Boardwalk, this hotel features spacious and comfortable accommodations as well as relaxing amenities in Santa Cruz, California.

    Friendly staff Clean room Nice facilities Dog friendly

    8.0
    Very Good · 687 reviews
  • The Aqua Pacific Hotel

    The Aqua Pacific Hotel

    Hotel in Santa Cruz
    Budget Hotel

    Located in Santa Cruz, within a 14-minute walk of Santa Cruz Beach and 0.8 miles of Seabright State Beach, The Aqua Pacific Hotel has accommodations with a garden and free WiFi as well as free private...

    The room was clean and the bed/pillows were comfortable.

    7.9
    Good · 137 reviews
  • Comfort Inn Santa Cruz

    Comfort Inn Santa Cruz

    Hotel in Santa Cruz
    Budget Hotel

    The Comfort Inn Santa Cruz is conveniently located where Highway 1 and Highway 17 meet. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

    The room and the front desk service guy (night shift)

    7.8
    Good · 649 reviews
  • Continental Inn

    Continental Inn

    Hotel in Santa Cruz
    Budget Hotel

    Just 5 minutes’ drive from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, this hotel offers an outdoor pool and hot tub and has spacious rooms. Free WiFi is included. It offers free on site guest parking.

    It was very clean..staff were helpful and friendly.

    7.4
    Good · 714 reviews
  • Quality Inn Santa Cruz

    Quality Inn Santa Cruz

    Hotel in Santa Cruz
    Budget Hotel

    In Santa Cruz town center, this hotel is one mile from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. It features a deck and seasonal outdoor pool. All rooms offer free Wi-Fi.

    Beautiful facility nice people close to restaurant

    6.5
    Pleasant · 211 reviews
  • Comfort Inn Boardwalk

    Comfort Inn Boardwalk

    Hotel in Santa Cruz
    Budget Hotel

    This California hotel is one block from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. It features a seasonal outdoor heated pool and rooms include a flat-screen cable TV with HBO.

    It was just what we needed. Something for everyone

    7.1
    Good · 451 reviews
  • Super 8 by Wyndham Santa Cruz/Beach Boardwalk East

    Super 8 by Wyndham Santa Cruz/Beach Boardwalk East

    Hotel in Santa Cruz
    Budget Hotel

    This motel in Santa Cruz is within walking distance of the beach, boardwalk and Santa Cruz Wharf. The motel offers free Wi-Fi, spacious rooms, and a seasonal, outdoor pool.

    De ligging is perfect. Vlakbij de boardwalk en de pier.

    6.1
    Pleasant · 564 reviews

FAQs about hotels in Santa Cruz

Surfin’ USA in Bohemian CA

Santa Cruz was surf central California long before the Beach Boys sang about it. The Surfing Museum in the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse tells stories of those who have braved some of the world’s best waves.

Overlooking the ocean rollers are the Coconut Grove Ballroom and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - the oldest amusement park in the state of CA, and the last original one on the West Coast. Its historic carousel, rollercoasters and rides are a colourful backdrop to Cowell’s Beach, best viewed from the Sky Glider cable cars.

Jutting into Monterey Bay is the wharf where sea lions bask and pelicans decide on their next meal. Seafood restaurants are abundant here and the bars provide lively nightlife. Pacific Avenue is the main shopping area and one street away is the Museum of Art & History.

Unsurprisingly for a surfer hotspot, the city has a liberal outlook and is known for political activism - a far cry from the era when the Santa Cruz Mission was established. The mission is now a state park alongside Natural Bridges Beach and the Big Basin Redwoods in forested hills behind the city, home to the gravity-defying Mystery Spot.

Booking.com’s Santa Cruz accommodation includes pet-friendly motels, hotels with hot tubs and cheap inns near UCSC.

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What Guests Said About Santa Cruz:

  • 8.0

    Santa Cruz gets sleazy fast (a lot of justly disaffected...

    Santa Cruz gets sleazy fast (a lot of justly disaffected youth manifesting the consequences of a tattered social fabric & like), but the near-perfect climate year-round, the surrounding (2nd or 3rd growth, but still....) redwoods, challenging cols (lots of category 2s & 1s), vast fields of agriculture (it is delightful to cycle through the fields on what amount to ruelles; these areas are intensely redolent of earth, manure & whatever is being cultivated, plus it makes one appreciate just how back-breaking is the labor that goes into producing one's strawberries & artichokes & like) & vegan eating options (especially the bakeries) make any visit worthwhile, especially if you're from an area that does not have that year-round ideal climate. I recommend cycling up SkyLine or HighLand or Empire Grade or getting out in the fields toward MonteRey. Country roads are nearly uniformly narrow, but traffic is mostly light (minus HighWay 9) & drivers generally courteous (again, minus HighWay 9). Santa Cruz even has the mark of any good location -- a nearby Grocery Outlet -- which, due to its location on the edge of town (it may actually be in Soquel), is easy to integrate into the end of a ride for some yummy and cheap vegan delights =)
    Sstoz
    United States of America
  • 10

    A small treasure and throw-back to a different era: the...

    A small treasure and throw-back to a different era: the Boardwalk on the beach, opened in 1907, with a roller coaster and carousel from near that time frame, the tradition & history of the surfing venue, the old (but renovated) motels along the beachfront, and the labyrinth of mid-century housing, some refreshed, some not, make this a worthwhile visit! There are lovely walks along the pier, where sea lions sun themselves, along the coast, where surfers wait for the perfect wave, and along the trails city streets, festive with many cultures represented.
    LESLIE
    United States of America
  • 10

    Pros: We were upgraded to a big, 2-bedroom unit.

    Pros: We were upgraded to a big, 2-bedroom unit. It was very nice, comfortable and modern. The beds were comfortable. The internet was fast. The people who work the front desk are super nice, friendly, and helpful. Parking is easy and free. Location is good. Cons: The water did not run hot, only fairly warm. There was no plug for the bathtub. Noise is an issue, as the walls are very thin. The “Do Not Disturb”, tag kept falling off the doorknob and the maid came in when not wanted.
    Caroline Portia
    Canada
  • 10

    This is a great area to stay.

    This is a great area to stay. Restaurants were awesome as was the town. Beaches were great, we found an awesome gym nearby and running trails gorgeous. Lots to do if you wanted, Pier was very fun. Shopping was great. Nightlife dies at 9 so that was a bit of a bummer but still very fun!
    Leslie
    United States of America
  • 10

    Great location! Plenty of places to eat.

    Great location! Plenty of places to eat. Ate at Nick The Greek. Went to a market across the way. And visited the Farmer's Market behind the restaurant to bring fresh fruit & food to the room. Selected a hotel that had an exceptional continental breakfast with 24/7 coffee/tea. We were set. It's easy getting around Santa Cruz & neighboring towns like Aptos & Capitola. Make sure you get a place that has parking. We always get a place that we can walk to most spots. Love it!
    ROCHELLE
  • 8.0

    I felt it would be better for a family with kids- lots to do...

    I felt it would be better for a family with kids- lots to do for kids not so much for 2 75 year old women. Did have an awesome dinner at the Crows Nest . Also they have a beach barbecue every Thursday evening from Memorial Day to Labor Day on the beach at the harbor.
    Robyn
    United States of America

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