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Hotel Solares, hotel in Santa Cruz

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.

Since my last visit-it has been updated
6.9
Scored 6.9
Pleasant
Rated pleasant
1,137 reviews
Price from$112.59per night
Dream Inn Santa Cruz, hotel in Santa Cruz

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
8.7
Scored 8.7
Excellent
Rated excellent
979 reviews
Price from$259per night
Continental Inn, hotel in Santa Cruz

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.

Super clean, friendly staff , we will be staying again.
7.4
Scored 7.4
Good
Rated good
668 reviews
Price from$80.10per night
Hilton Santa Cruz Scotts Valley, hotel in Santa Cruz

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.

Didn’t get to enjoy the breakfast because Hilton didn’t recognize my reservation that I made through booking.com — even with proof of payment and a reference number. Booking.com screwed me over and I’m certain they won’t do anything about it.
8.0
Scored 8.0
Very Good
Rated very good
702 reviews
Price from$156per night
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, hotel in Santa Cruz

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 is great, and the place is clean.
6.4
Scored 6.4
Pleasant
Rated pleasant
904 reviews
Price from$129.20per night
Hotel Paradox, Autograph Collection, hotel in Santa Cruz

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.

Ambiance, amenities, room
8.0
Scored 8.0
Very Good
Rated very good
477 reviews
Price from$164per night
Hyatt Place Santa Cruz, hotel in Santa Cruz

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.

It's very close to boardwalk and downtown. And breakfast was wonderful
8.5
Scored 8.5
Very Good
Rated very good
834 reviews
Price from$176.40per night
Comfort Inn Boardwalk, hotel in Santa Cruz

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.

Clean, close to the Boardwalk. Staff, especially Harsh, were friendly and helpful. Free breakfast is always good.
7.1
Scored 7.1
Good
Rated good
448 reviews
Price from$97.83per night
Pacific Blue Inn, hotel in Santa Cruz

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.

The staff was super helpful! They reached out to us before our trip to confirm. My friends and I booked separate rooms and all stayed at this location. The rooms were very cozy and clean and the beds were incredibly comfortable. We loved the proximity to downtown Santa Cruz and the beach is close as well. Parking was easy and convenient.
8.5
Scored 8.5
Very Good
Rated very good
484 reviews
Price from$149per night
Hampton Inn Santa Cruz West, Ca, hotel in Santa Cruz

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.

Good enough variety of breakfast choices and cleanliness of eating area.
8.5
Scored 8.5
Very Good
Rated very good
397 reviews
Price from$133.19per night
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  • Hampton Inn Santa Cruz West, Ca
    8.5
    Scored 8.5
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 397 reviews

    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 staff was friendly and the location was perfect

  • Hampton Inn Santa Cruz
    8.0
    Scored 8.0
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 215 reviews

    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.

    convenient location. excellent breakfast and very clean room

  • Hilton Santa Cruz Scotts Valley
    8.0
    Scored 8.0
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 702 reviews

    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.

    Location, cleanliness, decoration, overall atmosphere

  • Hotel Solares
    6.9
    Scored 6.9
    Pleasant
    Rated pleasant
     · 1,138 reviews

    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.

  • Howard Johnson by Wyndham Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
    6.4
    Scored 6.4
    Pleasant
    Rated pleasant
     · 904 reviews

    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.

    Great location close to the wharf, great ocean view!

  • Best Western Plus All Suites Inn
    7.0
    Scored 7.0
    Good
    Rated good
     · 281 reviews

    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.

  • SureStay Hotel by Best Western Santa Cruz
    6.9
    Scored 6.9
    Pleasant
    Rated pleasant
     · 403 reviews

    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.

  • Comfort Inn Boardwalk
    7.1
    Scored 7.1
    Good
    Rated good
     · 448 reviews

    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

Hotels located in the center of Santa Cruz

  • Dream Inn Santa Cruz
    8.7
    Scored 8.7
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 979 reviews

    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...

    really loved this place - cool quirky trendy and fun!

  • Pacific Blue Inn
    8.5
    Scored 8.5
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 484 reviews

    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.

    Really lovely little place, great host. Perfect location

  • The Aqua Pacific Hotel
    7.6
    Scored 7.6
    Good
    Rated good
     · 274 reviews

    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...

    Good located, nice rooms and a very very friendly manager

  • Continental Inn
    7.4
    Scored 7.4
    Good
    Rated good
     · 668 reviews

    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.

  • Ocean Gate Inn
    6.8
    Scored 6.8
    Pleasant
    Rated pleasant
     · 188 reviews

    The Ocean Gate Inn is ideally located in the heart of Santa Cruz! Each room includes a balcony with a view, a TV with cable channels, air conditioning, ironing facilities, a microwave, a...

    I loved the view. It was very close to everything.

  • Super 8 by Wyndham Santa Cruz/Beach Boardwalk East
    6.2
    Scored 6.2
    Pleasant
    Rated pleasant
     · 587 reviews

    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.

    cleaning of the rooms every day. Nice clean room .

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.

What Guests Said About Santa Cruz:

  • 10
    Scored 10

    Fun beach town.

    Fun beach town. The Victorian architecture of homes was lovely. We visited the high school track to run and that was very nice. We only stayed one night but could have easily made it a 3 day stay. Shopping, seal watching, good food, art, carnival rides, sun and the beach. Wonderful for all ages
    Danette
    United States of America
  • 8.0
    Scored 8.0

    perfect for our mini break to take a surfing lesson...

    perfect for our mini break to take a surfing lesson literally around the corner. Friendly staff, comfortable everything cool beach vibe, slept great, windows that you can open and let the breeze in. Clean, good beach vibes.
    Melissa
    United States of America
  • 6.0
    Scored 6.0

    I believe the hotel is a nice location to stay, they might...

    I believe the hotel is a nice location to stay, they might consider getting better maintanance, and cleaning help, some one that can speak english, to better help the guest. Jessica, was very polite, and tried to help as much as possible. There were just a lot of little things, they could have been prevented, especially when you pay the high price charged there. When booking, I thought I was booking direct with the property, never knew bookings, com, jumped in to the equasion. So when I asked if they honored AAA, or AARP discounts, they said no because our room was booked by a third party. Also asked for room with 2 queens, was told they were sold out, which forced us to book 2 seperate rooms, after arriveing, found out they had suites for four people. I think this was a money thing, for bookings.com
    Charles
    United States of America
  • 10
    Scored 10

    It was quiet and wasn't too crowded .

    It was quiet and wasn't too crowded . Beaches and restrooms were clean.wheather wasn't all that warm and it did rain hour or so after we got to the beach pretty heavy we had to leave in a rush. All in all, kids were very happy with trip they can't wait to return for their summer trip.
    bevalian
  • 8.0
    Scored 8.0

    The location was the best!

    The location was the best! The stairs are a lot of work if you have issues. I can't believe the Boardwalk is closed on fridays! If you are planning a friday night adventure at the boardwalk you will need to find something else to do.
    Leda
    United States of America
  • 8.0
    Scored 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

Explore guest reviews of hotels in Santa Cruz

  • From $283.41 per night
    8.1
    Scored 8.1
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 1,211 reviews
    The location was great for what me and my 2 kids were in Santa Cruz doing. Could walk to the boardwalk and enjoy the beach. Our room was located right by the pool and we had a bit of pool smell to our room, but wasn't too bad and after getting settled, barely noticed it. Our room was fairly clean and it had everything we needed. Hotel felt safe and quiet and was surprised by that since it is close to a main road. The check in process was smooth and the person assisting when we checked out was very nice. Great customer service
    Dawn
    United States of America
  • From $124.83 per night
    7.8
    Scored 7.8
    Good
    Rated good
     · 904 reviews
    It was old yes, but it was clean and comfortable and LARGE! Our room had a kitchen and a fridge and microwave and plenty of room to roam. Plus it was about a block from the Santa Cruz boardwalk. We needed staying an extra night and loved every minute of it. The front desk staff was wonderfully and friendly and made the stay that much better! The hotel is just a great location in general and is close to everything fun. We go back to this area at least once a year and I’ll stay here every time.
    Renee
    United States of America
  • From $188.38 per night
    6.3
    Scored 6.3
    Pleasant
    Rated pleasant
     · 471 reviews
    I travel to Santa Cruz once a month and have stayed at many hotel-moteks. Fireside Inn is definitely the best for the price. Front desk clerk very professional and courteous. The low mark is a result of the ice and soda machines being broken. We look forward to returning for our next visit.
    David
    United States of America
  • From $195.24 per night
    8.5
    Scored 8.5
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 845 reviews
    The rooms were small but on point. We had a very comfy bed and good a bathroom and shower. Also the hotel was a walking distance from the Santa Cruz pier and boardwalk which was nice since the place was packed full with visitors. We also had free parking at the property which was excellent.
    Shlomi
    Israel
  • From $138.72 per night
    7.5
    Scored 7.5
    Good
    Rated good
     · 729 reviews
    Convenient to walk into Santa Cruz. Couldn’t work out why they had earplugs in the room at first… then found out, walls are paper thin and the room next door had tv on until 2am then back on at 6am. Very disturbed sleep. Other than that it was an ok place to stay
    Aidan
    United Kingdom
  • From $454 per night
    9.1
    Scored 9.1
    Wonderful
    Rated wonderful
     · 280 reviews
    Very charming hotel in Santa Cruz with a beach view. It is an old building, but very nicely decorated. The rooms and bathrooms are spacious, clean, they do provide a very good breakfast. Main pier, beach is basically 4-5 minutes walking distance.
    Danas Tilvikas
    Lithuania
  • From $229.20 per night
    6.9
    Scored 6.9
    Pleasant
    Rated pleasant
     · 1,138 reviews
    I always stay at this same hotel whenever I go to Santa Cruz. The water in the swimming pool is always warm and I you can swim until 10pm. They had excellent coffee for breakfast. The room was very nice and clean with a big spacious bathroom.
    Maria
    United States of America
  • From $298.02 per night
    8.7
    Scored 8.7
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 692 reviews
    We liked how the hotel was walking distance from the main Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk attraction. It was nice to have a gated garage for our vehicle. The staff was very polite. Finally, we liked the convenience of the free breakfast.
    jhulsany
    United States of America
  • 9.0
    Scored 9.0
    Wonderful
    Rated wonderful
     · 149 reviews
    This is a very comfortable motel very near where my family lives in Santa Cruz, CA, so it was a perfect place to stay. My granddaughter and I had a room with two large beds separated by a wall. It was a perfect setup for us.
    Judith
    United States of America
  • From $256.02 per night
    7.9
    Scored 7.9
    Good
    Rated good
     · 649 reviews
    Standard 2-star American hotel. Very adequate for a short stay to see Santa Cruz. Breakfast was good. Staff were pleasant. Bed was comfortable. Adequate parking right outside the room.
    Lucy
    Ireland
  • From $138.72 per night
    7.5
    Scored 7.5
    Good
    Rated good
     · 729 reviews
    The location was excellent. We traveled to Santa Cruz to go to the boardwalk. It was walking distance from the hotel. Saved money by not paying for parking.
    L
    Luis
    United States of America
  • From $91.33 per night
    7.6
    Scored 7.6
    Good
    Rated good
     · 772 reviews
    Nice place to stay in Santa Cruz, even better than expected. Beds were comfortable and the room was large enough for us. Free parking inside is a good plus.
    Alex
    Italy
  • From $256.02 per night
    7.9
    Scored 7.9
    Good
    Rated good
     · 649 reviews
    The in-room hot tub is the best in Santa Cruz! Even though the hotel is on the busiest street in town, the room was far enough back to not hear traffic.
    McKinley
    United States of America
  • From $195.24 per night
    8.5
    Scored 8.5
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 845 reviews
    Front desk was absolutely amazing! Location is perfectly located in between the beach and downtown. Would stay here everytime I stay in Santa Cruz
    J
    John
    United States of America
  • From $298.02 per night
    8.7
    Scored 8.7
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 692 reviews
    Excellent hotel with excellent location clean room ,nice breakfast ,near the beach nd boardwalk (walking distance).
    Saurabh
    United States of America
  • From $171.20 per night
    6.8
    Scored 6.8
    Pleasant
    Rated pleasant
     · 188 reviews
    The room is bigger than most other Santa Cruz hotel rooms and having a balcony is so nice.
    McKinley
    United States of America
  • From $317.09 per night
    8.2
    Scored 8.2
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 1,766 reviews
    best located hotel in Santa Cruz. Just cross the road and you’re on the boardwalk!
    Julian
    United Kingdom
  • From $559.80 per night
    8.0
    Scored 8.0
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 1,368 reviews
    The location is the best! This will be our go-to whenever we're in Santa Cruz!
    Rankers
    United States of America
  • From $676.13 per night
    8.7
    Scored 8.7
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 979 reviews
    I loved this hotel and I really recommend it if you want to stay in Santa Cruz
    Mourad
    United States of America

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