This central Santa Cruz hotel is just an 8-minute walk from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. It features guest rooms with free Wi-Fi access and a cable TV. A microwave and mini-fridge are furnished in all rooms at Drift Inn, LLC. A telephone and wake-up service are also available. The University of California Santa Cruz and Lighthouse Field State Beach are each within 3 miles of Santa Cruz Budget Inn. Cooper Street Plaza Shopping Center is just a 3-minute drive away.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 8.6 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Located in the top-rated area in Santa Cruz, this property has an excellent location score of 8.7!

Free Private Parking Available On Site


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High score for Santa Cruz
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  • Carol
    United States of America United States of America
    I liked that it was centrally located, blocks from the beach, reasonably quiet, did not have disruptions from housekeeping, had a large big screen T.V., had a large, beautifully tiled shower, with a good shower head, had a nice little...
  • Tiffany
    United States of America United States of America
    The owner and staff are wonderful. He always checked in on us and made sure we had what we need and are comfortable. This was our second stay at The Drift Inn. We will stay there when visiting Santa Cruz.
  • Tim
    United States of America United States of America
    Great location within walking distance of the bridge over the river to the boardwalk and access to lots of local restaurants.

Area info

Amenities of Drift Inn, LLC

Most popular amenities
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Toilet paper
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Private Bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable channels
  • Telephone
WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
    • Daily housekeeping
    • Wake-up service
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • 24-hour front desk
    Safety & security
    • Fire extinguishers
    • CCTV outside property
    • Smoke alarms
    • Carbon monoxide detector
    • Air conditioning
    • Smoke-free property
    • Hardwood or parquet floors
    • Heating
    • Family rooms
    • Non-smoking rooms
    Languages Spoken
    • English

    House rules

    Drift Inn, LLC takes special requests – add in the next step!


    From 3:00 PM to 11:30 PM

    Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in


    Until 11:00 AM



    Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

    Children & Beds

    Child policies

    Children of all ages are welcome.

    To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

    Crib and extra bed policies

    Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.

    Age restriction

    The minimum age for check-in is 18


    Pets are not allowed.

    Mastercard Visa Discover American Express Drift Inn, LLC accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

    The fine print
    Must-know information for guests at this property

    Guest must inform Budget Inn Santa Cruz if they are going to check in after 18.00

    There is a refundable cash deposit due upon check-in. Contact the property for more details.

    Guests have 10 minutes after check-in to check their room. If they are not satisfied, they can notify the manger and received a refund. After 10 minutes, they will not receive a refund.

    Please note that parking is provided for guests only and that each room is allowed 1 parking space.

    Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

    FAQs about Drift Inn, LLC

    • Check-in at Drift Inn, LLC is from 3:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM.

    • The prices at Drift Inn, LLC may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

    • Drift Inn, LLC is 2,150 feet from the center of Santa Cruz. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

    • The nearest beach is 1,800 feet from Drift Inn, LLC. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

    • Drift Inn, LLC offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

      • Yes, Drift Inn, LLC is popular with guests booking family stays.

      • Room options at Drift Inn, LLC include:

        • Double
        • Family