Stay in the heart of Santa Cruz Excellent location – show map

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 romantic getaway.

The Dream Inn features a natural, laid back atmosphere inspired by the ocean. All guest rooms and suites include private balconies or patios with spectacular views of Monterey Bay. Enjoy the memorable sunsets, watch the surfers and let the ocean waves lull you to sleep.

The hotel's spacious deck features a pool and hot tub. With a great location and luxurious amenities, the Dream is a great choice for business or pleasure.

This is our guests' favorite part of Santa Cruz, according to independent reviews.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.8 for a two-person trip.

Dream Inn Santa Cruz has been welcoming guests since Oct 20, 2008

Property Highlights

Located in the heart of Santa Cruz, this hotel has an excellent location score of 9.7

Private parking at the hotel


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Travel Sustainable property
Travel Sustainable property
This property is part of the Travel Sustainable program, which means it’s taken significant steps to make your stay more sustainable.
Closest beaches
  • Cowell's Beach

    Cowell's Beach

    8.7 Excellent beach
    100 feet from property
  • Santa Cruz Beach

    8.6 Excellent beach
    650 feet from property
  • Lighthouse Field State Beach

    8.7 Excellent beach
    3,650 feet from property
  • Seabright State Beach

    8.5 Very good beach
    3,900 feet from property
  • Mitchell's Cove Beach

    8.8 Excellent beach
    5,150 feet from property
  • Santa Cruz Harbor Beach

    Santa Cruz Harbor Beach

    8.6 Excellent beach
    1.3 miles from property
  • Black’s Beach

    8.6 Excellent beach
    1.6 miles from property
Property questions and answers
Browse questions from guests for anything extra you want to know about the property
The property usually replies within a few days
  • Is the private parking for free? Thanks.
    We charge a nightly parking fee of $25 plus tax.
    Answered on August 31, 2021
  • Is there handicapped parking available?
    We do have handicapped parking available.
    Answered on August 10, 2021
  • Are there microwaves in the rooms ?
    We currently do not provide microwaves in each room.
    Answered on August 10, 2021
  • Pet friendly?
    Our property does not allow pets.
    Answered on August 18, 2021
  • Are we able to add an additional bed to a standard queen room? Thank you
    Unfortunately our 2 queen rooms do not allow a rollaway. Only our single kings and select suites allow a rollaway.
    Answered on November 16, 2021
Hotel area info *
1 Restaurant On Site

    Jack O'Neill Restaurant & Lounge

    Food: Local

    Open for: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner

Amenities of Dream Inn Santa Cruz
  • Towels
  • Bathrobe
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Alarm clock
  • Ocean view
  • View
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Beachfront
  • Sun deck
  • Coffee machine
  • Refrigerator
  • Bicycle rental
  • Live music/Performance
  • Happy hour Additional charge
  • Beach
  • Hiking Off-site
  • Canoeing Off-site Additional charge
  • Fishing Off-site Additional charge
  • Golf course (within 2 miles) Additional charge
Living Area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • iPod dock
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable channels
Food & Drink
  • Coffee house on site
  • Wine/Champagne Additional charge
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Snack bar
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed) and costs USD 25.0 per day.
  • Valet parking
Front Desk Services
  • Concierge
  • ATM on site
  • Baggage storage
  • Express check-in/out
  • 24-hour front desk
Cleaning Services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Ironing service Additional charge
  • Dry cleaning Additional charge
  • Laundry Additional charge
Business Facilities
  • Fax/Photocopying Additional charge
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key card access
  • Safe
  • Convenience store on site
  • Vending machine (snacks)
  • Vending machine (drinks)
  • Air conditioning
  • Smoke-free property
  • Heating
  • Elevator
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Room service
Outdoor swimming pool
    Free! All pools are free of charge
  • Open all year
  • Heated pool
  • Beach umbrellas Additional charge
  • Beach chairs/Loungers Additional charge
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Spanish

House rules

Dream Inn Santa Cruz takes special requests – add in the next step!


From 4:00 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.

Children 6 and above are considered adults at this property.

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

0 - 1 year
Extra bed upon request
$30 per child, per night
Crib upon request
2+ years
Extra bed upon request
$30 per person, per night

Prices for cribs and extra beds aren't included in the total price. They'll have to be paid for separately during your stay.

The number of extra beds and cribs allowed depends on the option you choose. Check your selected option for more info.

All cribs and extra beds are subject to availability.

No age restriction

There's no age requirement for check-in


Pets are not allowed.

Mastercard Visa Discover American Express Cash Dream Inn Santa Cruz accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and supplements may apply.

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 Dream Inn Santa Cruz

  • Room options at Dream Inn Santa Cruz include:

    • Double
    • Quad

  • Yes, there's a hot tub. You can find out more about this and the other facilities at Dream Inn Santa Cruz on this page.

  • The nearest beach is 150 feet from Dream Inn Santa Cruz.

  • Check-in at Dream Inn Santa Cruz is from 4:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM.

  • From the nearest airport, you can get to Dream Inn Santa Cruz by:

    • Car 1h 10min

  • Dream Inn Santa Cruz offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
    • Hiking
    • Fishing
    • Canoeing
    • Golf course (within 2 miles)
    • Beachfront
    • Swimming pool
    • Live music/Performance
    • Bicycle rental
    • Happy hour
    • Beach

  • Dream Inn Santa Cruz has 1 restaurant:

    • Jack O'Neill Restaurant & Lounge

  • Yes, this hotel has a pool. See details about the pool and other facilities on this page.

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

  • Dream Inn Santa Cruz is 1,650 feet from the center of Santa Cruz.