- Reviews: 23
Hinds House: Great Weekly Lodging
Santa Cruz Hinds House Weekly Rooms
This Santa Cruz historic hotel is fully furnished with sheets, blankets, pillows, towels, clock/radio/CD player, desk, lamps, television, closet hangers, and extra towels. Just bring your suitcase and relax.
They do not offer breakfast but they do offer a fully equipped kitchen and accept reservations for guests staying one week or longer. They also have a washer & dryer!
- Reviews: 1375
Valley View Inn: One of my misses
I usually pick pretty good accommodations, but the Valley View Inn in nearby Scotts Valley was one my misses. This is a two bedroom home in a residential area with a big deck in back. I thought, based on the writeup the owners posted on the web, it would be a nice place to relax and serve as a base for exploring the Santa Cruz mountains.
The owners described Valley View Inn as a "non-hosted inn". I had never heard of that before, but I was up for trying something new. They used that term to describe a house with a few breakfast items that were stocked in the fridge, so guests could make their own breakfast.
A nice concept - IF the items were appealing or unusual. The items were your standard fare - bread, english muffins, milk, eggs, jams and Folger's coffee. (Not even Peet's!) It wasn't even appealing enough to bother preparing. We ate out instead.
The house IS unusual - it was designed by a Frank Lloyd Wright protege, so the curves and rough stone wall were interesting. It's a great house for a narcissist - the house was loaded with floor to ceiling mirrors. On the plus side, the house was in a quiet neighborhood, had up to date kitchen appliances and very good bed in the master bedroom. These pluses, however, could not overcome the negatives, which were abundant.
When we walked in the front door, we saw a sign that said, "Please remove your shoes." That would have been a great idea, if the 100 people before us removed their shoes. The carpet was filthy . The house had a strong musty odor and smelled of something else I couldn't identify. The paint inside the house was scratched, marred, and the wood throughout was chipped and exposed. Clearly, other than the installation of the new kitchen appliances and perhaps the mirrors, this house was being sorely neglected.
The owners of Valley View Inn advertised a "breathtaking vista". There is so breathtaking vista by any stretch of the imagination. They also advertised a stereo and CDs. We couldn't find them. If they were they, they were hidden away in one of the many many locked cabinets.
The Valley View Inn is located in Scotts Valley, which unbeknownst to me when I booked the place, is nothing to write home about - just a suburban area with a bunch of strip malls. I recommend staying in Capitola for beachside, or Felton for redwood forests. This place, the Valley View Inn, was way overpriced.
- Reviews: 245
Redwood Croft B&B: Very nice B&B
Beautiful accommodations in the redwoods about 8 miles north of Santa Cruz. It is located in the town of Bonny Doon, home of the famous Bonny Doon Winery. It is a beautiful and peaceful location. It is a dog friendly B&B and there is plenty of room for the pooch to roam on their property. Very well maintained. Great food. Nice hosts. We chose it for out Labrador Retriever because we wanted a place where he could go for walks and jump on the bed at night - it was perfect for him and for us. We always take a sheet to cover the bed with because of dog hair. There are three bedrooms even though the web page shows only two
Very nice decor. One warning, however; we stayed in their larger ground floor room which had a beautiful but very unusual bathtub/shower. Be advised that the side of the tub is very high and you may find it hard to get in and out of. They do have a stepping stool to help but even with that it was pretty hard for me to get in and out (I am 5'4" and a bit arthritic). If I were to go back, I would stay in a different room because of the difficulty with the tub. The smaller ground floor room has a hot tub in a private garden area that can be closed off by gates. Wished we had stayed in that room as our garden area was open and we needed to keep the dog from wandering off to explore the beautiful grounds on his own.
- Reviews: 1375
Blooms Creek Campground: Camping in Big Basin Redwoods State Park
We sort of got lost on our hike down from Buzzard's Roost and ended up in the Blooms Creek campground in Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Although we didn't camp here, I'm posting this tip because this looked like such a great place to camp. The campsites are large and sheltered by old growth redwood trees. The campground is alongside Blooms Creek, which even in September had water. In early summer, I'm sure it would be a torrent.
This is my kind of campground because it has showers. Reserve a site at this campground through ReserveAmerica.
- Reviews: 141
Santa Cruz IYH (...
Santa Cruz IYH ( www.hi-santacruz.org )
$15 for members of AYH/IYH, $18 for non-members
Donation system for basic provisions ... the kitchen has a store of herbs, basic provisions, margarine, bread oil, pasta etc and you give what you can afford towards what you take. Very handy!
Only down-side is following: 'Please note that no alcohol is allowed on the grounds of the Hostel, we have a curfew at 11pm, and you may only stay for a consecutive three days within a 30 days period. We would like to clarify this points before your arrival to avoid disappointments. :-)' And you are not allowed access to any buildings between 10am and 5pm. Its a small sacrifice for such a cool place though.
- Reviews: 7
I stay at the Habor Inn on...
I stay at the Habor Inn on 7th. Good rate nice folks run the place.
Also look at Best Western
$100 in summer around $60-$80 in winter
Habor Inn is a motel. Older place but good up keep. Mircwaves and micro fridge in rooms. No pool or gym or guest laundry. Laundry mat is close as well as the beach.
- Reviews: 10
Mission Inn: Most Convenient Hotel
While visiting university students, I chose this hotel because of its convenient location. It is the closest hotel to the University and located on the main drag of West Side Santa Cruz. The service was great! The people were friendly and we had everything we needed for the stay. Rooms were small, but decent. I would absolutely recommend this to any parents/friends of UCSC students.
Extremely convenient location for people visiting university students. It is within walking distance of the store, the beach, and plenty of restaurants.
- Reviews: 57
Hostel: hostel in Santa Cruz
there is only one hostel in Santra Cruz. You'll find it in travel guides. It's one of the strangest hostels I have ever been. Actually, it is very cheap and clean and the facilities are great. The only problem: They have curfew which they handle very strict. After 11pm the old lady locks all the doors in order to prevent people staying outside longer. You have to be IN your room at 11pm, otherwise you can't enter the building anymore. If you leave the building after 11pm again, in order to have a cigarette outside for example, you have to leave the door open because otherwise you won't be able to enter anymore. If you are unlucky, the old lady is still there and will chase you back in your room crying at you. This is horrible and ridiculous together....For us, it was just funny.....The other bad thing is, that they have a really nice kitchen, which you can't use after 11am until the afternoon......This is simply ridiculous aswell....Anyway if you want to go to Santa Cruz, this hostel is clean and cheap....but please keep my suggestions in mind! the owners are really really mad!
- Reviews: 47
Harbor inn Santa Cruz: Nice "Good Old Times" inn in nice neighborhood
Harbor inn Santa Cruz is a very nice inn with very individually stuffed rooms (antique furniture, but all very clean and in good shape, wonderful sleep in a good bed), 3-4 blocks from the beach in the calmer south part of Santa Cruz. The environment is nice, very calm at night - I heard some animals crying from far during the night - maybe seals? Very nice place to hang off from the busy city of San Francisco/ San Jose.
Great place + great "good-old-time" stuffed rooms, but including such things as microwave, fridge.
- Reviews: 121
Santa Cruz Beach Inn: A lovely, friendly hotel
We stayed five days in the Santa Cruz Beach Inn. It's a medium-size hotel with three floors in a quiet residential area of Santa Cruz. It takes about ten to fifteen minutes to walk downtown as well as to the beach. The rooms were extremely spacious, as well as comfortable and clean. Bathrooms were nice, too. The hotel is built around an inner courtyard in which there is a fountain, an outdoor swimming pool and two little jacuzzis, as well as some lovely flowers.
A whole breakfast was included, and a much better one than the usual continental breakfast you tend to get in American hotels. It was pretty big and tasty.
I have to admit that the hotel reception seemed somewhat unorganized and chaotic, a bit lost at times. However, they always made up for that by being very friendly. So perhaps sometimes you had to wait a little long for something, but were treated very nicely.
Quite residential areas. Easy walk to most locations. Big rooms. Swimming pool - outdoor. Big breakfast.
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