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Top 10 Hotels in Santa Cruz

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2.5 out of 5
500 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA
per night
Oct 6 - Oct 7
3.9/5Very Good! (1,515 reviews)

"The full breakfast was awesome. The hallway had been updated with new carpet; however, the suite could also use some updates (new carpet & new mattress). There is only a small spa and it could use a real pool!!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2019

Best Western Plus All Suites Inn
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3.5 out of 5
6001 La Madrona Drive, Santa Cruz, CA
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per night
Oct 6 - Oct 7
4.2/5Very Good! (1,582 reviews)

"The room was clean and the staff was friendly. The walls had many poor touch ups and the floors showed signs of wear. The rooms were a bit expensive taking into account the condition of the facility. The facility is quiet though. Thank you. 😊"…"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2019

Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley
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2.5 out of 5
2250 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA
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per night
Oct 1 - Oct 2
4.2/5Very Good! (506 reviews)

"This was a great place to stay! Clean, renovated rooms and a great breakfast provided."…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Mission Inn
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3 out of 5
407 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA
per night
Oct 6 - Oct 7
4.5/5Wonderful! (649 reviews)

"It was very nice and clean. Our room had a king bed and a sofa that could also turn into a bed. It was very comfortable. The location was great as well, close to the boardwalk and other amenities."…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Hyatt Place Santa Cruz
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2 out of 5
301 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
per night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
4/5Very Good! (1,940 reviews)

"The room was comfortable and convenient. The hot tubs were too small and we weren't able to use them as they were always full. Staff was very friendly."…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2019

Ocean Pacific Lodge
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2.5 out of 5
1410 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA
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per night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
4.3/5Excellent! (1,525 reviews)

"Very clean and well taken care of hotel. Breakfast was excellent. The neighborhood was a bit dodgy with the homeless and street people but that is Santa Cruz. The ciry seems to attract them. The garage is in the basement and safe as they have security officers so probably the best place in the city ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2019

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz
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2 out of 5
414 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA
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per night
Oct 1 - Oct 2
3.9/5Good! (1,627 reviews)

"Comfortable room, pet friendly, covered parking great!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2019

Continental Inn
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4 out of 5
1 Chaminade Ln, Santa Cruz, CA
per night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
3.9/5Good! (415 reviews)

"Thought the roasted chicken dish was just OK. Didn't like how the soupy way the potatoes texture.. but it tasted good. Pizza was really good. Boil the artichoke before you grill them so the texture is softer. I'm a chef."…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Chaminade Resort & Spa
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4 out of 5
175 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA
per night
Sep 19 - Sep 20
4.4/5Wonderful! (2,065 reviews)

"It was beautiful but. Staff helped as needed atmosphere was very nice"…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

Dream Inn Santa Cruz
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2.5 out of 5
325 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
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Sep 22 - Sep 23
3.2/5 (1,644 reviews)

"Centrally located. Lots of things were walking distance"…"

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz
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Visiting Santa Cruz

Travelers to Santa Cruz give high marks for the beaches, fun sporting events, and entertainment choices. Tourists to the city can also enjoy its walkable location. Top sights in the city include Mystery Spot, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and Main Beach.

  • There are 242 hotels and other accommodations in Santa Cruz
  • The closest major airport is in Watsonville, CA (WVI-Watsonville Municipal), 19.3 mi (31 km) from the city center
  • The next closest is in San Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.), 22.7 mi (36.5 km) away

Sightseeing and Staying in Santa Cruz

Cultural venues in the city include Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center. Attractions like Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Roaring Camp Railroads are fun for everyone, not just kids. The city is notable for landmarks like Mystery Spot, Mission Santa Cruz, and Town Clock.

In Santa Cruz, you'll be able to select from 242 hotels and other lodging options so you'll have plenty of choices for a perfect holiday retreat. Here you'll find top ranked ones based on Expedia user reviews:

  • West Cliff Inn - A Four Sisters Inn - Guests who stay at this 3.5-star bed & breakfast in Westside Santa Cruz can enjoy access to free breakfast and free parking, along with free WiFi. It's a favorite with Expedia travelers for its convenient parking and clean, comfortable rooms.
  • Monarch Cove Inn - Our customers like the beach locale and helpful staff at this B&B. This 3.5-star bed & breakfast features free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking.
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Santa Cruz - Capitola - This 2.5-star hotel features free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi. Expedia customers like its beach locale and clean, comfortable rooms.

Other favorite sights in Santa Cruz include Main Beach, Natural Bridges State Park, and Monterey Bay. Popular places to visit outside the city include Winchester Mystery House, 19 mi/30.6 km from the city center, and Westfield Valley Fair Shopping Mall, which is 19.4 mi (31.3 km) away.

Dressing for Santa Cruz

  • Between January and March, daytime temperatures average 69°F, while nighttime temperatures stay around 36°F
  • From April to June, the average is 84°F during the day and 41°F at night
  • July through September sees average temperatures of 86°F during the day and 47°F at night
  • In October-December, you can expect 82°F as the daytime average and 36°F as the nighttime average
  • About 49.92 inches of rain falls on Santa Cruz each year
  • August and September are usually the hottest months averaging 85°F, while December and January are usually the coldest with an average temperature of 37°F

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2 stars to 4 stars hotels in Santa Cruz

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