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Santa Cruz is at the north end of Monterey Bay on California's central coast. It is 35 miles southwest of San Jose and 75 miles south of San Francisco. It is the home of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

 
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  • Comfort Inn Santa Cruz

    110 Plymouth Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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    Comfort Inn Santa Cruz

    Rated Average
    • Midscale, smoke-free motel near UC Santa Cruz
    • Heated outdoor swimming pool
    • Free hot breakfast buffet
    • Free WiFi
    • Free parking
  • Not pet friendly - no pets allowed. - Feb 2019
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    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:  3.5 of 5 stars
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  • Howard Johnson Inn Santa Cruz

    130 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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    Howard Johnson Inn Santa Cruz

    Rated Average
    • Cheap, smoke-free motel 1 block from the beach
    • Near Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
    • No swimming pool
    • Free continental breakfast
    • Free WiFi
    • Free parking
  • Not pet friendly - no pets allowed. - Jul 2016
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    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:  3.0 of 5 stars
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  • Best Western Plus All Suite Inn Santa Cruz

    500 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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    Best Western Plus All Suite Inn Santa Cruz

    Rated Average
    • Upper-midscale, smoke-free, all-suite hotel
    • Located on Ocean Street
    • No swimming pool
    • Exercise room
    • Free hot breakfast buffet
    • Free WiFi
    • Parking costs $10 per night
  • Not pet friendly - no pets allowed. - Jul 2022
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    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:  3.5 of 5 stars
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  • Super 8 Motel Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz

    338 Riverside Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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    Super 8 Motel Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz

    Rated High
    • Cheap, smoke-free motel
    • Near Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
    • Outdoor swimming pool open in summer
    • Free continental breakfast
    • Free WiFi
    • Free parking
  • Not pet friendly - no pets allowed. - Sep 2016
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:  4.0 of 5 stars
    Based on 624 reviews  Read Recent Reviews

  • Inn at Pasatiempo Santa Cruz

    555 Highway 17, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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    Inn at Pasatiempo Santa Cruz

    Rated Average
    • Upper-midscale, smoke-free motel
    • 2 miles north of downtown
    • Single-story, 54 rooms
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Free continental breakfast
    • Free WiFi
    • Free parking
  • Not pet friendly - no pets allowed. - Jun 2018
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:  3.5 of 5 stars
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  • Best Western Inn Santa Cruz

    126 Plymouth Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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    Best Western Inn Santa Cruz

    Rated Average
    • Midscale, smoke-free motel near UC Santa Cruz
    • No swimming pool
    • Exercise room
    • Free continental breakfast
    • Free WiFi
    • Free parking
  • Not pet friendly - no pets allowed. - Aug 2017
  • Note: You must be 18 or older to reserve a room at this hotel.
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    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:  3.5 of 5 stars
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  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Santa Cruz

    2956 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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    Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Santa Cruz

    Rated High
    • Upper-midscale, smoke-free hotel near UC Santa Cruz
    • Outdoor swimming pool - exercise room
    • Free continental breakfast
    • Free WiFi
    • Free parking
  • Not pet friendly - no pets allowed. - Jun 2016
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:  4.0 of 5 stars
    Based on 139 reviews  Read Recent Reviews

  • Holiday Inn Express East Santa Cruz

    1410 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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    Holiday Inn Express East Santa Cruz

    Rated High
    • Upper-midscale, smoke-free hotel near UC Santa Cruz
    • 2 miles from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
    • Heated outdoor swimming pool - exercise room
    • Free hot breakfast buffet
    • Free WiFi
    • Parking costs $10 per night
  • Not pet friendly - no pets allowed. - Jun 2021
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    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:  4.0 of 5 stars
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  • Chaminade Resort & Spa Santa Cruz

    One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz, CA 95065

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    Chaminade Resort & Spa Santa Cruz

    Rated High
    • Upper-upscale, smoke-free, full-service, spa resort
    • 5 miles from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
    • Heated outdoor swimming pool - exercise room
    • Full-service spa
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  • Note: This resort charges an amenity fee of $37 per night - includes parking and WiFi.
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  • Hyatt Place Hotel Santa Cruz

    407 Broadway Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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    Hyatt Place Hotel Santa Cruz

    Rated Very High
    • Upscale, smoke-free hotel near Ocean Street
    • Heated outdoor swimming pool - 24-hour exercise room
    • Free hot breakfast buffet
    • Free WiFi
    • Valet parking only - $13 per night
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  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:  4.5 of 5 stars
    Based on 597 reviews  Read Recent Reviews

  • La Quinta Inn & Suites near Wharf Santa Cruz

    550 2nd Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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    La Quinta Inn & Suites near Wharf Santa Cruz

    Rated Very High
    • Midscale, smoke-free hotel
    • 1 mile from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
    • Outdoor swimming pool open all year - exercise room
    • Free hot breakfast buffet
    • Free WiFi
    • Parking costs $20 per night
  • Not pet friendly - no pets allowed. - Mar 2022
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:  4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Hotel Paradox Santa Cruz

    611 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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    Hotel Paradox Santa Cruz

    Rated High
    • Upper-upscale, smoke-free, full-service hotel
    • Near UC Santa Cruz
    • An Autograph Collection hotel
    • Free shuttle to attractions within 3-mile radius
    • Heated outdoor swimming pool - exercise room
    • Free WiFi
    • Parking costs $10 per night
  • Not pet friendly - no pets allowed. - Jul 2016
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  • Beach Street Inn & Suites Santa Cruz

    125 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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    Beach Street Inn & Suites Santa Cruz

    Rated Very High
    • Midscale, smoke-free motel near beach
    • Also near Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Free WiFi
    • Parking costs $15 per night
  • Not pet friendly - no pets allowed. - Aug 2017
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:  4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Dream Inn Santa Cruz

    175 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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    Dream Inn Santa Cruz

    Rated Very High
    • Upscale, smoke-free, full-service, beachfront hotel
    • Near Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
    • Heated outdoor swimming pool
    • Free WiFi
    • Parking costs $25 per night
  • Not pet friendly - no pets allowed. - Jul 2016
  • Note: You must be 21 or older to reserve a room at this hotel.
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:  4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Hampton Inn Santa Cruz

    1505 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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    Hampton Inn Santa Cruz

    Rated High
    • Upper-midscale, smoke-free hotel near UC Santa Cruz
    • Heated indoor swimming pool
    • Free continental breakfast
    • Free WiFi
    • Free parking
  • Not pet friendly - no pets allowed. - Mar 2022
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    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:  4.0 of 5 stars
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  • Hampton Inn West Santa Cruz

    2424 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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    Hampton Inn West Santa Cruz

    Rated High
    • Upper-midscale, smoke-free hotel
    • 3 miles from UC Santa Cruz
    • No swimming pool
    • Exercise room
    • Free continental breakfast
    • Free WiFi
    • Free parking
  • Not pet friendly - no pets allowed. - Apr 2021
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:  4.0 of 5 stars
    Based on 35 reviews  Read Recent Reviews

  • Ramada Limited Hotel Santa Cruz

    516 Water Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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    Ramada Limited Hotel Santa Cruz

    Rated Very Low – Not Recommended
    • Midscale, smoke-free motel near UC Santa Cruz
    • Heated outdoor swimming pool
    • Free continental breakfast
    • Free WiFi
    • Free parking
  • Not pet friendly - no pets allowed. - Aug 2016
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    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:  2.5 of 5 stars
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Hotels near The Catalyst   0.3 mile SE
Hotels near Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk   1.0 mile SE
Hotels near UCSC – UC Santa Cruz   1.8 miles NW
Hotels near Natural Bridges State Beach   2.2 miles SW
Hotels near 41st Avenue Capitola   3.6 miles east
Hotels near Shadowbrook Restaurant   4.1 miles east
Hotels near Margaritaville   4.3 miles east
Hotels near Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park   4.9 miles north
Hotels near Seacliff State Beach   6 miles east
Hotels near Manresa State Beach   10 miles east
Hotels near Sunset State Beach   12 miles SE
Hotels near Big Basin Redwoods State Park   17 miles NW
Hotels near Ano Nuevo State Park   18 miles NW
Hotels near Mountain Winery   19 miles north
Hotels near Cambrian Park   20 miles north
Hotels near Bascom Avenue San Jose   21 miles north
Hotels near Westfield Oakridge Mall   21 miles NE
Hotels near Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park   22 miles east
Hotels near Bernal Road San Jose   23 miles NE
Hotels near Marina State Beach   23 miles SE

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Morgan Hill CA Hotels   23 miles NE
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