Santa Cruz hotels

Santa Cruz hotels

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Low season

February Cheapest month to stay with an average 45% drop in price.

High season

January Most expensive month to stay with an average 36% rise in price.

Average price (weeknight)

$190 Average Sun - Thu price over the last 2 weeks.

Average price (weekend night)

$281 Average Fri & Sat price over the last 2 weeks.

Top tips for finding the perfect Santa Cruz hotel

  • Planning on visiting Santa Cruz with your family? Select a hotel adjacent to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, such as the affordable Aqua Breeze Inn. The Boardwalk is a beachfront amusement park that has a variety of carnival rides and games, making it a very popular attraction for kids.
  • If you’re hoping to spend most of your vacation by the ocean, choose one of the many hotels located within a five-minute walk of Main Beach, such as the Fireside Inn. Main Beach offers volleyball, swimming, and paddle boarding, and there are also lifeguards and public restrooms on site.
  • For art enthusiasts, choose a hotel near Santa Cruz’s Museum of Art and History, such as the Pacific Blue Inn, which is only a 10-minute walk from the museum. This museum contains exhibits highlighting contemporary California artists and history of the local area.
  • Downtown Santa Cruz contains a high concentration of the city’s shops, restaurants, and entertainment, including the Del Mar Theater and the Kuumbwa Jazz Theater. To be within walking distance of these attractions, select a hotel in the heart of this neighborhood, like the Cliff Crest Bed & Breakfast Inn, located just five blocks from Downtown.
  • If you would like to learn about the communities that are indigenous to the area, book a hotel near the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, such as the Ocean Gate Inn, located half a mile from the museum. The museum offers exhibits on the local people, animals, and geography, making it a great way to familiarize yourself with the history of the area.

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Best Santa Cruz hotels

Most recommended Santa Cruz hotels

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Dream Inn Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz - Bedroom Best Beach Hotel
Dream Inn Santa Cruz
9.2 Excellent
$302+
$302+
With a stay at Dream Inn Santa Cruz, you'll be centrally located in Santa Cruz, just a 3-minute walk from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and 9 minutes by foot from Monterey Bay. Featured amenities include a business center, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
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Chaminade Resort & Spa - Santa Cruz - Bedroom
Chaminade Resort & Spa
7.8 Good
$277+
$277+
Located in Santa Cruz, Chaminade Resort & Spa is in the mountains, within a 15-minute drive of Swift Street Courtyard and Capitola Mercantile. Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, express check-in, and express check-out. Planning an event in Santa Cruz? This resort has facilities measuring 12000 square feet (1115 square meters), including a conference center. Guests may use a roundtrip airport shuttle for a surcharge, and free valet parking is available onsite.
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Oceana Inn Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz - Building
Oceana Inn Santa Cruz
6.4 Good
$84+
$84+
With a stay at Oceana Inn, you'll be centrally located in Santa Cruz, within a 10-minute drive of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Monterey Bay. Featured amenities include express check-in, express check-out, and a 24-hour front desk. RV/bus/truck parking is available onsite.
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Hotel Paradox, Autograph Collection - Santa Cruz Best Pool
$229+
Striking the perfect balance between nature and urban design, Hotel Paradox, Autograph Collection will challenge your current understanding of hospitality. Surrounded by rugged mountains and majestic redwoods, our contemporary hotel captures the essence of bold contradictions. Following a good night's sleep in our rustic yet modern accommodations, set out to explore nearby attractions including Mount Hermon or California's Mystery Spot. When you return, stop by our on-site eatery, Solaire Restaurant + Bar, for delicious American cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Ross McKee. Want to stay active during your visit? Our new fitness center boasts plenty of cardio equipment and free weights for when you want to work up a sweat. Those who would prefer an afternoon of relaxation can do so at our outdoor pool and deck, the largest in Santa Cruz, by swimming or resting in one of our poolside day beds. No matter what brings you to town, opt for authenticity with a stay at Hotel Paradox, Autograph Collection.
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Hotels near Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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Beach Street Inn and Suites - Santa Cruz - Bedroom Best Family Hotel
Beach Street Inn and Suites
8.9 Excellent
$264+
$264+
With a stay at Beach Street Inn and Suites in Santa Cruz (Westside Santa Cruz), you'll be steps from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and 12 minutes by foot from Monterey Bay. Featured amenities include a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, and laundry facilities. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
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Casablanca On The Beach - Santa Cruz
Casablanca On The Beach
7.9 Good
$202+
$202+
With a stay at Casablanca On The Beach in Santa Cruz (Westside Santa Cruz), you'll be steps from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and 12 minutes by foot from Monterey Bay. The front desk is staffed during limited hours. Free self parking is available onsite.
Free Wi-Fi
Pet friendly
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Beachview Inn - Santa Cruz - Building
Beachview Inn
7.8 Good
$320+
$320+
With a stay at Beachview Inn in Santa Cruz (Westside Santa Cruz), you'll be steps from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and 12 minutes by foot from Monterey Bay.
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Best rooms in Santa Cruz

Dream Inn Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz - Bedroom Best Beach Hotel
Dream Inn Santa Cruz
9.2 Excellent
$302+
$302+
With a stay at Dream Inn Santa Cruz, you'll be centrally located in Santa Cruz, just a 3-minute walk from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and 9 minutes by foot from Monterey Bay. Featured amenities include a business center, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
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Beach Street Inn and Suites - Santa Cruz - Bedroom Best Family Hotel
Beach Street Inn and Suites
8.9 Excellent
$264+
$264+
With a stay at Beach Street Inn and Suites in Santa Cruz (Westside Santa Cruz), you'll be steps from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and 12 minutes by foot from Monterey Bay. Featured amenities include a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, and laundry facilities. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
Free Wi-Fi
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