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Santa Cruz, CA
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Santa Cruz hotels

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Low season

JanuaryCheapest month to stay with an average 27% drop in price.

High season

JuneMost expensive month to stay with an average 48% rise in price.

Average price (weeknight)

$173Average Sun - Thu price over the last 2 weeks.

Average price (weekend night)

$276Average Fri & Sat price over the last 2 weeks.

How much is a Santa Cruz hotel?

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When to book a hotel in Santa Cruz

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Top tips for finding perfect Santa Cruz hotel deals

  • If you’re looking for a cheap hotel in Santa Cruz, you should consider visiting during the low season. You'll find cheaper accommodations in Santa Cruz in January and May.
  • Hotel room prices vary depending on many factors but you’ll most likely find the best hotel deals in Santa Cruz if you stay on a Sunday. The opposite is true for, Friday, which is usually the most expensive day.
  • Book at least 7 days before your stay begins to get the best price for your Santa Cruz accommodation.
  • The cheapest 3-star hotel room in Santa Cruz found on KAYAK in the last 2 weeks was $166, while the most expensive was $338.
  • How long should you stay? KAYAK users usually book their accommodation in Santa Cruz for 2 days.
  • 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.

FAQs when booking a hotel in Santa Cruz

  • Hotels are safe environments for travelers as long as they properly implement sanitary measures in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). However, we recommend getting in touch with the local authorities regarding safety procedures for hotels in Santa Cruz. For more advice, please view our information page on what to know about coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel.

  • If you are looking for a hotel close to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, you should consider staying at National 9 Santa Cruz, Mission Inn and Dream Inn Santa Cruz, as they are the most recommended by KAYAK users.

  • The average price of a double room in Santa Cruz is $260 per night. In the last 3 days, KAYAK found great deals as cheap as $151 per night.

  • The Casablanca Inn is less than half a mile to the Wharf and is located directly next to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The Dream Inn is a 4-star choice that is a seven-minute walk to the Wharf, offering rooms with balconies that overlook the ocean.

  • There are several hotel options that are only a short drive away from the University of California campus. The Hampton Inn is only an eight-minute drive from the school, and it has a heated indoor swimming pool. The Best Western Inn is also an eight-minute drive from the campus and has free breakfast.

  • Because it is quite easy to explore Santa Cruz by car, booking a hotel with free parking helps you save money. The Beach Street Inn and Suites is only a minute walk from Cowell Beach and has free on-site parking and a community picnic area. The Hyatt Place is located 13 minutes on foot from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, with free parking for guests.

  • The Ocean Echo Inn & Beach Cottages is only a two-minute walk from SunnyCove and offers guests direct views of the ocean. The Seaway Inn is an affordable choice that is only a 10-minute walk from the Santa Cruz Wharf and offers views of the nearby beach.

  • In the last 3 hours, users have found Santa Cruz hotels for tonight for as low as $79. Users have also found 3-star hotels from $135 and 4-star hotels from $191.

  • In the last 72 hours, users have found Santa Cruz hotels for this weekend for as low as $124 per night. Users have also found 3-star hotels from $236 and 4-star hotels from $308.

  • After you launch a hotel search on KAYAK, you can refine your research by neighborhood, which allows you to pick the central Santa Cruz districts. You can also do a search using the city map to choose a specific location, like Santa Cruz city center.

  • Take a look at our extensive hotel map to find the best hotels near you.

Where to stay in Santa Cruz?

Our map will help you find the perfect place to stay in Santa Cruz by showing you the exact location of each hotel.

Best Santa Cruz hotels

Most recommended Santa Cruz hotels

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Sea & Sand Inn - Santa Cruz - Outdoors view
Sea & Sand Inn - Santa Cruz - Outdoors view
Sea & Sand Inn
9.2 Excellent
$279+
$279+
Parking
Free Wi-Fi
Bella Notte Inn - Santa Cruz - Bedroom
Bella Notte Inn - Santa Cruz - Bedroom
Bella Notte Inn
9.1 Excellent
$261+
$261+
Parking
Free Wi-Fi
Pacific Blue Inn - Santa Cruz - Patio
Pacific Blue Inn - Santa Cruz - Patio
Pacific Blue Inn
8.8 Excellent
$302+
$302+
Free Wi-Fi
Pet friendly
Carousel Beach Inn - Santa Cruz - Bedroom
Carousel Beach Inn - Santa Cruz - Bedroom
Carousel Beach Inn
8.6 Excellent
$237+
$237+
Parking
Free Wi-Fi
Ocean Pacific Lodge - Santa Cruz - Restaurant
Ocean Pacific Lodge - Santa Cruz - Restaurant
Ocean Pacific Lodge
8.5 Excellent
$227+
$227+
Parking
Free Wi-Fi
Pool
Pet friendly
Seaway Inn - Santa Cruz - Outdoors view
Seaway Inn - Santa Cruz - Outdoors view
Seaway Inn
8.5 Excellent
$307+
$307+
Pet friendly
Harbor Inn - Santa Cruz - Building
Harbor Inn - Santa Cruz - Building
Harbor Inn
8.5 Excellent
$177+
$177+
Parking
Free Wi-Fi
Inn At Pasatiempo - Santa Cruz - Bar
Inn At Pasatiempo - Santa Cruz - Bar
Inn At Pasatiempo
8.4 Excellent
$210+
$210+
Parking
Free Wi-Fi
Pool

Santa Cruz hotels near Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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