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10 Best Hotels in Santa Cruz

Casablanca On The Beach
3.5 out of 5
101 Main St, Santa Cruz, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$204
per night
Jan 21 - Jan 22
3.7/5Good! (1,621 reviews)

"For the price and the ocean views, it’s a worthwhile overnight stay."…"

Reviewed on 18 Jan. 2020

Casablanca On The Beach
Hyatt Place Santa Cruz
3 out of 5
407 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA
Free Cancellation
AU$205
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27
4.5/5Wonderful! (766 reviews)

"Pleasurable experience, room was larger than expected."…"

Reviewed on 3 Jan. 2020

Hyatt Place Santa Cruz
Dream Inn Santa Cruz
4 out of 5
175 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$323
per night
Jan 21 - Jan 22
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,081 reviews)

"Loved the views, the food, and the service was fantastic."…"

Reviewed on 9 Jan. 2020

Dream Inn Santa Cruz
Chaminade Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
1 Chaminade Ln, Santa Cruz, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$190
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3
3.9/5Good! (465 reviews)

"The resort fee is a total ripoff. It adds almost $40 a person. Expedia and the property should stop the fraudulent practice of not including the fee in the rate so people know what the real rate is— not the false Rae with hidden fees. The problem is as much with Expedia using this practice as the ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2019

Chaminade Resort & Spa
Ocean Pacific Lodge
2 out of 5
301 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
AU$136
per night
Feb 18 - Feb 19
4.1/5Very Good! (2,024 reviews)

"Great location, very comfortable beds and rooms, not noisy as some others had mentioned. Super clean rooms, but carpeted not wood flooring as in some of the photos. They allow dogs, which my husband was not happy to discover; however the rooms (we had two) we spotless and did not smell of ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 2020

Ocean Pacific Lodge
Hotel Paradox, Autograph Collection
4 out of 5
611 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$207
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27
4.2/5Excellent! (1,619 reviews)

"Good location. Close to downtown and beach boardwalk with car."…"

Reviewed on 14 Jan. 2020

Hotel Paradox, Autograph Collection
Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley
3.5 out of 5
6001 La Madrona Drive, Santa Cruz, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$216
per night
Jan 27 - Jan 28
4.2/5Very Good! (1,675 reviews)

"Amazing stay, Kade was so helpful and awesome. Thank you"…"

Reviewed on 13 Jan. 2020

Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley
Mission Inn
2.5 out of 5
2250 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$149
per night
Jan 21 - Jan 22
4.2/5Very Good! (572 reviews)

"Spacious room with plenty of light and a large king bed, Jacuzzi tub was relaxing"…"

Reviewed on 14 Jan. 2020

Mission Inn
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz
2.5 out of 5
1410 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA
Free Cancellation
AU$165
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27
4.3/5Excellent! (1,613 reviews)

"Little bit expensive, in the other hand nice and friendly personal! Very clean, good service overall! I definitely coming back!!"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2020

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz
Beachview Inn
2 out of 5
50 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA
AU$111
per night
Jan 22 - Jan 23
3.6/5Good! (1,428 reviews)

"This place was very convenient and the staff was friendly. The room was clean and the bed was comfy."…"

Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2020

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Visiting Santa Cruz

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

  • There are 145 hotels and other accommodations in Santa Cruz
  • The closest major airport is in Watsonville, CA (WVI-Watsonville Municipal) 31 from the city center
  • The next closest is in San Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.) 36.5 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 Museum of Art & History. Notable city landmarks like Mystery Spot and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk might be worth a visit. The beaches and sunsets highlight the city's natural beauty with places to visit including Main Beach, Natural Bridges State Park, and Felton Covered Bridge Park.

In Santa Cruz, you'll find 145 hotels and other lodging options so you'll have plenty of choices for a perfect holiday retreat. Here you'll find top ones based on our user reviews:

  • Inn at Depot Hill - This 4-star bed & breakfast features free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. It's a favorite with Expedia travelers for its breakfast and beach locale.
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Santa Cruz - Capitola - Our customers like the beach locale and pool at this hotel. This 2.5-star hotel features free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi.
  • Hyatt Place Santa Cruz - Guests who stay at this 3-star hotel in Westside Santa Cruz can enjoy access to free breakfast and an outdoor pool, along with free WiFi. Expedia customers like its breakfast and beach locale.

Popular places to visit in the area include Winchester Mystery House, located 19 mi (30.6 from the city center, and California's Great America, which is 23.4 mi (37.7 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 82°F during the day and 36°F at night
  • 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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