Featured Motels in Santa Cruz

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Motel 6 Watsonville, CA - Monterey Area
Motel 6 Watsonville, CA - Monterey Area
2.0 out of 5.0 125 Silver Leaf Dr, Watsonville, CA
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3.3/5 (994 reviews)

Very happy with Motel 6

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2020
Situated in Watsonville, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Watsonville Square Shopping Center and Ramsay Park. Pajaro Valley Historical Association and Pinto ...
Mission Inn
Mission Inn
2.5 out of 5.0 2250 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA
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4.2/5 (758 reviews)

They were very kind and willing to help. Even forgot my pillows and they are sending them back to me

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021
Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Swift Street Courtyard and Monterey Bay. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) ...
Beach Street Inn and Suites
Beach Street Inn and Suites
2.0 out of 5.0 125 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA
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4.6/5 (727 reviews)

I really enjoyed my mini vacation here. Clean room. Friendly people. Beautiful view. Min to a beach. Will most definitely stay here again!

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2021
Offering direct access to the beach, this Westside Santa Cruz motel is steps from Santa Cruz Wharf and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Monterey Bay is 0.6 mi (1 ...
Ocean Pacific Lodge
Ocean Pacific Lodge
2.0 out of 5.0 301 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
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4.3/5 (979 reviews)

It was walking distance to the wharf and boardwalk

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021
Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Pacific Avenue and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Monterey Bay is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away.
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
2.0 out of 5.0 130 W Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA
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3.5/5 (933 reviews)

Location, right by the beach. Good views. Area was very nice. Friendly staff

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2021
Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. ...
Torch Lite Inn
Torch Lite Inn
2.5 out of 5.0 500 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
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3.2/5 (983 reviews)

Really good hotel really clean. Staff are really nice

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2021
Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Ocean Street and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Monterey Bay is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) away.
Aqua Breeze Inn
Aqua Breeze Inn
2.5 out of 5.0 204 Second Street, Santa Cruz, CA
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3.4/5 (985 reviews)

Location was close to the boardwalk. It was a clean and calm place.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2021
Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cocoanut Grove, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and Monterey Bay. Santa Cruz Main Beach and Main ...
Ocean Lodge
Ocean Lodge
2.0 out of 5.0 1015 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA
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2.7/5 (211 reviews)

This place is great for the price. The room was very clean, the staff was great, and I was very pleased with my stay at the Ocean Lodge.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021
Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz Wharf, and Monterey Bay. Mystery Spot and University ...
Rio Sands Hotel
Rio Sands Hotel
2.0 out of 5.0 116 Aptos Beach Drive, Aptos, CA
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4.1/5 (988 reviews)

A lot of the rooms are Not like your ordinary hotel rooms. Thumbs up

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2021
Situated by the ocean, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Rio Del Mar Beach and Monterey Bay. Seacliff State Beach and Potbelly Beach are also within 15 ...
Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz
Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz
2.5 out of 5.0 325 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
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3.3/5 (988 reviews)

We really enjoyed the location of this place. Equal distance to both the beach and downtown. Quiet at night. And pet friendly! It smelled nice when we walked into the room. And the pool was open!!! My only complaint would be the deposit of $200 that is held on your card for up to 10 days after check ...

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2020
Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Pacific Avenue and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Monterey Bay is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) ...
Beachview Inn
Beachview Inn
2.0 out of 5.0 50 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA
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3.8/5 (983 reviews)

Great place to stay for the evening for a low price and being close to the beach. The other guests of this motel were a little obscure. People were yelling and out in the parking lot hanging out until late. I suggest another place for a family or single woman staying alone.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2021
Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is steps from Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Monterey Bay ...
Motel Santa Cruz
Motel Santa Cruz
2.0 out of 5.0 370 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA
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1.9/5 (769 reviews)

Awesome

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2020
Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ocean Street and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Monterey Bay is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.

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