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Orange, California
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice hotel right on the beach in Santa Cruz walking distance to the pier and the boardwalk which is open on weekends. Walking distance to historical Lighthouse and surf Museum. Tons of restaurants on the pier and close to downtown Santa Cruz. Pool area going under renovation at this time otherwise nice on-site restaurant bar. Only 10 rooms per floor... More 

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Auburn, California
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We made reservations in April for Thanksgiving based on a TravelZoo deal. I was suspect, given the construction. Our originally booked room was upgraded to the "Cloud" level as our original room was being renovated. All rooms have a spectacular view, and most should be renovated if you are booking for the future. The renovated rooms are nice, relatively basic,... More 

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Dear Susanmik1 Thank you for your review, and celebrating your holiday with us. Yes you are correct, the renovation is underway, and we could not be more excited. Pool, lobby, and 100% of the guest rooms should be done by Spring Break 2017. Come back and take a look Thank you Dream Team More 

Sacramento, California
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our first visit to the Dream was Thanksgiving weekend. My husband had reserved a room with two queen beds because our daughter was with us. We were looking forward to using the pool. When we arrived, we were told that half the hotel was undergoing refurbishment, and the pool was under construction too. The front desk offered us a room... More 

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Thank FoodieMom2015
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Dear FoodieMom2015 We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay over the holiday. We are trying our best to upgrade where we can to offset the 65 rooms being renovated. Glad you took the time to enjoy the balcony and beautiful views. Our renovation should be 100% complete by Easter 2017. We would love to have you come... More 

Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Early morning noise due to renovation construction. Unexpected parking charge @ cost of $25.00/day. Beach vistas and wharf is the draw for this hotel. Nothing special and definitely not worth the price.

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Thank beverlyc895
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Dear Beverlyc895 Thank you for your review. We sincerely apologize for the construction noise. Our team is working diligently to finish our renovation by Easter 2017. We are excited to announce we will have a brand new pool desk, lobby and fully renovated rooms. We would love to have you back in the spring of next year to show you... More 

Marion, Indiana
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82 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The beach views are spectacular--the hotel is located right on Cowell Beach. The hotel itself is listed as 4-star, but I think it falls short. The bed is OK, but not high quality. The A/C is an old, rusty window unit--VERY loud, & had to run on high the whole time to keep the room at a comfortable temp (in... More 

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Thank DanaJ0
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Dear Dana30 Thank you for your review. We encourage all our guests to tell us how we can improve, and we have listened. You may have noticed our pool deck was in the middle of construction. You stated it perfectly that we need updates, and new products. From Nov 1st - early spring 2017, the Dream Inn is being completely... More 

Voorschoten
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26 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Although Santa Cruz in itself is not a spectacular city the dream in is great. We had a room with balcony overseeing the Ocean. Very romantic. When arriving ask for the free bikes and make tour along the cost. We biked through west drive up to the scenic bridge. If you decide to stop in SC this hotel is highly... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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27 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Suddenly it is 1970. I can't tell if this hotel has maintained a motif or if they really have not updated the rooms since the building opened. This is an aging property in a town that has seen better days. We took a slow drive along the Big Sur. If we had it to do over, we would skip the... More 

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Thank Larry B
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Dear Larry B, Thank you for your review. Sorry to hear you were unsatisfied with your stay earlier this month. We take all reviews very seriously, and appreciate any and all feedback from our guests. I have to say... you nailed it. We are ready for a renovation, and I am happy to announce, we are in the middle of... More 

San Francisco, California
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family of four loves staying at the Dream Inn. It's right on the beach, it has a pool and hot tub, it's modern and fun! The rooms are modest in size but comfortable, and we go to Santa Cruz to enjoy the beach, boardwalk, nature and city. We always enjoy it!

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Clovis, California
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 October 2016

The hotel has been updated and the location is fantastic. I've been once/year and prefer the 5th floor or higher to get a great view of the ocean. Rooms are clean, easily accessible to restaurants and the Boardwalk. I thought the rooms were very pricey and have paid much less for a similar room at other hotels. I guess it's... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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28 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

This hotel / area will be fine for many however it was not my idea of a vacation area. We were not familiar with Santa Cruz and it's just an older city. This hotel is trying to make something more modern out of something out dated. The staff was very friendly, polite and courteous. The hotel is on the beach... More 

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Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
  • Paid Wifi
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  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
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  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A fun culmination between the beach and the slightly offbeat town of Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz Dream Inn is the ideal destination for a weekend escape, corporate event, family vacation or a romantic getaway. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Dream Inn

Address: 175 W. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5438 (Formerly Coast Santa Cruz Hotel)
Region: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Price Range: $307 - $650 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Dream Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 165
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Also Known As:
Dream Inn, a Joie De Vivre Hotel Hotel Santa Cruz
Dream Hotel Santa Cruz
Coast Santa Cruz Hotel
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Santa Cruz
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Cruz
#5 Romantic Hotel in Santa Cruz
#7 Family Hotel in Santa Cruz
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“Stay far away from the elevators.”
 of 5 bubbles FoodieMom2015, 27 Nov 2016 | Read review
“5th floor and higher get great ocean views”
 of 5 bubbles travelfan1961, 27 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a room with a beach view.”
 of 5 bubbles HenriqueNeto76, 22 Oct 2016 | Read review
“All rooms have an ocean view”
 of 5 bubbles 881MaryW881, 18 Oct 2016 | Read review
“don't get a room over the pool - very loud with lots of kids in the evening”
 of 5 bubbles janicek390, 13 Sep 2016 | Read review
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