The Islander claims to be the "cleanest in Santa Cruz" and it would be hard to dispute their claim. This place was spotless. The rooms have all been recently renovated so everything is new - bathrooms, carpet, furniture. The rooms are on the small side, this is after all a 60s error motor court motel, but our King room had everything we needed. The space is used wisely so there was room for a microwave and small refrigerator (both spotlessly clean). There is no coffee maker in the room, although they do provide coffee in the office in the morning. We went to a great coffee shop just a short walk down the street. The only issue was no towel bar and no hook on back of bathroom door. The remodel looks very recent, so maybe those are yet to come? From the Islander it's an easy walk downtown so you don't have to mess with parking once you're there. Even though it's situated on a busy street and all the rooms face the parking lot, we weren't bothered by any noise. Like most California properties all of the rooms are non-smoking, so there's the urn full of sand out in the parking lot for smokers. The ashtray was cleaned out between 11:30 pm and 7:30 am. Why would you care, especially if you don't smoke? Because the fact that they're paying that much attention to an ashtray by the dumpsters is an indication of their attention to cleanliness and detail. While we didn't use the pool it looked clean, although it's surrounded by a tall fence and has a very small pool deck. Kids might like it though. Check-in was a breeze and the manager was personable and helpful, giving us great walking directions to a venue we were visiting. I would definitely choose the Islander again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cleans and Comfortable,2 story with 22 guest rooms that include, 32" flat Screen LCD-HD TV Withe Remote, complimentary continental breakfast, Free Local Calls, All rooms have phone, Free WiFi. High speed Internet access in Room hairdryers. All rooms with Micro fridges. Free parking, Seasonally heated pool and electronic door locks for your security. Located approximately 1 mile from the world famous Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk. We are within walking distance to Downtown Santa Cruz, numerous nightclubs, theaters and shopping at Pacific Garden Mall. Roaring camp, Mystery Spot, The University of California Santa Cruz, the Museum of Art and History and Pasatiempo Golf Course are all nearby. We look forward to making your stay with us the Best Value in Santa Cruz. Sorry No Pets.One car per Room.Parking is limited. Deposited Required. Extra Person $15.00 Per Person No Extra Beds or Crib,Payment will taken upon arrivel,. ... more less
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