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Popular Hotels in Downtown Santa Cruz

Best Western Plus Inn Scotts Valley
2.5 out of 5
6020 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley, CA
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$98
per night
Apr 8 - Apr 9
4/5Very Good! (932 reviews)

"The breakfast was nice. The location is good. The staff was helpful."…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

Best Western Plus Inn Scotts Valley
Pacific Blue Inn
3 out of 5
636 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
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$99
per night
Apr 3 - Apr 4
4.5/5Wonderful! (505 reviews)

"Would highly recommend a stay here. Excellent customer service and clean!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

Pacific Blue Inn
Dream Inn Santa Cruz
4 out of 5
175 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA
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$179
per night
Apr 3 - Apr 4
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,152 reviews)

"Property was clean and for the most part quite. With. the virus being a part of my stay there isnt much more that I can say."…"

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

Dream Inn Santa Cruz
Rio Vista Suites
3 out of 5
611 Third Street, Santa Cruz, CA
$119
per night
May 1 - May 2
4.1/5Very Good! (547 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel, room 4 is gorgeous with a great view, excellent location."…"

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

Rio Vista Suites
Rio Sands Hotel
2 out of 5
116 Aptos Beach Drive, Aptos, CA
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$100
per night
Apr 3 - Apr 4
4.1/5Very Good! (1,179 reviews)

"Staff were amazing; hotel was wonderful. My second time staying here."…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Rio Sands Hotel
Casablanca On The Beach
3.5 out of 5
101 Main St, Santa Cruz, CA
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$119
per night
Apr 5 - Apr 6
3.7/5Good! (1,728 reviews)

"great location close to the boardwalk, beach, and the pier. spacious room and nice property. not much in the amenities but the location was prime."…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Casablanca On The Beach
Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz
2.5 out of 5
325 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
$75
per night
Apr 3 - Apr 4
3.2/5 (1,759 reviews)

"Like that was close to boardwalk.... I just didn't like that we had to check in till 3 when i wss told check ins was after 12"…"

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz
Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley
3.5 out of 5
6001 La Madrona Drive, Santa Cruz, CA
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$111
per night
Apr 9 - Apr 10
4.2/5Very Good! (1,742 reviews)

"They were very accommodating with a late checkout."…"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley
Hotel Paradox, Autograph Collection
4 out of 5
611 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA
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$119
per night
Apr 5 - Apr 6
4.2/5Excellent! (1,650 reviews)

"Hotel location was very convenient - close to just about everything. Check-in was quick and convenient, staff was friendly and helpful. There were additional cleaning precautions being done in light of the Coronavirus - staff wiping down and sanitizing common areas, trash cans, elevator buttons, ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

Hotel Paradox, Autograph Collection
Chaminade Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
1 Chaminade Ln, Santa Cruz, CA
$260
per night
May 3 - May 4
3.8/5Good! (506 reviews)

"It was very beautiful and clean. The staff members were very kind and friendly."…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

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Downtown Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Hotel Guide

Would you like to discover a different side of Santa Cruz (and vicinity)? The neighborhood of Downtown Santa Cruz is one option. It's located 0.1 miles southeast of the downtown area.

Santa Cruz (and vicinity)'s most popular attractions include the Mystery Spot, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the University of California Santa Cruz.

While in Downtown Santa Cruz, consider visiting the Main Beach and the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, some of Downtown Santa Cruz's must-see attractions.

Visitors to Downtown Santa Cruz wishing to find a bed within a short distance from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, have loads of options to choose from, including the Casablanca On The Beach, Ocean Lodge, Dream Inn Santa Cruz, West Cliff Inn - A Four Sisters Inn and Pacific Blue Inn.

Travelers who would prefer to reserve a room just a short stroll away from Main Beach will discover many Expedia-listed accommodations to select from. Downtown Santa Cruz options include the Babbling Brook Inn, Hotel Paradox, Autograph Collection, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz, Comfort Inn Beach/Boardwalk Area and Howard Johnson Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Those who are keen on anything to do with boats should take a walk at Santa Cruz Harbor. When you're done exploring, rest up at a quality hotel nearby. The Quality Inn Santa Cruz and Ramada Limited Santa Cruz are two excellent options. Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History is a brilliant place to discover some fun facts about natural history. You’ll also find great accommodation within easy reach of this sight, such as the Surf City Inn and Suites and Comfort Inn Santa Cruz.

If all that sightseeing in Downtown Santa Cruz is starting to feel less like a vacation and more like work, drop by for a pick-me-up at Marini's Candies. The mouth-watering meals at Rosie McCann's Irish Pub & Restaurant are sure to fill up hungry sightseers who prefer a sit-down meal. When the sky starts to darken, it’s time to hit the bars! A preferred neighborhood hangout is Santa Cruz Wine Tasting.

Accommodation options near Downtown Santa Cruz

If Downtown Santa Cruz accommodation doesn't suit, you might like to check out the hotels in Santa Cruz. An additional nearby suburb with accommodation to put on your radar is Pacific Avenue.

At Expedia, we love making your travel dreams come true. For more accommodation options, explore our Santa Cruz (and vicinity) hotels page. If you want to find out more about this destination, don't forget to read our Santa Cruz (and vicinity) vacation travel guide.

Frequently asked questions

What is Downtown Santa Cruz like?
Downtown Santa Cruz is a welcoming neighborhood that travelers like for its restaurants and biking. Are you looking for Downtown Santa Cruz travel tips? Be sure to check out Pacific Garden Mall and Pacific Avenue while you’re in the neighborhood. You might have a hard time booking in the heart of Downtown Santa Cruz but be sure to expand your search to find 63 hotels and other accommodations within a mile of this Santa Cruz neighborhood.
Where is the best place to stay in Downtown Santa Cruz?
Based on Expedia customer reviews, Pacific Blue Inn is the highest ranked property in Downtown Santa Cruz. This 3-star B&B offers free breakfast and free WiFi. It is located a short 9-minute walk from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
If I need to cancel my hotel reservation in Downtown Santa Cruz, will I receive a refund?
Yes, the majority of hotel bookings are fully refundable as long as you cancel before the accommodation’s cancellation deadline, which is often 24 or 48 hours before your scheduled arrival. If your reservation is non-refundable, you might be able to still cancel and get a refund within a 24-hour period of your booking. Plug in your dates, click on “Search”, then use the “free cancellation” filter to get the top deals on offer in Downtown Santa Cruz.
Where can I learn more about changing or cancelling my trip to Downtown Santa Cruz?
To access more information about rescheduling or cancelling your trip to Downtown Santa Cruz, click here.
What is there to do around this Santa Cruz neighborhood?
If you’re looking forward to a day of shopping in Downtown Santa Cruz, consider Pacific Garden Mall or Pacific Avenue, and pick out the perfect souvenir. You could also plan a visit to Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History or Museum of Art & History while you’re in the neighborhood. A few places to visit in the area around Downtown Santa Cruz include Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Town Clock, and Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Mission Santa Cruz and Ocean Street are also worth a visit when you’re out sightseeing in Santa Cruz.

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