Dream Inn Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz, CA

Stay at Santa Cruz Dream Inn in CA

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Four-Star Oceanfront Hotel with 1960s Motif

As the city’s only beachfront hotel, Santa Cruz Dream Inn makes the most of its location: every room has a private patio or balcony overlooking Monterey Bay. A five-minute walk will take you to downtown shops or the wharf, where you can rent kayaks and join whale-watching or fishing trips. Also close is the beach boardwalk, a classic amusement park with more than 30 rides. If you’re quick, you can grab a free ride on the historic carousel with wooden horses. Amid this setting, hoteliers recently renovated the aging 1960s Dream Inn, turning its old-fashioned qualities into a design motif.

The lobby sets the tone for the rest of the retro-chic hotel with its multihued fiberglass chairs and front desk made of rough-hewn timber. Guest rooms come furnished with yellow Panton chairs and headboards upholstered in corduroy. Bright-green shutters open to reveal views of the Pacific Ocean and the glass door leading out onto the balcony adjoining each room.

Between the wharf and boardwalk, there’s no shortage of seaside dining. But Santa Cruz Dream Inn’s onsite restaurant, Aquarius, stands out thanks to its breezy atmosphere and sweeping vistas. Surfboard-sculptural overhead lighting and hanging basket lamps provide the perfect ambiance for the restaurant’s local seafood specialties. The oceanfront eatery also has a fine selection of regional wines.

Santa Cruz, California: Seaside Town with Free-Spirit Attitude

Located about an hour and a half south of San Francisco, Santa Cruz is an eccentric coastal town on the Monterey Bay’s northern fringe. The downtown street performers frequently transform Pacific Avenue into a stage with dancing, drumming, and historical reenactments of the famed Lincoln-Douglas mud-wrestling matches. The fun continues at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, a seaside amusement park home to thrill rides and a carousel from 1911. From the top of the ferris wheel, you can take in bird’s-eye views of the many surfers catching waves in the Pacific.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Heated beachfront pool
  • Onsite restaurant
  • Outdoor spa
  • Private balconies and patios
  • Seasonal pool bar
  • Complimentary WiFi

The Fine Print

  • Valid only for night(s) purchased
  • 72-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate, no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • Must provide first and last name upon purchase, which will be provided to Santa Cruz Dream Inn
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • 10.065% tax added at purchase
  • $1.50 daily fee added at purchase.

Other Details

Room Details

Ocean-View Deluxe King or Two Queens

  • One king bed or two queen beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 3 (4 for two queens)
  • Adding occupants above standard: $22 per night for each additional guest 13 or older; no charge for guests 12 or younger

Hotel Policies

  • Check-in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: valet parking available for an additional $22 per day
  • Rollaways: available for an additional $20 per night
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: may be available during check-in

Getting There

  • By plane: about 34 miles from Mineta San José International Airport (SJC)
  • By car: about 74 miles southeast of San Francisco

Customer Reviews

The room was roomy, clean and comfortable. The staff are attentive, pleasant and professional.
Valerie D. · April 6, 2013
location. right on the beach
Kay M. · April 5, 2013
The service and the views.
Tavonya O. · April 5, 2013
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