Santa Cruz, CA Hotels
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Santa Cruz, California is as diverse as the people who live there. From the old boardwalks to the beaches and the redwood groves that surround it, the city is an ideal holiday destination.  Located on Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz is about 32 miles from San Jose and 75 miles from San Francisco. It has many miles of beaches including the famous Pleasure Point and Steamer Lane. The University of California Santa Cruz and nearby Silicon Valley attract a lot of people to the city, so you might think Santa Cruz is too expensive for your getaway. However, while hotel rates are generally cheaper outside of the city, it is possible to find cheap hotels near the beach or downtown. 

Hipmunk's Best Hotels in Santa Cruz, CA

The Islander Motel
The Islander Motel
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3.7
522 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz
from $59
Ocean Pacific Lodge
Ocean Pacific Lodge
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4.0
301 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz
from $89
Casablanca On The Beach
Casablanca On The Beach
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3.6
101 Main St, Santa Cruz
from $109
Hampton Inn Santa Cruz
Hampton Inn Santa Cruz
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4.1
1505 Ocean St, Santa Cruz
from $169
Comfort Inn Santa Cruz
Comfort Inn Santa Cruz
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4.0
110 Plymouth St, Santa Cruz
from $80
Hotel Solares
Hotel Solares
600 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz
from $71
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz
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4.0
1410 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz
from $109
Chaminade Resort & Spa
Chaminade Resort & Spa
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4.1
1 Chaminade Ln, Santa Cruz
from $129
Comfort Inn Beach/Boardwalk Area
Comfort Inn Beach/Boardwalk Area
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3.8
314 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz
from $79
Continental Inn
Continental Inn
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3.9
414 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz
from $79
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How to Get to Santa Cruz, California 

The closest airports to Santa Cruz, California are San Jose International Airport, which is 32 miles away; Monterey Peninsula Airport, which is 43 miles away; and San Francisco International Airport is, which is 61 miles away. All airports have shuttle and taxi services directly to Santa Cruz, and you can check to see if your hotel offers a free shuttle.

Great Places to Stay at Bargain Rates

Downtown Santa Cruz

If you are on the lookout for a cheap hotel in downtown Santa Cruz with free breakfast, the Quality Inn Motel is a good option. The rooms are spacious, and all have free Wi-Fi and free parking. Nearby attractions include the famed Santa Cruz boardwalk and wharf as well as Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and the Roaring Camp Railroad. Another option in downtown Santa Cruz is The Islander Motel. The hotel is close to the Museum of Art and History and to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The motel offers Wi-Fi, parking, and a complimentary continental breakfast.

On the beach

Staying at Casablanca On The Beach in Santa Cruz means that Main Beach and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk are an easy morning walk before your breakfast. This beach hotel is close to Santa Cruz Wharf and Cocoanut Grove, and with free Wi-Fi, free parking, and a bar and restaurant, this hotel offers a package that is difficult to beat.

A Little Farther Afield

The Inn at Pasatiempo is a ten-minute drive from downtown Santa Cruz and is an ideal base for hiking in the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. It is a pet-friendly hotel and offers free Wi-Fi, free parking, continental breakfast, and a swimming pool. 

Rent Unique and Cheap Santa Cruz Accommodation with Airbnb

Airbnb gives you the opportunity to rent unique places from local hosts. There are 257 accommodation options under $60 in Santa Cruz. There is even a beach house for $90 that accommodates up to four people. Whether you want a shared room, a private room or an entire place, Hipmunk's Airbnb options have you covered.

Business Travelers in Santa Cruz

There are many cheap hotels for business travelers in Santa Cruz, CA. The Hampton Inn Santa Cruz is centrally located near the Town Clock and Mission Santa Cruz. It offers a complete business center and facilities including free Internet access. There is a complimentary hot and cold breakfast available as well as an indoor pool. The Howard Johnson Inn has easy access to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and the University of California. Guests can use the free business center and Wi-Fi. This hotel also offers a hot tub for its guests.

Best Time to Visit the Vibrant Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz is very popular between late May and early September when school is out. Rates become lower after Labor Day, and the weather is still excellent. The cheapest time to get accommodations in Santa Cruz, CA is from November to February. Though it is a little cooler, you will still find that Santa Cruz has a lot to see and to do. One big attraction at this time of year is the migrating elephant seals and grey whales as they make their way across Monterey Bay.

 

Santa Cruz enjoys great weather, affordable food, and reasonably priced accommodation. While it might be a big city, it is a city where you will find that people like one another and are willing to help you to discover their town.  This hospitality starts at your lodgings.

 

More Tips on Getting Hotel Deals in Santa Cruz

By Alex Silbajoris


When you're visiting Santa Cruz, California, you have a choice of cheap lodgings with good customer reviews. Whether you prefer roller coasters or redwoods, it's within reach. Prices rise on weekends, so slide in between the crowds.

Stay Steps Away From the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Family fun and sandy strolls are just steps away from hotels like the Holiday Inn Express and Suites, the Comfort Inn Beach/Boardwalk Area, the Sea and Sand Inn, and the Ocean Pacific Lodge. The boardwalk offers a day of amusements. Finish your day with surf, seafood, and a sunset.

Explore Downtown Santa Cruz

Find museums, galleries, shopping, and a wide choice of restaurants all around downtown Santa Cruz. Start from centrally located hotels such as the Days Inn Suites, the Continental Inn, the Pacific Inn Santa Cruz, or the Quality Inn. Try some available walking tours. You're still never far from the oceanfront and local parks.

Seek Area Adventures

Ocean cliffs, redwood forests, and miles of trails await nearby. Or, go out on the ocean in a sailboat or a kayak. Find lower rates at inland hotels like the Comfort Inn Santa Cruz or the Inn at Pasatiempo.

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