Dream Inn Santa Cruz
What We Love
- The beachfront location
- Aquarius restaurant's sustainable seafood dishes like California yellowtail or Monterey Bay wild king salmon
- Each guestroom has a patio or balcony
- Free WiFi
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What To Know
- The pool will be closed during construction from November 2, 2015 to March 17th, 2016
- The poolside bar is open during the summer
- Expect a tinge of 1970s flair, like bright neon accents and paisley prints, with mod cons like flat-screen TVs, iPod docks
- Splurging on the valet parking for $24 is well worth it
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The first luxury hotel on the Santa Cruz waterfront, the Dream Inn adds a touch of style to this beachcentric college town. With splashy colors lapping over surfer motifs, the boutique spot celebrates the nostalgia of the nearby historic boardwalk but embraces a new wave of sophistication surging south from Silicon Valley. The subtle white exterior retains just enough of the inn’s former motel stylings to register as retro, while the rooms combine the style and class of a boutique hotel with killer views.
Bed & Bath
Each guestroom has a patio or balcony where you can watch surfers carve choice waves and sea lions and dolphins frolic further out. Expect a tinge of 1970s flair, like bright neon accents and paisley prints, with mod cons like flat-screen TVs, iPod docks and free WiFi. Large rainfall showers and plush robes are the highlight of the ample bathrooms.
On warm days — of which there are many in Santa Cruz — it doesn’t get much better than lying out by the pool, drink in hand, the sound of waves crashing just beyond the gate. On the other side of the hotel, a short walk puts you on the wharf or in the heart of downtown on Pacific Avenue. Locals and guests alike love the hotel’s Aquarius restaurant with sustainable seafood dishes like California yellowtail with cilantro risotto, preserved lemons and watercress or Monterey Bay wild king salmon with quinoa salad, watercress puree and greek yogurt.
In the Area
Ramble through the towering redwoods of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, and be sure to take a dip in the Garden of Eden swimming hole. The historic boardwalk dates to 1865 and still has one of the top seaside amusement parks in the country. Throw your hands up and let it out on the Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster, built in 1924. Share turf with the locals and learn how to catch a proper wave at Club Ed Santa Cruz Surf School & Camps on Cowell’s Beach. Rent a boat at Capitola Boat and Bait in nearby Capitola, where you can fish without a license. A lounge, tapas bar and merchant all rolled into one, Soif offers the best of California’s two main selling points — fine wine and top-notch cuisine — in one intimate setting.
How to Get There
I am lucky that each year my school, San Jose State, does an alumni Holiday party at the Dream Inn. My SJSU pals and myself make a mini vacay out of it and spend the night for the party. We start with lunch on the wharf at Stagnaro's then over to the Inn for a quick nap before hosting cocktails in our room. The rooms have been redone so each has a little table and banquette. After cocktails then it is down to the restaurant for the party. Afterwards we are rewarded by the extremely comfortable beds. In the morning, we all gather for breakfast at Aquarius for breakfast before our quick dash over the hill for home. Be advised this is an expensive little treat but far less expensive than a DUI or less dangerous that a late night drive over highway 17 back to the Jose. Besides, it's a once a year treat we look forward to all year and a perfect way to kick off the holiday season.
R & R for me alone!!! This was a “person getaway” that turned out to be my best stay yet at my favorite hotel on the beach. The new decor totally outdid the previous attempt. I have recommended this resort to all of my friends!
Had a delightful stay at Dream Inn to celebrate my birthday. We loved our balcony with a seafront view. Beds were quite comfy. I did miss a microwave but later found one downstairs The pool was also nice with a bar. I was delighted to to have a birthday treat waiting for me at checkin. Our stay at Dream Inn was so nice.Perfect place to celebrate an event.
This is the 2nd year we had our holiday party for our company here and it was great both times. The views are amazing and customer service is top notch! Valet was very helpful and knowledgeable about surrounding areas and attractions. Will definitely recommend and stay here again
Went for one night and had beautiful view and kind customer service! Room small but nice size bathroom. Would recommend microwave to go with refrigerator in room. Love location! It is expensive so don't stay very often but got a special, so it was a great birthday gift! I hope Dream Inn does more specials, then we will come more often!