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
- READ MORE: Who Doesn't Love a Boardwalk?
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
Had a fantastic time at the Dream Inn. Taco bar at the pool was delicious. They're newly renovated renamed Jack O'Niel Restaurant & Lounge was 5 Star. From appetizers to desserts all was top notch. Friendly helpful staff at both restaurant and hotel. They are all so happy. They must have a great leader who sets the tone. Really apprciate the loaner bikes to cruise West Cliff. The free Bikes are a HUGE part of our stay. Love the Beatle music when we arrived - was it just for me?
We decided to stay at the Dream Inn for our anniversary, great decision the room was very nice and clean. We dined in the room twice both times the food was excellent I would highly recommend staying here.
Great location, great facility. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. We loved sitting on our balcony overlooking the beach and the wharf and watching the lights of the boardwalk at night. The beach access was wonderful. The only thing I wouldn't liked to have but didn't, was a microwave in the room to heat up those leftovers. We look forward to a return visit!