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Knights Inn Santa Cruz Beach/ Boardwalk

2 stars
510 Leibrandt Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.1
out of 5
82 reviews
surprising up grade

We got in late got an up grade. They have remolded the bathrooms, pet friendly with no smell, and 2... See full review

  • KKGrammy
  • Jul 25, 2013
Great motel and location for the price

This is a great motel with for fairly cheap price. Got it for `$50 a night. The room was clean and... See full review

  • WillJung
  • Nov 3, 2013
Economical beach motel style between downtown and the pier

Knights Inn is a mid-city budget hotel in Santa Cruz, ideally located near the beach and within 1.5-miles of the downtown and historical business area. This hotel meets the needs of overnight guests who want to stay on budget but don't want to compromise a good location. Walk two blocks to the beach and famous Boardwalk or reach the downtown in minutes. Pets are permitted for a fee. UC Santa Cruz and the California Redwoods are nearby destinations. 

Highlights

  • 100 percent non-smoking property
  • Outdoor swimming pool (open in summer only)
  • Complimentary juice, coffee and pastry breakfast in the obby
  • Free high-speed wireless Internet access in all rooms
  • Pets ok (fees apply)

Rooms

Clean, non-smoking rooms at Knights Inn Santa Cruz are equipped with free Wi-Fi, satellite TV channels, refrigerators and microwaves. Options for different room configurations include rollaway beds, cribs, two and three bedroom suite units. All rooms at Knights Inn Santa Cruz are air-conditioned. Pets are welcome for a small fee. 

Features

Coffee, juice and pastries are set out every morning in the lobby free of charge. For other meals, the most popular restaurants in Santa Cruz are easy to find within walking distance. Research them ahead of time on the guest computer located in the lobby. Additional features on this property include a Laundromat for guest use and a sunny outdoor pool open during summer months. Knights Inn Santa Cruz offers a 24-hour front desk for travelers arriving at all hours.

Transportation

  • Santa Cruz Metro Center/Greyhound bus station (0.5 mi/750 m)
  • San Jose International Airport (34.3 mi/55.2 km)

Attractions

  • Pier and Beach Boardwalk (2 blocks)
  • Downtown/Pacific Street (0.8 mi/1.3 km)
  • Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (0.9 mi/1.4 km)
  • Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium (1 mi/1.6 km)
  • University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) (4.6 mi/7.4 km)
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium (44.1 mi/70.9 km)

Policies and fees

  • Must be over 21 to make a reservation.
  • This hotel is pet-friendly (fees apply).

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

Amenities

  • Heated pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
Air conditioned
No smoking rooms/facilities
Pet friendly
Ice machine
Activities
Heated pool
Parking
Parking
Accessibility
Accessible facilities
Room
Safe
AM/FM alarm clock
Desk with lamp
Microwave
Cribs available
Ironing board

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Hotel Map

36.9672 -122.0197
Area description
Downtown

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
03:00 PM
Check-out:
11:00 AM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (82)

Ratings and reviews for Knights Inn Santa Cruz Beach/ Boardwalk

Overall score

3.1 / 5
82 out of 82
Amenities:
2.7
Room cleanliness:
3.5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3.2
Location:
4
Value:
3.7

82% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Knights Inn Santa Cruz Beach/ Boardwalk

Reviewer score

3
Mr. Dudley Doright
porterville ca
Mar 25, 2014

Close to the boardwalk

the detached portion of the hotel I later found out was the "pet-friendly" section, in which our room was located, it smelled strongly of cat urine, otherwise it made for just an OK place to lay our heads

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Knights Inn Santa Cruz Beach/ Boardwalk

Reviewer score

3
Orsi
Budapest
Feb 21, 2014

Stop by Santa Cruz

We had one night here, we were satisfied with our room and the location, just a few minutes from downtown. Our only concern was they needed $100 deposit and took them a while to release it. We were about to leave the country after long long stay and had a difficulty to close our bank account because of the long pending and not released transaction. Other then that we liked the place.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Knights Inn Santa Cruz Beach/ Boardwalk

Reviewer score

3
Mr. Dudley Doright
porterville ca
Feb 3, 2014

you get what you pay for

cheapest hotel in Santa Cruz, just blocks from the boardwalk. the room smelled strongly of cat urine, the staff explained we ended up in the pet-friendly section of the hotel (adjacent to main building) but did nothing about it. otherwise it was worth the $ saved!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
3
Review of Knights Inn Santa Cruz Beach/ Boardwalk

Reviewer score

3
Roncharles
Bay area, CA
Nov 14, 2013

Knights Inn

Bad neighborhood Great Staff very hard beds with plastic covers on box springs, bedbugs? great Wi FI

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of Knights Inn Santa Cruz Beach/ Boardwalk

Reviewer score

4
WillJung
Santa Clara, California
Nov 3, 2013

Great motel and location for the price

This is a great motel with for fairly cheap price. Got it for `$50 a night. The room was clean and neat. the only thing lacking was that their TV was terrible but who watches TV nowadays. Internet was fast enough for me to stream Hulu. I think they can put in some hygiene stuff like personal toothpaste and toothbrushes. But at this low price I wouldn't mind not having them. Location was close by to the SC beach boardwalk only 1 block walk. For those going to walk it is tad far from eating locations.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
5
Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

SC Beach boardwalk is a must go

Review of Knights Inn Santa Cruz Beach/ Boardwalk

Reviewer score

3
love the boardwalk
lincoln, ca
Sep 3, 2013

good vibe

check in was easy and staff was friendly and attentive. great walking distance to boardwalk. they have just added some super nice suites and renovating the vitorian behind hotel into a b&b. my only qualm was no fitted sheets on bed.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
3
Review of Knights Inn Santa Cruz Beach/ Boardwalk

Reviewer score

4
AmyCG
San Rafael, CA
Aug 25, 2013

Getting there

Maybe a 3-1/2? We've stayed at this hotel several times on trips to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. It is quite convenient (about 3 blocks). While they charge for early check in, you can usually park your car in the lot until 3PM. I had reserved a room with a king sized bed. For some reason, we got a Suite -- and it had a deck area, although only a full sized bed....but we really enjoyed the deck. Also, I had to ask for shampoo. I know it's a bargain place, but if you need to bring your own shampoo, it should say that somewhere. That type of thing would really change the feeling of a stay there.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Diagonally across the parking lot, across the street from the arcade area of the boardwalk is a small diner -- gray building. GREAT breakfast!

Review of Knights Inn Santa Cruz Beach/ Boardwalk

Reviewer score

2
Gooty
Corona, CA
Jul 28, 2013

Lower your expectations

Very limited on site parking, I was instructed to park my vehicle in an unsecured, grassy lot behind a boarded-up house! No toiletries, towels were hard, no in-room coffee maker.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
3
Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

Only a two block walk to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk attraction.

Review of Knights Inn Santa Cruz Beach/ Boardwalk

Reviewer score

5
KKGrammy
Sacramento
Jul 25, 2013

surprising up grade

We got in late got an up grade. They have remolded the bathrooms, pet friendly with no smell, and 2 blocks from the boardwalk. beach. Well stay again

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Knights Inn Santa Cruz Beach/ Boardwalk

Reviewer score

3
From the Bay Area
San Francisco, California
Jul 22, 2013

Worn, but welcoming

Caveat: We need to be in Santa Cruz during a weekend when the rates were unusually high. I would normally have expected much more for the price charged. The motel is centrally located, and an easy walk to either the beach/boardwalk, or downtown Santa Cruz. The staff was very pleasant, and helpful. The room was no frills, but it was clean. The bed, unfortunately, was not very comfortable. There was a substantial sag in the middle, and my wife who is normally very easy, has been having back pains since our stay two days ago.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
2
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