Retro chic beachfront surf city resort on the sand
Only in Santa Cruz is retro so cool. Instead of tearing down this 1960s relic, hoteliers embraced and retrofitted the 10-story property fronting Cowell's longboard wave as a chic boutique hotel in 2008. The only beachfront pool in Santa Cruz, fresh seafood and a flashy drink menu capture the free-spirited personality of this beach town while making it one of the coolest places to sleep on the northern Cali coast. All rooms view Monterey Bay. A set of binoculars comes in each room to help guests spot sea lions. Walk to the pier and Beach Boardwalk.
The only four-star luxury hotel in Santa Cruz
Beachfront deck has a heated pool, hot tub, kids wading pool, deck chairs, bar and fire pits
100 percent non-smoking
Aquarius Restaurant serves sustainable seafood in unbeatable oceanfront setting
Santa Cruz Dream Inn is built so that all 165 rooms have ocean views from private balconies. Swanky, surfer-cool decor is sparse and bright with rich greens and deep browns calling to mind redwood forests. High-tech amenities include free W-Fi Internet access, iPod docs and flat-screen HDTVs. In-room safes fit laptops. Bathrooms have rainwater showerheads, plush robes and Lush bath products. Extras such as refrigerators, bathtubs and poolside patios can be requested.
From the street, the big-box Dream Inn is an understated white building. From the water, it's a different story. Occupying prime beachfront, the swimming pool deck has the makings of a modern beach party with a full service bar, fire pits and deck chairs. Inside, surfboards line the bar ceiling like light fixtures casting a glow on soul surfer patrons. The water's edge view at Aquarius restaurant impresses all kinds of water lovers. Breakfast, lunch and dinner might feature local farmers market veggies, Tomales Bay oysters and halibut ceviche, always within the guidelines of environmentally-sound seafood harvesting programs. Room service and children's menus are available.
Santa Cruz Metro Center/Greyhound bus station (0.8 mi/1.3 km)
San Jose International Airport (35.2 mi/56.6 km)
Beach Boardwalk (Adjacent)
Downtown/Pacific Street (1 mi/1.6 km)
University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) (4.1 mi/6.6 km)
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (10.5 mi/16.9 km)
Monterey Bay Aquarium (45.2 mi/72.8 km)
Meeting space for up to 250
Policies and fees
Must be over 21 and have a major credit card to check in.
Parking is available for $20 USD per vehicle, per night plus tax.
Pets are not permitted at this hotel.
The hotel is currently upgrading the children’s wading pool. On certain occasions, as necessitated by the construction, the large swimming pool may be closed. The front desk team will inform guests of the closing schedule on a day to day basis. The construction will take place during daytime, Mondays to Fridays.
This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.
Santa Cruz Dream Inn Rooms
Ocean View King
Ocean View King with balcony and WiFi
Ocean View Poolside Two Queens
Ocean View Poolside Two Queens with private deck and WiFi
Ocean View Two Queens
Ocean View Two Queens with balcony and WiFi
Ocean Tower Suite King
Ocean Tower Suite King with sitting room sleeper sofa and balcony with views
No smoking rooms/facilities
No smoking rooms/facilities
Free local telephone calls
Coffee maker in room
24 hour front desk
Audio visual equipment
Electronic door locks
Sprinklers in rooms
Sacramento International Airport, (SMF), 155.00, MI, NE; Fresno Yosemite International Airport, (FAT), 161.00, MI, NE; Sonoma County Airport, (STS), 137.00, MI, N; Monterey Peninsula Airport, (MRY), 44.40, MI, N
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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.