Santa Cruz, CA

The Dream Inn

Carina Stebbins
Deal Expert

Why We Love It

  • Direct beach access and walking distance to boardwalk and Pacific Avenue
  • Fun surfer ambiance with retro decor
  • Rooms all have balconies or patios with views of the water

"#5 of 51 Santa Cruz hotels" -- TripAdvisor

95% (215 Member Ratings)

"The view and the restaurant"
Oct 19, 2016
Vacaville, CA, United States


Map & Directions

The hotel is 45 minutes by taxi from San Jose International Airport. There is convenient self-parking at the hotel for those arriving by car, but it is pricey ($25 a day).

Rooms & Rates

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With funky retro interiors and a boutique feel, the Santa Cruz Dream Inn is “as stylish as Santa Cruz gets,” raves Lonely Planet. The hotel’s main draw, though, is its position right on the beach -- it’s the only hotel in Santa Cruz with direct access to Cowell Beach, and the ocean views are perfect. The fairground rides on the boardwalk and Santa Cruz Wharf are just two blocks away, and Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz is a five-minute walk.

A converted and fully renovated 1970s motel building, the hotel is cleverly designed to make the most of the views, with both wings facing the beach and the bay beyond. Inside, the detailing is similarly beachy. Surfing photos adorn the walls and surf boards are suspended from the ceiling in the on-site Aquarius restaurant. Expect a focus on seafood here -- try the California coast yellowtail with cilantro risotto.

On-site facilities are geared toward the laid-back beach lifestyle, with a heated outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and poolside bar service (April-October) -- staff will even valet store your surf board or bike if you’ve got one with you. While there’s no gym at the hotel, free yoga classes are offered (weekends at 11 a.m., seasonally), and there are plenty of running trails at nearby Neary Lagoon Park.

The larger-than-average rooms all face Monterey Bay and each has its own patio or balcony. Ground-floor rooms open straight onto the pool deck. Suites are a good choice for families, with a sleeper sofa in the separate sitting room.

From the press:
  • "The city’s lone beachfront hotel, with a 1960s retro theme and Jetsons-style furniture" -- The New York Times
  • "The main draw here is having the ocean at your doorstep" -- Fodor’s
  • "Finally, a decent-sized hotel within Santa Cruz that we want to stay in ... with stellar oceanfront views" -- Frommer’s



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • No pets allowed
  • Extra beds (fees apply)
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Concierge service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Pillow menu
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Business center
  • ATM

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Bathrobes
  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer

Parking A Parking Fee of $25.00 (plus tax), per day applies and will be added to your bill.  This rate is subject to change at the discretion of the property.

  • Parking (fees apply)
  • Valet service (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 4pm. Minimum age required to check in: 21.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 11am.

Children and additional guests: Children up to the age of 17 stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding on request. Crib available free of charge for children on request. Extra bed available on request and in the king rooms only; $20 + tax per night. Extra person charge is  $20 + tax per person, per night.
Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Pool bar closed during the winter. Minimum stay requirements apply periodically based on local events.

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Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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215 Member Reviews
(95% Positive)
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Enjoyed Most: The view and the restaurant
michael Oct 19, 2016 Vacaville, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: The view
Other Comments: Rooms and hotel rundown, restaurant was great
kathleen Oct 18, 2016 berkeley, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Everything went smoothly from the time we booked the trip, to check in. The room was wonderful. We were on the seventh floor and had a view of the whole bay and surrounding area. My wife has wanted to stay at the Dream Inn since her childhood. We had a wonderful time, thank you Travel zoo.
Eugene Oct 12, 2016 Pioneer, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: The location
Other Comments: It is a slice of heaven to stay there.
Karin Oct 11, 2016 Concord, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: The view from the room and the temperature of the pool.
Susan Oct 10, 2016 Castro Valley, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: The location, the view and all the options included in the deal. Breakfast, parking and cocktails included during our stay
Kim Oct 04, 2016 Napa, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Location
Other Comments: The room service was not good and room was not luxury. While the views are amazing, I would never pay full price for this hotel. Not a Luxury level hotel at all.
MAYA Oct 03, 2016 Discovery Bay, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: It's location is amazing!
Joanne Sep 23, 2016 Byron, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: My favorite place.
Other Comments: Hear the ocean all nite long. Please do your deal again I need to go back in Nov
suzanne Sep 17, 2016 Santa rosa, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: I just love it there. The view, the ocean waves, rooms are spacious and clean. The staff are always pleasant and helpful. The parking guys are great, especially Matt.
Marilyn Sep 17, 2016 Santa Rosa, CA, United States

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