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Top Santa Cruz Historic Hotels

Inn at Depot Hill
4 out of 5
250 Monterey Ave, Capitola, CA
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The price is ¥29,977 per night
4.8/5Exceptional! (490 reviews)

"Management and all staff members were great. Breakfast was delicious along with the ambiance."…"

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

Inn at Depot Hill
West Cliff Inn - A Four Sisters Inn
3.5 out of 5
174 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is ¥18,755 per night
4.7/5Exceptional! (247 reviews)

"The views are beautiful and staff was very accommodating, as we were there right before the shuttle in place for the area."…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

West Cliff Inn - A Four Sisters Inn
Monarch Cove Inn
3.5 out of 5
620 El Salto Drive, Capitola, CA
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The price is ¥21,552 per night
4.5/5Wonderful! (270 reviews)

"It was a beautiful, romantic, peaceful vacation spot. Very secluded and provided the ocean view I was looking for from my bed."…"

Reviewed on May 9, 2020

Monarch Cove Inn
Babbling Brook Inn
3 out of 5
1025 Laurel St, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is ¥26,493 per night
4.5/5Wonderful! (642 reviews)

"We loved Babbling Brook Inn! A very rustic setting among nature in the middle of town with the sounds of the babbling brook to lull us to sleep. We loved the classic architecture and the decor. Excellent service and delicious full breakfast! A classic bed & breakfast experience! Highly recommended ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

Babbling Brook Inn
Best Western Seacliff Inn
3 out of 5
7500 Old Dominion Court, Aptos, CA
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The price is ¥15,570 per night
4.2/5Excellent! (1,322 reviews)

"The sliding patio doors were not insulating at all. I heard the traffic drive by. Whether the door was open or closed didn't make much difference. I don't like the tub and toilet separated with a door from the sink."…"

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2020

Best Western Seacliff Inn
Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley
3.5 out of 5
6001 La Madrona Drive, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is ¥13,910 per night
4.2/5Very Good! (1,761 reviews)

"I liked the location, hotel was only a short drive from trails and the beach. However, the hotel smelled a little old and the toilet leaked every time we flushed."…"

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley
Rio Vista Suites
3 out of 5
611 Third Street, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is ¥14,979 per night
4.1/5Very Good! (554 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel, room 4 is gorgeous with a great view, excellent location."…"

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

Rio Vista Suites
Ocean Pacific Lodge
2 out of 5
301 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
The price is ¥9,671 per night
4.1/5Very Good! (2,141 reviews)

"It is dog friendly and has a pool and hot tub. Walking distance to the boardwalk"…"

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

Ocean Pacific Lodge
Quality Inn & Suites, Santa Cruz Mountains
2.5 out of 5
9733 Highway 9, Ben Lomond, CA
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The price is ¥8,610 per night
4.1/5Very Good! (531 reviews)

"Clean and comfortable! A nice retreat in the mountains"…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Quality Inn & Suites, Santa Cruz Mountains
Continental Inn
2 out of 5
414 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is ¥8,272 per night
3.9/5Very Good! (1,737 reviews)

"this was the perfect place to stay! everything was great! the only complaint i have is that the cable kept cutting in and out but we didn’t spend much time in the room."…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020

Continental Inn
Cliff Crest Bed & Breakfast
2.5 out of 5
407 Cliff St, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is ¥31,789 per night
3.8/5Good! (53 reviews)

"The Cliff was perfectly located in Santa Cruz by the boardwalk and downtown - the rooms were very comfortable - one small downside was the having to use a shared bathroom on the second floor - The breakfast was incredible and exactly what I was looking for - great B&B - use it - Adriana is a ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2019

Cliff Crest Bed & Breakfast
Casablanca On The Beach
3.5 out of 5
101 Main St, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is ¥16,286 per night
3.7/5Good! (1,771 reviews)

"I loved the staff who checked us in! They were super accommodating and even gave us an upgrade! Love this hotel and definitely coming back!"…"

Reviewed on May 18, 2020

Casablanca On The Beach
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
2 out of 5
130 W Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is ¥8,082 per night
3.4/5Good! (866 reviews)

"This property was cool for a day trip sleep over, within walking distance of the boardwalk and bars."…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

Howard Johnson by Wyndham Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Torch Lite Inn
2 out of 5
500 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
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3.1/5 (1,557 reviews)
Do NOT Stay Here with Kids

"This motel caught on fire at 2am! My family (including a 7-month old and 3 yr old) had to jump out of bed and evacuate immediately. We woke up because our 7-month old started crying, not because of the fire alarm. There was NO fire alarm. There was a ton of smoke and NO fire extinguishers. This was ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2018

Torch Lite Inn
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Frequently asked questions

What should a history buff expect from a stay in Santa Cruz?
You’ll probably want to seek out the sights of historical relevance during your trip to Santa Cruz. And while you’re here, you can check out the entertainment choices and scenic seaside.
What's the best hotel in Santa Cruz to absorb the local history?
Based on our travel expertise, Casablanca On The Beach is a top 3.5-star hotel for history seekers booking on Expedia, and it offers a restaurant and free WiFi. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a short walk away. A couple of other options to soak up the local history include Quality Inn & Suites, Santa Cruz Mountains and Rio Vista Suites.
How many historical hotels are there in Santa Cruz?
In Santa Cruz, you’ll find 336 hotel accommodations bookable on Expedia, including 17 designated as historic hotels or close to historic sites.
What are the top historical places and other sights to visit in Santa Cruz?
Santa Cruz is notable for landmarks like Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Mystery Spot, and Mission Santa Cruz. Cultural venues include Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center, and Santa Cruz Surfing Museum. Other popular sights include Monterey Bay and Capitola Beach.
What is a historic hotel like in Santa Cruz?
A historic hotel gives guests the opportunity to stay in a place that’s been officially recognized with a historic designation. Historic hotels throughout the world can take the form of palaces, castles, stately homes or even lodges, pubs, or skyscrapers — as long as it’s of special interest. These types of hotels in Santa Cruz often retain original elements such as period features or traditional architecture in guestrooms or communal spaces.
What is the difference between a historic hotel and a heritage hotel?
These are quite similar. “Historic hotel” is more commonly used in the U.S., whereas “heritage hotel” is common in Asia and Europe. Historic hotels tend to emphasize the building and architecture itself. Mainly heritage hotels draw meaning from the place’s cultural value and how it shaped the community.
Do historic hotels in Santa Cruz have modern facilities?
Yes, efforts are made to preserve historic facades and treasured traditions, but hotel interiors are fitted with modern conveniences and safety features. Tourists who book a stay can expect the usual amenities you’d get from a hotel such as private rooms with updated bathroom facilities, WiFi, and more. Booking a historic hotel in Santa Cruz doesn’t mean you’re picking a place that’s uncomfortable for guests or simply rundown.

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