Dream Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel

Address: 175 W. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, California, 95060, United States | 3 star hotel
Searching for availability...
*Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.

How has this hotel rated in the past?

  What's this?
Discover trends in hotel experiences based on real traveler reviews and ratings. Mouse over circles to see what some travelers had to say.


This 3 star hotel, located on 175 W. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, is near Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz Main Beach, Stagnaro Fishing Charters & Whale Watching Cruises, and Pacific Garden Mall.
Map this hotel



    TravelPod Member ReviewsDream Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel Santa Cruz

    Reviewed by gillb1954

    A dream location

    Reviewed Jul 26, 2015
    by (21 reviews) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    Fabulous location overlooking the beach. Lovely rooms, very comfortable.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by edbennett

    Dream inn

    Reviewed Aug 23, 2013
    by (10 reviews) , United States Flag of United States

    Good hotel

    Rainbow after heavy rain
    Santa Cruz, United States
    Sea Lions on Santa Cruz Warf
    Santa Cruz, United States
    Surfer Girl
    Santa Cruz, United States

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by travellerbruce

    Great location

    Reviewed Dec 19, 2012
    by (11 reviews) London , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    First night we were there (week before Christmas) it was very old and the heating in the room was broken. But they fixed it and apart from that we had a very nice stay

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Historical Traveler Reviews Dream Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel Santa Cruz

    Beautiful location


    On the beach. What a view-rooms are standard,nice and have a balcony. Be sure to request the Towers-quieter not directly over the pool. My kids loved the pool, clean beach,a block to Arcade and Boardwalk. Sitting on that balcony late at night was wonderful. Keeping the patio door open to hear the ocean-well worth the steep price! Save up your money for this one, you will be glad you did.

    A view worth every penny.


    This hotel has a wonderful view and a helpful staff. Conviently located directly next to the fisherman's wharf and 1 block down from the the boardwalk. With our AAA discount this hotel was only about $30 more a night than others further inland with no view at all. The morning room service was very good as well. The complimentary valet parking was excellent too. It was just wonderful to sleep at night and here the ocean pounding on the beach. Only complaint is we booked a king bed and for some reason the reservation said 2 queens. Other than that an amazing stay.

    The view is worth it


    This hotel was a welcome site after a different hotels reservations turned sour. I found it in the dead of night driving around and didn't know about the view. It was very refreshing to walk out on the balcony and see the ocean and the city all at once. The staff was very polite and the room was priced as expected. Right off of the boardwalk breakfast on the beach is excellent. Fish and chips to die for! My stay here was an excellent end to a nightmare vacation.

    View, Beach, Pool, Boardwalk


    This is a great place to stay. It's on the beach with a pool. The beach is clean with plent of room to spread out. The rooms all overlook the ocean and have wide a sliding glass door to let the sea breeze in for refreshing nights sleep with the sound of the waves. When I needed a wine opener, the staff gave me two complimentary ones. It's a short walk to the Boardwalk. The rooms were clean and comfortable. There is a shower where you come in from the beach where you can wash the sand off before coming into the pool area. The valets were courteous and let us keep our car there after we checked out and were spending the day at the Boardwalk. For a quick bite try the taco/burrito stand across the street. We will definitely return.



    Our stay here wasn't scheduled. We called in after a long drive, it looked nice so we stayed. The hotel was good but not exceptional apart from the great view of the evening sky, the ocean and beach. The hotel is situated right on the beach. The room was quite large and comfortable. We visited the amusement park near closing time of 10pm and it was fun though rather outdated but that added to it's charm. The hotel pool was good, situated just above the beach so the view was nice. The main problem I had was with the price. Being tired, I couldn't be bothered to haggle and just accepted the rather high price quoted. I'm sure I could have got a better deal. If I had been prepared to shop around, I'm sure I could have got just as nice a room for much less money but that view made up for it.

    Our Dream Inn!


    Once known as the Dream Inn this hotel sits in the middle of what is really the Santa Cruz experience. The main building is ten stories and each room has a sweeping view of the Boardwalk, pier and Cowells Beach, one of the premier long board waves in the world. Bring the kids! If they decide they want to leave the private pools and spa a new skatepark was built across from the pier. Rent a fishing pole and let the kids fish while you shop or dine in some of the fine restraunts on the pier. And of course there is always the Boardwalk!My favorite though is walking, running or riding along West Cliff Drive. A moonlight walk to Lighthouse Point (Steamers Lane) was a memory for the ages. Friday and Saturday rates of $300 (no AAA discount those days), $225 Sunday to Thursday with AAA discount.Utilize the complimentary valet parking; we inadvertantly left our car open at the lot across the street and were ripped off of anything of value; though I appreciate they did no malicious damage!We will be back (and remember to lock the car)!

    Love This Place


    We have been going to this Hotel for 10 years now , it is the best , 5 Stars all the way . Ocean Views , The boardwalk only a short walk . You have the beach .. And the roomservice is to die for , and great get away from the kids .

    Best Views


    The view is what makes this place and decent sized balconies all face the beach and warm your heart. I recommend for families or kids. It's a bit loud and noisy but if you book early or with a AAA card, you can get a good rate and then it is worth the money. All wedding guests stayed over memorial day weekend and the traffic was so bad to the boardwalk, that it was worth staying here and walking to the pier, boardwalk, or West Cliff Dr. Rooms are standard, Holiday Inn style. So, you pay for the view, but if ocean view is what you want, go for it!

    Overrated, over priced


    This hotel has had 3 owners in the past few years, which is the first red flag. Second, they price their rooms so high, you get nothing but an ocean view for the price - the bed, room and everything else is comprable to the Holiday in down the street for 1/3 the price. If you have money to throw away do it otherwise it is not what it sounds like!!Chris

    Great hotel


    The West Coast Santa Cruz Hotel is a great hotel to stay at. It is right on the beach just a couple blocks down from the boardwalk. I was there right before Christmas so unfortunately the amusement park was closed, but the weather and the staff were great! The hotel has recently come under new management and they immediately raised the rates but do still offer specials. I would highly recommend the hotel.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Dream Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel Santa Cruz

    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

    Travel Blogs from Santa Cruz

    Santa Cruz

    A travel blog entry by gillb1954 on Jul 26, 2015

    8 photos

    Wednesday 22nd July

    Up and away by 8.00am. We are getting good at these early morning starts!! We retraced our steps back through Mariposa and Merced and then looked for a breakfast stop which were sadly lacking. At Los Banos we could wait no longer so ended up at Burger King for a bacon,egg and cheese muffin. Needs must!! Our journey …

    Santa Cruz

    A travel blog entry by edbennett on Mar 02, 2014

    1 comment, 1 photo

    Arrived in Santa Cruz to huge waves and lots of rain

    Letting it sink in

    A travel blog entry by kirsty_murray on Jul 09, 2014

    6 photos

    ... one. All amazing. We had views of the bay in the distance, seals and white beaches. We also got to see Cypress Point which is a cypress tree which has grown on the side of a cliff. We also made our way up to Pebble beach to see the famous golf course and beach in the distance. It was amazing for Murray to see the course that he has seen on the telly so many times. He had to stand for ten or fifteen minutes to take the experience in. He told me ...

    Driving the Pacific Highway

    A travel blog entry by layladennis on Dec 03, 2013

    As it was time to leave San Francisco we had planned on getting up early to make the most of our last few hours before picking up the hire car. The alarm was set for 6.30am but we were both awake by 6am and ready to go and grab something to eat by 7am. It was the coldest morning by far and the wind was biting. Unfortunately nowhere was open for breakfast that early so we headed on down to Pier 39 to get some pictures of the ...

    Whales and another surrey trip

    A travel blog entry by bobert on Aug 10, 2013

    1 comment, 10 photos

    ... the last major drive we'll undertake. we'll be stopping off at plenty of sights on the way including the bixby bridge, point sur lighthouse to name a view. we are staying in santa monica for the next three nights, and this will be our base for exploring los angeles. studio tours and hollywood boulevard are on the list plus we'll explore santa monica itself. samson is looking forward to some rollerskating along venice beach.

    right. now to upload some pics.


    Traveler Photos Dream Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel Santa Cruz

    Surfer Girl
    Santa Cruz, United States
    Santa Cruz ca
    Santa Cruz, United States
    Rainbow after heavy rain
    Santa Cruz, United States
    Sea Lions on Santa Cruz Warf
    Santa Cruz, United States