Hampton Inn Santa Cruz
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Santa Cruz is funky town that is home to the University of Santa Cruz, California. It is well know for its liberal leanings, alternative community lifestyles, and is home to lots of counter-cultures and sub-cultures. Unfortunately, Jackie decided to have one of her very infrequent colds and we did not get to share several couples-massages which had …
... I couldn't check in until 5 so walked to the famous pier, checked out the harbour seals - they are so noisy barking away all the time but cute too & found a spot to catch some rays & watch the surfers. The pelicans here look like pterodactyls when they are flying about ha! In the evening I walked along the river & found some crazees playing drums randomly so stood & watched them for a while before making a huge pasta bake :) The ...
... the beach wearing a parka and with a Margarita glass in hand to catch the sunset. Don't see that in Florida. I hear some of the local surfers are a bit edgy over surf etiquette but for the most part the vibe seems easy. Except for the dude in the clapped out Volvo who cut me off and flipped me the finger on Portola yesterday.
We have spent the week in a myriad of activities including lots of cycling, a sea kayaking trip and working through some quick house ...
... We checked a few surf spots and watched people surf for an hour or so. Although the waves were pretty small for SC standards, it would've been a great day in Florida. We both agreed Santa Cruz is a great little town with fresh food, good vibes, and plenty of surf spots.
The sun was setting, so we started looking for a campground. After visiting a few in the area, we found that the cheapest campsite you can find in California is $35, and some near ...
... with eastwoods's wife and daughters. Go figure - only in California. And we felt like idiots for being the only people at the wine shop who hadn't heard of the SA musician's apparently fabulous band the Overtones. The Big Sur has a BIG reputation and we wondered whether the scenery would live up to our expectations. It was beautiful - over a hundred miles of chapmans peak type views - cobalt sea, dramatic cliffs, white sugar beaches - you get the picture. With some difficulty ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hampton Inn Santa Cruz
Comfy Place to Stay
Clean comfortable room. The rooms are very sound proof, nice and quiet even off the the lobby as our room was. The pool is small but adequate. Breakfast had a good variety, nice and clean area to dine. I would use this hotel again.
We chose the Hampton Inn for the value of high-speed internet and complimentary breakfast. Both were great - we had a a solid ethernet connection, and the morning meals offered variety and plenty of food. I also appreciated the all-day access to coffee and tea.
Just got back from a one-night getaway. Lobby, hallways, and our room were all nice and clean. We got downstairs for breakfast about 9:15am (breakfast is served from 6am-10am) and waited about 20 minutes for them to bring more "hot food," which was only microwaved sausage patties and egg patties and then they only brought FIVE of each. I think there were more people than that waiting for food. I don't know... I guess I was a little disappointed because I was expecting real sausages and scrambled eggs... Otherwise, they had a good selection of breakfast foods and drinks. Other hotel plus-es are the free hi-speed internet, coffee served all day, free local calls, and really great staff! Very pleasant, patient and helpful with my questions. We paid about $150 for the room and that was midweek, but also last minute so... go figure. I think something around $100 would've more appropriate for this place. Oh, and we had to park on the street (but it was nearby). Noise wasn't really a problem at night, we had a room looking onto the street/freeway. Overall, I would highly recommend this place, but not for how much we paid. And btw, this hotel is literally right on the corner (right side) as soon as you exit the freeway (17-S), don't miss it!
We just got back from a weekend stay at this hotel and it was, overall, a pretty good experience. The hotel is conveniently located off Highway 17 which made it easy to find but far enough from the highway that traffic noise wasn't a problem. The lobby, hallways, and room were tidy and clean and the complimentary breakfast was pretty extensive...various fruits, eggs, canadian bacon, biscuits, oatmeal, cereal, juice, coffee and there was almost always a staff person around to restock food items that were running low. The front desk clerk was very helpful in pointing out where we needed to go (Roaring Camps Railroad) and also made recommendations for lunch/dinner spots. The only two drawbacks were the pool, which was clean but VERY small-you really can't swim in it, just wade around, and the price of the hotel room which was $189.00/night plus a $12/night "convenience fee". I don't mind paying that much for a room in a nicer hotel, but for a hotel of this caliber I felt like we overpaid a bit; I would have thought $120-$140 to be more appropriate.
Good value, nice stay
Stayed here one night in mid-July. My son and I were doing the college tours of California. Very happy with the one-night stay; front desk person was friendly and helpful; room was clean, comfortable and quiet. Location is very close to UC Santa Cruz, which made the tour easy to get to. I recommend this hotel. Our reason for staying there was different from a vacation stay, but it really fulfilled our needs.
Great for your dollar
My family of four stayed here after spending a day at the boardwalk. The hotel desk person was great. He was very personable and recommended a great place to eat. Hindquarters in Santa Cruz. The breakfast was great - hot. My only complaint is there was not enough parking, we had to park on the street. Other than that, it was great. We would stay here again!
A Nice Place
We had a nice suite and the place seems quite new and is being upgraded again. The staff was very nice and helpful. The only draw back is that the side of the hotel we stayed in faces busy freeway entry/exit so it got too noisy at times. On the other hand, it is a very convenient location with a 24-hour Denny's next door (great when traveling with kids). We would go back again.
Will be back
This hotel is very nice, the staff is super friendly. Whis hotel is right off the freeway so very easy to find. The rooms are very clean. The only thing is the walls must be thin because you can hear everyone that is in the hall. When we were there, there was a basketball tournament so alot of kids running around. You could hear everything, but if it wasnt for them being there and being loud I am sure it would have been fine. I definetly recomend this Hotel and I will be staying there again.
Went to Santa Cruz for a wedding. Hotel was super clean, friendly, and in a location that easy to get on/off the highway. Even has an Ihop next door that you can walk to. Highly recommended.