Hampton Inn Santa Cruz
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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.
Clean, good service
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.
Before you go, know that you will be far from the Boardwalk, beach and Pacific Mall. Also realize that the surrounds of the hotel include the freeway exit, a gas station, and Denny's. The hotel itself is very clean, the staff pleasant, and I always felt safe.
If you are a light sleeper, you might request a room that does not face the atrium; sound traveled through the door from the early-morning breakfasters on Saturday morning.
When we told locals that we were staying at a hotel in Santa Cruz, they cringed and asked where. When we replied it was the Hampton Inn, they were clearly relieved, saying that it was "one of the clean ones".
A nice bonus for visitors: you are just a block from the Santa Cruz Visitors Council, which offers brochures on all sorts of attractions, as well as local knowledge from their staff.
Great place, but overpriced for our stay
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!
A very decent stay but a little pricey
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.
Brand new, but a bit pricey
We stayed here in August 03 and had a great stay. The hotel is brand new and an all non-smoking facility. The rooms are on the small side when they have two double beds but still comfortable and very clean.
They have coffee makers, hair dryers, VCRs, cable, dual line phones for your modem connection, a full length mirror on the closet door, and permanent suitcase benches. Our room had a pleasant view out the back of a tree lined Victorian neighborhood, complete with steepled church.
We were on the 3rd floor in room 304 and it was very quiet. The indoor pool can be a plus in Santa Cruz since you will frequently have fog and cool weather, although it was quite small. Local calls and parking are free. The continental breakfast was very nice with cereal, oatmeal, donuts, bagels, toast, cream cheese, apples, bananas, juice, coffee, and tea. While all of this was nice, one of the best assets of the hotel is their friendly staff. They were great about giving directions and informing us of what events were happening at the Boardwalk. They also recommended a nice Seafood restaurant on the wharf, and gave us a card for a free appetizer. The only downside was the price. If you make advance reservations and can find a good deal, grab it!
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