Inn at Pasatiempo
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How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Inn at Pasatiempo Santa Cruz
This is a dirty roadside motel. Our sheets and blankets were filthy, there was trash in the room and the hotel's restaurant was owned by two of the rudest men on earth. They were so rude and the food so bad we had to drive to a fast food place just to get something.
We also attended a wedding which unfortunatly was catered by the Peachwood's restaurant mentioned above. The food was inedible and once again the charming duo from the restaurant were there serving and we just ended up leaving early because it was so awful.
Do yourself a favor and DO NOT stay here if you have a choice. The room was $165 and really should have been around $30 for what it is.
Overpriced Motel 6!
We checked into this $175 golf reort "motel" to find a disgusting room not even worthy of a $19.99 special. The room was musty. The bedsheets were stained and dirty. The paint was peeling off the walls. The bathroom was stained. The windows and screens were broken and rusty. And when we [had the nerve?] to complan we were treated very nasty by the front desk.
If you want to play golf at Pasatiempo stay at the Hampton Inn down the street. You'll e glad you did!
Three strikes! You're out!!!
Even though our stay last summer included the resident spider and a loud party next door ("local rate" they offer no doubt encourages use by locals for a cheap party venue) we opted to try it again this winter. This time we encountered a stuck bathroom door which almost trapped my wife for the nite. After the cheerful nite manager moved us, the new bathroom had a shower head which leaked/sprayed water directly on the electric hair drier mounted closeby. This was fixed by the cheerful maintenance man. We stole the remote from the first room to make up for the fact that the new room lacked one. Admittedly, we arrived somewhat late, but according to the schedule, the restaurant was still serving. I had to get a little firm with the bar manager to get her to find a waitress. After shuffling rooms (both ours and that of a friend who was to have an adjoining accommodation) we had an OK week's stay (except for the all night party Saturday) and I slept fairly well despite the mattress which had a very pronounced sag.
All of the above would not have been enough to make me write this review. It was the checkout experience the morning of 3/10/05 which left me in shock. Our friend and I were each paying for our own rooms so we went together to check out. I was explaining which rooms we had because there had been so much room switching on check-in. The room clerk literally jumped down my throat, told me that she was not some stupid retard, and in general took a very bad attitude. She mocked the hand gestures I had made and behaved in a very aggressive fashon. It made me very angry and I told her why I felt it was necessary to explain the room situation to her. She threatened to have me removed from the property by the police and I just left the room keys and went. Our friend, who was a witness to all of this was in shock. She couldn't understand the woman's attitude and told her that she had better improve her people skills or she would risk loosing more business than just ours. I've been put in my place before, and can tell when I deserve it. This time I didn't. We will not be back.
. It is a home away from home.
We are glad we found the Inn. It was a home away from home. The staff there was great. We will come back to the Inn if ever in the area. We would much rather stay at the Inn than a fancy over priced place that does not always make you feel welcomed.We loved our stay.
Not A Place To Stay
The room was badly in need of updating. The furniture was old. The carpet was stained. The shower fixtures were chipped and cracked. There was no air-conditioning and the room was hot. The sprinkler system - which was extraordinarily loud - came on at 4:00AM and woke me up. The front desk staff was cordial, but restricted by old computer equipment, and an even older telephone system.
Spiders in the bed, hot room, no working A.C., windows not secure enough to leave open at night, dimly lit, year-old beer at the bar (born-on date proved me right)...peachwoods (hotel restaurant) was good but overpriced...wouldn't stay there again unless major improvements made...e-mailed the hotel and haven't heard back from them...
Away from it all but close to everything
my husband and i stayed at the inn at pasatiempo in september 2003 and we thougth it was great the hotel isn't in the hussle and bussle of santa cruz there situated off of hwy 17 nestled in the woods, there only about 3 minutes tops of freeway driving to santa cruz. The rooms were very country and had a homey feel, the staff was wonderful to. the whole experience was great.
This weekend in Santa Cruz
Some cont. breakfast: 4-oz. can of juice, and doughnuts. The only other occupide room on my side of the whole building was exactly next door. I believe their TV was facing my bed, through the wall! Nice people at check-in, but what was it the 2nd night with the piano 2 doors down on my 2nd night? Quiet? Well, could have been worse...but could've been better, too. I'd like some modern soundproofing, and better amenities.
I've had worse places, ergo I'll go back there. But they could try a bit harder. If staying there, eat in S. Cruz at O'Mei or at the Pearl East restaruants for dinner.
Very disappointed in Pasatiempo
Stayed there for a wedding. Grounds needed help as well as the shabby rooms. It appeared it had not been updated since the early 70's. Rooms were clean, but carpet and upholstry faded and stained. Thought room rates too high for the condition of the Inn as a whole.
It was ok
The Inn was nice and quite but it was very hot with no air conditioner, had a ceiling fan, a very quite it one, that was just perfect for the kind of weather in the room. Continental breakfast too early, at 7:00am, end it too soon, by 9:00am, they just had can orange juice. Well we had an ok time, the people working there were nice. Thank you.