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You can’t be in San Francisco and not visit famous Alcatraz. So we enjoyed the nice ferry ride over with more great views on the town – the bay – Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.
So what impressed us the most?
- The great views from the island
- how old the buildings look like - some are really only ruins
- the hallways in ...
... box. The bus is known as the 'smoking bus' as it's the designated area for smokers... Not the greatest of atmospheres... En route we stopped at Pigeon Point Light Station. A light house with adjoined youth hostel and great views. On the way into Santa Cruz we saw lots of pelicans, both flying and perching on the rocks and under the wharf were even more sea lions.. All fighting for a scrap of space on the wooden frame if the ...
... the water at regular intervals.
Then came whale after whale. Initially it was humpbacks then blues. The blues are the more impressive due to their size and the ease with which they glide through the water. Having said that the sight of a humpback's tail rising out the water, exposing its white underside, is also pretty awesome. Overall both were very much awe inspiring and a delight to watch. Debbie was thrilled to see these animals for the first ...
... creek. Lots of big RV's camped on the other side. Walked along the south side of the boardwalk about 7.30 and visited the Natural History Museum. Amazed at the number of people on the beach without their coats on. It's cold here 14c. Max today was about 20c. The water is freezing too and no surf but lots of weed on the beach and off coast in shallows. Pizza for supper on Front ...
... Palo Alto and Cupertino, all part of what is known as Silicon Valley and home to tech firms Apple and HP and Stanford University. Brian pointed out Stanford's mile-long particle accelerator as it passed under the highway. Our first stop in SF was Lombard Street, with it's zigzag road and straight steps going from top to bottom. We were able to find a parking space head-in to the curb and Brian took an interesting picture of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Seaway Inn Santa Cruz
My family and I had a wonderful experance at the Seaway Inn. It is a charming, clean and comfortable place to stay. I was refered there by my family who lives in Santa Cruz.
There are less expencive places to stay closer to the Boradwalk, but who would want to stay there. They are shady and dirty.
The staff at the Seaway Inn where very friendly and helpful. In the evening the manager would walk along the deck and talk to us and made sure we were having a good time and a comfordable stay. I just can not say enough good things about our stay at the Seaway Inn... We will return again when we visit Santa Cruz.
What a GREAT FIND
Hey what a great place to stay....starting with really clean comfortable rooms and beautiful view from the balcony. Nice to be able to walk to the beach and the board walk. Can't wait to come back will bring some friends. Thanks for a wonderful stay.
Need customer relations improvment
The property was not all that close to beach and you had to walk up "cardiac hill" to get back to your room. The room cost 192 per night. The room itself was smaller than others we stayed at. The bathroom was very small. The property overall was well maintained. The managers gave the impression that guest questions and simple requests were a hassle which interupted their day. Both of them needed a refresher class at Miss Pettibone's charm school. I would not return. There were other properties closer to the beach and probably cheaper.
We just returned from a 1 night stay. We had the best room in the house (mini suite) that you could actually see the ocean from. It was very noisy (street noisy), the shower is very small, there was no hair dryer (but there is an iron, fridge, microwave), and the walk to the boardwalk seems very far. We had to return to the hotel to get sweatshirts and it took forever. The continental breakfast was really bad (coffee, oj, prepacked rolls) so we went out. The hotel is very small and parking is limited. There are other hotels that seem nicer and closer to the boardwalk. As I said, we had a mini suite but our friends had a regular room (2 Queens) and it was very small and you enter the room through a sliding glass door. That is the door you have to leave open to get a breeze and there is no view to speak of.
I didn't expect the Four Seasons, but I would have liked a bit more in terms of customer service. The woman that checked us in was not friendly. When I asked for a 2nd sheet, she made me feel like I was asking for the world. I wish I'd paid more attention to the fact that there was no air conditioning in the rooms. Because there was no air conditioning the only way to get any air flow in the room was to leave the ONLY door open. So, when we wanted to sleep we had to close the door and it made for a stuffy room to sleep in. For those looking for privacy with fresh air, this is not your hotel. The room, bathroom and shower were all very small. I won't return.
The Seaway Inn was very clean but extremely small. You could not move around and the staff wasn't very helpful. I wouldn't recommend it.
Very nice hotel, nicely kept and very clean, great view, quiet for sleeping, very friendly staff and right across from the boardwalk/wharf...we stayed on the top floor, very large room with great ocean view. Our favorite place to stay in Santa Cruz so far and we've tried a lot of the different hotels.
I LOVE THE SEAWAY INN
On the contrary, I was very pleased with my stay at the Seaway Inn. I made my reservation and asked for the best room in the house. So, they quoted me a price for their best room (which is a spectacular view of the entire strip including the boardwalk/warf and ocean and it's all right across the street)!!!! When my crew and I arrived, I had learned that I was quoted the standard room price and not the "suite" price by mistake, so they gave me the "suite" at the rate I was originally quoted anyway, nice folks. I can't say enough wonderful things about that hotel. They have numerous ammenities and everybody knows that a continental breakfast is usually simple anyway. You haven't experienced Santa Cruz until you've stayed at the SEAWAY INN!!!! =)
We really found ourselves displeased with the overall experience. When making my reservation I had requested the upper floor (because I was told there was a balcony) so I could leave my door open and hear the waves crash.
Loved the Seaway Inn
What a great find. In the past we had stayed at the West Coast Hotel just across the street. The Seaway Inn is so much more quaint and unique. The views from the balcony are to die for and the rooms are very clean and stylish. It has to be the best location in Santa Cruz. The beach, boardwalk and wharf were just a short block away and could be seen from our room but we were just far enough away to get a peace full night sleep. Don't miss the walk down West Cliff drive. Thanks Seaway Inn for a great weekend!