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Sublime views and surfing on Monterey Bay

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Close to Boardwalk

Cowell's Beach, the best beginner's surfing beach in Santa Cruz, is next to this 10-story hotel; the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf and the Boardwalk are within 2 blocks of the Dream Inn Santa Cruz.

Year-round pools

The Dream Inn Santa Cruz's outdoor splash pool, children's pool, and surrounding patio overlook Monterey Bay and offer easy access to the beach. Surfing equipment rentals and storage are available on site.

Panoramic bay views

All nonsmoking guestrooms at this Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel are smoke-free and have furnished patios or balconies with unobstructed views of Monterey Bay. Wireless Internet access is complimentary.

At your hotel

At your hotel

Adjacent to one of the area's best surfing beaches, The Dream Inn Santa Cruz, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel, is within 20 miles of dozens of wineries and tasting rooms. The Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf and the Boardwalk are within two blocks. A bay-view sundeck houses a year-round outdoor pool, separate children's pool, and spa tub. The Dream Inn Santa Cruz offers 3,500 square feet of meeting space and a 24-hour business center. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available throughout the hotel. Parking is available (surcharge).

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Total number of rooms - 165
  • Number of floors - 10
  • Complimentary newspapers in lobby
  • Concierge services
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Elevator/lift
  • ATM/banking
  • Valet parking (surcharge)
  • Poolside bar
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Restaurant
  • Self parking (surcharge)
  • Conference space size (meters) - 325
  • Spa tub
  • Outdoor pool
  • Bar/lounge
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Conference space
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free wired high-speed Internet
  • Meeting rooms
  • 24-hour business center
  • Conference space size (feet) - 3,500
  • Number of meeting rooms - 3
  • Smoke-free property
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Stay connected

Available in all rooms: Free Wi-Fi , Free wired high-speed Internet

Available in some public areas: Free Wi-Fi , Free wired high-speed Internet

Park your car

Self parking (surcharge), Valet parking (surcharge)

In your room

  • Pay movies
  • Video-game console
  • Balcony
  • Patio
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Climate control
  • Air conditioning
  • Free local calls
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Bathrobes
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron/ironing board
  • In-room safe
  • Desk
  • Cable TV service
  • Cribs/infant beds available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free wired high-speed Internet
  • Room service
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Eat and drink

Located just off the beach in Santa Cruz, Aquarius is an oceanfront Santa Cruz restaurant serving fresh and local seafood in a cool and breezy atmosphere.

Aquarius is a Santa Cruz restaurant offering the best in oceanfront dining and is locally renowned as one of Santa Cruz's top dining destinations. Located just off the beach in Santa Cruz, the restaurant is truly a "window box on the sea" allowing guests to experience views of the Santa Cruz oceanfront. The cool and breezy interior is especially romantic at night when the moon casts its glow onto the sea. Our creative American cuisine is inspired by fresh and local products and produce, including local sustainable seafood, complemented by a regional wine list. Aquarius is a proud supporter of FishWatch program, promoting sustainable seafood and clean oceans.

The front and center views of the ocean and beach complement the cool, modern interior at Aquarius. In the morning, enjoy a creative and healthful breakfast while watching surfers at nearby Cowells Beach. During lunchtime, Aquarius offers the perfect viewpoint to cool off and enjoy lighter fare and cocktails while admiring the Santa Cruz shoreline. Even during the winter months, the dining room is a splendid place to view the Pacific’s winter storms. At night, Aquarius assumes a romantic vibe, featuring innovative seasonal cuisine from both the ocean and the local farmer’s market.

Enjoy handcrafted cocktails, beer and regional wine and in the adjacent bar. The bar also serves an all-day menu, complete with colorful views of the Santa Cruz boardwalk in the distance.

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Guests enjoy a year-round outdoor splash pool, children's pool, and spa tub. A staircase leads from the sundeck down to Cowell's Beach, which offers some of the best surfing in the area; its medium-sized, frequently occurring waves are especially good for beginners. Equipment rentals and lessons are available on the beach, and the hotel provides surf equipment storage.

More surfing is available a mile away at Steamer's Lane, where the waves are bigger and better for more advanced surfers. Monterey Bay is known for its sportfishing, kayaking, and sailing. The Aptos/Seascape Golf Course is 10 miles from the hotel.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

Unwind on the spacious Santa Cruz beachfront pool deck with a refreshing beverage from our full-service seasonal pool bar. Featuring a pool, spa and a children’s wading pool, there’s something for everyone at the Dream Inn Santa Cruz. Take in breathtaking sunsets from your balcony, watch the surfers, and let the peaceful sound of the ocean waves lull you to sleep.

Santa Cruz Wine Tasting

Taste great wines in Santa Cruz - including Bonny Doon, Cinnabar, Storrs, Bargetto, Ahlgren and more. The Santa Cruz climate and soils produce vintages that rival the best of Europe.

Seymour Marine Discovery Center

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is a working marine laboratory with exhibit halls, aquariums and touch tanks. It is part of the Joseph M. Long Marine Laboratory, a research and education facility of the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Kayak from the Wharf

Rent a kayak from Venture Quest Kayaking at the Santa Cruz Wharf and paddle into the wildlife-rich waters of the Monterey Bay, near the Santa Cruz coast.

The Dream Inn Santa Cruz, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel, is currently upgrading its children’s wading pool. The previous wading pool has been removed and construction on a new one will begin in November 2012. During the months of May-November 2012 the children's wading pool will not be available.

The hotel apologizes for this inconvenience, but we know that the new ADA compliant children's wading pool, when completed, will be a much appreciated addition to our pool facilities.

  • Golfing nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
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To make requests for specific accessibility needs, complete the “Special or Accessibility Requests" section of “Trip Preferences" when you book your hotel.

  • Accessibility equipment for the deaf
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Braille or raised signage
  • Accessible parking

The fine print for Dream Inn Santa Cruz, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

When you arrive

Check-in time starts at 4 PM

Minimum check-in age is 21

When you leave

Check-out time is 11 AM

How you can pay

Accepted at this hotel: American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

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