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Get an overview of this hotelSublime views and surfing on Monterey Bay


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.

Renovations & Closures

The hotel will be renovating from 25 November 2015 to 17 March 2016 (completion date subject to change). The following areas are affected:
  • Swimming pool
During renovations, the resort will make every effort to minimize noise and disturbance.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

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, a 24-hour business center, and a grocery/convenience store. 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 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 
  • Concierge services 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Grocery/convenience store 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Valet parking (surcharge) 
  • Poolside bar 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Restaurant 
  • RV, bus, truck parking (surcharge) 
  • Year Built 1966 
  • Conference space size (meters) - 0 
  • Self parking (surcharge) 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1 
  • Spa tub 
  • Outdoor pool 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Conference space 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Free wired high-speed Internet 
  • Meeting rooms 3 
  • 24-hour business center 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 3,500 
  • Number of meeting rooms - 3 
  • Smoke-free property 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Outdoor pool  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Grocery/convenience store  
  • Refrigerator  


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

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


Self parking (surcharge), Valet parking (surcharge), RV, bus, truck parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • Premium TV channels 
  • Pay movies 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Climate control 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • Phone 
  • Free local calls 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Rainfall showerhead 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Desk 
  • Television 
  • Cable TV service 
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible) 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Room service (limited hours) 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Free wired high-speed Internet 

Where to Eat

Aquarius - 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.

Jack O'Neill Lounge - A collaboration with local legend and marine advocate Jack O'Neill, this bar has a playful menu, combining Jack's favorite food and drinks and the bar's own creations. Enjoy some of Jack's favorite photos as well as one of his original wetsuits decorating the walls.

Nearby Things to Do

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.

  • Golfing nearby 
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby 
  • Sailing nearby 
  • Free bicycles on site 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 


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 
  • In-room accessibility 
  • Roll-in shower 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time ends at 5:30 AM

Check-in time starts at 4 PM

Minimum check-in age is 21


Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

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.

No cribs (infant beds) available


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