Dream Inn Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz’s only beachfront hotel, the four-star Dream Inn offers something for everyone. Monterey Bay sunsets from your private balcony, surfing and paddle-boarding on world-famous Cowell Beach, easy access to historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and University of California Santa Cruz. Our boutique hotel features 165 air-conditioned guest rooms with thoughtful amenities like iPod docking stations and refrigerators, free WiFi and rainfall showers.

Dream Inn Santa Cruz Team

A Santa Cruz favorite for surfing, sunsets and the freshest seafood, the Dream Inn is a beloved local landmark on the historic Beach Boardwalk. Effortlessly captivating longtime guests with its colorful retro-chic style while delighting newcomers who appreciate modern services and amenities.

Enjoy in-room dining or sip a hot coffee from the Verve Coffee Cart on your private balcony. Outside, firepits and an outdoor heated pool with hot tub beckon guests to wind down the day with an ocean breeze.

Located right on Cowell beach, all you need to do is stop off at Club Ed’s Surf Rentals to pick up your board or SUP. Surf calm beginner level waves at Cowells. Or, if you’re feeling a bit daring, head out to Steamer Lane for the best waves in Central California.

Amenities

  • Shorebreak Pool Bar
  • Outdoor heated beachfront swimming pool and hot tub
  • 24-Hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • In-Room dining
  • Self and valet parking 
  • Laundry/dry cleaning
  • Luggage, Surfboard and Bike Storage
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the Hotel
  • Best selling books at your bedside – take them home as a souvenir (provided by Bedside Reading®)

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