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“Clean and spacious room. Friendly staff. ”
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The Islander Motel
Ranked #21 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

We had a great stay. Perfect location. Close to beaches and walking distance to downtown. Only moved car once. Room 229 is very spacious and very clean. The pool looked well keeped but didn't use. The staff is suoer friendly. We will diffently stay her again.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

Very clean and well kept motel. Recently remodeled with new furnishings. Close to down town. Easy walk to Pacific Avenue down town area. New tile in bathroom. Good AC/Heat. Water restrictor on shower cut water flow too much. Takes too long to get soap off hair.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 October 2017

Stayed the night on a stopover on our way down the coast. Staff was very friendly, check-in was easy. The room was very clean. It's an older motel but it's very well kept and updated. The bathrooms were completely redone in the last year ( I asked at the counter because I couldn't believe how nice they were.Microwave and very large mini fridge in the room. Very nice motel, especially for the price.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

My boyfriend and I stayed at the islander motel on the 1st October on our first night of a 3 week trip. After flying from Manchester to San Francisco we chose a stopover in Santa Cruz before continuing down the Californian coast. It took just over an hour to drive from SFO, and The Islander was easy to locate and parking was available despite it being around 18:30. The spaces were on the small side but luckily a parallel parking space was available for our newly hired SUV which is considerably bigger than we are used to!

Check in was quick and pain free. We were directed to a room upstairs. Room was small, simple yet perfectly clean and functional. There is a fridge, microwave and hairdryer which are useful to have. Wi-Fi worked great. It didn't "throw us out" in the morning like one review suggested but did need reconnecting a couple of times.

The motel was about a 15 min walk from the boardwalk area. We were given a map when we checked in and given instruction on how to get to the boardwalk, wharf and some near by eateries.

Breakfast was fine if a bit odd. It was basic, bread, butter, jam, toaster, cereal, coffee and orange juice, which was fine, however it is set up on a worktop in the check in office which felt a little awkward with other guests waiting while I buttered my toast and another stood eating cereal next to me. All in a very small space with a staff member sat at the check in desk a few feet away. That said, it was better than nothing and didnt need to look elsewhere. I didnt notice anywhere else nearby to get something quickly. There isn't any seating, i guess you are supposed to take it back to your room, it didnt bother me, we sat on a chair by the pool in the sun then checked out and headed off.

The pool didn't look very nice to be honest. I wouldn't have wanted to go in it but wasn't planning to so no issue for me. It seemed like it was there for the sake of having a pool. Wasn't very well kept or clean.

Overall, it had everything we wanted and mostly was nice and clean which is my main worry where ever I am. Would recommend.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Lauren H
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

My boyfriend and I stayed here for 2 nights for a wedding in SC. Check-in and check-out were fast and easy and the rooms (recently remodeled) were very nice and comfortable, but parking was sometimes limited at night. Other than that we very much enjoyed our stay!

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Hannah H
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Additional Information about The Islander Motel

Address: 522 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-6602
Region: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Price Range: €59 - €211 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Islander Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cleans and Comfortable,2 story with 22 guest rooms that include, 32" flat Screen LCD-HD TV Withe Remote, complimentary continental breakfast, Free Local Calls, All rooms have phone, Free WiFi. High speed Internet access in Room hairdryers. All rooms with Micro fridges. Free parking, Seasonally heated pool and electronic door locks for your security. Located approximately 1 mile from the world famous Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk. We are within walking distance to Downtown Santa Cruz, numerous nightclubs, theaters and shopping at Pacific Garden Mall. Roaring camp, Mystery Spot, The University of California Santa Cruz, the Museum of Art and History and Pasatiempo Golf Course are all nearby. We look forward to making your stay with us the Best Value in Santa Cruz. Sorry No Pets.One car per Room.Parking is limited. Deposited Required. Extra Person $15.00 Per Person No Extra Beds or Crib,Payment will taken upon arrivel,. ... more   less 
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