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“It reminds me of "Tivoli" Copenhagen or "Myst"” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Babbling Brook Inn
Ranked #1 of 15 Santa Cruz B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Moen, Denmark
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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“It reminds me of "Tivoli" Copenhagen or "Myst"”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2012

Arriving to Santa Cruz after driving four hours in fog and pouring rain, we found this charming place of wooden cottages, built on top of each other and into the rocks, with a big wooden staircase leading up to the reception. I felt like going up to the start of a roller coaster or being in the middle of a famous adventure game called "Myst". Then waking up this morning, listening to the creek running just outside our room and spotting a piece of blue sky through the trees, makes this place even better.
We were received yesterday by a very friendly staff, shown to a nice room with an open fireplace, cosy and warm, and after settling in, we enjoyed "the wine and cheese hour" in the lounge.
The only minus would be, that our room was a little close to the street and traffic noise.
I would have loved to stay longer, but will definitely recommend this place to friends for a relaxing getaway.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Kåre N
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2012

We have travelled extensively in the US and stayed in 3, 4 and 5 star hotels. In the US we have found you need to be really careful with the 3 star ones and pay a bit more, except if you can find a really good small B&B like this, of which there are many across the US if you can find one.

First thing is that this is a B&B, they have no bar or restaurant and it is not that close to any "attractions". But wow, the setting is unbelieveable, the buildings are wooden with a real brook running between them, at the end of the brook is a working water wheel, the sound of the brook is not disturbing in any way, just serene and peaceful.

Our room was very homely, big, clean and really comfortable. Compared with modern chain hotels it felt like a home away from home.

We had breakfast the next day which was really well cooked and served. The hotel staff are just really good, freindly, helpful, considerate, but laid back in a way that is hard to describe if you have never been to California, and totally understandable if you have.

We stayed one night, but wish we would have chosen to stay longer. In summary, the best stay I have had in a long time and highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Oakland, CA.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2012

Stayed in the FMRS Garden room, which was lovely, had a large picture window which looked out over the garden and was quiet and peaceful. The breakfasts were plentiful and filling, the staff was gracious and very helpful and Tom Cole, the manager, went to great lengths to make sure we were comfortable and happy (I was on crutches). We took delight in the afternoon wine and treats. We had an early New Years eve dinner at Johnny's Harborside (excellant), and lunches at the Ideal Cafe in the sun by the wharf. Couldn't ask for a better weekend, especially since it was our anniversary!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Petaluma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2012

We stayed at the Babbling Brook over the holiday season for three nights with our two sons. The service was exceptional and Tom (ithe manager) did everything to make our family feel so welcome, including amazing breakfasts, afternoon cookies and even a special magic trick for our boys. We love being away from the boardwalk, but still being close enough. Great experience, we highly recommend it!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank K J
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Stockton
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2011

We originally booked with a cheap hotel. Upon checking in we found that the condition of the room was completely unacceptable. We saw an add for this B&B and checked it out. We were greeted with a real welcoming host who gave us a tour and we were sold. We chose the Van Gogh suite and had a wonderful time. The place is beautiful and the staff is really friendly. The room was excellent with a nice bistro deck and jetted tub. They served wine and cheese in the evening with a serving of sausage and pineapple which was very tasty. In the morning we had a nice breakfast with an eggs benedict made to order that was wonderful. All in all the stay was excellent and we will definitely be back.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jim L
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Property: Babbling Brook Inn
Address: 1025 Laurel St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4237
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Region: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€
Hotel Class:3 star — Babbling Brook Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This historic bed and breakfast offers 13 guestrooms, each with cozy feather beds and private baths, and many include fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Delight in sumptuous fresh-baked cookies upon arrival, and join us in the 90-year old main house each day for a homemade breakfast, and afternoon wine and cheese service. The Babbling Brook Inn is a romantic oasis, offering a unique and rustic retreat within the vibrant beach side community of Santa Cruz. ... more   less 
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