Howard Johnson Inn Santa Cruz

130 West Cliff DriveSanta Cruz95060USA
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About Howard Johnson Inn Santa Cruz

Stay on the central California coast without breaking the bank at Howard Johnson Inn Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Located just a short walk from the beach and wharf plus Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk oceanfront amusement park, it offers unfussy hotel accommodation with free parking.

Modest air-conditioned rooms feature an en suite bathroom with hairdryer, ironing facilities, flat-screen cable TV, fridge, microwave, coffee-maker and safe. Selected rooms add kitchenettes or offer balconies, sea views and private Jacuzzis. Accessible rooms are available.

Facilities comprise a 24-hour reception, free Wi-Fi throughout, outdoor hot-tub and a launderette. Children can stay free.

A complimentary continental breakfast is included and several dining options, including oceanfront eateries, are located just a short walk away.

Smoke-free Howard Johnson Inn Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is about ten minutes’ drive from the University of California at Santa Cruz while Santa Cruz Surfing Museum is about 15 minutes’ walk away.


130 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060, USA
Telephone: +1(831)4237737 | Fax: +1(831)4296200 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Business center
  • Computer with internet
  • Deck chairs / Lounge chairs
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Laundry service
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Parking garage
  • Pets allowed
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom with bathtub
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Cable TV
  • Central heating
  • Desk
  • Electric kettle
  • Hairdryer
  • Ironing board
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms

Wellness / Spa

  • Whirlpool / Hot tub


  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible paths / hallways
  • Wheelchair accessible

For children

  • Child / Baby crib

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-out: 11:00

Positive Reviews

Great location near the beach

Visitors were overwhelmingly positive about this hotel's location just steps away from the beautiful Pacific Ocean in downtown Santa Cruz, California. It was a two-minute walk from the wharf, beach, boardwalk and Pacific Avenue for shopping. There was also a wide choice of dining options including oceanfront eateries within walking distance. Motorists liked being just one mile off California State Route 1, enabling them to head south to explore the Monterey Bay coast; or north to visit redwood forests.

Praise for rooms, facilities and sea views

Guests largely expressed positive opinions about the well-equipped smoke-free rooms, often saying they were more than sufficiently clean, comfortable and spacious. There were reportedly pleasant sea views from some rooms. The inviting outdoor hot-tub was another bonus.

Friendly staff

The customer service attracted plenty of positive remarks from reviewers, who often said they dealt with helpful, friendly and attentive employees.

Negative Reviews

Cleanliness and maintenance could be improved

Besides cosmetic issues like dated decor, critics also reported occasional maintenance grumbles over interruptions to the hot water supply and plumbing issues. Moreover, critics said they encountered some cleanliness issues like stained sheets and bathrooms that were unsatisfactorily cleaned.

Nuisance smells and noises

Musty odors bothered some travelers and there were also occasional reports by light sleepers that noise from adjacent rooms was sometimes audible through thin walls.

Divided over value for money

Guests were divided over whether they got fair value for money at this hotel. There were good free perks like parking, Wi-Fi and breakfast; although some diners said the choice on offer was limited. Many reviewers said they got a decent amount of bang for their buck thanks to the usually competitive room rates. However, some of those who paid steeper rates to stay during periods of peak demand disagreed.

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index based on 1671 reviews across the web
7 /10
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    7.1 /10
7 out of 10 based on 1671 reviews