Riverside Inn & Suites

505 Riverside AveSanta Cruz95060USA
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About Riverside Inn & Suites

Americas Best Value Inn & Suites – Boardwalk is a short walk from the beautiful Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk.

All rooms feature air-conditioning, cable TV with HBO and ESPN, free high-speed Wi-Fi and smoke detectors. Some rooms also include a small refrigerator and a microwave, and the family rooms include kitchenettes.

The hotel offers limited front-desk services, vending machines and fax services, and guests can take advantage of free on-site parking.

Guests are served complimentary continental breakfast, and there are several restaurants and cafés in the neighborhood such as Zachary’s Restaurant, Little Shanghai Chinese Restaurant, Olitas Cantina and Grill, Crow’s Nest and Acapulco Mexican Restaurant.

Americas Best Value Inn & Suites – Boardwalk is a 20-minute walk from the downtown area and the Santa Cruz City Museum of Art and Natural History, the Municipal Wharf and the Harvey West Recreational Park are all within walking distance.


505 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060, USA
Telephone: +1 8314262899 | Fax: +1 8314262104 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchen / Kitchenette
  • A/C
  • Parking
  • Balcony / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • TV / Entertainment
  • Hairdryer
  • Pool
  • Non-smoking rooms

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Parking garage
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom with bathtub
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Central heating
  • Desk
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Hairdryer
  • Kitchen / Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 15:00
  • Check-out: 11:00

Positive Reviews

Near the beach and downtown

The hotel's location is ideal for those looking to go to the beach, as you can walk there within ten minutes, and guests liked that they could easily explore the carnival area, the surfing museum and the picturesque lighthouse. There are also plenty of restaurants and shops nearby and it only takes 20 minutes to walk downtown.

Professional staff

Guests noted that the staff was quite accommodating, as early check-ins and guests under 21 were no issue, since the staff handled such instances with professionalism and efficiency.

Two-bedroom suites spacious

Guests who booked rooms with two beds were pleasantly surprised to find two actual rooms that shared one bathroom, as these offered plenty of space and some privacy since the doors could be closed. Some of those suites have also been renovated and feature a fully-equipped kitchen, which guests found to be quite beneficial.

Negative Reviews

Minimal breakfast

The continental breakfast consists of some cereal and coffee, which you are supposed to pick up from the front desk. Guests recommended skipping this meal altogether and grabbing a delicious breakfast from one of the many restaurants and bakeries within walking distance.

Some rooms not updated

Guests noticed that not every room had been updated, as they experienced worn carpets and furniture and walls in need of a paint job.

Lack of amenities

The rooms provide only basic amenities such as a bed, a table, a chair, a small dresser and closet, a TV, an iron and a coffee maker. Some guests noted that they would have preferred a more luxurious décor with more attention to detail and newer furniture. Guests also reported that the hotel no longer has a pool even though it still advertises that it does.

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index based on 548 reviews across the web
7 /10
  • Expedia
    7.0 /10
  • Hotels.com
    7.3 /10
  • ebookers.com
    6.0 /10
  • Other Sources
    7.1 /10
7 out of 10 based on 548 reviews