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Tulsa, Oklahoma
Reviewed 9 November 2013 via mobile

This hotel is very clean and the rooms are spacious. Free breakfast has many choices and the free wifi worked well. The staff members were friendly and helpful. I will stay here again the next time travel brings me to the area.

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M D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Cruz, responded to this review

Dear AggieSongBird, Thank you so much for the lovely review and sharing how great you stay was. I hope as well that you stay with us again soon as we were very thankful to you for choosing to stay with us. I hope that you consider us your Santa Cruz home away from home and you not stay away too...

Santa Fe, New Mexico
Reviewed 2 November 2013 via mobile

Enjoyed our crisp, clean and simply appointed room at the Holiday Inn. This Express seems to have everything from a lovely sheltered pool, small exercise room, sauna, business center and breakfast room WITH the ever-popular pancake machine! Even in the fall good rooms are hard to come by in Santa Cruz, so book early. One other piece of advice, if...

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M D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Cruz, responded to this review

Dear Greg B, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback. Our hotel is driven by our guests so it is so important to hear about their experiences. I am happy to see that your stay was so good and got to see our world famous pancake machine. Nothing says good morning like instant hot pancakes....

Reviewed 16 October 2013

I was just up there with my sister a week ago on our annual sister trip. The hotel was right off the freeway, so pretty easy to find. Our room was clean and comfortable, too. Breakfast both mornings was great. I've stayed at a few places who do serve breakfast as part of your stay, but this place had the...

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M D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Cruz, responded to this review

LernieB, Thank you so much for saying we are the Best Place to Stay In Santa Cruz! That is really amazing feedback and I am so happy my team and our hotel could inspire such a rave review. It looks like simply everything at the hotel exceeded your expectations and that can not make us happier to hear. I have...

Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 15 October 2013

Recently stayed one night here on our West Coast trip, very impressed with front desk staff I met on check in and out, very helpful and accommodating. The room was bright and airy overlooking the pool, the large room was clean and well furnished with modern TV. My high lite was the fact of it not only having a fitness...

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M D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Cruz, responded to this review

Harry S, Thank you so much for staying with us! Our fitness room and and it's amenities are really awesome. We keep it like brand new everyday so that it can be a small oasis to weary travelers or adults who need some alone time from the kids. I am glad you were so impressed with everything from the service...

Denver, Colorado
Reviewed 10 October 2013

The front desk clerk (Katrina) who checked us in was very good. She told us where to park with larger parking spaces, gave us directions to the Boardwalk and Wharf. Also told us it was cheaper to park at the wharf instead of the boardwalk. The room was clean and modern. The hotel can be a little hard to spot...

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M D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Cruz, responded to this review

Dear jjones4180, Thank you for taking the time to review us and share your experience. Our Guest Service team is truly amazing and has all the information any traveler could want about Santa Cruz and the surrounding areas. We love sharing about our town and how our central location is worthy of always staying with us. Thank you for choosing...

Reviewed 22 September 2013

Joe Bomgren guest services: Excellent! Had a King Suite in minutes after leaving the Scotts Valley Hilton dissatisfied as they 'lost our reservation'. Very happy that we tried the Holiday Inn Express. Clean and conveniently located. 5 stars.

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M D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Cruz, responded to this review

Ksavel, Thank you so much for the wonderful review! I am glad that my team could turn around a bad day for you and that you enjoyed our hotel so much. A great team always pays attention to details and insures that reservations are honored. I am sorry this was not done for you at your first choice but you...

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 22 September 2013

This was our second stay at this hotel. We visited this hotel 2 years ago. And the fact that we chose this hotel again was because of the good service, the very clean rooms, the big complimentary breakfest and the space in the rooms. In 2 years nothing has changed and its still as good as it was. Breakfest here...

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M D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Cruz, responded to this review

Dear M R, So happy to have you stay with us again. Stay impressed is not just a motto, it is our lifestyle and you can always count on that consistency from our team. I will be celebrating your experience with our team. I know that if there is anything you ever need in your Santa Cruz home you can...

Esparto, California
Reviewed 9 September 2013

we were attending a family wedding. the hotel is not in the best location however we walked the area for dinner and felt quite safe. There are local coffee places, family restaurants, and a great ice cream shop. The hotel staff was amazing. We had scrambled to get ready for the wedding and left rooms in a disarray. We requested...

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M D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Cruz, responded to this review

Dear cme51, Thank you for the amazing comments! I am so excited to see that we not only met your needs but truly exceeded your expectations. We take our guests experiences personally and want to see everybody leave feeling smart and impressed with their choice and of course inspired by our service. Our rooms are always clean, fresh, and created...

San Diego, California
Reviewed 5 September 2013

We stayed at this hotel for just one night on our way to Berkeley (Go Bears!). We arrived late and were greeted by a very nice and enthusiastic employee named Ivan. I think he sensed my fatigue and was so efficient, and positive! In fact his attitude is the reason I am writing a review. He upgraded us to a...

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M D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Cruz, responded to this review

Dear KMCK555, If your feeling weary, worn out, or just plain tired you will always be met with a smile and empathy from our team. We want our guests to feel like they can be themselves at all times and when you need some pick me up, we have it in large doses. When you just need some quiet time,...

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Reviewed 30 August 2013

Great little hotel. Lovely room and very friendly staff. We wanted somewhere for a couple of nights on the coast before heading home from San Francisco airport and this was perfect. Would definitely return.

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M D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Cruz, responded to this review

Dear ChrMcG, Thank you for your feedback. It was short and sweet but we really appreciate you taking the time to share with us. We appreciate you staying with us and I love that when your here again we can count on being your preferred hotel of choice. Wishing you many safe travels in the future, and speedy and soon...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Breakfast included
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Pool
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Family Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Breakfast included
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Dry Cleaning
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
You can relish the comforts of home when you choose to stay at our Holiday Inn Express® Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz. Our hotel's location offers easy access to the Boardwalk, picturesque beaches, towering redwoods and terrific shopping. Our new Santa Cruz, CA hotel is the perfect starting point for a trip to Northern California.Corporate guests appreciate our business amenities and the location of our hotel in Santa Cruz, CA. We are located near local businesses such as Plantronics, Santa Cruz County Offices and UC Santa Cruz. We offer free high-speed, wireless Internet access and a 24-hour business center, so you can stay productive while you travel. You can enjoy a barefoot stroll along the beach, thrill rides at the historic Santa Cruz Boardwalk or a visit to the Surfing Museum because our Santa Cruz hotel's location is perfect for a California vacation. The family might love a ride on the Roaring Camp Railroad through the Redwood forest. It's easy to take a vineyard tour, indulge in shopping at the Capitola Village or take a stroll along the Santa Cruz wharf.Our hotel in Santa Cruz, CA has outstanding amenities like a well-equipped Fitness Center, a Sauna and a sparkling, outdoor pool and guest patio. Our contemporary rooms pamper you with HDTV and iPod docking stations. There's even a free, hot breakfast. Discover why we're the best choice among hotels in Santa Cruz, CA. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Holiday Inn Express Santa Cruz

Address: 1410 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-2825
Region: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Price Range: RM553 - RM1,448 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Santa Cruz 2.5*
Number of rooms: 100
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