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Located on Cowell's beach, adjacent to the wharf and historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the iconic Dream Inn has been the destination in Santa Cruz for 50 years. Ideal for exploring Santa Cruz with views of Monterey Bay from every room.

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Guests Are Saying

  • We visited the Dream Inn for a long-weekend retreat (President's day is the new Valentine's day :D) It's a lovely hotel located right on the beach and within walking distance of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk...home to awesome arcades. The room was modern and chic with a breathtaking view and a fantastic bed.  
- Lena C.
  • I was extremely surprised at what Joie de Vivre had done to this hotel. I stayed here while on business in Santa Cruz then planned on staying somewhere else when my family met me for the long weekend. That was changed once I stepped into the comfort of this hotel. The staff was great, rooms were hip and clean.  - T. Skelton
  • My husband and I came here a while ago, and we loved it! This place is so relaxing.

The decor is also so cute and relaxing. 

We arrived a bit early and just planned on parking the car and walking around before checking in, but upon our arrival, the concierge let us check in early! This is a rarity at hotels, and it was so refreshing.  - Anh D.
  • The stay at this hotel was fantastic, we have a second home in Santa Cruz and were there to… remodel. So, the location from home to hotel was perfect and after a long day of work it was so nice to go to our room and sit on the balcony and look at the awesome view of the ocean. Room service was great as we were too tried to go out. Extremely pleasant stay.
  - JB
  • This hotel is amazing and worth every penny. From the view to the service and especially the restaurant everything far exceed our expectations. The rooms are large and offer a beautiful view of the ocean from a private balcony, we could lay in bed and stare at the ocean, the sunrise in the morning is breath taking.  - January 27, 2011
  • Staring at the pictures of the rooms and the ocean, the patio and the pool below... hey I have those pictures.. I have those memories... the most amazing moments happened here once, the deepest passion lived here a little, I danced on the patio til they came up knocking on my door asking if I'm a professional dancer and if there's a show in town. :)  
- M.A.

Articles

Jack O'Neill Lounge
 
Santa Cruz mural marks Jack O'Neill's first surf shop

KSBW News, January 2014

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January Restaurant of the Month: Aquarius

Santa Cruz Waves, January 2014

3 wine country hotels in Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz Mountains Mercury News 09/18/2012
 
3 wine country hotels in Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz Mountains

Mercury News, September 2012

36 Hours in Santa Cruz, Calif. The New York Times, December 2010
 
36 Hours in Santa Cruz, Calif.

The New York Times, December 2010

Unwind with the surf scene San Francisco Chronicle, July 2010
 
Unwind with the surf scene

San Francisco Chronicle, July 2010

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Secret Beach Hideaways

Travel + Leisure Magazine, March 2010

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Restaurant review: Santa Cruz's Dream Inn comes of age with elegant Aquarius

Santa Cruz Sentinel, October 2009

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California Dreamin'

California Home + Design Magazine, July 2009

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Keep the Dream Inn alive

San Francisco Magazine, May 2009

Under Covers: Santa Cruz Dream Inn San Francisco Chronicle, August 2008
 
Under Covers: Santa Cruz Dream Inn

San Francisco Chronicle, August 2008

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Dream Inn open for business

Santa Cruz Sentinel, July 2008

Hotelier makes Dream Inn come true for Santa Cruz Silcon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, July 2008
 
Hotelier makes Dream Inn come true for Santa Cruz

Silcon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, July 2008

Press Releases

Joie de Vivre Announces Completion of Santa Cruz Dream Inn's Extensive Renovation
Joie de Vivre Hospitality Announces Santa Cruz Hotel Name That's Extra Dreamy