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HI - Santa Cruz

321 Main St, PO Box 1241, Santa Cruz, California, 95061, United States

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Overall Rating 91%

From 76 Reviews

Hostel rating (76)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 92%
Cleanliness 91%
Location 96%
Security 90%
Service 90%
Comfort 86%
Green rating 89%

HI-Santa Cruz at the Carmelita Cottages is just a few short blocks to a gorgeous stretch of beach and world-renowned surfing spots.

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Santa Cruz Hostel

Hostel Santa Cruz

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

HI Santa Cruz is a picturesque cottage perched atop the historic Beach Hill neighbourhood. The hostel is in a convenient location, only two blocks from beaches, the wharf and the Boardwalk Amusement Park, and only 5 blocks to downtown. All public transportation is within walking distance.

This Santa Cruz hostel offers dorms and private rooms. Guests can enjoy the pretty gardens, common room, kitchen and dining hall. With Internet and laundry facilities available on site, this is the perfect base for exploring the city. To maintain its high standard the hostel is closed during the day for cleaning, giving you the perfect excuse to get out and explore what the city has to offer.

One of the highlights of Santa Cruz is the Beach Boardwalk which dates from 1907 and is the oldest beachfront amusement park on the West Coast. The boardwalk has a glorious old-school Americana vibe and its most famous rides include the half-mile long Giant Dipper, a vintage 1924 wooden roller coaster, and the 1911 Looff carousel – both National Historic Landmarks.

Prices

Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night

Beds

Private - Per room per night

Rooms

Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Unaccompanied children under the age of 18 can be accommodated only with a letter from a parent or legal guardian providing permission for the child's unsupervised stay.
  • Children under the age of 6 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Children under the age of 14 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Accommodations are available only to guests from outside a 30 mile radius of the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout

Facilities

Facilities

Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Games room
  • Garden
  • Table tennis / ping pong
  • Terrace / patio

Accessibility

  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Free
  • Wifi - Free
  • Internet Cafe Nearby - 3 to 5km

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car parking nearby
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - In Room
  • Smoking Area
  • Sports Equipment Storage
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

Reception:
From 08:00 to 11:00
From 17:00 to 22:00
Check-in:
From 17:00 to 20:00
From 20:00 to 22:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1-831-423 8304

Fax. 1-831-429 8541

info@hi-santacruz.org

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • World Class Surfing (1 to 2km)
  • Coastal Redwoods (2 to 3km)
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (1 to 2km)

See the full list of attractions

Reviews

Reviews

Suggest adding composting. Otherwise - a great stay as usual!

100%

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William,

Sun 28 Aug 2016

The hostel staff was awesome and really helpful. Wish there was a way out of the 11am to 5pm exclusion time as i had come mainly for work at the university and the hostel was the only place from where I could do my work. Also, there ladder for the beds were uncomfortable. A groove could've been cut where we enter the bed from on the top, and the ladders can be padded so they don't hurt your soles every time you climb the bunk. All in all, great place though 😊

90%

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Avinash,

Thu 18 Aug 2016

Due to difficulties in transportation to get to the hostel, I arrived a mere half hour past check-in time. Instead of being so kind as to take 5 minutes to just let me check in, the lady from the hostel was rude to me, said I would be considered a "no-show" and charged in full for the room, even though she wouldn't even let me stay there. When asked where else I, a student with little money, was supposed to go, she just told me to find a hotel. Very bad customer service, first time at an HI.

20%

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Lars,

Thu 18 Aug 2016

Love the location and the comfort of all the little cottages. Plenty of places to find a sofa and a book. Great movie room with lots to choose from. Only thing I didn't like was that they are closed from 11-5.

100%

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Virginia,

Thu 11 Aug 2016

door code was changed and staff did not give me new code,so i was locked out and had to sleep in my car. manager was nonchalant about this saying it was my responsibility to get code. I had left at 11am and returned just before midnight, I was not happy with his remark that this rarely happens, once should be one time to many.

57%

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chris,

Wed 10 Aug 2016

Location

Location
Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Amusement / Theme park (500m - 1km)
  • Beach (Less than 500m)
  • Cinema (1 to 2km)
  • City Centre (1 to 2km)
  • Cycle trails (500m - 1km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (500m - 1km)
  • Local market (1 to 2km)
  • Mountainous Area (5 to 10km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (1 to 2km)
  • National / State Park (5 to 10km)
  • Nightlife (1 to 2km)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (1 to 2km)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (3 to 5km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (1 to 2km)
  • Swimming pool (3 to 5km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (1 to 2km)
  • Theatre (1 to 2km)
  • Wooded Area (3 to 5km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

Airport
San Jose Airport: 34 miles. Requires multiple transfers via public transport.
Bus
From Bus Station it is approx. 10 minute walk.
Underground/Metro
Metro Station 10 mintue walk to Hostel. Or take #7 bus to Second and Main.
Car
5 minute walk to parking location. Parking is not guaranteed.
Rail
Amtrak: Arrives at Bus Station. 10 minute walk to hostel.
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Skateboarding
  • Surfing
  • Volleyball
  • Walking / Hiking
  • Whale Watching

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