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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 90%

From 70 Reviews

Hostel rating (70)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 90%
Cleanliness 90%
Location 97%
Security 88%
Service 89%
Comfort 85%
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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    From €24.95
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Santa Cruz Hostel

Hostel Santa Cruz

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

I'd give higher ratings overall if it wasn't for the extreme heat in the room I was in, as well as the loud snoring by several of the guests...I know that's nothing you can control, but I had earplugs in and still could hear it was so loud! And the heat, partially because it was hot that day, but also because there was no air flow to the room? Very intolerable...had to go out of the room and sleep in the living room on the couch. A little bummed I couldn't sit inside and have a snack.

93%

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Raven,

Thu 05 May 2016

A lovely place with even better people.

100%

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Richard,

Thu 05 May 2016

This was a great place to stay while visiting for the weekend. Location could not be more convenient, the site was beautiful, staff friendly and welcoming. Lots of yummy choices for a complimentary breakfast... Fantastic! Walk to the beach was quick and easy. Mattress was a bit soggy, but I still slept just fine. Can't wait to come back!

97%

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Susan,

Wed 04 May 2016

HI Santa Cruz is a very nice hostel ideally located away from the main touristic activities in Santa Cruz in a quiet suburban street but still within walking distance of everything. The setting is great and relaxing in amongst gardens and the cottages are ideal. I stayed here 12 years ago in 2004 and it is exactly the same now as it was then. Highly recommended.

100%

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Vaughan,

Tue 26 Apr 2016

The room got really hot at night, maybe an AC unit would be worth considering when rooms are full

90%

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valentina,

Wed 20 Apr 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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