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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 92%

From 79 Reviews

Hostel rating (79)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 92%
Cleanliness 92%
Location 97%
Security 91%
Service 91%
Comfort 87%
Green rating 90%

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

Staff seemed to be confused/under the influence... Asked us the same question three times in a row, and that happened twice during our check in. Because we were only staying for one night, we didn't get a shoelace, and my sister's bed was taken by another hosteler because of it. Either everyone should get some kind of bed claiming device or no one should. In general everything was clean and secure, so that was nice.

73%

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Dagmar,

Wed 27 Jul 2016

The location is great for walking to the beach, boardwalk and downtown. I liked that donated food is available but a few of the canned food is way past its best by date. Food left out on the kitchen counter attracts lots of ants. WiFi can be slow and sporadic in the Captain Dame cottage.

80%

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Stephen,

Wed 27 Jul 2016

Was fun! It was a simple process. KInda of awkward at first.

87%

Avatar for Jonathan

Jonathan,

Wed 27 Jul 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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