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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 69 Reviews

Hostel rating (69)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 91%
Cleanliness 91%
Location 95%
Security 90%
Service 90%
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.

  • Dorm
    From €23.00
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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 are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


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



Leisure & Fitness

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


  • 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

From 08:00 to 11:00
From 17:00 to 22:00
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

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



I always find it secure with daily changed passwords, so none of the same guys can try to get in daily. The plants and greenery is beautiful and with lively weather in the west coast. Walking distance from the beach.I loved it.


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Sat 15 Oct 2016

Fantastic Hostel, comfortable and clean lodgings, cabins are great! And if you know about the closed hours between 11am-5pm you are left with no surprises. Completely exceeded my expectations.


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Tue 04 Oct 2016

The location of this hostel is prime - very close to the beach. The grounds are charming. The staff was friendly and helpful. The only reason I rated "comfort" as good instead of very good is that my mattress was a bit lumpy. Would definitely stay here again.


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Mon 26 Sep 2016


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

San Jose Airport: 34 miles. Requires multiple transfers via public transport.
From Bus Station it is approx. 10 minute walk.
Metro Station 10 mintue walk to Hostel. Or take #7 bus to Second and Main.
5 minute walk to parking location. Parking is not guaranteed.
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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