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HI - Santa Cruz

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

89 %

10 or more people?

What travellers think

Travellers that stayed here think this hostel is best for

  • Relaxing
  • Sightseeing
  • Unique atmosphere
  • Sports & Activities

Hostel rating (55)

89 %

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 90%
Cleanliness 90%
Location 95%
Security 89%
Service 86%
Comfort 85%

Green rating



my luggage sucked half inch of dust just from touching the floor.The sheets were grey from overuse hopefully not because they were not was extremely hot and the windows do not move..etc etc


Avatar for Angi


Tue 28 Jul 2015

This place was in a charming neighborhood, and the cottages were very cute. However it was confusing to find out where to check in because there were so many different buildings, and i didn't see one that was marked as office or anything. Also, parking was an issue. They will sell you a parking pass for metered parking nearby, but I was unable to find any of those places open. I had to park about 4 blocks away in an area where I had to move my car by 9:00 am. Rooms were a bit cramped.


Avatar for TIFFANY


Wed 22 Jul 2015

This hostel was super! Amazing views, and I liked that I was a staying in a place with some history (used to be a fort). The staff was friendly and helpful, the rooms and facilities were plenty adequate, and there was also adequate parking. The only suggestion for improvement I would have is to enforce the quiet hours, as there were people talking loudly outside near our window, and also in a room down the hall. Even though it was in another room, their voices still carried down the hall.


Avatar for TIFFANY


Wed 22 Jul 2015

If you are good with sharing a room with others, than I highly recommend the Santa Cruz Hostel. It was great to have a home base and a kitchen just 2 blocks from the beach! Remember, though, that the hostel is close from 11-5 each day.


Avatar for Dave


Thu 16 Jul 2015