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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 %

  • Dorm
    From €25.19
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 (58)

89 %

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 89%
Cleanliness 90%
Location 95%
Security 88%
Service 87%
Comfort 85%

Green rating



Great location if you like the beach and amusement park. Plumbing and fixtures were in need of repair. Rooms cramped and ventilation not great but adequate.


Avatar for Bruce


Fri 28 Aug 2015

Travelling down the West Coast and so far this is the best hostel by far. Brilliant setting and location and full of friendly people. If I m in the area again I wouldn't hesitate to book. The 11-5 lock out isn't an issue as if you really need to store some stuff then there's outside lockers. One thing that would be handy would be a toilet available between 11-5


Avatar for Sean


Fri 28 Aug 2015

I was in a co-ed dorm and was told that the hostel was almost full. There were two men and two women in my three bunk bedroom. Next door was an empty room with two bunk beds and a single bed. I woke up alone in my room. Two of the others had migrated to the other bedroom (leaving their sheets behind) b/c one of the men snored. The snorer had migrated to the couch b/c he didn't want to climb into the top bunk. Why leave one room empty and crowd another? I don't understand.


Avatar for Elizabeth


Tue 25 Aug 2015

The setting & location are 5 *'s ~~ my Only disappointment was with staff on desk the night I arrived particularly ~ she greeted me cooly with " You don't have a reservation and we do not have room for you!" .. I explained I had called and emailed over the past several days asking for notification of any cancellations + let her listen to the voicemail from Abigail on my cell informing me that there HAD been a cancellation for the Saturday night I was requesting. I left 4 confirmation voicemail


Avatar for Marcia


Wed 19 Aug 2015