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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



Initially I didn't like the fact that we had to leave the hostel for 6 hours, but it ensures a clean area upon return and it does get everyone outside. I've been to a few hostels where there are a few that stay behind the entire day.


Avatar for Lamont


Tue 01 Sep 2015

I really enjoyed my stay in Santa Cruz. The location of the hostel is close to both the boardwalk and downtown so there's lots to do! Ask the front desk about recommendations on your way out. I wish it wasn't closed for so long during the day but overall, it was a good experience!


Avatar for Yasmeen


Tue 01 Sep 2015

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