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Carousel Beach Inn

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08/05/2017 09/05/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
Reviewed yesterday NEW

After 3 days in San Fransisco we travelled here as a stop off to LA, what a great little hotel it is, virtually on the beach next to the Boardwalk, free parking and Wi-Fi. Clean bright rooms with great views from balcony. free breakfast also !

Thank RennieFamilyHolidays
Iowa City, Iowa
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Stayed here for a night with my husband. Everything with the rooms was pretty nice and having a small outdoor space was an added bonus. We were on the ground floor so we had a little patio instead of a balcony. The location really can't be beat for the price and there was plenty of parking too. The breakfast was...

Thank Wendy C
Bath, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here for two nights on our road trip from Hollywood to Yosemite. It was perfect for us with clean comfortable room, free breakfast and free parking. It has a great location, less than a minute to the boardwalk! It is also close to the pier, beach and all attractions. Downtown area is 15-30 mins walk away depending how...

Thank Jessetimebomb
Idaho Falls, United States
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I did not feel at home at all!! Which is the whole point of vacation, so my family and I were pleased about this. I like that there is no carpet! This gave the room a cleaner of feeling. Great location. We will stay again.

1Thank Shontay T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a great little Inn. The rooms are incredibly bright and cheerful. They feel very clean, and there are a lot of thoughtful touches added like little bags for sandy shoes, a broom to clean up the floor since there is no carpet, and good bathroom amenities in case you forgot something. The breakfast was limited but it was delicious...

Thank Allicat0101
Tucson, Arizona
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was so much better than the Wyndam we stayed at in San Jose. The room was great! It was spacious, super clean, beds were comfortable and good coffee and tea 24/7. Did I mention fresh rolls and fruit in the morning to get a quick start on your day? Also everyone was so nice, we felt very welcome. We...

1Thank kennlini
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and our 8 yr old daughter came to visit from CO spending Spring Break on a Daddy/Daughter trip. I worked with Lisa King to put something in their room for when they get there. She went WAY over my expectations! Not only taking pictures of items from the Boardwalk gift shop to have me choose to have delivered...

1Thank Kathy M
SCBoardwalk, Manager at Carousel Beach Inn, responded to this review

Hi Kathy! Thank you so much for the great review. It was my pleasure to work with you to surprise your husband and daughter during their special trip. All our staff work hard to go "above and beyond" for all of our guests. I look forward to meeting you on your family’s next visit! Sincerely, Lisa King Director of Lodging...

Parker, Colorado
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great location but a very old building with mold all over the bathroom walls and ceiling. Don't waste your money on a "spa room"...the jacuzzi is a good size and it worked well, but again, very old. As I was using it there were little 'floaters' from the drains. Overall, it served our needs for family time. We requested crib...

Thank crabbcin
Sparks, Nevada
Reviewed 22 March 2017

The Carousel Beach Inn was right across the street from the Boardwalk entrance. The parking is in the middle of the motel which felt safer for our truck. There is a gate requiring a room key to open for access the rooms. All rooms have a balcony or patio, and all the front doors faced inward, toward each other instead...

1Thank Justus4forfun
Santa Rosa, California
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Our stay was off-season and this available hotel was the most affordable for being close to the boardwalk. We arrived way earlier than check-in but were able to park in the lot and go explore the Boardwalk. I didn't realize how close it was...it was fabulous! Very clean and inviting lobby, along with friendly and helpful staff. I liked the...

1Thank hkd1970

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  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The family-friendly Carousel Beach Inn is just steps away from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the Main Beach. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Carousel Beach Inn

Address: 110 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5520 (Formerly Carousel Motel)
Region: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Price Range: $152 - $333 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 33
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Also Known As:
Carousel Motel Santa Cruz
Carousel Hotel Santa Cruz
Carousel Santa Cruz
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Santa Cruz
#4 Family Hotel in Santa Cruz
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Cruz
#11 Romantic Hotel in Santa Cruz
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“we had a room facing the main road of which you can see the beach.”
RennieFamilyHolidays, 28 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Third floor will give you limited views of the ocean.”
kennlini, 30 Mar 2017 | Read review
“If you don't mind a bit of noise in the summer, ask for a view of the boardwalk”
537garethm, 10 Dec 2016 | Read review
“3 floors with elevator.”
874deborahh, 10 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Upstairs on North side of building is great view to beach, boardwalk, and hills.”
familysarazen, 30 Oct 2016 | Read review
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