Nice for what and where it is.
It has very standard, almost old, mid-grade hotel amenities (bedding, furniture, TV, soap, etc). The grounds are immaculate. The pool is also very clean. The restaurant on site is also popular.
We made this trip to scuba dive Monterey. The bathroom heat lamp and exhaust fan were excellent to dry our gear overnight. We didn't stay closer to Monterey as we have friends that live in Aptos.
IMPORTANT: Do not miss dinner at the Shadowbrook restaurant in Capitola. Excellent food in a beautiful mountain and riverside setting.
We stayed here for two nights. At check-in we experienced the all-to-standard, "your King-size bed is treated as a request only." It seems many hotels these days, in certain areas, do not make guarantees anymore, only take "requests." I highly recommend a pool-view room.
Summary: Aptos is surrounded by coastal redwoods. This place caters to locals who know the area and are getting away to the Santa Cruz area. It is not a resort hotel; it is not on a seacliff. I do not recommend it for travelers looking for a quick stop and a meal. That said, it is nice for where it is (Aptos, Capitola area) and suited us fine.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the beauty of northern California's beaches and lush natural landscape from the comfort of this luxurious Aptos hotel near the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk! Located just minutes from Seacliff Beach, this charming Aptos hotel offers easy access to the area's many attractions. The famed Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is just a short drive away, as is exciting whale watching, kayaking, sailing and more. Outdoor lovers delight in hiking through the majestic redwoods and other local flora at the nearby Wilder Ranch, Henry Cowell, and Nisene Marks State Parks. Go back in time on the historic Roaring Camp Railroads, sample some of California's finest wines at Santa Cruz wineries or get a glimpse of life under the sea at the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, less than an hour away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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