Despite the potential for this well situated, well maintained hostel to be amazing, it is hampered by some rules and policies. I arrived on a day where it was raining heavily only to find that guests are locked out of the hostel during the day between 11am and 5pm. On a sunny day, this might not seem such a hassle, but when you are soaked through and have to kill 4 hours in a small town as it lashes down with rain you feel slightly negative towards the place. There is no valid reason given for the lock out.
Whilst the room itself was nice and spacious and the bed fairly comfortable, I felt a little lonely as a solo traveller, as unlike other California hostels guests weren't offered activities and it seemed a little cold. Perhaps if staying as a family it would be the perfect location - 2 blocks from the beach with a curfew of 11pm - but on my own it just made me miserable.
- Also Known As:
- Santa Cruz Youth Hostel Carmelita Cottages Hotel Santa Cruz