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The Islander Motel, Santa Cruz

2-star2 stars
522 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060, United States of America

Motel with outdoor pool, near Mission Santa Cruz
  • Free WiFi and free parking
  • Collect nightsYou can collect® Rewards nights here
Great room
Great location
Food could be better
355See all 355 reviews
From 227 reviews

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The Islander Motel, Santa Cruz

from $100
  • Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds
  • Standard Room, 1 King Bed
  • Standard Room, 2 Bedrooms, Non Smoking
  • Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed
  • Standard Room with 1 King and 1 Full Bed
  • Room, 1 King Bed, Accessible
  • Standard Room, 2 Bedrooms
  • Standard Single Room

What’s around The Islander Motel, Santa Cruz

Top spots nearby

Recommended by this property

  • Mission Santa Cruz (9-minute walk)
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (12-minute walk)
  • Main Beach (14-minute walk)
  • Santa Cruz Surfing Museum (26-minute walk)
  • University of California Santa Cruz (39-minute walk)
  • Natural Bridges State Park (41-minute walk)
  • Mystery Spot (45-minute walk)
  • Capitola Beach (3.7 mi / 6 km)
  • Monterey Bay (13.2 mi / 21.3 km)

Getting around

  • Watsonville, CA (WVI-Watsonville Municipal) - 18 min drive
  • San Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.) - 42 min drive
  • San Jose, CA (RHV-Reid Hillview) - 43 min drive
  • Monterey, CA (MRY-Monterey Peninsula) - 45 min drive
  • Salinas, CA (SNS-Salinas Municipal) - 46 min drive

At a glance

Key facts


  • 22 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time 3 PM-11:30 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
If you are planning to arrive after 6 PM please contact the property at least 72 hours in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. The credit card used to book the reservation must be presented by the cardholder at check-in along with matching photo identification. Any other arrangements must be coordinated with the property prior to arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 21
  • Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 21

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free self parking (limited)

  • Free nearby parking

Payment types at the property

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
  • No alcohol served onsite
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the motel

Things to do
  • Outdoor seasonal pool
  • Outdoor pool
  • Golfing nearby
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Year Built - 1963
  • Designated smoking areas

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
Sleep well
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Premium bedding
Things to enjoy
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • 40-inch flat-screen TV
  • Premium TV channels
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • Free local calls
Food and drink
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Access via exterior corridors

The Islander Motel, Santa Cruz’s small print

Also known as

  • Islander Motel Santa Cruz
  • Islander Santa Cruz


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

  • The seasonal pool is open from May to October.
  • Pool access available from 8:30 AM to 9 PM.
  • This property does not have elevators.

    Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

    The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

    Mandatory fees

    Deposit: USD 100.00 per stay

    Breakage deposit: USD 100 per stay

    Optional extras

    Early check-in can be arranged for an extra charge of USD 25.00 (subject to availability)

    Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge of USD 25.00 (subject to availability)

    We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

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    Recent reviews

    Good 7.8 From 355 reviews

    Exceptional 10.0
    Great stay - super clean
    Definitely one of the cleaner hotels in the area. We were impressed with the cleanliness, especially in the bathroom. We will come back.
    Russell, usRomance trip
    Very Good 8.0
    The motel is a standard roadside, no frills motel. The rooms are clean very small and recently updated. The parking is tight but it works. Breakfast is toast and cereal. The worst part of it was the service. I cancelled my second night because they were rude, unhelpful and disrespectful. I won't get into it but I will never stay there again.
    usTrip with friends
    Exceptional 10.0
    Nice Rooms
    Pleasantly surprised with the room. Looks like it was completely remodeled not long ago
    Roger, usFamily trip
    Good 6.0
    Nice rooms - bad wifi
    I booked this hotel months ahead on I thought the price was high. Imagine how frustrated I was to check rates when we went to Starbucks for internet- over $40 a night cheaper if we’d waited to book. It was very clean and rooms redone nicely. Good coffee with toast or cereal at 7:30 a.m. The WiFi was useless. We went to Starbucks daily.
    usRomance trip
    Exceptional 10.0
    Perfect stay!
    The bed was super comfortable and clean. It was a very quiet area and so close to the boardwalk! I enjoyed my stay here and will be returning very soon!
    Hannah, usRomance trip

    The Islander Motel, Santa Cruz

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