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The Islander Motel, Santa Cruz

2-star2 stars
522 Ocean StreetSanta CruzCA95060United States of America

Motel with outdoor pool, near Mission Santa Cruz
  • Free WiFi and free parking
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Great room
Great amenities
Very comfortable
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From 212 reviewsTripAdvisor Traveller Rating

The Islander Motel, Santa Cruz

from $65
  • 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

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 22 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time 3 PM-midnight
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 72 hours before arrival 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

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

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

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
Sleep well
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
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
  • Daily housekeeping
  • 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.
  • Children under 10 years old are not allowed in the swimming pool without adult supervision.

    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.

    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) - 19 min drive
    • San Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.) - 40 min drive
    • San Jose, CA (RHV-Reid Hillview) - 42 min drive
    • Salinas, CA (SNS-Salinas Municipal) - 46 min drive
    • Monterey, CA (MRY-Monterey Peninsula) - 47 min drive
    • Free self parking
    • Free parking nearby
    • Limited parking

    Recent reviews

    Good 7.6 From 317 reviews

    The Islander Motel, Santa Cruz
    Nicer than expected!
    Moving our UCSC son into his apartment for the school year. Very convenient and nicer than expected. Only issue was parking when we came back at 10:00 or so at night. The parking spaces are pretty tight when they get filled. Other than that, great trip.
    Gene, us2 night trip
    The Islander Motel, Santa Cruz
    Great Value, pleasant property
    Small clean room in older motel. Perfect for the price. Great location, friendly staff and clean.
    William, us1 night trip
    The Islander Motel, Santa Cruz
    Nothing to write home about
    Overpriced for a roof over head and bed to sleep on. Didn't use any of their amenities, not even the shower. "Breakfast" consisted of coffee, milk, orange juice, toast and cereal.
    A Traveler, us1 night trip
    The Islander Motel, Santa Cruz
    Just fine.
    Overall it's a solid 3. Room was fine, but I knew what I was getting into thanks to reviews. We weren't allowed to check in before 3pm, even if rooms were available. We had to pay an extra $15 for a third person (luckily I knew this going in), but what did catch me off guard is that we weren't allowed to have more than one car park in their lot. We chose this hotel mainly because they had a parking lot, so that was disappointing since we all drove from separate places. We were able to find street parking, but had it been a weekday this would have been a challenge. They also charge a $100 deposit, and upon checkout they require you to stay and do a walk-through with them of the room, to make sure no towels etc are missing. I got the refund easily, but this could be an inconvenience for some. Also they only gave us one key (for 3 people) and if we didn't return it we would be charged $10. Not a big deal, but they certainly nickel and dime you. We definitely overpaid for this hotel, but we were there on a very busy weekend. If it was a regular price, I'd stay again, clean enough rooms, decent upgraded bathrooms and convenient location.
    A Traveler, us1 night trip
    The Islander Motel, Santa Cruz
    Very Good8.0
    Possitive confortable stay.
    Our stay was confortable and the hotel was clean and safe.
    Jose, us2 night trip

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