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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
Good internet service
Great location
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The Islander Motel, Santa Cruz

from $115
  • 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

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
Languages Spoken
  • English

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


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.

    Also known as

    • Islander Motel Santa Cruz
    • Islander Santa Cruz

    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 351 reviews

    Exceptional 10.0
    Pleasant surprise
    Amazing quiet room, redone beautifully, spacious, clean and comfortable. Would stay there again if I ever come to Santa Cruz again.
    jandt, usFamily trip
    Poor 2.0
    Rude staff / syringe left in a folded towel
    The hotel itself seemed okay. A husband and wife team run the hotel. The wife was friendly when we checked in. I went to get some orange juice and coffee in the lobby and the husband was very unfriendly bordering on rude. I went back to the room and my girlfriend was very upset. A syringe was inside one of the folded towels on a rack. It appeared to be unused and had an orange cap. I informed the husband at the front desk. I wasn’t looking to get a free night or any kind of compensation. The husband came to the room and informed me that his wife had folded the towels herself and it was impossible that a syringe was left in a folded towel. I have no idea how this happened, but it did. Not a great experience to say the least.
    henry, us1 night romance trip
    Exceptional 10.0
    Truly get what you paid for!
    Room was pristine clean and modern. No frills. Everything I expected. Will make a point of staying here on my next visit.
    William, us1 night romance trip
    Exceptional 10.0
    Hippie surf
    I really love this place! It’s very clean and the staff is friendly. Fridge and microwave in the room.
    Scott P, us4 night trip
    Exceptional 10.0
    Great place
    Great hotel for the money. Not very close to the beach, but real close to historic downtown S.C.
    scott, us1 night romance trip

    The Islander Motel, Santa Cruz

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