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The Islander Motel

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07/05/2017 08/05/2017
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Lawrence, New York
Reviewed 26 September 2013 via mobile

The rooms at the islander motel are very clean, and the location is very good. It is close to some kind of main road so it is very noisy and very hard to sleep. The room is very small. They don't even have a flat screen tv, which is usually a basic thing in hotels today. The stuff wasn't very...

1Thank y_e2013
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 September 2013

We stayed in the Islander for 1 night after driving up the Pacific Coast Highway. We got a special rate of $60 for a king room for the night and thought this was excellent value for money. There is adequate parking, some of which is under cover. Our room was a decent size, clean and had a large fridge. The...

Thank LM82
Saint Louis, Missouri
Reviewed 21 September 2013

First the positives....decent price...parking OK...great bathroom...good lighting...shampoo and lotion supplied...great location about 1 mile from the water...good bed...lots of TV stations....average size room....nice clerk. The biggest negative was a small cathode ray tube that Motel 6 would love to have because most of their rooms have the same type. It is located on a busy street (Ocean) so there was...

Thank tfberry
Reviewed 28 August 2013

A room was well sized. Beds are good. Everything looked clean. I experienced lack of fresh air and some in unpleasure smell. There are many other motels on this street. For me it was noisy inside during the night. Resume: it is good, but as for me overpriced.

1Thank Voleslav
Perth, Australia
Reviewed 23 August 2013

We stayed here for 1 night and could not have stayed any longer. The room was clean and comfortable but the area outside the room was noisy with people talking loudly and slamming doors at all hours plus a lot of vehicle noise. If you are travelling down the coast, stay in Carmel rather than Santa Cruz, as it is...

Thank Karen D
Reviewed 21 August 2013

We chose this motel for its price and were pleasantly surprised at what a good value it was. The check in process was quick and efficient. We had a clean and comfortable room on the second floor. We opened the window to cool the room a bit. Once the window was closed, we couldn't hear a thing from the rooms...

Thank pagesixtyone
Brisbane Australia
Reviewed 19 August 2013

By reading other reviews, we obviously were charged much more. We paid $146 for our king bed room which was clean with a comfortable bed but lumpy pillows. We stayed on a Saturday night and the noise was unbelievablely bad. Shouting from other rooms, doors banging, and traffic passing made it difficult to get any sleep, The staff appeared disinterested...

Thank DiR46
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Reviewed 18 August 2013

We were in Santa Cruz for one night for a wedding and this was a good choice. Everything was as expected from other 4-dot Trip Advisor Reviews. It is older, well kept, clean, and comfortable. The staff was welcoming and helpful. The king bed filled the room so I would not recommend that for families because there isn't a lot...

Thank Desertdwellingmom
Reviewed 14 August 2013 via mobile

Can't beat $100 (including tax) a night for a king sized bed, fridge, and microwave. The staff was great, the room was small but comfortable; bathroom was clean and seemed redone. The ice machine is sketchy though, looked moldy inside. The wifi signal wasn't very strong as well, but it was there. As stated, it's far from the beach, it's...

Thank elicia77
Sacramento, California
Reviewed 8 July 2013

We were completely satisfied with the Islander's accommodations: clean room, comfortable bed, good shower, and quiet area. The man at the reception desk was friendly and professional. We'd booked a basic queen-size but when we arrived and asked for an upstairs room (it's a 2-story motel), which we got, it turned out to be a king-sized bed at no extra...

1Thank Lyn244

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  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Pool
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Cleans and Comfortable,2 story with 22 guest rooms that include, 32" flat Screen LCD-HD TV Withe Remote, complimentary continental breakfast, Free Local Calls, All rooms have phone, Free WiFi. High speed Internet access in Room hairdryers. All rooms with Micro fridges. Free parking, Seasonally heated pool and electronic door locks for your security. Located approximately 1 mile from the world famous Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk. We are within walking distance to Downtown Santa Cruz, numerous nightclubs, theaters and shopping at Pacific Garden Mall. Roaring camp, Mystery Spot, The University of California Santa Cruz, the Museum of Art and History and Pasatiempo Golf Course are all nearby. We look forward to making your stay with us the Best Value in Santa Cruz. Sorry No Pets.One car per Room.Parking is limited. Deposited Required. Extra Person $15.00 Per Person No Extra Beds or Crib,Payment will taken upon arrivel,. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Islander Motel

Address: 522 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-6602
Region: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Price Range: ₹ 5,121 - ₹ 16,531 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Islander Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 22
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“It seems second floor not handicap accessible. We stayed in ground floor room and were not bothered by noise from above, or parking lot.”
PetalumaTraveler373, 20 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Rooms in back are quieter. Upstairs tends to get more traffic noise.”
felisdeco, 28 Dec 2016 | Read review
“For quiet away from street get upstairs in back”
larryo621, 31 Jul 2015 | Read review
“Choose a room towards the back. While we did not hear any noise at all, the hotel is on a very busy street.”
StephanieM217, 26 May 2015 | Read review
“Friendly staff, clean room and not too far from the beach”
241ts, 20 May 2015 | Read review
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