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South Lyon, Michigan
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35 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

This house must have really been something in its day. It is a beautiful home in a perfect location to see the sites. The Hostess was wonderful and helpful about where to go and what to do. Breakfast was yummy, fresh fruits, yogurt and croissants served on darling china. I believe the rooms were once magnificent but are now a... More 

Thank lshfame
Detriot, United States
Level Contributor
12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

We really needed to read between the lines of the other guest reviews. What once must have been one of the top land marks in the area is now run down. To the point it should not be considered a place to stay any more. The paint is falling from the walls and ceilings. Old paint chips equals lead The... More 

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Northampton, Massachusetts
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69 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

There are not enough good things to say. The family that owns and runs this house are kind and warm. The house is inviting. We stayed in a room overlooking the Pacific. We could hear walrus and see dolphins jumping. Pure magic.

Thank Mandicat2014
Oxford, Ohio
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2016

First the good: the house is a great architectural asset! The breakfasts were good, and the owners are pleasant to talk to. The location is great - just a half mile or so to the Santa Cruz pier. The views out the front windows of Monterey Bay are tough to beat. Now the bad: the rooms are ready for deep... More 

3 Thank jonr529
San Diego, California
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2015

This was once a beautiful home in a fantastic location, and it does have a history...However, I think owners must be treading water financially...My room was awful...a "chinese crib" type bed with dingy, ragged bedding.. I struggled climbing in and out of the thing... spiders on the wall...bathroom down the hall. Oh...used bars of soap....! Never experienced that before...my trip... More 

4 Thank pmastand
Merced, CA
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38 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2015

This home is experiencing the effects of the drought in CA just like everyone else. They have chose to use their water wisely and no longer water their yard so the property looks a little different in person than in the pictures; the lush green yard is gone. We enjoyed the historic home, the woodwork, the furnishings, and especially the... More 

Thank momwnb
DWCD, Manager at The Darling House, responded to this review

We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us at the Darling House during your visit to Santa Cruz. You are correct in noting the effects the drought has had on our historically lush & colorful gardens. We do miss the fragrances & beauty that abundant water provides, however we realize we must evaluate our priorities regarding the importance... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2015 via mobile

This B&B unfortunately is very tired. It really needs an update in several areas. Not I would say exceptionally clean. Furniture broken. Same breakfast two days in a row. Would have preferred a little wine crackers and cheese in the evening before setting out for dinner or a evening out. There were just cookies and very tepid tea. Stayed there... More 

2 Thank stimpycat3
Denise D, Owner at The Darling House, responded to this review

While we've worked hard over the years to maintain our old-world charm, it sounds like we may have let a few things slip through the cracks. We're sorry to hear that your room didn't feel fresh and clean -- we'll certainly be working on improving that. We'll definitely take your suggestions regarding the breakfast and the wine and cheese, as... More 

Sacramento, California
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31 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 May 2015

The house is original, no modern updates. No phones, TVs, etc. Also, no mirror near an outlet to style your hair, and no decent mirror for makeup. But, those are minor inconveniences compared to the genteel ambiance of the house. The location is far enough from the boardwalk that you could ignore that busy area, but still walking distance to... More 

Thank Mary D
Denise D, Owner at The Darling House, responded to this review

It sounds like the carefully preserved details, and the proximity to some of Santa Cruz's best spots are what you loved most about our place. We couldn't be happier to hear it, Mary! It was so wonderful to have you with us, and we love that you're already anxious to return. Thanks for mentioning the things like the bathroom mirror.... More 

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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2015 via mobile

Mr & Mrs. Darling were charming and friendly. Their residence was incredible and location second to none. However, we found some of the cleanliness lacking and, inasmuch as the original furnishings admirable, some upkeep and repair is, in my view, required.

Thank Richard S
DWCD, Manager at The Darling House, responded to this review

Richard, we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us on the Edge of the Pacific. We continue to be in awe each time we look in appreciation of our surroundings. We have tried to maintain the turn of the century atmosphere by furnishing with original antiques though day to day use has taken a toll on some of them.... More 

Swindon, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2015

If you are looking to stay in Santa Cruz then Darling House is wonderful and close to all the amenities. You will feel like you have stepped back in time as the owners have preserved many of the original 1910 features. The owners themselves are fantastic and very friendly, full of advise about where to visit. Many of the rooms... More 

1 Thank Donna_Byatt
DWCD, Manager at The Darling House, responded to this review

Donna, Thank you for sharing your experience regarding the Darling House. We are pleased to provide sanctuary for worldly travelers. You are right to call this house "Darling", as many have over the years. It seems when folks walk through the front door & experience the Welcome of this incredible dwelling they are washed with the feeling of "coming home".... More 

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  • Beachfront
  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Welcome to Darling House Bed & Breakfast, a historic inn overlooking Northern California's beautiful Monterey Bay. Centrally situated in a quiet residential neighborhood on picturesque West Cliff Drive, we provide relaxing accommodations to travelers and friends seeking a memorable weekend getaway, a mid-week escape, a family vacation or a romantic getaway. As the only bed and breakfast inn directly on Santa Cruz's beautiful oceanfront, visitors appreciate the soft ocean sounds at night and the sights of gently rolling waves. Our facility is open year round with seven bedrooms for overnight accommodations, plus beautiful indoor space and a 1/2 acre of outdoor space which provide the perfect setting for gatherings of up to 150 people. Darling House is just a short stroll from Santa Cruz's leading attractions: Lighthouse Point, Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, Cowell Beach, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the Santa Cruz Wharf and Natural Bridges State Beach. West Cliff Drive is also a short drive away from the University of California Santa Cruz campus and downtown Santa Cruz's Pacific Garden Mall retail, dining and entertainment district. Lighted by the rising sun through beveled glass, Tiffany lamps and open hearths, and the grace of genuinely open hearts, the Darling House Bed & Breakfast welcomes you into an experience of peaceful elegance. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Darling House

Address: 314 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Region: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Price Range: ₹ 9,780 - ₹ 17,304 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Darling House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
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“Great ocean view from some waterfront rooms”
 of 5 bubbles pmastand, 11 Nov 2015 | Read review
“There are rooms directly over looking Monterey Bay - breathtaking!”
 of 5 bubbles Donna_Byatt, 1 Feb 2015 | Read review
“Anything with an ocean view will suffice.”
 of 5 bubbles KamoHaze, 28 Apr 2014 | Read review
“Be aware, the shared bath downstairs does not have a shower but the one upstairs does.”
 of 5 bubbles honeymooner4, 24 Mar 2014 | Read review
“I would choose a room with an in room bathroom and make sure it has a shower unless you prefer baths.”
 of 5 bubbles brattitoo, 15 Jan 2014 | Read review
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