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4.2 out of 5

"It is a classic property that has been renovated and is unique to the area. There was no breakfast included, but the courtyard area and property grou ... " More

By a verified traveler on Tue 16 Jul 2019

Hotel Description

Golf hotel near Riverside Convention Center

Heart of Riverside

A stay at this Downtown Riverside hotel places you steps from Riverside Convention Center and within a 5-minute walk of Fox Performing Arts Center. Fox Entertainment Plaza and Riverside Metropolitan Museum are also within half a mile (1 km).

Property Amenities

This hotel doesn't skimp on freebies - guests receive free WiFi and free self parking. Laundry facilities are provided for your convenience.

Free WiFi, balconies

Featuring conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves, the 25 guestrooms also offer free WiFi and TVs with cable channels. Other amenities include balconies, fans, and hair dryers. Housekeeping is available once per stay.

One queen bed non smoking

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
$115* Per night/room Apr 9 - Apr 10

Two double beds non smoking

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Santa Cruz Inn Riverside ratings based on 10 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.2 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Santa Cruz Inn Riverside

Everyone (1)
4 out of 5
It is a classic property that has been renovated and is unique to the area. There was no breakfast included, but the courtyard area and property grounds are very inviting.

Posted by on Jul 16, 2019

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1 out of 5

The hotel is really a bad motel that should not be recommended to anyone

Cons: dirty, unprofessional staff, shirts stained, drug motel
We booked this because it looked like it had good reviews. When I arrived at 11pm, the front desk person was not very professional and I notice drug dealers out front, so I asked to see the room. I walked in and the room smelled of bug stray and I saw a dead roach in the bathroom. The bedspread was badly stained and the carpet was really dirty. I left my family in the car and I could not subject them to this kind of motel. The staff refused to provide a refund and was not apologetic at all. I would not recommend this motel to anyone. I have travelled to many countries and stayed in many different types of places with bugs, but I will not stay in a place that is dirty, unsafe and not well maintained. Not sure what rooms these other reviewers had!!

Posted by , from San Francisco, CA, USA on Mar 30, 2012

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5 out of 5

Great alternative to boring monolith across the street

I attended a conference that took place at the Riverside Marriott across the street, which I'm sure is a perfectly nice hotel, but I'm so glad I chose to stay at the Santa Cruz instead. First of all, it was half the price. It's directly across the street from the Marriott, with a crosswalk conveniently located. The hotel itself is rather charming-- it's clearly a historic property, with pretty archways, Spanish styling, and a few bubbling fountains for ambience. My room was small but perfectly adequate with minifridge and microwave. It was very clean. The staff was very nice-- friendly and attentive without being intrusive. The housekeeper checked in with me personally about whether to change my sheets, which I appreciated since changing sheets every day is just plain stupid. I had a tiny balcony with double doors, which was too small for lounging on but perfect for letting in the southern california breezes. The hotel is located on a busy street, which did make the morning and evening hours a bit noisy, but downtown Riverside is pretty dead at night so it was very quiet during sleeping hours. The Sta Cruz is a couple of blocks from the pedestrian walkway downtown, and just around the corner from the Mission Inn. There's a CVS next door and a Starbucks 1/2 block north. In short, if you're the type who wants a room that is identical in every way to thousands of others across the country, then stay at the Marriott. But if you appreciate something a little different, where the owners are local and work hard to keep up their historic hotel, then try the Santa Cruz. You'll be glad you did.

Posted by on Mar 29, 2010

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5 out of 5

Weekend in Riverside

No problems. Very close to downtown by my standards; walked to everything. Good wifi. Didn't try their breakfast.

Posted by on Feb 14, 2010

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5 out of 5

I really enjoyed my stay

I loved the old time look - it was like stepping back in time. Nothing needed improvement other than the rooms needing coffee. Thank you very much - I have enjoyed my stay @ Santa Cruz Inn. I was lookin for something just like this - quite tucked away, very peaceful; and homelike; or like a getaway

Posted by on Nov 20, 2009

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4 out of 5

Don't judge a book by its cover

I liked the historic features and nearness to the county buildings and courthouses. I needed a place to stay on arrival from Ontario Airport. Very clean rooms. Staff very polite and caring. Loved the coffee machine choices - self serve - excellent. Don't judge a book by its cover!!

Posted by on Nov 20, 2009

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5 out of 5

Welcoming staff and great location

I love the nature type surroundings, architecture, gardens and downtown area. Nothing I saw needed improvement. Staff were very welcoming, polite. I definitely would recommend this place to anyone. When back in the country would definitely stay here again. Everything was so nice.

Posted by on Nov 20, 2009

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5 out of 5

Great Stay!

The history and the care thwt went into the renovation is great! The breakfast and drink machine was really handly to have, there wasn't anything that I can think of that needed fixing (recently renovated) it was very personalized and comforting service.

Posted by on Nov 16, 2007

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4 out of 5

Great Location

I like the size of the room, it was great. If we are in the area we are going to stay here again.

Posted by on Nov 6, 2007

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4 out of 5

Great service

The proximity to the Marriot and Convention Center was great, I loved the rustic architecture and charm. I had a flat tire and Fred was friendly and helpful, he went out of his way to find a tire service station for me to take my vehicle for repair. I felt like the staff cared about the level of service rendered.

Posted by on Nov 6, 2007

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About the Santa Cruz Inn Riverside

Location 3425 Market St, Riverside, CA 92501

Property Features

As a guest of Santa Cruz Inn Riverside, you'll find coffee/tea in a common area and laundry facilities. Public spaces have free WiFi. Self parking is free. This Riverside hotel is smoke free.

  • 25 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Airport: Los Angeles, CA (LAX-Los Angeles Intl.) (111.1 km / 69 mi)
  • Train station: Riverside-Downtown Station (1.7 km / 1 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Santa Cruz Inn Riverside offers 25 accommodations with hair dryers and irons/ironing boards. Rooms open to balconies. Televisions come with cable channels. Guests can make use of the in-room refrigerators and microwaves. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations. This Riverside hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones. Additionally, rooms include fans and blackout drapes/curtains. Housekeeping is provided once per stay.

  • Private balcony
  • Television
  • Cable channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Housekeeping (once per stay)
  • Hair dryer
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Fan
  • Ensuite bathroom

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 6:00 AM - midnight.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 6:00 AM - midnight.


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
  • Only service animals are allowed
  • Debit cards

Hotel Names

  • Riverside Inn Santa Cruz
  • Riverside Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz Inn Riverside
  • Santa Cruz Riverside
  • Santa Cruz Hotel Riverside
  • Santa Cruz Inn Riverside Hotel
  • Santa Cruz Inn Riverside Riverside
  • Santa Cruz Inn Riverside Hotel Riverside

You should know

  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.