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"It looks sketchier than it felt. The pool was great, and the rooms clean. Price was good. For what you pay, it’s a great deal. " More

By a verified traveler on Thu 28 Nov 2019

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Hotel Description

Golf motel near Mission Santa Cruz

Westside Santa Cruz stay

Your stay at this Westside Santa Cruz motel places you within 2 miles (3 km) of Mission Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Main Beach and Monterey Bay are also within 2 miles (3 km).

Renovated in 2016

This motel doesn't skimp on freebies - guests receive free WiFi and free self parking. A poolside bar is provided and the front desk is staffed around-the-clock.

Free WiFi, refrigerators

The individually decorated guestrooms offer free WiFi and free local calls. Entertainment options include flat-screen TVs with cable channels, while refrigerators and microwaves provide the conveniences of home. Housekeeping is available on request.

Standard Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$70* Per night/room Jan 30 - Jan 31

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Room with 1 King and 1 Full Bed

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Standard King - ADA Accessible

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

The Islander Motel ratings based on 12 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.5 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for The Islander Motel

Everyone (6) Couples (4) Students (1) Family (1)
2 out of 5
Cheap motel in Santa Cruz. Staff was incredibly short and mean. Room was somewhat clean and location is alright. For the price may be alright, but would definitely look at other places

Posted by , from Los Angeles on Jul 24, 2020

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Aug 5, 2020 by Moe

Sorry for what you have gone through, we will try to fix the issue.

4 out of 5
It looks sketchier than it felt. The pool was great, and the rooms clean. Price was good. For what you pay, it’s a great deal.

Posted by on Nov 28, 2019

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Nov 28, 2019 by Mo

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4 out of 5
Was clean and room had been updated fairly recent. Didnt have in room coffee just an outside vending machine. Luckily restaurants were very close by.

Posted by on Sep 15, 2019

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Sep 15, 2019 by mo

Dear Thank you for your recent stay at the islander motel. We hope you enjoyed your visit to Santa Cruz.

5 out of 5
Simple pleasures for simple needs. The building is aging but scrupulously maintained. Our room had only basic amenities but was recently remodeled with upscale finishes. I felt treated as luxuriously as possible on such a budget-friendly cost. Definitely feel like a got a great deal for the low cost.

Posted by on Jul 24, 2019

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Jul 26, 2019 by mo

Dear Thank you for your recent stay at the islander motel. We hope you enjoyed your visit to Santa Cruz

4 out of 5
It’s right across from an amazing dispensary!! Bathtub is awesome and water stays hot. We got the king size bed. The bed kinda tricks you though. At first you think it’s going to be the best sleep of your life. But slowly you realize it’s sorta like sleeping on a soft rock. Our bodies hurt pretty bad and didn’t get much sleep. :/ beds were our only complaint. But that’s sorta a big part.

Posted by on May 29, 2019

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May 29, 2019 by Moe

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1 out of 5
The Motel indoor parking had incorrect markings and ended with my cars roof racks being pulled off, the entrance is higher than the inner beams leaving you to beleive it is overall much higher than it really is, this left me being able to get into the parking structure but later on get my racks torn off by a low lying beam, this is beyond ridiculous, after that happened the owner came out and yelled at me, I then showed him that he had incorrect signage and this was ultimitaley due to his structure being inproperly labeled and designed

Posted by on Jan 9, 2019

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Jan 13, 2019 by mo

We are so sorry you did not stay with The Islander motel you left saying you will bee back you never came back you draw your car with roof rack on it even you show sign sorry is your fault and you where more then 2 persons any way you did admitted.

3 out of 5
Not friendly staff in morning, however in the evening staff were very friendly.

Posted by , from san luis obispo, ca on Aug 6, 2018

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Aug 7, 2018 by mo

Thanks for staying with us. We work hard to make our guests happy and appreciate your feedback!

4 out of 5
Just your basic hotel room, nothing special. Wish the vending machines worked.

Posted by on Jun 10, 2018

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Jun 13, 2018 by Moe

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4 out of 5

No Fuss

Pros: Room 224
Cons: New Drink machine
Location: Not to close, not to fare
The room had; privacy, cleanliness and location access to entertainment and freeways. We had a self-paced 3 day experience without hotel issues, rare at our price limit. Staff was pleasant and professional.

Posted by , from California on Feb 12, 2018

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Feb 18, 2018 by mo

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5 out of 5
Last minute stay, hotel nice, will use again. Easy access to santa Cruz .............................................

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017

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Dec 16, 2017 by mo

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Renovations + Closures

The following facilities or services will be unavailable from July 1 2021 to March 1 2022 (dates subject to change):

  • Dining venue(s)
  • Fitness facilities

Property Features

The Islander Motel offers its guests a vending machine. WiFi is free in public spaces. You can enjoy a drink at the pool bar. Limited free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A complete renovation of The Islander Motel was completed in December 2016. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this Santa Cruz motel.

  • 1 building
  • 22 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • Built in 1963
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Smoking in designated areas
  • Bar by the pool

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Free WiFi
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Free self parking , Parking (limited spaces) , Free parking nearby

Transport

  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

The Islander Motel offers 22 air-conditioned accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature hair dryers and complimentary toiletries. Each accommodation is individually furnished and decorated. Beds feature premium bedding. 40-inch flat-screen televisions come with premium cable channels. Refrigerators and microwaves are provided. Bathrooms include bathtubs or showers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include phones along with free local calls (restrictions may apply). Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Luxury bedding
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Blackout drapes
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Air conditioning
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor
  • Wheelchair accessible

Nearby Activities

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby
  • Golf driving range on site

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • In-room accessibility
  • Well-lit path to entrance
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Stair-free path to entrance
  • Wheelchair-accessible pool
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time ends at 11:30 PM
  • Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 21

Special check-in instructions:

To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation. If you are planning to arrive after 2:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property 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.

To arrange for check-in, guests must contact the property at least 24 hours prior to arrival using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests arriving after 2:00 PM must make advance arrangements by contacting the property using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in information. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation.

Check-out

  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! One child 5 years old or younger stays 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

Policies

This property is managed by a professional host

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

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit may be 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

Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 21 years old

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and mobile payments

Mobile payment options include: Google Pay and Apple Pay

This property reserves the right to pre-authorize the guest's credit card prior to arrival.

Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property

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

A cash deposit or credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be 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.

This property is managed by a professional host. Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 21 years old. The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation. This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, debit cards, mobile payments, Google Pay, and Apple Pay. This property reserves the right to pre-authorize the guest's credit card prior to arrival. For guests' safety, the property includes a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit in each accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F; guestroom doors are sealed after cleaning. Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests. Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

  • One child stays free
  • Credit card pre-authorization
  • Staff temperature checks are not conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are not available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Cash or credit card deposit required
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is not available
  • Property follows sanitization practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA)
  • Staffed front desk
  • Mobile payments
  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Apple Pay
  • Property does not offer onsite COVID-19 testing
  • Property does not require health documentation at check-in
  • Guest accommodation is sealed after cleaning
  • Electrostatic spray is not used for disinfection
  • Cashless transactions are not available
  • Masks are not compulsory at the property
  • Contactless food service / room service is not available
  • Reservation is not required for facilities onsite
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is available to guests
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Mobile key entry is not available
  • Food service not has not been amended for enhanced safety
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Google Pay
  • Contactless check-in is not available
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
  • No elevators
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually-wrapped food options are not available
  • Debit cards
  • Gap period enforced between guest stays - 24 hours

Fees

Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Cash deposit: USD 100 per accommodation, per stay
  • Cash Breakage deposit: USD 100 per stay
  • Service fee: USD 3.00 per accommodation, per night

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Early check-in fee: USD 25.00 (subject to availability)
  • Late check-out fee: USD 50.00 (subject to availability)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Islander Motel Santa Cruz
  • Islander Santa Cruz
  • The Islander Motel Motel
  • The Islander Motel Santa Cruz
  • The Islander Motel Motel Santa Cruz

You should know

  • Pool access available from 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM.
  • One child 5 years old or younger stays free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Alcohol isn't served at The Islander Motel.
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Frequently Asked Questions

*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.