a traveler from Travelocity.com
on September 2, 2008
I searched endlessly for a budget motel (3 star rating) in Santa Cruz for a decent price. Apparently this does not exist in the height of the summer season. I finally gave in and booked the Bay Front Inn. I was very pleased. I still think I over-paid but it was the best budget motel ever. The rooms were roomy and clean. The front desk was very friendly. I felt safe at night. It is within EASY walking distance to downtown, the wharf and the boardwalk. My mom and I did a "girl trip" and we felt safe and comfortable the whole time and we didn't need to drive (that says a lot when you are traveling with a 67-year old grandma!) You can tell the owners care for the place. The gardens and overall grounds are very well kept. The room had a fridge and microwave. I was definitely pleased. The only downside was the parking. It is very tight, especially at night. The front desk said they would pay for meter parking if we ended up on having to park on the street, but like I said, we didn't need to drive with everything so close by. The other "ok" factor was the continental breakfast. I was coffee/juice, pre-packaged danish, instant oatmeal, and bananas and apples. But it was ok considering it was just a light snack until we could get to a real restaurant for breakfast. Overall, I would definitely stay again.
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