Dream Inn is located next to Santa Cruz’s famous boardwalk and steps from downtown. Originally a 1960's mid-rise hotel it supports a retro surf shack cool style with a laid back atmosphere. Guestrooms and suites offer private balconies or patios where you can watch surfers carve choice waves and sea lions and dolphins frolic further out. Mod cons include flat-screen TVs and iPod docks while bathrooms feature large rainfall showers and plush robes. The spacious deck features a pool, jacuzzi, children’s wading pool and summer bar. Aquarius restaurant serving sustainable seafood dishes like California yellowtail with cilantro risotto, preserved lemons and watercress or Monterey Bay wild king salmon with quinoa salad, watercress puree and greek yogurt.
• 165 rooms
• Hotel opened: 2009
• Unique: Rooms have a 1970s flair, with bright neon accents and paisley prints.