We were spending nearly three weeks in Santa Cruz and needed an affordable, conveniently located hotel. Ramada Inn was our answer. Very conveniently located at 516 Water Street, just two blocks away from the famous Santa Cruz Diner, was the Ramada Inn neatly tucked behind a Firestone Tire center. Directly across the street were multiple food options including an Italian-Mexican Restaurant and an Irish Pub; perfect since we spent St. Patrick’s Day in Santa Cruz. What’s better than a bar right across the street from your hotel on St. Patrick’s Day? An Irish Pub right across the street!
The owners of this Ramada Inn are a very nice couple that happily greets you when you enter the office and are eager to meet your needs. Whether it is fresh towels or paper plates to go with our delivered pizza, they were always there to lend a hand. They also respected our privacy, not once disturbing the “do not disturb” sign or questioning our guests even when we got a little loud. This hotel is absolutely perfect for those travelling on business or for fun. If you are with a large group or family, I would recommend requesting a bottom-floor room so that you don’t disturb any downstairs neighbors as the buildings are a little older and the floors do creak. The 9-foot deep pool was closed for the season during our stay, but was open as a winter residence for two beautiful mallard ducks. After being at the hotel so long, these ducks became like pets; greeting us when we returned and begging us for more bread. We appreciated seeing them every day and that the hotel owners allowed them to stay while the pool was closed anyway for the season.
The owners obviously take pride in their property, as this shines through their beautiful landscaping. There were neatly trimmed bushes and hedges, blooming lilies, flowers, and plants galore. There is even a hand-crafted luxury bird house near the lobby, adding to the home garden feel. The rooms meet your basic needs with a coffee maker, mini-fridge, microwave, hair-dryer and cable including HBO. Wi-fi is available throughout the hotel from multiple hotspots to ensure great signal in every room. If you are travelling through Santa Cruz and looking for a nice, convenient place to stay, this is your hotel!