Top 15 Dog friendly hotels in Santa Cruz

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz

The fun and easy-on-the-eye coastal resort with a hippy heart makes a fantastic place to vacation in California.  With an ideology overspill from nearby San Francisco, visitors come for the progressive laid back vibe, its long sandy beach, its wharf filled with eateries and shops, cool vintage rides as well as hip vintage clothing stores, cafes and galleries. It’s also very welcoming to its furry friends too and not only is it home to their version of ‘Dog Beach,’ and acres of natural landscapes to go walkies on but also to a plentiful supply of dog-friendly parks, pet-welcoming eateries (for starters try Cafe Limelight which offers a special five-item doggie menu!) and even Fido-welcoming wineries. All you need now is to find some places to stay, well you’re in luck! Here are the best dog-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz in no particular order…

Casablanca Inn on the Beach – a family (and dog!) friendly beachfront hotel

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz Global Grasshopper

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz Global Grasshopper

Casablanca Inn on the Beach is set within a converted mansion and offers guests a Mediterranean-style beach vacation only 10 minutes’ walk from Santa Cruz Wharf. This 4-star hotel features free parking, complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi and an on-site Thai restaurant. The rooms and suites at Casablanca Inn on the Beach vary in the amenities they provide from flat-screen TVs, balconies, whirlpool tubs, kitchen areas, private patios and fireplaces. Up to two dogs can stay in each unit, any size, for an additional nightly fee. Dog beds will be provided and you’ll be nearby to Depot Park your furry best friend can enjoy leashed walks.

Hotel Paradox, Autograph Collection – an exceptionally rated, contemporary pet-friendly hotel with stunning mountain views

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz Global Grasshopper

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz Global Grasshopper

Hotel Paradox, Autograph Collection located only 15 minutes’ walk away from the boutique shopping area of Pacific Avenue. This mid-range hotel offers guests free high-speed internet, heated outdoor pool, farm-to-table style restaurant, hot tub, exercise room, sundeck with firepit and free parking. The contemporary rooms are air-conditioned with coffee makers, bathrobes and daily housekeeping services. Up to two dogs can stay at Hotel Paradox, with no weight limits, for a one-off furry pet charge. Your pooch can be left unattended in the room when you are out, and there’s a park located directly behind the hotel for you to exercise your four-legged friend.

Chaminade Resort & Spa – an upscale mission-style pooch-friendly resort with gorgeous views

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz Global Grasshopper

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz Global Grasshopper

Visitors to Chaminade Resort & Spa experience a sophisticated lodging retreat, and yet are still only 3 miles from downtown Santa Cruz. The resort has everything from a heated outdoor pool, hot tub, tennis courts, bar, to a range of on-site dining options, so you will never be short of an activity. The rooms and villas at Chaminade Resort & Spa have Spanish-style interiors with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, coffee makers, and room service. There are pet-friendly rooms available which invite dogs to stay for a one-off cleaning fee. With hiking trails all around, this is the ultimate choice for you and your hound to adventurously explore every day.

Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley – an exceptionally rated, relaxing mountain retreat near to the beach (which welcomes dogs!)

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz Global Grasshopper

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz Global Grasshopper

Hilton Santa Cruz Scotts Valley is in a stunning sheltered forest location. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the amenities including fitness centre, outdoor pool, bar and grill, business centre and free parking. The modern accommodation has free WIFI, signature beds, microwaves, minifridges and flat-screen TVs. Hilton Santa Cruz is a dog-friendly hotel and warmly welcomes up to two dogs to stay per room, up to 50 lbs (pet charges apply). It’s only a short drive to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, and Scotts Valley Bark Park where your four-legged friends can splash in the play pools with other doggie pals, and there are even separate areas for small and large dogs.

Hotel Solares – a beautiful Californian family-friendly hotel only 10 minutes from the famous Santa Cruz Boardwalk Beach

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz Global Grasshopper

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz Global Grasshopper

Hotel Solares is an unfussy hotel in an excellent location which is renowned for its family-friendly atmosphere, where kids under 17 stay for free. The casual, spacious rooms within the hotel have patios or balconies, private bathrooms with complimentary toiletries, and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. The colourful property is close to the beach and has an outdoor pool, free parking, free Wi-Fi and complimentary breakfast service. Hotel Soares is pet-friendly and welcomes up to two dogs, any size, for additional nightly pet fees. Doggie treats are provided on arrival, and your furry family members can enjoy the gardens, BBQ and picnic areas with you.

Ocean Pacific Lodge – unfussy Fido-friendly lodging less than 1 mile from Santa Cruz Wharf

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz Global Grasshopper

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz Global Grasshopper

Ocean Pacific Lodge is a down-to-earth hotel offering clean, comfortable guest rooms with free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, minifridges, microwaves and coffee makers. During your stay, you can benefit from the outdoor pool, hot tub, complimentary morning coffee and free parking. Ocean Pacific Lodge is a pet-friendly hotel and invites you to bring up to two dogs with you on vacation for a one-off charge per dog. There are numerous dog-friendly parks nearby for you and your canine companion to explore, some with fenced off-leash dog runs and others with splash pools – staff at the hotel will happily advise you on the dog parks of Santa Cruz.

Continental Inn – straightforward dog-friendly lodging situated less than a mile from the beach attractions of Santa Cruz

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Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz Global Grasshopper

Continental Inn is a low-rise property offering guests a great location as you will be within walking distance of Downtown Santa Cruz. The hotel features a seasonal outdoor pool, hot tub, vending machines, 24-hour front desk service, free parking and free Wi-Fi. Your four-legged family members are invited to stay in the pet-friendly rooms at Continental Inn. Up to two dogs of any size are welcome to stay for an additional nightly charge. Upon arrival, your furry best friend can collect pet bowls and doggie treats from the front desk and will be shown the grassy relief areas within the grounds.

Aqua Breeze Inn – a colorful, unpretentious dog-friendly hotel very near the Santa Cruz beach

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Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz Global Grasshopper

Aqua Breeze Inn is a budget hotel located just one block away from the traditional seaside amusement park Santa Cruz Boardwalk. The hotel features free parking, free continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges and microwaves. Aqua Breeze Inn is a dog-friendly hotel, but as pet-friendly rooms are limited, it is advisable to contact the hotel directly to make a reservation as early as possible. Up to two dogs can stay per room, up to 50 lbs, for an additional nightly charge. From this hotel, you and your four-legged best friend are only moments away from long sandy beach walks.

Seaway Inn – popular pet-friendly accommodation in a central Santa Cruz location

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz Global Grasshopper

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz Global Grasshopper

Seaway Inn is a straightforward hotel which provides modest lodging only a short walk from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Guests benefit from free parking, complimentary continental breakfast, communal lounge area and a 24-hour front desk service. The casual rooms at the property have relaxed beach décor, free Wi-Fi, coffeemakers, microwaves and cable TV. Seaway Inn has pet-friendly rooms available where up to two dogs can stay, with a weight limit of 50 lbs, for an extra nightly charge. You and your hound can use this hotel as a fantastic base from which to explore all the nearby dog parks and dog-friendly beaches.

Pacific Inn Santa Cruz – a Mediterranean-style hotel within easy reach of Santa Cruz’s shopping and museums

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz Global Grasshopper

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz Global Grasshopper

Pacific Inn Santa Cruz is a budget hotel situated in the heart of Santa Cruz, just minutes from Pacific Garden Mall and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The unassuming rooms are air-conditioned and have private bathrooms, microwaves, mini-fridges, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. The hotel features a heated indoor pool, a spa tub, complimentary breakfast service, and free parking. Pacific Inn Santa Cruz warmly welcomes your furry best friends to stay, up to two dogs per room, and they are allowed on all grassy areas. Perfectly located for a trip to the nearby Santa Cruz Riverwalk Park, your pampered pooch can enjoy leash-walks along the San Lorenzo River.

Bay Front Inn – a budget (and dog!) friendly hotel a 13-minute walk from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz Global Grasshopper

Bay Front Inn is located only a few miles from Natural Bridges State Beach, home to migrating whales, seals and otters. The hotel itself features bike hire, complimentary continental breakfast, and free parking. The relaxed accommodation at Bay Front Inn offers guests hardwood flooring, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, microwaves and coffee makers. The pet-friendly rooms at Bay Front Inn are on the first floor allowing convenient access to the designated doggie area. Up to two dogs can stay for a one-off fee, and they will be provided with pet beds and dog treats. From this hotel, you are within easy reach of Lighthouse Field Dog Area for hours of off-leash fun.

Surfer’s Delight Beach Cottage – a delightful, one-bedroom holiday home a few miles from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz Global Grasshopper

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz Global Grasshopper

Surfers Beach Cottage is a quint, self-catering property with free parking, a patio, free Wi-Fi, cable TV and a well-equipped kitchen. There’s so much to do from this cottage, from cycling to nearby golf course, fishing and hiking. Surfers Beach Cottage is completely dog-friendly, meaning you don’t have to leave your beloved furry family member at home. Pet fees may apply, it is advisable to contact the hosts directly to tell them about your dog and discuss the wide range of dog bark parks and dog-friendly beaches nearby for you to explore with your canine companion.

Surf City Inn & Suites – a straightforward Fido-friendly hotel where kids under 12 can stay for free

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz Global Grasshopper

Surf City Inn & Suites is perfectly located for visitors seeking a beach vacation, as it’s only a short walk from Beach Boardwalk and the Main Beach. The simple rooms are clean and comfortable and come with cable TV, free Wi-Fi, microwave and safety deposit box. During your stay, you can benefit from complimentary breakfast, free parking, indoor pool, hot tub and business centre. Surf City Inn & Suites is a dog-friendly property, allowing up to two dogs of any size per unit. There’s a doggie area on-site for your pooch’s convenience.

Magical Oasis – a well-presented, pet-friendly property which is perfectly located for hiking with your four-legged friend

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz Global Grasshopper

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz Global Grasshopper

Magical Oasis is a spacious, four-bedroom holiday home within a complex which features a children’s play area, cycling routes, mini-golf, horse-riding, fishing, spa, and bowling – so you really will be spoilt for choice on this vacation. While staying at the house you can enjoy the patio area, TV lounge, and free Wi-Fi. There’s also a well-equipped kitchen with dishwasher, washing machine, fridge and cooker for you to use during your stay. Magical Oasis is a dog-friendly holiday home. Contact the hosts directly to discuss the pet charges and what can be provided for your hound within the property.

Ocean Echo Inn & Beach Cottages – a quaint beachfront dog-friendly complex built in the early 1900s

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz Global Grasshopper

Ocean Echo Inn & Beach Cottages have been welcoming guests time and time again, including songwriters Neil Diamond and John Denver who found this area to be truly inspirational. The estate is made up of rooms, suites and private cottages which feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, microwaves, minifridges and free parking. The private cottages also include self-contained patios. Ocean Echo Inn & Beach Cottages is a pet-friendly resort, where dog baskets and bowls are provided. Located only 2 minutes’ walk from the dog-friendly beach, Sunny Cove, you will be only moments away from your canine companion feeling the sand beneath their paws.

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Born in England, with a few family roots from Bavaria, and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a bit of a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 40 countries on trips and living in Dublin, South East Asia and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not wandering the world, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.

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