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Hotels for 18 year olds in Santa Cruz

A curated list of hotels that allow 18 year olds to check-in

Tomas Mazowski A list by Tomas Mazowski. This guide was last updated in November 2022.

If you're under 21, you might face some challenges finding hotels, as many require guests to be at least 21 to check-in. This age requirement is typically in place for legal reasons, to lower insurance rates, or because they don't believe young people will be able to behave responsibly during their stay. It mainly applies to hotels in the US, as in Europe they are usually more relaxed and consider guests adults from the age of 18.

To make finding a hotel easier, I've put together this list of hotels and stays in Santa Cruz that allow guests aged 18 and up. You can see it here below - hope you find it useful!

  • 1 Dream Inn Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, United States

    Dream Inn Santa Cruz

    **** Hotel. Stay in the heart of Santa Cruz. This beachfront hotel is located next to Santa Cruz’s famous boardwalk and steps from the city centre, making it an ideal destination for a weekend escape, corporate event, family holiday or romantic getaway. The Dream Inn features a natural, laid back atmosphere inspired by the ocean. This hotel accepts 18 year olds. Show full description Guest review score 8.7, rooms from around $209.

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  • 2 La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, United States

    La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Santa Cruz

    ** Hotel. Stay in the heart of Santa Cruz. Well situated in the centre of Santa Cruz, La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Santa Cruz offers air-conditioned rooms, a fitness centre and free WiFi. This property is set a short distance from attractions such as Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse, and Santa Cruz Surfing Museum. This hotel accepts 18 year olds. Show full description Guest review score 8.7, rooms from around $113.

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  • 3 The Aqua Pacific Hotel Santa Cruz, United States

    The Aqua Pacific Hotel

    **** Hotel. Situated in Santa Cruz, within 1.2 km of Santa Cruz Beach and 1.2 km of Seabright State Beach, The Aqua Pacific Hotel features accommodation with a garden and free WiFi as well as free private parking for guests who drive. This hotel accepts 18 year olds. Show full description Guest review score 8.1, rooms from around $90.

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  • 4 Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz, an IHG Hotel Santa Cruz, United States

    Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz, an IHG Hotel

    *** Hotel. Located in Santa Cruz, California, 10 minutes from Lighthouse Field State Beach, this hotel features an outdoor pool, a sauna, and bright, contemporary rooms with a 42-inch flat-screen TV. The Santa Cruz East Holiday Inn Express offers rooms with hardwood furniture, including a work desk with ergonomic chair. Guests can browse the internet with the free Wi-Fi or make a snack with the microwave and refrigerator. This hotel accepts 18 year olds. Show full description Guest review score 7.7, rooms from around $93.

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  • 5 Comfort Inn Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, United States

    Comfort Inn Santa Cruz

    ** Hotel. The Comfort Inn Santa Cruz is conveniently located where Highway 1 and Highway 17 meet. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. All rooms offer a coffee machine, a hairdryer, ironing facilities, a refrigerator, and a microwave. This hotel accepts 18 year olds. Show full description Guest review score 7.6, rooms from around $90.

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  • 6 Comfort Inn Boardwalk Santa Cruz, United States

    Comfort Inn Boardwalk

    ** Hotel. Stay in the heart of Santa Cruz. This California hotel is one block from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. It features a seasonal outdoor heated pool and rooms include a flat-screen cable TV with HBO. This hotel accepts 18 year olds. Show full description Guest review score 7.2, rooms from around $86.

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  • 7 Quality Inn Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, United States

    Quality Inn Santa Cruz

    ** Hotel. Located in Santa Cruz town centre, this hotel is 1 mile from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. It features a sun deck and seasonal outdoor pool. All rooms offer free Wi-Fi. This hotel accepts 18 year olds. Show full description Guest review score 6.5, rooms from around $67.

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  • 8 Howard Johnson by Wyndham Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, United States

    Howard Johnson by Wyndham Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

    ** Hotel. Stay in the heart of Santa Cruz. Located a short walk from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Howard Johnson by Wyndham Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk features beautiful ocean views and a hot tub. Free WiFi and a grab-and-go breakfast are included in all guest rooms. This hotel accepts 18 year olds. Show full description Guest review score 6.3, rooms from around $204.

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  • 9 West Cliff Inn, A Four Sisters Inn Santa Cruz, United States

    West Cliff Inn, A Four Sisters Inn

    **** Bed and Breakfast. Stay in the heart of Santa Cruz. Nestled on a bluff across from Cowell's Beach, this 3-story Victorian home is a restful bed and breakfast that offers unique guestrooms and thoughtful amenities just steps from the Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk. West Cliff Inn features luxurious rooms with fireplaces and marble-tile bathrooms. This hotel accepts 18 year olds. Show full description Guest review score 9.1, rooms from around $146.

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  • 10 Santa Cruz Hostel Santa Cruz, United States

    Santa Cruz Hostel

    Hostel. Stay in the heart of Santa Cruz. Featuring barbecue facilities and a garden, Santa Cruz Hostel is located in Santa Cruz, 500 metres from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. This property also provides guests with a sun terrace. This hotel accepts 18 year olds. Show full description Guest review score 8.8, rooms from around $46.

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  • 11 Carousel Beach Inn Santa Cruz, United States

    Carousel Beach Inn

    ** Motel. Stay in the heart of Santa Cruz. Located 2 minutes’ walk away from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Carousel Beach Inn offers rooms equipped with a private balcony. It serves a daily continental breakfast. This hotel accepts 18 year olds. Show full description Guest review score 8.2, rooms from around $109.

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  • 12 Seaway Inn Santa Cruz, United States

    Seaway Inn

    ** Motel. Stay in the heart of Santa Cruz. A short walk from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Municipal Wharf in California, the Seaway Inn offers easy beach access and comfortably furnished rooms with free WiFi. Featuring cable TV with extended channels, each room at the Seaway Inn is equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge and microwave. This hotel accepts 18 year olds. Show full description Guest review score 7.8, rooms from around $94.

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  • 13 Salt Air Lodge Santa Cruz, United States

    Salt Air Lodge

    ** Motel. Stay in the heart of Santa Cruz. Set in the Santa Cruz Boardwalk district of Santa Cruz, Salt Air Lodge offers accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool and free WiFi. 300 metres from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the property is also 1 km away from Pacific Avenue. This hotel accepts 18 year olds. Show full description Guest review score 7.7, rooms from around $80.

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  • 14 Drift Inn, LLC Santa Cruz, United States

    Drift Inn, LLC

    ** Motel. This central Santa Cruz motel is just an 8-minute walk from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. It features guest rooms with free Wi-Fi access and a cable TV. A microwave and mini-fridge are furnished in all rooms at Drift Inn, LLC. This hotel accepts 18 year olds. Show full description Guest review score 7.6, rooms from around $65.

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  • 15 National 9 Motel Santa Cruz, United States

    National 9 Motel

    ** Motel. This motel is off the Santa Cruz Highway One and is 2 miles from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The motel offers an outdoor pool and rooms with free Wi-Fi. National 9 Motel rooms include a private bathroom. This hotel accepts 18 year olds. Show full description Guest review score 7.5, rooms from around $70.

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  • 16 Beachview Inn Santa Cruz, United States

    Beachview Inn

    ** Motel. Stay in the heart of Santa Cruz. Located less than 5 minutes’ walk from the beach, this hotel is less than 10 minutes’ walk from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and 10 minutes’ drive from University of California -Santa Cruz. Free Wi-Fi is provided in all rooms. This hotel accepts 18 year olds. Show full description Guest review score 7.4, rooms from around $69.

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  • 17 Capri Motel Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, United States

    Capri Motel Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

    ** Motel. Stay in the heart of Santa Cruz. Located a short walk from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the Capri Motel Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk offers free parking and easy access to a variety of local attractions. Free WiFi is available in all rooms and free parking is available as well. This hotel accepts 18 year olds. Show full description Guest review score 6.3, rooms from around $58.

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  • 18 Harbor Inn Santa Cruz, United States

    Harbor Inn

    ** Inn. Within 10 minutes’ drive of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Pleasure Point, this Santa Cruz inn offers accommodations with charming décor and free WiFi in all rooms. Kayaking, boating and fishing opportunities are available nearby. Equipped with a flat-screen cable TV, every room provides a seating area. This hotel accepts 18 year olds. Show full description Guest review score 7.5, rooms from around $113.

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  • 19 Best Western Inn Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, United States

    Best Western Inn Santa Cruz

    *** Inn. Offering a fitness centre, Best Western Inn is set in Santa Cruz in the California Region, 2.4 km from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. This hotel accepts 18 year olds. Show full description Guest review score 7.4, rooms from around $89.

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  • 20 Riverside Inn & Suites Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, United States

    Riverside Inn & Suites Santa Cruz

    ** Inn. Located within 10 minutes' walk of the Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk, Riverside Inn & Suites Santa Cruz offers free WiFi. All rooms include a private bathroom with a hair dryer. All rooms also include a TV with cable channels. This hotel accepts 18 year olds. Show full description Guest review score 7.4, rooms from around $65.

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