The Hitching Post Motel - Santa Cruz  2 stars

1717 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, United States, 95062  show mapSave
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The central 2-star Hitching Post Motel offers compact guestrooms.

This hotel is located in a beach area and 1.7km from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Art League Inc-Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz Harbor Beach. Just 30 minutes from the center of Santa Cruz.

Just 45 minutes from Mineta San Jose International airport.


The hotel offers 30 rooms. All of them feature a small fridge, individual climate control, a kitchenette, a patio and a writing desk. They are fitted with a shower and a hairdryer in the en-suite bathrooms.


Multilingual staff offers 24-hour reception, wake up service and housekeeping.


Leisure facilities feature a golf course and an outdoor swimming pool.


Wireless internet is available in public areas and is free of charge.

Guest Parking

Free Public hotel parking is possible on site.

Number of rooms   31.

City Center Santa Cruz - 1.5 mi
Airports Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) - 26.7 mi, Monterey Peninsula (MRY) - 28.5 mi
Bus stop - 400 ft
Restaurants Mackenzies Chocolates (cuisine: American) - 900 ft, Taco Bell (cuisine: Fast Food, Mexican) - 1300 ft
Beaches Santa Cruz Harbor Beach - 1.3 mi
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  • Multilingual staff
  • Express check-out
  • Storage space
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Vending Machines
  • Maid Service
  • Shops/commercial Services
  • Laundry
Dining facilities
  • Restaurant
Business facilities
  • Business center
  • Fax/photocopying
Leisure and relaxation facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Golf
Room facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Tea and Coffee Facilities
  • Patio
  • Dressing area
  • Private bathroom
Kitchen facilities
  • Dining Table
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Cable TV
  • AM/FM alarm clock
  • TV



from  2 pm


until  11 am

Children and extra beds
  • Maximum capacity of extra beds in a room is 1. 

Pets are not allowed.

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      What's nearby

      Popular areas
      • City Center
        1.4 mi
      Sport related
      Shopping areas
      • Pacific Garden Shopping
        1.4 mi
      • Surf Bowl Cafe
        1.6 mi
      • Kids on Broadway
        1.0 mi
      • Art League Inc-Santa Cruz
        1.0 mi
      • Santa Cruz Museum Nat History
        1.2 mi
      • Museum of Art and History
        1.3 mi
      • McPherson Center
        1.3 mi
      • First Night Santa Cruz
        1.4 mi
      • Surfing Museum Lighthouse Pnt
        1.6 mi
      • Parks and Recreation Dept
        1.0 mi
      • Santa Cruz County Parks Dept
        1.2 mi
      • Santa Cruz Mission State Park
        1.4 mi
      • Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation
        1.6 mi
      • Cayuga Vault
        2000 ft
      • Pacific Cultural Ctr
        2700 ft
      • Veterans of Foreign Wars
        3700 ft
      • Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange
        1.1 mi
      • Live Oak Senior Ctr
        1.1 mi
      • Viking Hall
        1.2 mi
      • German American Hall
        1.2 mi
      • First Church-Religious Science
        1.4 mi
      • Holy Cross Parish Hall
        1.5 mi
      • Calvary Parish Hall
        1.6 mi
      • 1.6 mi
      • Louden Nelson Community Ctr
        1.6 mi
      Universities, Institutes
      • Gestalt Institute-Santa Cruz
        1.5 mi
      Medical care and Hospitals
      • Dominican Hospital
        1.1 mi
      • Sutter Maternity & Surgery Ctr
        1.4 mi

      Local Attractions

      • Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
        1.3 mi
        1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz
      • Santa Cruz Harbor Beach
        1.3 mi
        5th Ave. at East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz
      • Museum of Art & History
        1.4 mi
        705 Front St., Santa Cruz
      • Santa Cruz Main Beach
        1.6 mi
        Along Beach St. west from San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz
      • Santa Cruz Wharf
        1.6 mi
        Beach Street, Santa Cruz

      Restaurants Nearby

      • Mackenzies Chocolates

        62% likes this, based on 39 reviews
        Cuisine: American

        900 ft
        1492 Soquel Avenue
      • Taco Bell

        66% likes this, based on 16 reviews
        Cuisine: Fast Food, Mexican
        Price Range: USD 3 - USD 22

        1300 ft
        1404 Soquel Ave

        Phone: 831-316-0031

      • Staff of Life Natural Foods

        86% likes this, based on 10 reviews

        1800 ft
        1305 Water St

        Phone: (831) 423-8632

      • Jeffery's Restaurant

        86% likes this, based on 34 reviews
        Cuisine: American

        1800 ft
        2050 Soquel Ave.

        Phone: 831-425-1485

      • Deli-Licious Catering

        61% likes this, based on 6 reviews

        2000 ft
        418 Trevethan Ave

        Phone: (831) 423-3567

      The Hitching Post Motel Reviews

      Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at The Hitching Post Motel

      Average guest rating

      out of 10
      Very good
      Based on 40 reviews

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      Individual guest reviews

      • Single

        I like that it was not far from my family and was available.

        It has been a long time since I've been in a hotel without a hairdryer, tissues, air conditioning. It was good to have a kitchen, but why no pots, pans, dishes, eating utensils?

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      • Family with children

        Pool wasn't heated for the kids. The oven wasn't working and didn't realize there wouldn't be any pots and pans or silverware, ect.

        • Average rating
      • Family with children

        It was quiet. Separate sink area/ toilet room.

        Uncomfortable beds. No breakfast. Refridge did not work

        • Average rating
      • Older travelers

        Great location for our purposes...close to downtown and the beach...wonderful staff with nice clean affordable room...will definitely return

        • Average rating
      • Older travelers

        room was not ready tried to check in at 1400 but was told to come back at 1500. 1530 we went back room was not ready still with dirty linens, very disappointed. not coming back/not recommending.

        • Average rating
      • Single

        It was the least expensive hotel I could find on short notice (day before). The people were friendly.

        It did not look or smell clean. The bed was mushy. The kitchen had no cooking or eating supplies provided (no pots and pans, no plates, nothing).

        • Average rating
      • Couple

        Price and access.

        Outside noise, just an example in the middle of the night a tow truck was picking a car from the parking lot.

        • Average rating
      • Couple

        The hotel was right between where we had reservations and the beach. Its at a great location. We got lot a few times and seemed as find out way back. Its close to the beach, but not too close and for travelers; there way a walgrees right across the street. It was nice.

        When I got there I waited like 30 minutes for someone to come, when they came I had to wait an hour for a room key. Those were the only issues I had

        • Average rating
      • Group of friends

        It was a solid hotel. Didn't feel like I would be stabbed and it was clean.

        It was a little more expensive than it should be.

        • Average rating
      • Couple

        Very cheap. We payed $60 for a king room with separate kitchen. The place was huge. Very retro. The place hasn't been updated since the 80's but great value for money. Plenty I parks available.

        For the price of our room you can't complain about it being retro.

        • Average rating
      • Family with children

        Steve in the lobby was very accommodating, very friendly, got me a roll away bed instantly and opened the gate to the swimming pool when it was locked. Also provided me a map to get to Crow's Nest and Shadow Brook Restaurant without taking the freeway, which is a big deal while the Begonia Festival is going on.

        It's on the older side, not modern. They definately need to remodel.

        • Average rating
      • Family with children

        Clean and easy

        The price was different when I paid from the quoit I got online

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      • Older travelers

        Large room, large bed, refrigerator, dining table, free wireless internet.

        One sleepless night due to a very loud guest in an an adjacent room and an inability to contact hotel staff to address it.

        • Average rating
      • Family with children

        Hitching was a great place to stay for my wallet. Had two kids, wife and I. Paid about $100 for the night, got two beds. Our main goal was to have fun in Santa Cruz, and then get back to the hotel, fall asleep. We did not stay at the hotel for too long.

        Well, you could say a lot of bad things about the hotel if you were looking for luxury. But if your focus is in budget friendly, the complaints that I have was our room was not ready when we got their. We had to wait 15 minutes for the maid to finish getting our room ready. The air conditioner did not work, and I am glad that we spent most of our time not in the hotel, the brick walls were not really doing it for me. Basically stayed their to sleep, then left the next morning.

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      • Older travelers

        it's in Santa Cruz

        Thin threadbare bedspreads, lime green walls? Door opens on driveway, no buffer.

        • Average rating
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