HI - Santa Cruz Hostel at the Carmelita Cottages, Santa Cruz
HI - Santa Cruz Hostel at the Carmelita Cottages, Santa Cruz
HI - Santa Cruz Hostel at the Carmelita Cottages, Santa Cruz
HI - Santa Cruz Hostel at the Carmelita Cottages, Santa Cruz
HI - Santa Cruz Hostel at the Carmelita Cottages, Santa Cruz
HI - Santa Cruz Hostel at the Carmelita Cottages, Santa Cruz
HI - Santa Cruz Hostel at the Carmelita Cottages, Santa Cruz

HI - Santa Cruz Hostel at the Carmelita Cottages, Santa Cruz

155 Reviews
Family-Friendly Hostel Groups (10+ people)

HI - Santa Cruz Hostel at the Carmelita Cottages Reviews

Great, great, great

Great location, super clean, nice staff, a lot of place because only 8 persons per cottage, and cheap for california. I recommend 100%!!


Wonderful december stay

i stayed a few nights in mid december. it was so wonderful. they had the entire hostel decorated for christmas, complete with tree. iris was so helpful. she helped me with planning my trip along the coast of santa cruz. many great tips. it was very very quiet. of my four nights in the dorm room, i was by myself once, and had only two others in the dorm room for the other nights. yes, there is a lockout, but just prepare yourself for the day and everything works out great! i will definitely be back.

Joanna G
Germany (now in the USA)

Cozy and kind

Yes, this place is a quiet hostel, but so tranquil! Outside has many beautiful plants and various seating areas, one even has a fire pit with a swing! I thought it was neat that the place was made up of various cottages instead of one big building. Kitchen was well stocked -- lots of cooking utensils and even various free food items. Staff were very laid back and chill, they were willing to talk travels, how to get to various places, and cool things to do around Santa Cruz. One female staff member was really helpful with all the details about hiking around town and outdoors activities. A warm smile at check-in and a very welcoming attitude. Curfew is lame, but there is a TV and common room to watch movies and to hang out. Definitely recommend this place!


Worst Hostel Ever

This is by far the worst hostel I have ever been to. Granted I try to stay in clean, well kept hostels, not drug slums, but even as a drug slum you only want to stay here as a last resort. They kick everybody out every day at 11 a.m., and won't let you back in until 5 p.m. If you have an emergency, then you're just out of luck, because there isn't even a staff member on duty to listen to how you forgot your asthma medication, and must get it immediately or die. Also, if you happen to not make it back by 11 p.m. they lock you out, and you sleep on the street that night. Furthermore, the staff was completely unhelpful. They had the kind of demeanor of I-hate-my-job-and-have-come-to-hate-the-guests-by-relation. I'm not for stabbing people myself, but I would be very sympathetic to someone who did stab them. In addition, everyone who had a car complained about parking, it was cold at night, the lounge was not a lounge but a small room where they put a chair, and the whole stay nobody was able to get a wireless connection. Overall, I recommend you not stay there.


Not Worth the Stop

A month after my stay here, I still feel resentment towards this hostel. Stay here if you like feeling like a juvenile again. The owner/manager is extremely rude and forces too many rules on the guests. Compared with the easy going atmosphere of my earlier stays in San Diego and L.A., I expected to have a good time, but I was terribly mistaken. Santa Cruz sucked anyway, with the white trash wharf and jerks at the amusement park. At the hostel, you apparently cannot enter your room during the day at all and we were not informed of this clearly at check in. The old lady bitched us out and made us feel as though we were schoolchildren again. It really left a bad taste in my mouth and I would not recommend this place to anyway, families, or otherwise. Speaking of which, the four guys of my group had to sleep next to a crying baby! One upside was this nice hippie guy made us french toast for breakfast, I was very thankful for that. However, a motel would have been a better choice, but not stopping in Santa Cruz would have been an even better one.


Three times I have stayed and have always found the staff to be more than friendly and helpful. The location is just awesome, a few blocks from an awesome beachfront. There are several places to eat at all expense levels within walking distance. Also within walking distance are grocery stores, a farmer's market with fresh, locally-grown, organic produce, movie theaters, small museums, record stores, head shops, book stores, cool bars, coffee shops, thrift stores, ATMs are abundant, good shopping if you are into that. this same strip has an awesome variety of colorful people from all walks of life. The central bus station is just a few minutes' walk away. The hostel does have odd hours in that it closes during the day and there is a curfew at 11 p.m. (so travelers can get some sleep) but it's common in other cities/countries too, it's just part of life in the hosteling world. One has to remember that this is not a commercial hotel. there is a limited staff and as one can imagine, in a place like Santa Cruz it has to be kinda expensive to operate. If the place didn't close during the day and if it was twenty-four hours like in some cities, wow! Now I see why it isn't -- in a town like Santa Cruz -- are you kidding me? It would be outta control!

Dubl C -Otown, FL

This was an excellent hostel. I'm very happy with my choice. Very nice rooms, helpful staff, and great location. I was able to see many things in Santa Cruz by walking: the beach, the wharf, the downtown, grocery stores, movies. I also rented a bike to see Natural Bridges and the Monarch Butterfly Reserve. If I come back to Santa Cruz, I will stay here.


Stayed there back in May 2006. Nice place, friendly staff. There was a movie on the given night I was there. I regret not staying there for more nights especially since I was doing things in Santa Cruz and surroundings versus the almost thirty-mile drive to Pescadero.


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Location and Contact




Address: 321 Main Street, Santa Cruz, Californie, États-Unis

HI - Santa Cruz Hostel at the Carmelita Cottages is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website HI - Santa Cruz Hostel at the Carmelita Cottages Santa Cruz www.hi-santacruz.org
Phone Number: +1 (831) 423-8304
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Groups (10+ people)


Luggage Storage


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental

Lockers in Lobby

BBQ Grill

Book Collection/Exchange

Clothes Dryer

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking




Lounge Area

Wheelchair Accessible

Airport Pickup

Service Animals

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 8 AM - 11 AM & 5 PM - 10 PM (08:00-11:00 & 17:00-22:00)

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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