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West Cliff Inn

174 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, California 95060
Innkeeper(s): A Four Sisters Inn
  • Introduction

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    Come on, head for our beaches! And along the way, discover all that Santa Cruz County has to offer. Explore our majestic redwood forests and vibrant city scapes. Taste our fresh cuisine and fine wines. Experience our rich history, acclaimed arts, and year-round events for everyone.

    Santa Cruz County's 29 miles of sun-drenched, fun-filled beaches offer the perfect setting for nearly every type of activity. Whether you enjoy building sand castles, learning to surf, playing beach volleyball, hiking along the coastal bluffs, enjoying a picnic or ending your day with a romantic sunset stroll, our beaches offer something for everyone. From dramatic windswept cliffs, to wide expanses of sand and sea to the ambiance of a picturesque seaside town, you're sure to enjoy surf, sand and sun in an unforgettable setting.

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    This distinctive Santa Cruz, California bed and breakfast inn is situated on a bluff across from Cowell's Beach and the famous Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk. West Cliff Inn is the newest hotel in the Four Sisters Inn's collection. The stately, three-story Italianate Victorian with its spacious, wraparound porch was completely renovated and features a breezy, coastal decor with fabrics in crisp blues and whites.

    This Four Sisters Inn blends the modern luxuries and sophisticated services of a boutique hotel with the traditional amenities and architecture of a B & B. Many guest rooms feature ocean views and jetted spa hot tubs. As with all Four Sisters Inns, rates include our celebrated amenities including a sumptuous breakfast buffet, afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres, evening turn down service, morning newspaper delivery, and bicycles to borrow to explore town, making this Santa Cruz California bed and breakfast hotel lodging a perfect romantic getaway.

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    The ten well-appointed guestrooms feature a king bed, flat-panel television, marble tile bathroom and some include a fireplace and a jetted spa tub. One second floor room has a private, outdoor jetted hot tub; two spacious top floor rooms have separate seating areas and over-sized bathrooms.

    Our friendly staff will help you select the perfect room and assist you with planning a memorable stay.

    Rates range from $185 - $400 and include:

    • Full signature breakfast for two
    • Afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres
    • Freshly-baked cookies and coffee, tea, hot chocolate and sodas
    • Turn down, on request
    • Wireless Internet
    • Onsite parking

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  • Complimentary Amenities

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    Four Sisters Inns signature services, provided at West Cliff Inn, with our compliments:

    • A bountiful breakfast buffet each morning
    • Afternoon wine, tea and hors d' oeuvres
    • Evening turndown, available upon request
    • Freshly-baked cookies
    • Refreshments including water, coffee and tea available throughout the day
    • Newspapers available in sitting room each morning
    • Wireless Internet access and free local telephone calls
    • Concierge and activity recommendations and planning
    • 3:00 pm check-in and 12:00 noon check-out
    • Movies, books and games available to borrow at the front desk
    • Easily forgotten toiletry items, (toothbrush, shaving cream, sewing kits, etc) available at front desk
    • On-site parking
    • Bon Voyage gift to all guests who stay five or more consecutive nights
    • Generous Frequent Sleeper Loyalty Program offering enrolled guests one complimentary night for every twenty points earned

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    The following services and items are available for purchase:

    • One pet-friendly guestroom is available for an additional charge. Click here for more information.
    • Breakfast delivered to your guestroom ($10 per day)
    • Rates are based on two guests per room. Additional guests over the age of five ($25)
    • A bottle of wine (price varies)
    • A bottle of chilled sparkling wine (price varies)
    • Celebration Package Upgrade ($45)
    • Long distance, faxing, printing or other business services (price varies)
    • Adoption of a signature Teddy Bear ($35)
    • Purchase of a Four Sisters Inns cookbook ($15.95)
    • Tickets for activities and special events (prices vary, select locations)

    Terms and conditions apply.

  • Food and Wine at West Cliff Inn

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    Four Sisters Inns Signature Breakfast

    Our signature breakfast buffet is included with your stay and features a sumptuous hot entrée prepared by our innkeepers. Blueberry Pancakes, Artichoke Quiche or Grand Marnier French Toast are just a sampling of what you can expect to find at breakfast each morning. We also prepare a fresh baked good such as our delicious Honey-Buttermilk Muffins, Blueberry Sour Cream Scones or Pumpkin Muffins. Breakfast also always includes cereals, breads, fresh fruit, juices, tea and coffee. Most of the dishes we prepare each morning can be found in our 6th edition The Kitchen Cookbook.

    Breakfast in Bed is available for $10 per day. Simply ask the innkeeper for the Breakfast in Bed form at check-in and be sure to return it to the front desk by 7:00 pm the night before you would like to receive Breakfast in Bed. This service may not be available at all inns.

    Dietary Restrictions

    Guests on special diets generally find many items in our buffet that are suitable to their needs. However, due to the small size of our inn and kitchen, we cannot accommodate all dietary requests (such as gluten-free, vegan, no nuts, etc). If you are on a restricted diet, you are welcome to store a small bag of your own foods in our refrigerator.

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    You're Invited

    Join us for a complimentary glass of wine, plus cheeses, and savory hors d’oeuvres each afternoon. It’s the perfect way to relax and celebrate after a day of sightseeing. Plus, don’t forget about our cookies! Cookies are a Four Sisters Inns tradition – every day by 3 pm, you’ll find complimentary, freshly baked cookies, available near the the lobby area. We bake something different every day, so you never know which sweet treat awaits.

    Four Sisters Inns' The Kitchen Cookbook

    Our innkeepers are often asked for recipes, which is why we began compiling favorites in our own cookbook many years ago. Now in its 6th edition, The Kitchen at Four Sisters Inns is available at your favorite inn, as well as here on our website, for $15.95. This updated version includes more than 90 recipes from our innkeepers, the same dishes our guests enjoy when they stay with us. Recipes are divided into five categories: Breakfast Sweets, Breakfast Dishes, Cookies, Tea Time Sweets and Tea Time Savories. The cookbook has a handy easel stand design; just pop it open and you’re ready to whip up a batch of Blueberry Lemon Muffins.

    Guests can either purchase a cookbook during their stay or by clicking here

  • About Santa Cruz

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    Californians already knew about the board culture in Santa Cruz, but once the Beach Boys immortalized the city in their 1963 hit song, “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” Santa Cruz became universally synonymous with surfing.

    Thrill-seeking, experienced riders hunting the biggest waves head to Steamer Lane. For beginners, Cowell’s Beach is the place to go, where long, gentle waves offer a safe place to practice. The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, located above the beach in the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse, was the world’s first museum devoted to the sport.

    Families shouldn’t miss the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, with its classic wooden rollercoaster and other exciting attractions. And Natural Bridges State Beach is the place for viewing wildlife, from shorebirds to migrating whales. But beach fun isn’t the only pleasure here. The offbeat and even quirky town has some really unusual shops and restaurants – a delightful food tour explores the variety of eateries – and local theaters and music venues (including the excellent Santa Cruz Symphony) provide plenty of entertainment.

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    Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

    This little gem of a museum has photographs, surfboards, and other interesting items tracing over 100 years of surfing history in Santa Cruz. The gift shop specializes in great surfing related items. The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum is housed in the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse at Lighthouse Point on West Cliff Drive. Wed - Mon. Noon - 4 pm. 831-420-6289

    Chardonnay Sailing Charters

    Enjoy a day on the Monterey Bay with a whale watching, winemakers or ecology guided cruise. Located at 790 Mariner Park Way, Dock FF, Santa Cruz, California 95062. See Website for specific tours, times and pricing. 831-423-1213

    Pacific Avenue

    Pacific Avenue is Santa Cruz's downtown area and is located less than a mile away from the West Cliff Inn. Downtown Santa Cruz is home to many local theaters, shops, restaurants and bars. Be sure to visit Downtown Santa Cruz's website for a complete list of merchants and events.

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    Santa Cruz Farmers Market

    Fresh vegetables, produce and specialty foods every Wednesday afternoon. Held between Lincoln and Cedar Street. Every Wednesday Afternoon.

    Santa Cruz Symphony

    Enjoy a performance while visiting the Santa Cruz area. Located at 307 Church Street, Santa Cruz. See website for show times. 831-462-0553.

    Natural Bridges State Beach

    This beach, with its famous natural bridge, is an excellent vantage point for viewing shore birds, migrating whales, and seals and otters playing offshore. Further along the beach, tide pools offer a glimpse of life beneath the sea. Low tides reveal sea stars, crabs, sea anemones, and other colorful ocean life. During the winter months, Monarch Butterflies flutter to the beach. Follow West Cliff Drive north along the in-town bluffs until it ends at Natural Bridges. Open to the public.

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    Ride into the Past on 19th Century Steam Trains

    Travel over trestles, through towering redwood groves and up a winding narrow-gauge grade at the Roaring Camp Railroad. Open to the public.

    Wine Tasting in the Santa Cruz County

    Santa Cruz County has a tradition of fine winemaking that dates back to the late 1800's. Today, the County is home to over 40 family-owned and operated wineries that specialize in small yield, handcrafted wines. See website for wineries, directions and contact info. Open to the public.

    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

    For a little fun and action, walk down to the famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Opens daily at 11 a.m. 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA

  • Location and Directions to West Cliff Inn

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    West Cliff Inn

    174 West Cliff Drive

    Santa Cruz, CA 95060

    Local: 831-457-2200

    Toll-Free: 800-979-0910

    Directions From San Francisco Airport (SFO):

    • Take US 101 South toward San Jose
    • Merge onto CA 85 South towards Cupertino/Santa Cruz
    • Merge onto CA Highway 17 South
    • Take CA Highway 1 North, towards Half Moon Bay which becomes Mission Street
    • Make a left onto Bay Street
    • Then make a left onto West Cliff Drive
    • West Cliff Inn is on the left, at 174 West Cliff Drive

    Directions From Oakland Airport (OAK):

    • Take I-880 South towards San Jose
    • I-880 becomes CA 17 South
    • Take CA Highway 1 North, towards Half Moon Bay which becomes Mission Street
    • Make a left onto Bay Street
    • Then make a left onto West Cliff Drive
    • West Cliff Inn is on the left, at 174 West Cliff Drive

    Directions From San Jose Airport (SJC):

    • Start out going SOUTHEAST on Airport Boulevard
    • Take I-880 South towards San Jose
    • I-880 becomes CA 17 South
    • Take CA Highway 1 North, towards Half Moon Bay which becomes Mission Street
    • Make a left onto Bay Street
    • Then make a left onto West Cliff Drive
    • West Cliff Inn is on the left, at 174 West Cliff Drive
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