With views of the Monterey Bay, the Santa Cruz Dream Inn is the ideal destination for your beachfront wedding. As the ONLY beachfront property in Santa Cruz, the Dream Inn will definitely exceed your expectations. Our experienced staff will assist you in your planning; and for catering, we offer banquet service from our on-site Aquarius restaurant. Our banquet rooms provide spectacular ocean views through floor-to-ceiling windows. Your out-of-town guests can enjoy our upscale, retro-chic rooms and suites, each with a breathtaking view of Monterey Bay from a private balcony or patio. Call today for our wedding package information.

The Dream Inn is also a great location for a couple’s getaway or bachelorette party weekend, with so many fun activities close by! Walking distance to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and just a short drive to scenic Carmel and the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Visit our web site for special packages.


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They have the best wedding planner!

5/ 5

You know why this review is getting 5 stars? 2 words: Aurora Smith. That’s not to say the rest of the hotel/stay/experience was a poor one, but if you want to talk about someone taking care of business, it comes down to Aurora. When we decided to be married, my (future) wife and I wanted to have the ceremony somewhere that reflected the parts of Northern California we loved. We toyed with the redwoods, we looked at Monterey, but in the end, we decided to stay local. As in, 7 minutes from our place, local. From the first meeting, we pretty much settled on The Dream Inn. We forced ourselves to look at other places just for compassion sake. Nothing really had what we were looking for. And they damn sure didn’t have Aurora. Aurora is warm, outgoing, friendly, funny and experienced. In the first hour, we laid out what we were looking for and how we wanted to do things (which was: as easily/smoothly as possible) and she was right on board. We had a couple meetings over the months leading up to the wedding and each time, even if there was some hiccups in the plan, everything got straightened out and was flying right by the end. We didn’t have a lot of money to throw around, so we needed to set limits on how much we would be spending on food, booze, et al. None of this was a problem. On our Wedding day, she was right there to make sure everything went off without a shot. Having just taken part in a wedding in June, dealing with a wedding planner who ran things like a drill instructor, having Aurora there to direct things with a smile and a laugh was a welcome change and exactly why we chose to do things with her. The wedding was great, everyone had a ball. I can’t thank Aurora enough for all her help.

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Chic, fun, and spectacular views!

5/ 5

My husband and I had our wedding at The Dream Inn — it was the absolute perfect place for our special day. Aurora Smith and her staff were superb – extremely professional and made all the arrangements a breeze. Aurora gave us excellent referrals for our photographer, flowers, and makeup. The views of the ocean, were breathtaking and the views of the wharf and boardwalk were spectacular in the evening when everything is lit up. The food was exceptional as was the wine selection. We received many compliments from our guests, so much so that we plan to have our 10th wedding anniversary party at The Dream Inn! We loved the bridal suite – every room at the inn has an ocean view — so wonderful. We give a standing ovation to The Dream Inn!

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Loved our wedding here!

5/ 5

We feel beyond happy and satisfied with how our wedding went at the Dream Inn. Aurora was so thoughtful and helpful. Every suggestion she made was the reason it all went so well!

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Better than we imagined!

5/ 5

To put it simply: the whole day turned out as perfectly as we could have hoped for. And we could not have done it without Aurora. Truly, every single part of the experience with her and the Dream Inn turned out as good or better than we imagined. We thank them for their wonderful help, enthusiasm, for smoothing out the little hiccups along the way for us, and for making every part of the process as enjoyable as possible.

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5/ 5

We had a small ceremony on the pool deck and then a reception in the Aquarius bar and restaurant. Everything was perfect. Vinny the Pool Manager took charge and listened to exactly what we wanted, then made it his business to make sure we were the most important people at the hotel that weekend. I cannot thank him and the staff enough for a perfect day… it was totally amazing

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A great experience

5/ 5

Aurora at Dream Inn was so very compassionate, flexible and responsive to our many needs for a destination wedding. People were coming in different days, requiring different sized rooms (one even needed connecting rooms) and yet she kept up and managed to satisfy everyone’s individual needs without stress! This hotel overlooks the Bay (every room has a balcony that faces the Boardwalk and Bay/Ocean!) and is very comfortably set up to meet just about every particular need. Congratulations Dream Inn for keeping up with our ever-changing list and making our stay in Santa Cruz a truly lovely and comfortable experience!!

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View and food are so worth it!

5/ 5

For anyone looking for an incredible wedding venue, The Dream Inn is the ideal Santa Cruz location. We had our wedding (160 guests) on October 27, 2012 and could not have been more pleased with everything. Aurora Smith, the amazing wedding coordinator, is so personable and easy to work with. She has great experience and helped make sure everything was stress-free for us. We had a Spanish themed wedding and were able to incorporate that into our appetizer choices, drink specials and decor choices. On the day of the event, all the support staff and hotel staff were so friendly and accommodating. Our guests still rave about the food from our wedding. Although it is a little pricier than some other Santa Cruz choices, the view alone is worth it. I was so impressed with all that The Dream Inn offered, so I would highly recommend choosing The Dream Inn for any event.

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