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The Darling House

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Reno, Nevada
Reviewed 27 March 2017

This place worked well for us. We walked along West Cliff and saw the surfing, walked to wonderful meals and entertainment in the downtown. Breakfast was delicious, the company was wonderful each of our three mornings. This is not a high tech place, wifi was slow, no TV, but frankly, that was perfect for me as it helped me be...

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Los Gatos
Reviewed 19 January 2017

My daughter and I just returned home after a very pleasant stay at the Darling House. I had admired this Grand Dame for decades but had never stayed there. It was such a joy for us to be the guests of Darrell and Karen Darling, they are the parents that everyone wishes they had and the home is a work...

Thank Lisa998
South Lyon, Michigan
Reviewed 6 September 2016

This house must have really been something in its day. It is a beautiful home in a perfect location to see the sites. The Hostess was wonderful and helpful about where to go and what to do. Breakfast was yummy, fresh fruits, yogurt and croissants served on darling china. I believe the rooms were once magnificent but are now a...

Thank lshfame
Detriot, United States
Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

We really needed to read between the lines of the other guest reviews. What once must have been one of the top land marks in the area is now run down. To the point it should not be considered a place to stay any more. The paint is falling from the walls and ceilings. Old paint chips equals lead The...

1Thank Lloyd H
Northampton, Massachusetts
Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

There are not enough good things to say. The family that owns and runs this house are kind and warm. The house is inviting. We stayed in a room overlooking the Pacific. We could hear walrus and see dolphins jumping. Pure magic.

Thank Mandicat2014
Oxford, Ohio
Reviewed 8 February 2016

First the good: the house is a great architectural asset! The breakfasts were good, and the owners are pleasant to talk to. The location is great - just a half mile or so to the Santa Cruz pier. The views out the front windows of Monterey Bay are tough to beat. Now the bad: the rooms are ready for deep...

3Thank jonr529
San Diego, California
Reviewed 12 November 2015

This was once a beautiful home in a fantastic location, and it does have a history...However, I think owners must be treading water financially...My room was awful...a "chinese crib" type bed with dingy, ragged bedding.. I struggled climbing in and out of the thing... spiders on the wall...bathroom down the hall. Oh...used bars of soap....! Never experienced that before...my trip...

4Thank pmastand
Merced, CA
Reviewed 9 July 2015

This home is experiencing the effects of the drought in CA just like everyone else. They have chose to use their water wisely and no longer water their yard so the property looks a little different in person than in the pictures; the lush green yard is gone. We enjoyed the historic home, the woodwork, the furnishings, and especially the...

Thank momwnb
DWCD, Manager at The Darling House, responded to this review

We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us at the Darling House during your visit to Santa Cruz. You are correct in noting the effects the drought has had on our historically lush & colorful gardens. We do miss the fragrances & beauty that abundant water provides, however we realize we must evaluate our priorities regarding the importance...

Reviewed 6 May 2015 via mobile

This B&B unfortunately is very tired. It really needs an update in several areas. Not I would say exceptionally clean. Furniture broken. Same breakfast two days in a row. Would have preferred a little wine crackers and cheese in the evening before setting out for dinner or a evening out. There were just cookies and very tepid tea. Stayed there...

2Thank stimpycat3
Denise D, Owner at The Darling House, responded to this review

While we've worked hard over the years to maintain our old-world charm, it sounds like we may have let a few things slip through the cracks. We're sorry to hear that your room didn't feel fresh and clean -- we'll certainly be working on improving that. We'll definitely take your suggestions regarding the breakfast and the wine and cheese, as...

Sacramento, California
Reviewed 3 May 2015

The house is original, no modern updates. No phones, TVs, etc. Also, no mirror near an outlet to style your hair, and no decent mirror for makeup. But, those are minor inconveniences compared to the genteel ambiance of the house. The location is far enough from the boardwalk that you could ignore that busy area, but still walking distance to...

Thank Mary D
Denise D, Owner at The Darling House, responded to this review

It sounds like the carefully preserved details, and the proximity to some of Santa Cruz's best spots are what you loved most about our place. We couldn't be happier to hear it, Mary! It was so wonderful to have you with us, and we love that you're already anxious to return. Thanks for mentioning the things like the bathroom mirror....

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  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Concierge
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Welcome to Darling House Bed & Breakfast, a historic inn overlooking Northern California's beautiful Monterey Bay. Centrally situated in a quiet residential neighborhood on picturesque West Cliff Drive, we provide relaxing accommodations to travelers and friends seeking a memorable weekend getaway, a mid-week escape, a family vacation or a romantic getaway. As the only bed and breakfast inn directly on Santa Cruz's beautiful oceanfront, visitors appreciate the soft ocean sounds at night and the sights of gently rolling waves. Our facility is open year round with seven bedrooms for overnight accommodations, plus beautiful indoor space and a 1/2 acre of outdoor space which provide the perfect setting for gatherings of up to 150 people. Darling House is just a short stroll from Santa Cruz's leading attractions: Lighthouse Point, Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, Cowell Beach, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the Santa Cruz Wharf and Natural Bridges State Beach. West Cliff Drive is also a short drive away from the University of California Santa Cruz campus and downtown Santa Cruz's Pacific Garden Mall retail, dining and entertainment district. Lighted by the rising sun through beveled glass, Tiffany lamps and open hearths, and the grace of genuinely open hearts, the Darling House Bed & Breakfast welcomes you into an experience of peaceful elegance. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Darling House

Address: 314 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-6145
Region: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Price Range: $244 - $354 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Darling House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
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“Great ocean view from some waterfront rooms”
pmastand, 11 Nov 2015 | Read review
“There are rooms directly over looking Monterey Bay - breathtaking!”
Donna_Byatt, 1 Feb 2015 | Read review
“Anything with an ocean view will suffice.”
KamoHaze, 28 Apr 2014 | Read review
“Be aware, the shared bath downstairs does not have a shower but the one upstairs does.”
honeymooner4, 24 Mar 2014 | Read review
“I would choose a room with an in room bathroom and make sure it has a shower unless you prefer baths.”
brattitoo, 15 Jan 2014 | Read review
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