"I traveled with friends for a Thanksgiving celebration and looked at a number of places to stay in Santa Cruz. Most were pretty plain and depressing. Then I came across Rio Vista- What a delight! Just opening after a major renovation, the Rio is now the ONLY place I will stay when in the area. Beautifully appointed modern luxury in an elegant victorian with lovely views and a short walk to the ocean and boardwalk. You can't get much better than that! My teenage daughter and I were totally taken care of by the sweet staff. In fact they went out of their way to accommodate us. The continental breakfast had a nice variety of foods with even a gluten-free oatmeal for my daughter. And we loved laying out front in the lovely garden overlooking the river and entertaining our friends who were envious as they booked a shabby room in the motel up the street. All in all a remarkable experience for everyone and a place I highly recommend!"