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For years my husband and I have hosted family, friends, and strangers in our home. We love making people feel welcome. From the presentation of a cheese tray to the intensity of a single cup of coffee to the texture of the blankets we provide on our porch at sunset, our mission has always been to please our guests. In July of 2015 we decided to purchase the Capitola Hotel. Our plan?  Well, we just wanted to make every guest feel as if they've been invited into our home. Our passion for creating a home away from home is embodied in everything we do at the Capitola Hotel.

The casual decor and luxury linens of our rooms invite you to snuggle up with a good book or surf the net. To ensure you don’t lift a finger when you are here, we offer complimentary breakfast with all day coffee and tea, afternoon cookies, and weekend cheese service. And should you choose to leave our little oasis of a hotel, great restaurants, unique shops, and the beautiful Pacific Ocean are just steps from your room.

So, drop your shoulders, release the tension, and let us at the Capitola Hotel make your stay unforgettable! 

 
 
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Location

Capitola, CA

We are located at the center of the Capitola village, on the coast of Monterey Bay, 35 miles from San Jose, California. Our rooms and serene courtyard are an unbeatable oasis of relaxation, with the beach just outside the door.

 
 
 
 

FROM SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

  • Get on I-380 W

  • From I-380 W, take I-280 S

  • Follow I-280 S

  • Exit onto CA-85 S to CA-17 S

  • Take CA-17 S towards Santa Cruz

  • Take CA-1 S towards Monterey

  • Take Exit 437, Bay Ave

  • Turn right onto Bay Ave

  • Turn Right onto Capitola Ave

  • Turn Right onto Stockton Ave

  • Turn Left onto Esplanade

  • Capitola Hotel is at 210 Esplanade and will be on the left hand side

FROM MINETA SAN JOSE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

  • Get on I-880 S from Airport Blvd

  • I-880 turns into CA-17

  • Take CA-17 S to CA-1 S towards Monterey

  • Take Exit 437, Bay Ave

  • Turn right onto Bay Ave

  • Turn Right onto Capitola Ave

  • Turn Right onto Stockton Ave

  • Turn Left onto Esplanade

  • Capitola Hotel is at 210 Esplanade and will be on the left hand side

 
 
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A BRIEF HISTORY

Capitola Hotel

In 1894, as Capitola was transforming into a beach side resort, the Hotel Capitola (also known as the "Grand Capitola") was built. The "Grand Capitola" resided at the end of the Esplanade, where the surfers take their waves. At its height, the hotel featured 300 rooms, a restaurant, and ballroom. Built in a Victorian style referred to as "The Rambles", the "Grand Capitola" set the tone for the architecture of Capitola. Up until the Great Depression, the "Grand Capitola" was considered the “heart of Capitola”. By August of 1929, everything had been auctioned off in the hotel, and on December 16, 1929 the "Grand Capitola" burned to the ground.

The Capitola Hotel currently resides on the Esplanade about 300 feet from where the “Grand Capitola” once stood. The oldest land deeds we have in our possession date back to 1923 and explicitly state the property only be used for residential purposes until 1945. So, we surmise that the hotel was built some time between 1945 and 1950. In the 1950s, the lower half was a liquor store, and in later years, a dress shop, garden store, and hotel retail shop. In 1975, Ann Hertel purchased the hotel that she successfully ran with her daughter, Minna, until it was sold in 2002. The Herberg Family completely remodeled the hotel, adding four more rooms, and eventually sold it to the Sid Family in 2015.

Changes are brewing once again for this boutique hotel, and this time...we circle back to the beginning. Capitola Hotel, in collaboration with the Capitola Museum and her previous owners, will embark on a historic view of the village. We are slowly transforming our brand from pineapples, seashells, and palm trees to that of old Capitola, when time was sacred and family was cherished. We will offer our guests a window into the past by posting historic photos of Capitola from the late 1800s to today. Our rooms and lobby will reflect a fusion of old and new, an industrial elegance that honors the traditions established by the “Grand Capitola” and carried throughout the years by the Village by the Sea.

 
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