Located in the heart of Aptos Village, the Bayview Hotel, built in 1870, is one of the oldest buildings in Aptos. The hotel was built by Jose Arano, who was the son-in-law of Rafel Castro, the original recipient of the Aptos Rancho land grant from the government of Mexico.
It was listed on the national register of historic places in 1993, was made a State historic monument in 1974, and in 1994, the Bayview received a plaque designating it an official Santa Cruz County historic landmark. After the SS Palo Alto (the sunken concrete ship at Seacliff Beach), the old Bayview Hotel is perhaps the most widely recognized symbol of Aptos.
Out in front of the Bayview Hotel is a large, old magnolia tree, which is claimed to be the oldest magnolia tree in the northern hemisphere. Out in back there is a large patio and garden, which is mostly used when weddings are held at the hotel.
The hotel feature a total of six guest rooms, which are furnished and decorated in period style. The hotel is rumored to be haunted by “friendly spirits,” and a movie, Haunting at the Bayview, was released in 2013 and is available on Amazon.
A number of restaurants have been run in the Bayview over the years. Currently, the hotel is host to GG Restaurant, which features a full bar. In addition, the BFF Boutique clothing store is now located in the Bayview Hotel as well.