We were looking for an inexpensive place to stay for 1 night while passing through Santa Cruz. The Hotel Paradox apparently only opened 6 weeks ago, so it seems there were still some teething issues, but all in all we had a GREAT stay.
The valet and front reception were very friendly at check in.
There was no sign to the elevator to find the rooms, and we eventually found it, but I heard the question over and over again from other people "where are the elevators?" Anyway, its not a big hotel, so its not too difficult to find your way around.
The rooms were clean, bright, modern and actually pretty quiet. The beds were super comfortable with crisp, clean white linen sheets and duvets. Nice flat screen TV and all the toilteries in the bathroom were made of natural ingreidents. The hotel had lots of recycling trash cans everywhere, which is great to see.
The pool & hot tub area were a wonderful little oasis. There were cabana's with fire pits which gave a great atmosphere and a pool bar with people serving you drinks in the hot tub, very nice.
The Restaurant and bar area had a great modern vibe to it, great lighting to create a nice atmosphere with an open fireplace and lounge sitting area where you can enjoy drinks. The menu was not extensive, but modern and delicious local food at a reasonable price. The service seemed a little overwhelmed with all the people, and our main course came as we were still eating our appetizers, but again, I think its just teething issues as they adjust to being open.
All in all we had a really enjoyable night, I guess the paradox is that the hotel doesn't look like much from the outside, a bit of a concrete block, but inside its all very simple, natural, modern and clean. Would definitely stay here again if we're ever in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Paradox is the newest boutique Hotel in Santa Cruz. The hotel has been fully rebuilt by designer David Oldroyd of Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Design Associates of San Francisco. The design elements replicate the feeling of being in a Redwood forest to bring the outdoors indoors. Enjoy the feeling of the forest in our specially designed guest rooms and suites. Visit the Hotel Paradox Pool Deck complete with private, rentable Cabanas, chaise loungers, tables for poolside dining and outdoor/indoor bar area. Hungry for more? Dine with us in Solaire, a fresh farm-to-table organic produced and sourced dining experience headed up by Chef Ross McKee. Solaire serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with a wine and beer bar area. All guest rooms feature the outdoor elements to enhance the feeling of the outdoors, yet offer all the amenities you seek to ensure a completely fresh, sunny Santa Cruz experience. ... more less
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