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Hotel Paradox
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   611 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA CA 95060   |  
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Ranked #7 of 52 hotels in Santa Cruz
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Only the Name is a Paradox”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Wonderful experience from the moment we walked into the sleek lobby with part of a massive redwood as the front desk. On the other wall, shelves of real books, all wrapped in white covers. Why? You can't tell a book by the cover. . . .Walking past a half-wall to the modern dining room -- with fireplace at one end and patio/pool through the glass doors across the way -- white painted plaster squirrels frolic high on the wall.

Terrific staff, from the front desk to the wait staff to the housekeeping pros -- all so friendly and very helpful, including spending 20 minutes getting an ipad to recognize the free hotel WiFi.

Two padded chairs and a tree trunk table sat on the little covered patio outside the door, facing the treeline of a park. Inside, the room was modern and well-lighted, including a nearly full glass wall in front with attractive light filtering curtains. Conservation-minded decor and amenities, including shower soap in a ring. Sliding closet door in the bath area a nice touch -- provided space for accessories on low shelves, as well as easy access to clothing after showering.

Though somewhat limited, the restaurant menu brought forth excellent meals throughout the day. It was by choice, not mere proximity, that five breakfasts, a lunch and dinner all occurred in the restaurant or patio by the pool during the stay. Fine pool, comfortable lounge chairs, a few cabanas and a whirlpool. Peaceful and pleasant.

The hotel reportedly once housed UC-Santa Cruz students, but a complete remodel has turned it into a classy milieu within walking distance of the boardwalk and ocean as well as the almost too cute Santa Cruz downtown.

Room Tip: First level rooms have chairs on a small patio -- one side faces the pool. Rooms on the other side...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Monterey, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Hotel is in walking distance to downtown Santa Cruz. Newer property with a great swimming pool and large hot tub. Poolside service is awesome! Very friendly staff! Great place to stay. I will stay there again

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

I went on a weekend trip to Santa Cruz with my family to hang out in Santa Cruz.
Our initial experience at the Paradox was great and we were enjoying our first nights stay.
The thing was when both my kids woke up the next morning the flu had showed up.
My wife and I knew we weren't going to make it another night at this hotel with these sick kids.
I went to the front desk in hopes of them understanding, I spoke with Stephanie at the front desk. Stephanie looked at what she could do to understand our situation. & She went above and beyond so we didn't have to pay the extra nights stay. This was a great relief since that was some of our budget for our summer activities.
That experience alone makes me want to come back to the Paradox for all future overnighters to Santa Cruz. Thanks Stephanie & Team Paradox Hotel

Room Tip: If you have kids that tend to have an earlier bedtime you might not want a room that faces the pool...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Andrea M, General Manager at Hotel Paradox, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Dear Loren T,

We appreciate your recent stay with us and welcome all feedback, we thank you for pointing out the agent that assisted you with this request. We have a great team of hospitality professionals that I am proud to work with every day. Stef is exceptional at what she does and I will be sure to personally thank her for taking great care of you. Many thanks for a wonderful review and stay, we do hope you and the kids are able to come back and enjoy the hotel another time.

Many thanks!
Andrea Murray, General Manager
831.600.4501
andrea.murray@thehotelparadox.com
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California Hot Springs, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013 via mobile

We finally found a chill location to stay in a beach town with questionable lodgings. Pool area had hipster glamour & service was excellent. Awesome French fries & micro brew by pool .. Yes! Rule of no kids in hot tub in hot tub actually enforced by a nice girl in a red bathing suit, thank god.
We had a room in the back, which is quiet. Love the whole natural wood decor going on. Only bummer was kids running amok.. Not hotels fault but parents. Sure,the reception area is built on a log, but that doesn't mean you get to climb on it,kid. I can only suggest the hotel put some signs around. Hoping a bunch of hipsters discover the hotel & they can take it to another level. How about music by the pool & some hard liquor?? Overall great experience & we shall return with our posse.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Castricum, The Netherlands
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

The hotel is nice: a good room and a nice swimmingpool with a lot of sunbeds. It is near THE mainstreet with a lot of shops and restaurants. Santa Cruz is a really nice, relaxed place heat THE coast and absolutely visiting worth.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Andrea M, General Manager at Hotel Paradox, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Dear Esther,

Thanks for the 4 stars, we LOVE Santa Cruz! Much appreciated, glad to hear you love the location and the pool area. We are always working on making each stay great, so glad to hear yours was a success. We hope to see you again the next time you are in Santa Cruz!

Thank you!!
Andrea Murray, General Manager
831.600.4501
andrea.murray@thehotelparadox.com
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VANCOUVER
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

This is an older hotel that has been nicely remodeled. The pool is excellent. Rooms are nicely remodeled but are very small. A fairly nice value.

We booked this location due to the trip advisors reviews. They were very accurate. We wanted to walk at night to the downtown for dinner and drinks. The front desk girl advised us not to do this due to crime in the park. She was right street people everywhere. We really appreciate her warning us as we made our plans to return before dark.
Not a resort town that we will ever return to unless they do something like NYC did in the 90's with their famous clean up.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Andrea M, General Manager at Hotel Paradox, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Dear Graham L,

Thank you for your recent stay with the Hotel Paradox. Glad to hear the location was convenient for you. There are many great shops and restaurants in the area that are really easy walking distance. We also feature a great restaurant onsite as well-Solaire. So, if you don't want to explore, we can accomodate any appetite! We do have some different sized rooms and styles. If you wanted to try and have a bit larger room, I recommend booking the "Expanded Room" or a Suite if you really need some room to stretch. The Mini Kings, our standard room is a more economical room and is a more cozy room type. We do hope you will return to us in the future and we will be sure to take great care of you. Please feel free to reach out to me before you book next time.

Many thanks!
Andrea Murray, General Manager
831.600.4501
andrea.murray@thehotelparadox.com
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Davis, California
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

Pros:

Our room was clean and nicely furnished, with high-end modern finishings. The staff was helpful and friendly. The pool area is nice and clean (if a little stark). While I didn't eat at the restaurant, the menu looked appetizing, and they had plenty of waiters on staff.

Cons:

My biggest complaint would be the size of the room. Because this is obviously a budget motel that has been given a facelift, the room was really just a 10x10 box with a long, narrow bathroom and a tiny closet. Seriously, I have stayed in more spacious Motel 6 rooms. For $300 per night, I expected a lot more. Granted, we stayed in a "mini king" room, and the upgraded rooms I am assuming would be larger. The walkways to the rooms also did little to mask the hotel's "economy" origins. It had a stark, cold, industrial feel, not the "modern" that they are going for.

I should note that we had a voucher to get the mini-king room for $130. Unfortunately we let it expire, and the summer rates are more expensive, so we paid an additional $180. If I had only paid the original $130 I would have been happy, because that is about what the room is worth.

Room Tip: Do not get the mini-king. Ask for a room on the opposite side from the pool.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Andrea M, General Manager at Hotel Paradox, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Dear Vihila,

Thank you very much for your recent stay at the Hotel Paradox as well as the review you posted in regards to your experience. We appreciate all feedback on how we can be a better Hotel to all our guests. I am very happy to see that you felt the service was worthwhile, we have a great team of Santa Cruz locals that are energized and enjoy what they do. We also love the pool area and have gone to great lengths to ensure a great poolside feeling of relaxation. Solaire, our restaurant is always happy to receive our Hotel guests and our culinary team is a talented group of Chefs. Thank you for recognizing the amenities we offer guests and what everyone can look forward to. Sounds like you purchased into the Travelzoo program which was run during winter to spring to help the hotel gain higher occupancy and get exposure into the market which resulted in us running a great value during that time of year. We are still working to get the brand out there so guests can try us out. The Travelzoo was great for us and did exactly that and offered a great value for our rooms. We are now going into our high season when the Hotel is much busier and as such, the rates do lift as demand in the market rises. We are very sorry to hear that you didn't see the value in the stay. For less expensive rates, I would recommend a weekday or even Sunday when the rates come down quite a bit. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of further service to you and please know we will do all we can to improve the value perception of the hotel. Please feel free to contact me if there is anything I can do to make it up to you.

Many thanks!
Andrea Murray
General Manager
831.600.4501
andrea.murray@thehotelparadox.com
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Additional Information about Hotel Paradox

Address: 611 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA CA 95060
Location: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 52 hotels in Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Paradox 3.5*
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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