Although pricey ($425/ night for a suite) our family really enjoyed our stay.
On the plus side, our suite (room 104) was huge, came with a kitchenette and fridge (perfect for bottle washing and snacks) and the food in the restarant was superb. The views and property grounds were outstanding. Our suite was on the ground floor, with a deck overlooking trees. Beautiful. There are lovely nature trails on the property. The hotel provided two cribs at no charge. Our toddler loved it. Jennifer in reservations was super helpful, she even found us a sitter!
On the downside, the bathrooms need to be updated and the pool is very small. Forget about cabanas or waitress service. The walls are thin as is common for older properties. No bedding was supplied with the cribs. They charged us $15/ night for a microwave, which should have been included at the rate we were paying.
I read the negative reviews and I think Chaminade has a branding problem. It pretends to be a luxury resort like the Rosewood. Truthfully it's too rustic to pull it off. If the hotel rebranded itself as "Santa Cruz Wilderness Lodge" people would be THRILLED to stay here. But if you are expecting luxury, it falls short.
With all that said, we will be back next year. I'm just keeping my eyes peeled for a Groupon deal....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The AAA Four Diamond award-winning Chaminade Resort & Spa is a spectacular mountaintop retreat in Santa Cruz. Our historic Mission-style resort overlooks sweeping views of Monterey Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains. Chaminade is a luxurious destination for executive meetings, celebrations and getaways. Enjoy color palettes inspired by the California coast, contemporary Spanish furnishings, and world-class amenities. Chaminade is just five minutes from golf courses, the beach and downtown Santa Cruz. Escape to a haven of unsurpassed service. Chaminade is the first hospitality business in Santa Cruz County to receive a "Green Business Certification" for its environmental efforts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chaminade Resort And Spa
- Chaminade Santa Cruz
- Chaminade Hotel Santa Cruz