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“A Country Club retreat from the real Santa Cruz” 3 of 5 stars
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Chaminade Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   1 Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz, CA 95065   |  
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Ranked #18 of 53 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Brooklyn, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“A Country Club retreat from the real Santa Cruz”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2010

Chaminade Resort has some good things going for it, it just wasn't the right choice for my boyfriend and I. I originally stumbled across the reviews of this hotel through Trip Advisor while planning our summer road trip from SF to LA, and somehow thought it would be a nice retreat from the craziness of Santa Cruz for our night.

Retreat is definitely a good word for the Chaminade. Although only a few miles away from the heart of downtown Santa Cruz, upon entering this place you feel like you are in an all-inclusive resort buried away in the mountains. The place has a sort of 80's Resort exterior but has been nicely updated with modern touches in the rooms (like contemporary sinks, modern colors, eco-friendly bath products, etc) and general areas such as the full-service spa, outdoor heated pool, and on-site restaurant overlooking a scenic view of the valley below. The prices aren't cheap and like a resort in any destination area, you pay for the exclusiveness.

The staff is nice, the rooms are clean, and there seemed to be a fair amount of families staying in the condo-esque buildings. What I didn't get was much personality. In fact, the Chaminade Hotel could have been any pleasantly white-washed country club in any suburban wealthy American area. If that's what you are looking for then this is definitely your place. If you are wanting some character, maybe an inkling of the surfside community of Santa Cruz infused with art, creativity, noise and energy, than I suggest staying closer to the heart and pulse of the people that live there.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Sausalito, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2010

We have stayed at Chaminade twice, the last time being May 2010. The staff was friendly, very helpful and made us feel very welcome. Our rooms were wonderful - spacious with comfy beds and a view of the woods. We took advantage of the hiking trails, spa, pool and ended the day with cocktails on the patio overlooking a gorgeous view! We had a wonderful experience and recommend it highly!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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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carmel
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2010

Besides the grapes, bird feathers, and hair and large amount of dirt and 'things' on bottom o pool corners and through-out, the water smelled horribly like a toilet. and the filter wasn't even on! A person complained as I lay poolside and the worker said they aren't allowed to vacuum the pool! The filter was enough, yet it wasn't even ON! I can't believe this place is allowed to open pool at all.. It's filthy, not maintained for public safety, and the worst thing, not allowed to be either. Pass this horribly neglected place on by! You can do much better then filth!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Maine
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2010

We pricelined a room in Santa Cruz and chose 3 star hotels hoping to land one near the beach. We were "awarded" the Chaminade 4 star hotel and were completely disappointed. The location is remote and the property in desperate need of repair and regular maintenance.

It feels like a 1980’s business retreat resort that has struggled with keeping up with the times and basic cleanliness. There is mold on the rooftops and overhangs outside the windows. The landscaping is sad and weeds take over most what once may have been nice flower beds. Paint is peeling everywhere.

Although the rooms were not 4 star caliber and the doors banged open and closed all night long, our room was quite large and the beds were comfortable.

The staff was friendly and the restaurant area was in good shape. Some people seemed to be enjoying the fire pit on the patio next to the restaurant quite a bit – it looked pretty new so was in good shape.

I would not recommend this hotel to anyone and hope that this review is helpful and may spur the “resort” to give the place an overhaul.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oakland, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2010

My wife and I have stayed several times at the Chaminade, and are always pleased with the accommodations. The fitness area is very well-equipped, and the rooms are always very clean and well-decorated. The hiking trail is a very nice excursion.

The location is great...secluded enough to get away from the city, but close enough to everything that Santa Cruz has to offer, as well as being close to Calistoga, etc.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cleveland, Ohio
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2010

We spent 2 nights there, the rooms clean and modern but oh so comfy! So many amenities, we didn't even do them all. I would definitely recommend!

  • Stayed June 2010, 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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Redwood cy
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2010

The location and staff was excellent. We had no issues and were able to relax and enjoy our vacation.

  • Stayed May 2010, 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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Additional Information about Chaminade Resort & Spa

Address: 1 Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Location: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Business Hotel in Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Chaminade Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 156
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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Chaminade Santa Cruz
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