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.
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Priceline, Hotels.com, Orbitz and BookIt.com so you can book your Chaminade Resort & Spa reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Chaminade Resort And Spa
- Chaminade Santa Cruz
- Chaminade Hotel Santa Cruz