We stayed here recently for a gymnastics meet, so needless to say the kids were in tow. The rooms were nicely decorated and the bathroom was great. I especially liked the uplighting in the sleeping area (much nicer than standard overhead lighting), the flat screen TV set into the wall, the weathered planking as headboards, and the sliding door for the bathroom to save space. The beds with the real cushion tops were especially comfortable. The floors were a bit sticky, as could be expected in a beach area with all that humidity. Each room on the ground floor had lovely cushioned chairs just outside the door, ideal for eating breakfast or sipping coffee. There was also an individual keurig brewer (with extra K-cups available at the front desk) and a small but serviceable refrigerator in every room.
The public areas of the hotel were a delight, from the enormous polished driftwood front desk to the gorgeous nature photos to the quirky plaster squirrels "running" on the wall outside the restaurant. The pool area was GORGEOUS with redwood planking and a gas log firepit. You could get food and bar service in the pool area from the hotel restaurant. Prices were a little high (although in keeping with the entire area) but the food was definitely worth it. Fabulous flavors and fresh veggies, best food we ate all weekend! They also served the kids meals poolside so we didn't have to try to drag them out of there to eat.
Before we even drove away the kids were begging to come back. We will definitely be staying here again!
- 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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