There was nothing paradoxical about the Paradox hotel in downtown Santa Cruz. Beautifully done interiors with a modern minimalist look and a natural earthy feel. You walk into the lobby and the the front desk is a huge tree trunk. You immediately know this hotel is not your average bear. The pool is inviting protected by busy streets with trees lining the property. Open fire at night next to a big hot tub. The staff is exceptional and willing to mail me the Iphone I left in the room. The bellmen and housekeepers were friendly and smiling.
I am told the property is privately owned and you can tell---extra touches that make it stand out. Prints of forest scenes and foliage decorate the clean and beautiful rooms. The rooms are simple but fresh and modern. Soaps in the shower have eco-friendly holes in the middle---(think about it, who uses the center of a soap anyway). The showers have cobblestone floors.
A good value for Santa Cruz. I have paid much more for a creepy room at the Quality Inn in Aptos. Although its a bit of a walk to the beach boardwalk, you can easily cross the bridge behind the hotel to downtown Santa Cruz and browse the interesting little shops there. Make sure you check out the decor in their restaurant "Solaire" lamps made of wood shreds and a mural made of tree branches. A great place to stay at a reasonable price. Best of all were the friendly faces you will encounter.
- 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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