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“80th Birthday at Chaminade, Santa Cruz”

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Chaminade Resort & Spa
Ranked #12 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence
Moraga, California
1 review
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“80th Birthday at Chaminade, Santa Cruz”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

We recently held a surprise 80th Birthday Party for my father-in-law inviting 25 people. The initial contact with Chaminade (highly recommended to us) was several months in advance. I had never planned such an event like this before, so I really needed advise. It was very important to us (our family) that it be special for him. Angela Cima and the team at Chaminade were very helpful with answering questions, presenting options, and being flexible about the arrangements. They checked in with us over time regarding details that came up and made suggestions based on our preferences. On the day, the staff was attentive without interrupting any of the the festivities and always available for moving the party along. All the guests told us how much they liked the food and the atmosphere. Angela recommended the bakery for us and the cake was amazing. We are very pleased with this whole experience of holding such a meaningful event. We appreciated the care they took with the room and table arrangements, variety of delicious food, great service, and of course, constant clean up. It would be a pleasure to have another event at Chaminade.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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ChaminadeResort, Marketing Coordinator at Chaminade Resort & Spa, responded to this review, June 11, 2013
Suzanne,

Thank you so much for the glowing review! We will be sure to share your kind comments with our staff and hope to see you again very soon.
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San Jose, California
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

We stayed at Chaminade Resort and Spa the weekend of June 1, 2013 for a wedding. The property is lovely, well groomed and with beautiful views. Self-parking is a bit limited near the rooms, but there is valet available.

The spa area was clean and well maintained. The service staff was friendly throughout. We arrived before we could check in and were given keys to use the spa so that we could change for the wedding.

We had lunch in their bar/restaurant and it was great. The food was good, the service was very good and it has spectacular views. We went back to the bar after the reception and still enjoyed great service.

The facilities for the reception indoors and out were more than adequate. The banquet food also was fine. The outdoor space could have benefitted from more shade as it was a hot day and shade was at a premium.

The dining room we were in was plenty large for this wedding of perhaps 150 people. The buffet with cleared out quickly after dinner and became the dance floor.

To this point, as to the grounds and facilities, I have no negative comment.

The rooms, however, need some attention. We had a double queen room, though the beds did not seem to be a standard queen size (still its entirely possible that they were). The bathroom is small and feels dated despite there having been a remodel some time recently (there are granite counter tops). The paint in the room and bath was old, and needed freshening. The color choice of the bathroom paint (orange) was ghastly. There was a second sink/vanity area outside the bath with a coffee bar/refrigerator behind you as you face the sink. I think that all of that space could have been better utilized.

We were in the 200 building and the hallways had a distinct and strong perfume smell to them. The smell in the room was only slight. Friends were in the 300 block and had to change rooms because of a mold smell in their room (they were upgraded to a king room).

Overall I have mixed feelings about this resort. We liked the property very much and the staff was very good. But the rooms really do need some attention and not just surface things, but a careful going over. Any time I smell perfume in a hallway like that I think that it is there to cover something up. If they have an odor issue, then they should address the cause rather than mask it. If they don’t have an odor issue, then they are creating one as not everyone appreciates or can even tolerate perfumes.

I still recommend Chaminade. We only saw one room in one block and we did love the property.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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El Granada, California
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

I expected much more for the cost. The decor was very dated, the room had an odd layout, strange and sickening smell in the hallways and you could hear everyone and everything going on in the hallways. I have stayed at far better resorts for less in the general area with a much better views and facilities.
This place is way too expensive for what we got. Strange dated room, small bathroom, no view. Plus, when my boyfriend asked for more coffee during breakfast at the Sunset Room the server argued with him, said she already gave him coffee. In fact, she poured me coffee then ran out while pouring his, no problem with that but she never came back with the coffee so he had to ask and she argued with him about pouring more saying she already poured it. Even if she did, it's coffee, you refill it without an argument!
They say they have a lap pool, it's not a lap pool. The pool is way too small to swim laps, one could swim the lap without having to come up for air its so small.
We thought about booking a spa appointment but after being so disappointed with the facilities we did not have much faith that their spa would be worth it.

Overall we were very disappointed with our experience. We will not come back nor recommend this place to anyone.

Room Tip: Don't stay here. There are better places to stay in Santa Cruz for less.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

The nature around this place is really calming and beautiful. Big trees and a lot of other greens. You can even see the ocean, but not so much of it. The service is really good in every place and I really enjoyed my stay here! The rooms are good, but nothing special.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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ChaminadeResort, Guest Relations Manager at Chaminade Resort & Spa, responded to this review, June 19, 2013
Dear Hoivold,

Thank you for taking the time to post your review and we hope to see you again soon! The weather has been lovely.
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Monterey, California
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

We stayed at Chaminade over the Mother's Day weekend and from the moment we pulled up to departure we felt well pampered. We had cocktails and snacks on Linwood.Barbara our server, remembered us from the previous year and had great reccomendations for snack items. What a greatway to start the weekend!!
The next morning we enjoyed relaxing at the pool before our Mother's Day brunch reservation. The brunch was amazing and the food was awesome!! The also had some balloon artists whipping up balloon designs for the children and they were quite the talented bunch. Next time I will get one for myself. Looking forward to our next stay.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Chaminade for a night over a weekend in May. The hotel was quite busy the day we checked in, with 2 weddings going on, yet the staff still made every effort to make our stay enjoyable and were extemely accommodating. While we enjoyed everything about our stay, the hospitality of the staff was our favorite, and the main reason we will return to Chaminade in our future trips to the Santa Cruz/ Capitola area.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

We had our wedding at the Chaminade and we could not have had a more amazing customer service experience. Angela is a ROCK STAR! Everything that goes into making a wedding venue a success is done proper here. The service, food, rooming, lighting, drinks, convenience, and of course the view are top notch.

First of all, Angela is your guardian angel. She will solve your problems, address your concerns, and provide you with lots of information and solutions in no time at all. There is so much detail involved with weddings but Angela knows about them all and has got you covered. You can feel completely confident putting your special day in her capable hands.

Kayla was in charge of getting our room blocks in order. She was also a delight to work with and was very responsive and knowledgeable.

The entire crew of Chaminade is very well trained and professional. They've done lots of wedding and other events here so they are all pro's. The food and drinks are amazing. They do a tasting just a couple months before to guarantee seasonal food which is of course ideal.

Aaand the view. Even if it's cloudy or rainy the venue is very beautiful. But if you get a clear day, the view is second to none. There tons of open space, trees, flowers and a 180 degree view of the ocean.

The bar is open late so you can keep the party going. It was warm enough at night so we got to relax by the fire pits at night as well. Such a cool feature!

Everyone at our wedding was floored by what a wonderful place this was. I would recommend this hotel and spa to anyone and everyone.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Chaminade Resort & Spa
Address: 1 Chaminade Ln, Santa Cruz, CA 95065-1557
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:
#5 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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