Boutique Downtown Hotel + Cocktails

Hotel Paradox, Santa Cruz, CA

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500 q60 bw
500 q60 bw
500 q60 bw
500 q60 bw
500 q60 bw

escape kit

  • A One-Night Stay for Two in a Mini King Room
  • Breakfast for Two
  • Two Welcome Cocktails
  • Parking

hotel description

The Destination
Long the province of surfers, students, and crunchy granola types, Santa Cruz has recently opened a new, more sophisticated chapter in its collective composition. Taking a page from the book of its Bay Area brethren, this perennially laid-back college town about 75 miles south of San Francisco is becoming a top-notch food-and-wine destination, with chic cocktail bars sprouting up alongside farm-to-fork restaurants.

The Digs
Another addition to the city's all-grown-up persona is the Hotel Paradox, a brand new 164-room boutique hotel downtown. Influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright's affinity for designing indoor spaces with an outdoor aesthetic, the Hotel Paradox draws inspiration from the surrounding Santa Cruz Mountains; check out the front desk, which is made of a huge eucalyptus log. Each room features a rough-hewn wood-panel wall, a flat-screen TV, an iPod dock, and minimalist yet stylish furnishings.

After a dip in the heated outdoor pool, around which sit private cabanas and a hot tub, head inside for a drink and a bite at Solaire Restaurant Bar, which serves creative takes on American comfort food. Most of the ingredients are sourced locally, and all of the seafood is fresh off the line.

The Diversions
At night, head for Moe's Alley, an intimate music hall buzzing with blues, jazz, reggae, or rock six nights a week. For cocktails, try an Apio Gimlet—that's tequila, celery juice, and lime—at the sultry restaurant and bar Oswald.

For a bit of outdoor adventure, head 30 minutes north to Año Nuevo State Reserve, where you'll find the world's largest elephant seal breeding ground, or to Big Basin Redwoods State Park, the oldest state park in California and home of the largest stand of coastal redwoods south of San Francisco. On your way out of town, go for a wine tasting at Bonny Doon Vineyard, a biodynamic winery just off Highway 1. 

For additional information, visit Hotel Paradox on Facebook.

location map & address

Hotel Paradox
611 Ocean Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

hotel amenities

  • Bar/Lounge Onsite
  • Business Center
  • Golf Nearby
  • Gym
  • Internet Wireless
  • Meeting Room Internet ...
  • Meeting Room Internet ...
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Restaurant Onsite
  • Room Service
  • Spa Nearby

fine print

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