Hotel Paradox: A Smart Choice For Santa Cruz Lodging & Dining

Cabanas and swimming pool at Hotel Paradox
Cabanas & Swimming Pool, Hotel Paradox (credit: Randy Yagi)

Whether you’re traveling for the holidays or seeking warmer weather, Hotel Paradox all but guarantees you’ll have an unforgettable stay in Santa Cruz. And with its prime central location and affordable rates, it’s also easy to understand why this chic hotel offers some of the best value in the city and the entire Monterey Bay area. Learn why Hotel Paradox is a smart choice when visiting what’s known as the real Surf City.

About Hotel Paradox

Hotel Paradox
611 Ocean St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 425-7100
www.hotelparadox.com

Conveniently located along the main thoroughfare to the world famous Beach Boardwalk, Hotel Paradox is one of the leading boutique hotels in Santa Cruz. An integral part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, the pet friendly Hotel Paradox features 170 guest rooms and suites, outdoor swimming pool, fitness facility, meeting space and the acclaimed restaurant and bar Solaire.

With its central spot on Ocean Street, Hotel Paradox is also near many of Santa Cruz’s top attractions. This includes the UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Wharf and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Other popular attractions nearby include Natural Bridges State Beach, Seymour Marine Center and the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, not far from where surfing was first introduced to the continental United States. In addition to Solaire restaurant, the hotel is also close to the nightlife in downtown Santa Cruz and popular restaurants like Alderwood Santa Cruz, Hula’s island Grill, Laili Restaurant, Soif Wine Bar and Zachary’s.

The completely smoke free Hotel Paradox opened in 2012. The hotel is also widely praised for its top tier service and hospitality.

Petite Room with King Bed Hotel Paradox
Hotel Paradox Room (credit: Randy Yagi)

Accommodations

Room sizes range from a 200 square foot Petite Room and 250 square foot Paradox rooms to 450 square foot Suites, with options for pool views or views of the city. Each of the nicely appointed guest rooms and suites come equipped with a number of impressive amenities, including complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, illy coffee maker, laptop sized safe and eco-friendly amenities. Additional conveniences include plush bedding, upscale furniture, in-room dining and bathrobes. All of the rooms are conveniently located near the outdoor swimming pool, Solaire Restaurant + Bar, meeting space and the hotel lobby.

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Accessibility

Hotel Paradox offers several accessible areas, including accessible self-parking and accessible guest rooms with a 32” wide doorway. Other accessible features are the registration desk pathway, Solaire Restaurant + Bar, fitness center, two elevators and accessible routes to guest rooms. Accessible guest rooms also provide a number of accessible features, like bathroom and bathtub grab bars, lowered deadbolt locks, flashing door knockers, lowered viewports, TVs with close-captioning and toilet seats at wheelchair height.

Pets

Up to two pets per room are allowed and must be registered at check-in. A $50 non-refundable fee is required per room, per stay. Of course, service animals are always welcome. Registered dogs may receive a Paradox bow tie and special recognition on the lobby welcome board. Pets are not allowed in the food service areas and on the pool deck.

Solaire Restaurant at Hotel Paradox
Solaire Restaurant (credit: Randy Yagi)

Dining

Open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Solaire is an impressive restaurant that specializes in inventive California cuisine and outstanding service. The restaurant offers breakfast, all day and dinner menus with a special emphasis on seasonally fresh produce, and high quality seafood and livestock sourced from local and regional purveyors. Among the current selections on the dinner menu are Angus Beef Burger, Local Halibut with Prawns, Bricken Chicken and a very delicious vegan Gochjang Rice Noodle Sauté.

Bananas Foster at Solaire Restaurant
Bananas Foster, Solaire Restaurant (credit: Randy Yagi)

Guests should also save room for one of the restaurant’s exceptional desserts, with possible treats like Chocolate Torte and Bananas Foster. Solaire Restaurant + Bar also has a notable wine list, with local selections from Bargetto Winery and Bonny Doon Vineyards, as well as regional and international wines. The bar also features an array of draft and bottled beers, and finely crafted cocktails, like Golden Ratio with gin and grapefruit juice and Lotus Mandala with Blue Ice vodka, fresh lemon juice and cucumber.

Rental Bike and Electric Skateboard at Hotel Paradox
BLIX Electric Bike and Inboard Electric Skateboard (credit: Randy Yagi)

Activities

The pool at Hotel Paradox is large enough for leisure and active swimmers, in addition to families with children. The pool facility also offers an outdoor bar, spacious jacuzzi, several lounge chairs, a handful of comfy cabanas and fire pits. The facility also has a table tennis table and lawn games. The fitness center also holds a handful of cardio equipment, free weights and core equipment. Inside the lobby, guests may also rent out BLIX retro-style electric bikes or an Inboard electric skateboard.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (credit: Randy Yagi)

Santa Cruz is well known for its wealth of outdoor activities and hotel guest services can make recommendations for additional things to do. Among the top choices are hiking trails, sailing, tennis, beach volleyball, bowling, kayaking, surfing at Steamer Lane or Pleasure Point and championship caliber golf at Pasatiempo Golf Club.

Accessway To Meeting Spaces
Accessway To Meeting Spaces (credit: Randy Yagi)

Conference Space/Weddings

Hotel Paradox offers nearly 9,000 square feet of event space, including the 1,800 square foot poolside cabana lounge and 4,400 square foot Sequoia Ballroom. The hotel also offers several set-up designs for large gatherings like receptions, theater, banquets and conferences. The hotel is also a very popular wedding venue, with multiple options and in-house catering services from Solaire.

Courtesy Vehicle
Hotel Courtesy Vehicle (credit: Randy Yagi)

Services

Valet parking and on-site self-parking is available for just $15 and $10 respectively. The hotel also maintains a portable business center. The hotel also offers a courtesy vehicle for nearby attractions.

Current Specials

Hotel Paradox offers an assortment of hotel specials. This includes a Paradox Pet Package with gourmet treats and oversized dog pillow and “Thursday is the New Friday” package, with 15 percent off the room rate for a three night stay.

Live Music/Special Events

Hotel Paradox hosts a number of ongoing special events and live music on a regular basis. Tuesdays are Taco Tuesdays, with two tacos and a craft beer for $10 while Wellness Wednesday offer yoga instruction and treats prepared by the chef de cuisine, The hotel also hosts Second Friday Artists Receptions and also works closely with local businesses like Midtown Surf Shop and Yoso Wellness Spa.

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About The Author

Randy Yagi is an award-winning freelance writer who has covered national/international travel for CBS Local and all things San Francisco for CBS San Francisco. He is a Media Fellow of Stanford University and a member of the Freelance Council of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).

Randy is also a veteran of the United States Army, having served stateside and in Germany. He is a lifelong resident of Santa Cruz County, California.

 

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