Monterey Bay Hotels



Hotel Paradox

At a Glance


  • close to downtown and main beach
  • good alternative to beach-oriented lodgings
  • new property


  • pool area can get crowded on warm-weather days
  • some rooms on the small side

Hotel Paradox Review

Less than two miles from the wharf and boardwalk and a short walk to Pacific Avenue, this new stylish, forest-themed complex is among the few full-service hotels in town. The property once belonged to the University of California, Santa Cruz, which operated it as a dorm and summer hotel. New owners completely revamped the place and reopened it as Hotel Paradox in 2012. Public spaces and rooms are designed to bring nature indoors—the reception desk is cut from an 18-foot reclaimed eucalyptus log, lamps resemble birds nests, sculpted squirrels romp along the walls, and tree stumps serve as poolside tables. There's a range of room options, from kings with river rock showers and double queens with tubs to six suites, each centered around a playful theme—Nonsense, Enigma, Conundrum, Catch 22, Anomaly, and Puzzle. Solaire, the on-site restaurant and bar ($$$), focuses on farm-to-table cuisine. The hotel's social hub is the spacious pool area, with cabanas, fire pits, hot tub, and dining and cocktail service.

    Hotel Details

  • 164 rooms, 6 suites.
  • Rate includes no meals.
Updated: 05-20-2013

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