Hotel Paradox

611 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, California, 95060, USA

Fodor’s Expert Review

About a mile from the ocean and two blocks from Pacific Avenue, this stylish, forest-theme complex (part of the Marriott Autograph Collection) is among the few full-service hotels in town. 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 cling to the walls, and tree stumps serve as poolside tables. Room options range from kings with river-rock showers and double queens with tubs to six suites. 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, a hot tub, and dining and cocktail service.

PROS

  • close to downtown and main beach
  • alternative to beach-oriented lodgings
  • contemporary feel

CONS

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

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Business, Green, Pet Friendly
Lively
Central
Casual Chic

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 831-425–7100 | 855-425–7200

HOTEL DETAILS

172 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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