The concept of outdoor living is prominent along the Pacific Coast of California, where the summers are breezy, the winters are balmy, and the breathtaking ocean side cliffs are covered with wind-twisted cypresses and multicolored succulents.
Santa Cruz on Monterey Bay is a one of those coastal towns where the locals and tourists alike love to spend their time outdoors – walking, bicycling, wading, suntanning, or bringing their younger family members to the amusement park of the famous Beach Boardwalk.
Newly opened Hotel Paradox – the latest addition to the BPR Properties – with its indoor-outdoor living concept in the heart of the city invites its guests to “Expect the Unexpected.”
Upon entering the lobby, the first thing you see is a front desk made of a whole giant redwood, behind which attentive staff members are performing the necessary paperwork for you to start enjoying your stay as soon as possible.
Three-dimensional replicas of squirrels populate the hallway wall, redwood glass paining surrounds the Grove Room, intended for banquets and corporate events, and redwood stumps serve as coffee tables in guest rooms and the lounge area.
The rooms are also decorated with rough plank elements, and tree-bark photographic close ups creating a feeling of a cozy retreat in the woods.
Created by a structural architecture team from San Luis Obispo and a design team from San Francisco, Paradox presents itself as a downtown hotel with multiple artistic references to the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains.
Solaire Restaurant and Bar on the premises evokes the sunny sky and forest canopy over clean white leather booths, white thick plastic tables, textured gray wallpaper and carpet, and dark slate floor of an elegant eating space for all occasions.
Geared toward corporate meetings and events as much as family vacationers, the hotel presented its endless banquet and entertaining possibilities at the opening party last month.
Creative cocktails were served in the bar; antipasti in the Grove Room; shrimp cocktail, crab salad, and steamed dumpling appetizers were passed around; pulled and rolled pork and beef prime rib were sliced in the patio, chicken and veggie skewers grilled around the cabanas and fire pits, and lavish desserts served in the grand Sequoia Ballroom. Stilt walkers, fire dancers, and live band performed at the event.
Both the full-service restaurant Solaire and the banquet crew put their emphasis on locally sourced seasonal fare to create the modern American cuisine menu. Meat, eggs, and produce come from the nearby farmers market, seafood from Monterey Bay.
Staying in Hotel Paradox while traveling in California, or choosing it for a family celebration, a corporate meeting, or event means endless opportunities to enjoy everything the city of Santa Cruz has to offer. The sun-drenched beaches teaming with wildlife are only a mile away.
On the Municipal Wharf it is easy to get a full view of sea lions resting underneath the wooden sidewalk, or stay close to a fearless pelican watching out for a random treat.
A nice walk along the cliff boardwalk takes you to Natural Bridges State Beach with its natural stone “bridge” and unparalleled views of the bay. Dolphins, sea otters, and migrating whales can be seen here. Santa Cruz Pacific Avenue, with cute little cafes, boutiques, and stores is just a 15-minute walk from the hotel.
Hotel Paradox is located at 611 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, California. For more information and reservations go online.