The forest motifs at Hotel Paradox come as a bit of a surprise in the beach town of Santa Cruz—and that's the paradox. Forest-grove murals, tree-trunk stools, natural wood accents, and a giant oak tree towering over the hotel's pool complement the sand and surf that typify the California coast.
In-room amenities: flat-screen HDTVs, iPod docking stations, eco-friendly bath products from 99sixty, and blackout drapes
Take a swim: There's a heated outdoor pool surrounded by lounge chairs and potted ferns.
Sit by the fire: The pool deck features a square fire pit with plenty of seating.
Local eats: Solaire Restaurant + Bar serves up organic farm-to-table dishes such as Verlasso salmon with olive-oil smashed potatoes.
Cool design feature: art displays made of tree branches in the hotel's lobby and restaurant
Distance from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk: 1 mile
Santa Cruz, California: Laid-Back Surf and Skate Town
A progressive and eco-conscious town, Santa Cruz draws those looking for a relaxing spot to commune with nature. About a 90-minute drive southeast of San Francisco. the town features renowned beaches, where people come year-round to sail, dive, stand-up paddleboard, and most importantly, surf. There are several surfing businesses in town—O'Neill Wetsuits, Santa Cruz Surfboards, Santa Cruz Skateboards—and for good reason: the town boasts 11 world-class surf breaks, including one of the world's best surfing spots, Pleasure Point. Dive into retro beach culture at the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, which features vintage boards, surf-movie posters, and old photographs.
One of the funnest things to do in town is stroll along the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, which is open on the weekends until summer. Voted the "World's Best Seaside Amusement Park," it offers mini golf and arcades live at Neptune's Kingdom. Along the coastline, there are heart-pounding roller coasters and skateboarders. Honor the city's skating tradition by grabbing a board and heading to the famous Santa Cruz Skate Park, which is open seven days per week and free to the public. It features a street course, a fullpipe, and classes for beginners and advanced skaters alike.
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What You Get
Stay for two in a Paradox standard king room, Paradox double-queen room, or Sparkling king room
Up to two kids 17 or younger stay free in the Paradox double-queen room; one kid 17 or younger stays free in the Paradox standard king room or Sparkling king room
Dates into September
Policies and Fees
Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased.
Cancellation policy: 72-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is nonrefundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
Additional fees: $1.50 daily tourism marketing district 1 fee and $0.50 daily tourism marketing district 2 fee added at purchase.
Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.
No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed. Read the Fine Print for important info on offer details and other restrictions.