Expect the Unexpected at Hotel Paradox
If a hotel room is your classic response when asked about basic camping supplies, look no further than Hotel Paradox where chic urban boutique meets forest in a casual beach town setting. Talk about unexpected! Located on Ocean Street, only a mile from the beach, Hotel Paradox welcomes guests to a serene environment where nature is playfully blended with sophisticated interior design.
Sprinkled throughout the building, details inspired by the Santa Cruz Mountains add to the hotel's urban forest theme. This is most apparent upon entering the lobby where a fallen eucalyptus tree has been transformed into a reception desk. This massive, century-old log from Orinda, California, has been a 4th of July parade fixture and was once barred in customs from being shipped to London's Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Thanks to an interior designer who recognized its beauty beneath peeling bark, the log met its fate in Santa Cruz. At 18 feet long and weighing 15,000 pounds, it's an impressive site and just one of the ways Hotel Paradox incorporates 'upcycling' reclaimed wood into its decor.
A few feet away, a glass forest of towering redwoods meets the eye and surrounds the meeting space known as the Grove Room. With your head tilted toward the ceiling, you might expect the crackle of fallen leaves and twigs underfoot. If anything, you'll notice deep, calm breathes as you take in the rest of the sights. No hiking boots necessary; the usual Santa Cruz flip-flops will do.
Intimate lounge areas with tree stumps as side tables create a relaxing atmosphere, where glowing candlelight and centerpieces featuring air plants and succulents add eye-catching contrast to the neutral background. Another touch of mystery and surprise can be found on the floor to ceiling bookshelves where books wrapped in plain white paper await curious readers. Keeping with the "expect the unexpected" motif throughout Hotel Paradox, guests can be on the lookout for wildlife in the form of white resin squirrels nicknamed "Simone" by the staff and whimsically arranged on walls and ceilings.
If two roads diverged in a wood and you had to choose, go with the one that has poolside dining, chic guest rooms, and upscale amenities at Hotel Paradox.
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