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Our Honeymoon Adventures: Hotel Paradox

Our Honeymoon Adventures: Hotel Paradox

After a lovely drive from San Jose to Santa Cruz, we checked into our home sweet home for the next few days. 

Photo from Hotel Paradox Website

Photo from Hotel Paradox Website

Hotel Paradox is aptly named. A redwood forest themed hotel at the beach - A paradox, indeed, and a lovely one at that.

From the massive check-in desk (carved from a real redwood tree) to the cute little squirrel figurines crawling along the walls, the whole place was evocative of a beautiful forest. It was the perfect place for us, seeing as how our entire wedding was "rustic woodland" themed! 

Photo from Hotel Paradox Website

Photo from Hotel Paradox Website

Once we had checked in with the friendly night manager, we made our way to our room. One look at the fluffy, king-sized bed and we were in love. We tossed our bags on the floor and collapsed into the soft pillows. Ahhhhhhhhh. Lovely! 

Photo from Hotel Paradox Website

Photo from Hotel Paradox Website

I was a big fan of the simple, natural decor. The wood planks behind the bed gave the room a cozy vibe. The sitting chair and stool were very comfy. The log slice/side table was cute and funky, and especially fitting since we had pieces identical to this all over our wedding! (We used the log slices for benches, plant stands, candle holders, and more!)

The sliding barn door was a nice touch, although it was a little heavy for me. I really had to put some power into opening and closing it.

I think one of my favorite parts of our room was the river rock shower. It was spacious and had some neat mood lighting for peak relaxation. 

Photo from Hotel Paradox Website

Photo from Hotel Paradox Website

I also liked the addition of the personal coffee maker. It's always nice to have a hot cuppa before having to face the world.

Each room also had a nice seating area on the balcony - The perfect place to enjoy that morning jolt.

I loved just about everything about our room! 

We only had one issue throughout our stay. One night, we returned from a day of adventuring to find that our key cards would not work. We were trying to use the locked gate between the parking lot and the walkway and stairs to our room, and we couldn't. (A nice feature that made me feel pretty safe at night, by the way.) 

We figured there must be an issue, so we groaned and made our way to the lobby.

After some discussion with the night manager, we discovered that our cards had been deactivated...You know, since we had been checked out of our room! Apparently, there was a mistake in the system that marked us as leaving a day earlier than we had planned.

I was upset about this, concerned that our things would have been moved or taken, but was reassured that our things had remained untouched. 

After some moderate frustration, we felt better when our cards were reactivated and we were set up for another night. 

Overall, our experience at Hotel Paradox was positive. Our room was clean, the grounds were well kept, our bed was comfy, and the staff was friendly. I would definitely stay again. (To be completely honest, I wish I was there right now! Winter storm Sandy is wreaking havoc on us here in New York!)

Next time, though, I'm going to make good use of that sparkling blue pool! (We ran out of time before we had a chance to swim at all.)

Photo from Hotel Paradox Website

Photo from Hotel Paradox Website

Have you ever stayed at Hotel Paradox? What was your experience? Please leave a comment and let me know! 

Our Honeymoon Adventures: 17 Mile Drive

Our Honeymoon Adventures: 17 Mile Drive

Our Honeymoon Adventures: Getting There

Our Honeymoon Adventures: Getting There