Rate based on Check-in: Aug 27, 2014 Check-out: Aug 28, 2014

Chaminade Resort and Spa

4 stars
One Chaminade Ln, Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.9
out of 5
97 reviews
Relaxing stay

Was wonderful, nice massage and drinks under the stars next to a warm fire pit . See full review

  • Mom in Newark
  • Jul 21, 2014
A lovely getaway!!!

I LOVE the Chaminade!!! Its such a lovely getaway tucked away in nature with trees and trails and... See full review

  • Green Gypsy
  • Jun 2, 2014
Green Santa Cruz mountaintop retreat offers luxury in the outdoors

A full-service hotel and conference center, Chaminade Resort & Spa is set on 300 acres of eucalyptus and redwood-dense hills overlooking Santa Cruz. It's also one of the highest-rated hotels in this Northern California coastal town. Spanish-mission inspired architecture, contemporary furnishings and open-air patios make this an ideal place to unwind. Five miles removed from the activity of Santa Cruz, Chaminade is an easy drive within minutes to Pacific Ocean beaches, golf courses and local wineries.

Highlights

  • The first hotel in Santa Cruz County to receive a Green Business Certification for its environmental efforts
  • Full-service spa
  • Free parking
  • Airport and local transportation (fees apply)
  • Pet-friendly (fees apply)

Rooms

Several buildings that stretch through the wooded hillside house Chaminade Resort and Spa's 156 rooms. A $15 million renovation in 2009 brought upgrades to the interiors with luxurious feather beds, down-filled duvets and contemporary decor that still retains the Spanish flair that is part of the resort's history. Private patios are sheltered by forest. Some modernized suites have flat-screen TVs and high-speed Internet access (fees apply). Granite bathrooms feature Lather products and microfiber robes. 

Features

Chaminade Resort & Spa emphasizes the outdoors. Four tennis courts with a pro on hand, three miles of private on-site hiking trails, a ropes course, sand volleyball, badminton and croquet are all available. The 50-foot outdoor heated pool is open until 11 p.m. The full-scale fitness center offers aerobics, yoga and pilates in addition to standard workout equipment. Ladies' and mens' locker rooms, sauna and whirlpool are available. For all-natural treatments and rejuvenation, head to the full-service Spa at Chaminade.

Dining

Views of Monterey Bay are unbeatable from the fireside patios at Chaminade Resort & Spa. From the highly-regarded breakfast buffet to sunset cocktails at Linwood's Bar & Grill, two on-site restaurants here offer a selection from morning through after-hours. Fine cuisine draws ever-changing inspiration from local farms on the surrounding California coast. Room service is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Transportation

  • San Jose International Airport (34.8 mi/56 km)
  • Airport and local transportation (fees apply)

Attractions

  • Pasatiempo Golf Club (4.6 mi/7.5 km)
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (6.5 mi/10.5 km)
  • University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) (8.2 mi/13.2 km)
  • Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (11.7 mi/18.8 km)

Business

  • 24-hour business center
  • 12 meeting rooms
  • Team building activities

Policies and fees
  • This hotel has a pet policy (fees apply).

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

Chaminade Resort and Spa Rooms

Luxury
Chaminade Luxury Suite with One King Size Bed. Well appointed suite included a separate living room area with Casual Dining area Queen Sized Sofa Bed and Flat Screen Television. Accommodations feature Luxurious feather bedding in-room safe two line phone
Luxury
Luxury Fully Accessible Room with 2 Queen Beds. Accommodations feature Luxurious feather bedding in-room safe two line phone with voicemail premium cable Channels in-room movies and games coffee maker hair dryer and Iron/Ironing Board
Luxury
Chaminade Luxury Accessible Suite. Well appointed suite included a separate living room area with Casual Dining area Queen Sized Sofa Bed and Flat Screen Television. Accommodations feature Luxurious feather bedding High Speed Wired/Wireless internet in-ro
Luxury
Luxury Junior Suite King includes a King Size Bed Cozy Sectional Sofa and Casual Dining area. Accommodations feature Luxurious feather bedding Dual Vanity in-room safe two line phone with voicemail premium cable Channels in-room movies and games coffee ma
Luxury
Luxury Accessible Room with 2 Queen Beds. Accommodations feature Luxurious feather bedding in-room safe two line phone with voicemail premium cable Channels in-room movies and games coffee maker hair dryer and Iron/Ironing Board.
Luxury
Luxury Room with one queen bed. Accommodations feature luxurious feather bedding in-room safe two line phone with voicemail premium cable channels in-room movies and games coffee maker hair dryer and iron/ironing board.
Luxury
Luxury room with 2 queen size beds. Accommodations feature luxurious feather bedding in-room safe two line phone with voicemail premium cable channels in-room movies and games coffee maker hair dryer and iron/ironing board.
Luxury
Luxury Forest View Room with 2 Queen size beds. Accommodations feature Luxurious feather bedding in-room safe two line phone with voicemail premium cable Channels in-room movies and games coffee maker hair dryer and Iron/Ironing Board.
Luxury
Chaminade Luxury Suite with One Queen Size Bed. Well appointed suite included a separate living room area with Casual Dining area Queen Sized Sofa Bed and Flat Screen Television. Accommodations feature Luxurious feather bedding in-room safe two line pho
Luxury
Luxury room with King size bed. Accommodations feature Luxurious feather bedding in-room safe two line phone with voicemail premium cable Channels in-room movies and games coffee maker hair dryer and Iron/Ironing Board.

Amenities

  • High-speed internet
  • Heated pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
Air conditioned
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Pet friendly
Elevators
24 hour security
FEMA approved
Activities
Heated pool
Fitness center or spa
Fitness Center
Exercise gym
Jacuzzi
Skiing
Children's activities
Jogging track
Tennis
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Coffee maker in room
Lounge
Coffee shop
24 hour room service
Room service
Family plan
Services
24 hour front desk
Business center
Maid service
Laundry service
Express checkout
Concierge desk
Laundry/Valet services
ATM/Cash machine
Security
Wake-up service
In-Room Safe
Shops/Commercial services
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Porters
Gift shop
Copy service
News stand
Audio visual equipment
Conference suite
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Parking
Valet parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities
Accessible facilities
Accessible rooms
Accessible parking
Room
Television with cable
Cordless phone
Safe
AM/FM alarm clock
Free newspaper
Heated guest rooms
Hairdryer in room
Turndown service
Cribs available
In room movies
Temperature control
Electronic door locks
Iron
Ironing board
Smoke detectors
Sprinklers in rooms
Bath tub

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Hotel Map

36.9964 -121.9854
Nearby airports
San Jose Intl Airport, (SJC), 35.00, MI, SW; San Francisco Intl Airport, (SFO), 62.00, MI, S; Monterey Peninsula Airport, (MRY), 40.00, MI, N;
Area description
Resort

Dining

Linwoods Bar And Grill
Linwood s features contemporary California cuisine capturing the rich flavors of the Central Coast. Partnering with local farmers menu items feature locally sourced products based on whats fresh on the market. Linwoods in an ideal setting to enjoy signat
Sunset Restaurant
The Sunset Restaurant is known for its vast assortment of fresh sumptuous buffet items. With panoramic views of the Monterey Bay and its renown Sunday Brunch the Sunset Restaurant has been voted best of Santa Cruz by local press.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
04:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (97)

Ratings and reviews for Chaminade Resort and Spa

Overall score

3.9 / 5
5.01.0
97 out of 97
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4.3
Hotel staff:
4.4
Room comfort:
4.1
Location:
4.5
Value:
3.5

84% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Mom in Newark
Newark, Ca
Jul 21, 2014

Relaxing stay

Was wonderful, nice massage and drinks under the stars next to a warm fire pit .

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Chaminade Resort and Spa

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Ambassador AA
San Francisco, CA
Jul 16, 2014

Spacious and Fairly Nice

First of all, the junior king suite we got was huge. Tons of space, and lots of breathing room to enjoy ourselves. However, there was no mini-fridge! How can you justify a suite for over $200 and no fridge! Also, much of the interior lighting is CFLs, which gives an impression of being in a cafeteria. Fortunately they had some nice light covers, so we could avoid some of the more harsh lighting in the room. The grounds are very nice, and suites have a "not-so-private" porch area (it is connected to neighboring porches, which is interesting). They charge $16 on average to watch a movie in the room, which seemed like scavenging for dollars to me. Overall, we enjoyed our stay though.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Go to Shadowbrook for a dinner that will change your life... And be prepared to pay for it.

Review of Chaminade Resort and Spa

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Menomale
Napa
Jul 14, 2014

Noisy till the whee hours

While the location is beautiful and the rooms look nice, they are not insulated at all. Our junior suite had a patio to the parking lot, the entrance to the building was next to our room and slammed shut every time someone was coming or going, rattling the wall next to the bed. The doors to the rooms on our hallway pretty much had the same effect and one could follow whole conversations held in the hallway. Finally got to sleep at 3 AM and then awakened by somone emptying the ice maker at 6AM! Not restful!!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
1
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Gayle's Bakery in Capitola has great espresso drinks, pastries and lunches

Review of Chaminade Resort and Spa

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Sandi J
Aptos, CA
Jul 2, 2014

Nice relaxing place, great floral display

Pretty good, we stayed here while waiting to move into our house. Parking was challenging on the weekend we were there. Really needs another pool. Too may kids in pool, over 12 at one point, so couldn't relax very much poolside

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Time-saving tip: In Hotel

Parking can be a chore on a busy weekend

Review of Chaminade Resort and Spa

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Taylor Bug
Pleaseanton, Ca
Jun 23, 2014

nothing Exciting

The issues I have are there is no elevator, so you have to be in feel of any joint or knee issues. There is nothing of a courtesy given to a person staying at the hotel! There is no continental breakfast, no discounts on any lunch, diner, breakfast, clothing, caps, etc.... Then there is a extra $25.00 fee added to your bill when leaving for amenities you do or don't use and they try to justify it with valet parking, pool, and other items or faculties usage but in most hotels those things are already provided and or considered in the pricing for the stay at the hotel. I just think for what you pay for and what you get isn't worth the value. Staff is nice but if I am paying hard earned money I should be able to get something beside a nice clean bed. Like I am going to pay for a stay at a hotel with not nice and clean room, it's a given if the hotel is a 4Star hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Shopping tip: Short drive from hotel

Accessable to most shops and a good distance from Santa Cruz and big city traffice. Very good location for just having a peacefull evening and day.

Review of Chaminade Resort and Spa

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Dave from Calif
California
Jun 15, 2014

Best hotel in town

This town has a lot of motel but no real good places to stay with a nice upscale vibe. This is the place!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of Chaminade Resort and Spa

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Green Gypsy
Business
Cupertino, CA
Jun 2, 2014

A lovely getaway!!!

I LOVE the Chaminade!!! Its such a lovely getaway tucked away in nature with trees and trails and beautiful views of the Santa Cruz mountains. The spa is very peaceful and relaxing; the hot tub outdoors at the spa is a real treat with amazing sunset views. There is even a stone bench next to the waterfall pond that is perfect for meditation and taking in all that nature has to offer :-) For me, the restaurant needs more vegetarian options and some work on the food. The wine was tasty though! My room was too close to the tennis courts so took away from my level of comfort with the noise. A room farther away would have been perfect so next time for sure. Overall, the Chaminade is truly lovely with nice and friendly folks on staff. I highly recommend this place for a lovely Santa Cruz getaway!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: In Hotel

Hiking trails onsite

Review of Chaminade Resort and Spa

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Ms. nessa
Sacramento
Jun 1, 2014

Unsatisfied

Overcrowded, far from beach, unclean room that smelled of mold and cigerettes and uncooked food which lead to food posioning left me unsatisfied

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
1
Location:
2
Value:
1
Review of Chaminade Resort and Spa

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
jjmarin
san francisco, ca
May 27, 2014

Hilltop retreat

Nice facilities away from the crowds. Easy access to beach.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Review of Chaminade Resort and Spa

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Lil nicki
Santa Cruz
Mar 30, 2014

So much fun

Great experience! We had so much fun in the pool and hot tub. The staff was amazing and very helpful. I left my ring there and to my shock, housekeeping turned it in. Yay!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
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