A luxurious refuge with views of Monterey Bay and the Santa Cruz mountains.. In Short Located high on a bluff, this property is more resort than hotel. Its stucco exterior and red-tiled roof provides the feeling of being in an old mission. Still, the most remarkable feature of the resort is the almost panoramic view of Monterey Bay and the Santa Cruz mountains. Three restaurants located on the property include The Sunset Dining Room and The Library for formal sit-down dinners and Linwood's, a more casual bar-like environment.
Chaminade is the nicest hotel in the city of Santa Cruz. It's a great getaway, but be forwarned the road leading up to it is steep and remote, so there's really no entertainment options within walking distance. The city buses certainly don't come up there either, so to get anywhere plan on driving or calling a cab.
Chaminade is basically a resort, so it's also not the place for visiting parents of college students (unless you don't really want to do all that visiting) or for young children.
Go there for tennis, swimming, beautiful views and R&R.