CBT Architects redesigns guestrooms, suites of Chaminade Resort & Spa

Boston-based CBT Architects is redesigning the guestrooms and suites of the Chaminade Resort & Spa in Santa Cruz, Calif. The $7.9-million remodel is slated for completion by January 30.

According to Jacqueline McGee, CBT principal and director of CBT Hospitality, the new design for Chaminade has “playful” elements, including an abacus headboard, over-scaled dominos that become the room numbers and the crossword puzzles that appear throughout the corridors.

The design team, which was also inspired by the history and craftsmanship of Santa Cruz, also incorporated bedside tables made from woven drums used at the local tannery, oversized leather guestroom chair and blackened steel tables that add to the vintage nature of the rooms. Meanwhile, the red accent walls are the color of the tannery building.


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There are also layered images of old photographs showing the train that connected Santa Cruz to San Francisco, specially designed meditation mats and new bathrooms and open plan closets.

Chaminade also partnered with Bay Area artist Julie Coyle, who will be creating artwork to be found throughout the hotel.

Located on 300 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains and overlooking Monterey Bay, the AAA Four Diamond Chaminade Resort & Spa has 156 accommodations including 44 suites.  Managed by Benchmark Resorts & Hotels, the Mission-style resort has 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space, two restaurants, pool, four tennis courts, fitness center, recreational activities and hiking trails surrounding the resort. Also available is The Spa at Chaminade.