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“Quick stop on the way to Santa Cruz” 3 of 5 stars
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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Watsonville
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1855 Main St, Watsonville, CA 95077   |  
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Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Watsonville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Santa Barbara, California
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“Quick stop on the way to Santa Cruz”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Hotels in this area (Monterey, Santa Cruz, etc) are ridiculously expensive! I was relieved to find this one was reasonable and convenient. We checked in around 9pm on a Friday night and the place was almost full. I observed a number of baseball families etc. The pool is indoor and is really small, but my kids enjoyed swimming for an hour or so.
Soundproofing is minimal, so we heard lots of stomping around both from the floor above us and the hallways--nothing that the loud a/c fan couldn't drown out though!
Over all, didn't love it, didn't hate it. Very acceptable for a quick stopover on a long commute.

Room Tip: Try to stay on the top floor to avoid noise from above.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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hixwatsonville, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Watsonville, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
pearlfrancis,

I am glad to hear that our hotel was convenient and fit your budget. Weekends around here can get pretty busy, especially by our indoor pool and hot tub. I am sorry to hear that guests above you were not so courteous, I am glad to hear that you were still able to sleep well! Hopefully we will make a convenient stop for you again.

Kind Regards,
Amy
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Colorado Springs, CO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

We stayed at this Holiday Inn for three nights. It was less expensive than staying in Santa Cruz, where we visited daily. The beds were comfortable, the room was clean, the pool was awesome and the staff was friendly and helpful! This is a great place to travel with kids. The breakfast was great with fresh, warm cinnamon rolls, pancakes and an egg dish each day. The refrigerator and microwave were a great bonus since we stayed for a few days. We would definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

This is based upon my stay last July 2012. I'll be booking a reservation for the end of June and it reminded me that I neglected to review last year.

My daughter was participating in the Junior Lifeguard program and we decided to make it a mini getaway. We had rented a little house in Santa Cruz for the week. When we got to the house, it was filthy, covered in dog hair and unsafe.

At 7:30pm, I called Holiday Inn Express in Watsonville and they were able to get me into a room within minutes. The front desk was incredibly kind and we were sitting in a clean, comfy room within moments of arriving. Not only was the entire property immaculate, the breakfast the next morning was full of variety and there was plenty for all of the guests.

We needed to stay another night because the new rental we had wasn't available quite yet. Although the hotel was completely booked with standard rooms, they went ahead and gave us a 2 room suite at the same price as a standard room. And that room was also immaculate and lovely.

We journey to this area every year for this same event and we will always book our stay with this hotel. Just the best in the area.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the back of the property have a view of a little reserve area with a creek.
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Green Features: ENERGY STAR windows Education for guests on green practices Linen reuse program Staff training on green practices ENERGY STAR guest room appliances Energy-efficient lightbulbs
  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hixwatsonville, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Watsonville, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
jamieminer,

WOW! An entire year later and you still remember what a great time you had, thank you so much for sharing!! We hope to see you again this summer :)

Kind Regards,
Amy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Hotel is perfectly located halfway between Monterey and Santa Cruz. Rooms were clean and comfortable with a very good free breakfast. Staff was helpful and friendly. This was our second stay at this hotel.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hixwatsonville, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Watsonville, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Rob D

Thank you so much for taking the time to review our hotel! I am so pleased that you found our location ideal for your trip. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Kind Regards,
Amy
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Vancouver, Canada
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17 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Have stayed here several times on business and have always found the staff pleasant and the experience consistent. The beds are comfortable, the rooms are quiet and on my most recent stay I got upgraded to a jacuzzi king suite so I could watch TV while soaking in the tub - fantastic!

Free wifi and free breakfast are a bonus too. Breakfast has juice, tea, coffee, cereals, toast, bagels, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, the makings for breakfast sandwiches and their famous cinnamon buns. There is a pool too but I have never used it. Lots of nearby amenities.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hixwatsonville, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Watsonville, responded to this review, April 12, 2013
Dear skgal_11,

Thank you so much for taking the time to review our hotel! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back.

Kind Regards,
Amy
General Manager
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Rock Hill, South Carolina, United States
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12 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

By far the place to stay if you are in Watsonville! The location is great. Close to great food, shopping, and other stuff.

The Mexican restaurant across the street was highly recommended and was excellent. Easy access to Hwy 1, and shopping is close by.

The hotel was extremely clean, well-maintained, and the staff was super friendly. I would highly recommend anyone staying in Watsonville to book here first.

Room Tip: The mexican restaurant across the street is excellent.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Logan, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

I stayed at the Holiday Inn Express- Watsonville for work and was able to bring my wife and son along on this particular trip. While the hotel certainly isn't a HIlton nor should it be compared to one, they did meet and exceed my expectations for a 3 star hotel. The breakfast was filling and above average compared to other continental breakfasts and they had some items that were rotated so you don't get the same thing every day for a week. The breakfast attendant was also very helpful and on top of things the entire time and was very friendly. The front desk staff were cordial although they had some trouble giving some good recommendations when I asked for places to eat in the area, but then again, I don't know if that's the staff's fault or Watsonville's.

We stayed in the one bedroom suite which was very nice, clean, and spacious. The pool area was clean and nice but somewhat chilly so we didn't use it more than once. If you're looking for a great hotel to stay at with family or business this hotel is probably the best in the area and I'd go out of my way to stay here compared to any other hotels in the Watsonville- Salinas area.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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hixwatsonville, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Watsonville, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
Dear Pieperjm,

I am so pleased to hear that your wife and son were able to join you on this trip, and that you enjoyed our breakfast! Watsonville does have many great restaurants, although most are not national recognized chains. I hope that you were able to find and enjoy one of our many locally owned restaurants. We look forward to seeing you again.

Kind Regards,

Amy Buitenhek
General Manager
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Address: 1855 Main St, Watsonville, CA 95077
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Location: United States > California > Watsonville
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Watsonville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Watsonville 2.5*
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Watsonville, CA!We are conveniently located midway between Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay, just off Scenic Highway 1 and Route 152. Stay over and relax with us while driving the California Coast. Spend a day at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk; enjoy unlimited ocean activities including fishing, surfing, sailing, kayaking and a variety of aquatic pastimes. Experiencing the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a must. Afterward, enjoy some fresh seafood at one of the casual or fine dining restaurants on Cannery Row. Watsonville is the Strawberry Capital of the World and Driscoll Strawberries is less than 5 miles away. All 65 rooms and suites feature free high-speed Internet access, complimentary hot Express Start breakfast, microwaves, refrigerators, and telephones with voice mail message service, hair dryers, iron and ironing board. We also have an on-site fitness room, heated indoor pool and spa.We invite you to come visit us soon and experience our friendly Central Coast Hospitality! ... more   less 
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