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“Surprisingly Nice & The Pool Is Heated In Winter!” 5 of 5 stars
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BEST WESTERN Rose Garden Inn
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   740 Freedom Boulevard, Watsonville, CA 95076   |  
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Ranked #2 of 10 hotels in Watsonville
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“Surprisingly Nice & The Pool Is Heated In Winter!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

We spent several nights at a really nice hotel in Monterey but the lack of a pool and a doubling of the rate on New Year's Eve made us look for an alternative. I wasn't sure what to expect from this property, Watsonville isn't excatly a tourtist mecca and from my research of the hotel I was expecting a simple motel. We chose it primarily for the great rate (we paid just over a $100.00 for a suite) and the fact that that the outdoor pool is heated year round.

My first reaction to the hotel was ambivalent, it looked clean and decent enough but it's definitely a motor court motel, some people referrred to a "garden, resort feel" to this property but we didn't get that impression, at least not at first. Then we got to our room...

Our suite was fantastic! We had two large bedrooms, one with a king sized bed and one with a queen. The smaller bedroom had a half bath while the larger had a full. Though there was no living room each room had tv's and was big enough for chairs and desks etc. The furnishings and tv's were all new and very comfortable and our kids loved having their own room (as did we!). As others have mentioned the Mexican painted sinks are a really nice touch.

Travelling in December we were fortunate to have weather in the upper 60's to lower 70's which I understand is unseaonably warm for the area. We were overjoyed to find a property with an outdoor pool that wasn't shut down and it was great! Though not huge it was a decent size and was indeed heated and very comfortable. There was also a hot tub so it wasn't very hot...While using the pool I began to realize what people were talking about with the garden feel as there were nice roses and other flowers planted around it, it was definitely a little nicer than the standar pool in the middle of a parking lot that you normally find at motels.

We found breakfast to be a little nicer than usual for this type of property with lots of choices.

Though Watsonville isn't not glamorous and has a working class vibe to it, it felt very safe and is actually quite charming. We walked to a really good Mexican restaurant just a couple of blocks away (Jalisco's?) and enjoyed walking around the neighberhood at night looking at the amazing Christmas light displays. I just note that Watsonville is a good half hour drive from either Santa Cruz or Monterey, in theory this makes it a good jumping off point for either city but I would prefer to be closer to the action for an extended stay.

Room Tip: If you're a family or in a group get the two bedroom suite.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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RoseGardenInn, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose Garden Inn, responded to this review, January 13, 2014
Dear BlackberryBoy,

I am beyond pleased that our facility exceeded your expectations! I see you are from Canada so a heated pool is a must since you're on Vacation and it is so cold over there during this time of year. We do hope that you visit us again real soon.

Sincerely,
Rachel C
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Oakhurst, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Overall an excellent stay. Our only complaint is that the lighting was so dim we couldn't read. We find that to be true in all motels, however. They seem to expect customers to watch TV, which we also do. But I also like to read before going to sleep and, although I have excellent vision, I couldn't see well enough to read.

  • Stayed December 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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RoseGardenInn, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose Garden Inn, responded to this review, January 13, 2014
Dear Sue S,

I am sorry that our lighting was bad. We did have a similar situation about a week ago from another guest. We did buy her a higher voltage light bulb for her room so that she could read comfortably but now that I see your review I have a feeling our lighting needs to be taken care of as a whole facility. I truly appreciate your feedback and I am happy that the rest of your stay was pleasant, we do hope to see you on your next to Watsonville.

Sincerely,
Rachel C
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We stayed here because we were visiting family in town, and because it's pet friendly (yea!). I didn't have high expectations, but we were pleasantly surprised...the decor is in good taste, it's charming in fact, with a Mexican flair, which is appropriate for Watsonville. The motel seems freshly re-done, nothing is run down, everything works perfectly, and the gardens are well maintained. The staff was friendly, and even the breakfast was excellent. We usually stay out at the beach, but we'd stay here again because it's convenient for us, and because of the high quality for a decent price.

Room Tip: If you have pets, stay in the back since it's especially convenient with ample parking.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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RoseGardenInn, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose Garden Inn, responded to this review, January 13, 2014
Dear Nickiebits,

I am so happy that you chose to stay with us due to our facility being pet friendly. We love seeing our guests with their furry companions! Also we aren't too far from the beach... In fact we are only 3 miles away! The thing about Watsonville beaches though is that they are FAR from touristy. The beaches are very calm and you generally only see a few locals. Santa Cruz and Monterey on the other hand are quite the opposite so if you are looking for touristy they are only about 25-30 min away! We appreciate your business and we hope to see you soon.

Sincerely,
Rachel C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

wonderful employees, better than usual breakfast. Exchanged the light bulb for better reading . Would definitely stay here again. Several members of my family stayed here. Hope I stay here next year for Xmas.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 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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RoseGardenInn, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose Garden Inn, responded to this review, January 13, 2014
Dear Peggek,

I am very pleased that you enjoyed your stay and we do look forward to your next stay with us!
Sincerely,
Rachel C
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Elk Grove, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

We were given a room not close to the others,to get to it you had to walk out the front of the buidling, down the sidewalk to the other side of the building away from all of the other rooms, it was for the manager, it had a kitchen and a door to the front office, which at 5 AM we were up due to loud taking in the front office. We were told at the time of check-in, there were no other rooms.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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RoseGardenInn, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose Garden Inn, responded to this review, December 12, 2013
Mr. Fred F,

I am very sorry you were unhappy with our kitchen suite. It is our newest room and we are still working out the "kinks". We find families to like it the most due to the private entrance with a patio and full kitchen. We do try to accommodate everyone best possible so if you chose to stay with us again we"ll try our very best to make sure you get a room that best meets your needs.

Happy Holidays,

Rachel C
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Davis, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Very nice little motel with lovely Mexican tile decor. Quiet and comfortable with helpful staff. Breakfast included fresh fruit and waffles. Close to markets and downtown, and a short drive to the beach.

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

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RoseGardenInn, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose Garden Inn, responded to this review, December 12, 2013
Dear Jennifer S,

I am very happy you had a comfortable at our hotel.
We did recently add a new talavera mural to our lobby!
We will be posting pictures of it soon!

We hope to see you as our guest again, we love familiar faces!

Sincerely,

Rachel C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

I just stayed here three nights on business. The hotel is a bargain with big rooms, full duvet style sheets, good wifi, decent desk, nice decor, and very quiet. Some rooms face out into a blank wall across the outside walkway - don't stay there. The set of rooms facing east around the back are the best, quiet and private. Hotel has a decent breakfast, good exercise room, and tepid hot tub. Great front desk service. Perhaps the best feature is the location. Easy walking to a few good restaurants. Fast access to both the downtown and the commercial strip. I will stay here again

Room Tip: East facing rooms out back. Avoid rooms facing out into dark corridor. Cowboy Kitchen good for break...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RoseGardenInn, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose Garden Inn, responded to this review, December 12, 2013
Dear JeremiahJ223,

Thank you for your kind words.
We always appreciate when we get good feedback about our property and we look forward to your next stay with us!

Happy Holidays,
Rachel C
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Address: 740 Freedom Boulevard, Watsonville, CA 95076
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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 Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 hotels in Watsonville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — BEST WESTERN Rose Garden Inn 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The BEST WESTERN Rose Garden Inn has just undergone a multi-million dollar transformation capturing the strong Mexican heritage of the local area. We have added complimentary high-speed Internet access, a free Internet kiosk, several new rooms, a meeting/event facility and a fitness center.We are ideally located in the heart of the scenic Central Coast, near the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Carmel-by-the-Sea, redwood tree parks, championship golfing and prestigious wineries. ... more   less 
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