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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Watsonville
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Watsonville
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Springville
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59 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Excellent Hotel at a Great Price”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

My wife and I stayed here once before about a year ago. We loved it, and we were happy to find that they have maintained their quality hotel. I cannot say much for the city of Watsonville except that it is centrally located. If you plan on seeing the coast from Santa Cruz to Monterey - or even as far down as Big Sur, this is the place to say. You will not find a nicer hotel at a better price.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Michael P
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hixwatsonville, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Watsonville, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Michael P,

Thank you so much for taking the time to review our hotel, I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay! We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Kind Regards,
Amy Buitenhek
General Manager
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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506 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
Reviewed November 11, 2012

There is not a lot of choice in this town, but the Holiday Inn Express is clean and friendly. Rooms are mini-suites and there is free Internet. The breakfast includes eggs, sausage, and other items--not bad. The staff is friendly. And the price is right. We were there for a three day business meeting off site and it was fine for this purpose. There are several restaurants in the area.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Colfax, CA.
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed November 8, 2012

This is a good hotel, no surprises, real nice indoor pool and hot tub.
Just spent 4 days there. While it is a little farther from Santa Cruz than we would have liked, it is close to a lot of things.
The place seemed to be pretty clean (just watching the maintenance man sanitize the pool area proved how it should be done).
The breakfast they put out is one of the better ones.
Also, Melissa who was working the front desk at night was awesome, she was everything i would look for in an employee!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Even Yehuda, HaMerkaz, Israel
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4 reviews
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

good clean and really big rooms with separate leaving room which come almost to be a suit. nice fitness center and friendy staff. well located near shoping cnters which include fast food of various brands. however we did not have hot water in the shower. apparently it is chronic issue with all the rooms with small numbers (303 in our case). we have been moved to a bigger room (316 very nice!) so it end good for us, but bear it in mind when you get the room as I assume if the hotel is full switching rooms will be harder

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Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Shahar E
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hixwatsonville, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Watsonville, responded to this review, October 3, 2012
Dear Sahar E,

Thank you so much for taking the time to post your comments! I am very pleased that you enjoyed the location. I am very sorry about the issue you had with the hot water; however, I am very glad that the staff was able to get you into an upgraded room. I am proud to say that we have fixed the hot water issue. After your comments we had another plumber come out and he recommended that we add some heating pumps and that seems to have fixed the problem. I want to thank you for letting us know about the problem while you were here. If no one tells us something is broken we cannot fix it; it is guests like you that help us to get better and better.

Kind Regards,
Amy Buitenhek
General Manager
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San Francisco, CA
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27 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed September 23, 2012

I stayed at this hotel 2 nights to do a 105 mile bicycle ride through Monterey Valley. I usually stay at Best Western hotels, but I instead decided to try out the Holiday Inn Express and I am glad that I did as this room was much nicer than any Best Western I have ever stayed.

The room was a suite with a king sized bed in one room and a separate room that had a couch. Both rooms had a high definition 32 inch TV. The suite also had a refrigerator and microwave. The suite was large and extremely clean. Moreover, the front desk staff was very courteous, helpful, and accommodating. The parking was plentiful and free.

The only negative thing I can report is that the pillows were small and did not seem to be that great of quality.

This hotel is an excellent value, and I wholeheartedly recommend it as the place to stay when you are in Watsonville.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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hixwatsonville, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Watsonville, responded to this review, September 24, 2012
Marin_Cyclist,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience! I am so glad that you decided to try a Holiday Inn Express and that you found it to be a great hotel for you. I am sorry that you did not like the pillows, we are actually looking at replacing them in the coming months to a king size pillow! We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Kind Regards,
Amy Buitenhek
General Manager
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Los Angeles
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130 reviews
67 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed September 20, 2012

Perfectly kept facility - not a tatter to be seen. Large rooms. Great desk staff - friendly, welcoming, helpful. Across from shopping center with restaurants. Indoor pool. No scenic surroundings though the slough is continguous to the property but rather grown in. If you have reason to be in Watsonville or the Monterey Bay area and need a clean, function, no frills hotel, this will work well. Oh ... and hot and cold self-serve breakfast!

Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Edna A
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Detroit, Michigan
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103 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2012 via mobile

This is a great place to spend the night after driving on highway 1 for a while , the rooms are nice and clean , the staff is excellent , food choices are very good around the hotel and it is moderately priced. We enjoyed our stay here. Parking is free and breakfast is included ( and very good : ) )

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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hixwatsonville, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Watsonville, responded to this review, September 2, 2012
Dear Voyager81977,

Thank you so much for choosing to stay with us during your trip on Highway 1; isn’t that the prettiest drive! I am so glad that you enjoyed our breakfast, we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Kind Regards,
Amy Buitenhek
General Manager
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Property: Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Watsonville
Address: 1855 Main St, Watsonville, CA 95076-6024
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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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