When you stay halfway between Santa Cruz and Monterey, you get the finest of both worlds. Delight in everything these two cities have to offer, but away from the hustle and bustle. Guests can slip away to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and the Monterey Aquarium, or linger only 5 miles away at Sunset Beach, where golden sands and fabulous outdoor recreation are on hand.
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We are also minutes from Elkhorn Slough, a haven for birding enthusiasts the world over. We cater to road trippers, vacationing families and business travelers that desire affordable elegance. Whether you're here for the Wharf to Wharf Race or a meeting with Granite Rock, staying at the right Watsonville hotel will make a difference.
If you're in the area for the Strawberry, Artichoke or Garlic Festivals, you're in for a real treat. Renowned Martinelli's Sparkling Cider is produced locally, and a tour of the factory is a must stop for all guests. Gilroy Gardens and the Monterey Bay Birding Festival are also nearby favorites.
An independent local poll rated us ‘Best of the Pajaro Valley’, the surrounding area’s most revered hotel. You'll enjoy spacious rooms, luxurious bedding and a full array of amenities, including complimentary WiFi and an expanded continental breakfast. Need suggestions on things to do or places to dine? Just ask one of our congenial staff members. Your comfort and satisfaction remain our top priority.
Reserve your upcoming stay at Best Western Rose Garden Inn today.
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Pets allowed based on the availability of pet friendly rooms. Up to 2 dogs per room with a 80 pound weight limit. Additional pet types (cats, birds, etc) may be accepted at the hotel's discretion. Pet rate is $30 per day with a $150 per week maximum.
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The roons have been uodated. The breakfast is the best ever. There were 4 in my grouo and everyone loved breakfast including their coffee machine. They had eggs, saysage, biscuits, gravy, waffle...
Lincoln, California on 30-Jan-2020
As a Medical Sales Rep I stay at hotels multiple times per week with Status at numerous brands, Best Western being one of them.. This property was a very pleasant surprise!! The grounds and property...
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Los Angeles, California on 23-Jan-2020
We stayed in a big room with two queen beds and a full sofa bed and a full kitchen. The room was updated and mostly clean. My only complaint was that the sofa bed blanket had animal and human hair...
Pollock Pines, California on 01-Jan-2020
This hotel has everything we need, so it’s the only place we stay while in Watsonville. I prefer rooms with a whirlpool tub, and this location has them. Breakfast is well tended to, and the choices...
Walnut Creek, California on 01-Jan-2020
room was ready early. we used a suite and it was well laid out. plenty of room for our portable infant cribs. mattresses were firm and very comfortable. room was quiet; we did not hear any...
2.20 mile(s) from Graniterock/Pavex, corporate offices - granite quarry/road construction
2.30 mile(s) from Fox Racing Shox, corporate offices - The leader in bicycle, atv, motorcycle, snowmobile and offroad suspension products and solutions.
2.30 mile(s) from Well Pict Berries, corporate offices - berry growers
2.50 mile(s) from Watsonville Municipal Airport, airport for small private aircraft
0.50 mile(s) from shopping/dining/movies, Target/Ross/Staples/Longs/grocery stores; authentic Mexican cuisine, California cuisine, Italian, Chinese; historic Fox Theater and Gren Valley Cinema 8
3.00 mile(s) from SC County Fairgrounds, 2601 E Lake Ave, Watsonville, 95076; 831-724-5671
3.00 mile(s) from Ocean Speedway, 2601 E Lake Ave, Watsonville, 95076; 831-476-9466
5.00 mile(s) from Gizdich "U-Pick" Ranch, pick your own berries/apples; 55 Peckham Rd, Watsonville, 95076; 831-722-1056
6.00 mile(s) from Elkhorn Slough, national estuarine wildlife preserve; 1700 Elkhorn Rd, Watsonville, 95076; 831- 728-2822
10.00 mile(s) from kayaking, kayak rentals and tours of different Monterey Bay locations; Kayak Connections 831-479-1121
10.00 mile(s) from whale/dolphin boat tours, chriswhalewatching.com; montereywhalewatching.com; montereybaywhalewatch.com
12.00 mile(s) from SC Mountain Wineries, SC appellation is the oldest wine-producing region in CA; santacruzwinetours.com 800-910-2136
14.50 mile(s) from SC Beachboardwalk, historic Coney-Island style oceanfront amusement park; 400 Beach St, Satna Cruz, CA 95060 831-423-5590
15.00 mile(s) from Mystery Spot, a gravitational anomaly where balls roll uphill and chairs sit on walls; 465 Mystery Spot Rd, Santa Cruz, 95065; 831-423-8897
16.50 mile(s) from UCSC, University of California Santa Cruz; 1156 High St, Santa Cruz, 95064; 831-459-0111
17.00 mile(s) from Seymore Marine Discovery, offers visitors the personal experience of the wonders of marine life in the Monterey BAy; 100 Shaffer Rd, Santa Cruz, 95060; 888-327-8100
17.50 mile(s) from National Steinbeck Center, a museum and memorial dedicated to the author John Steinbeck; 1 Main St, Salinas, 93901; 831-796-3823
17.50 mile(s) from Santa Cruz Mission, Mission Plaza, Santa Cruz, 95060; 831-425-5849
18.50 mile(s) from CSUMB, Calif State University Monterey Bay; 100 Campus Ctr, Seaside, 93955; 831-582-3000
18.50 mile(s) from Gilroy Gardens, family theme park ideal for families with young children and garden lovers - features 21 rides, 27 attractions, 6 majestic gardens; 3050 Hecker Pass, Gilroy, 95021; (408) 840-7100
21.00 mile(s) from Cannery Row, historic waterfront district made famous by Steinbeck offers attractions and recreation,Cannery Row, Monterey 93940
22.00 mile(s) from Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the largest aquariums in the world; 886 Cannery Row, 93940; 831-648-4800
23.00 mile(s) from Mazda/Leguna Seca, The 2.238-mile world-renowned race track; 1021 Monterey-Salinas Hwy, Salinas, 93908; 831-327-7322
26.00 mile(s) from 17-Mile Dr/Pebble Beach, experience the magic of a legendary scenic tour that’s home to The Lone Cypress, Seal and Bird Rocks, Fanshell Beach, Point Joe, and the colliding currents of The Restless Sea; pebblebeach.com
27.00 mile(s) from Carmel Mission, founded in 1770 and considered one of the most beautiful missions of the chain of california missions on the central coast; 3665 Rio Rd, Carmel, 93923; 831-624-1271
28.00 mile(s) from Big Sur, A drive south down Hwy 1 the terrain offers stunning views, making Big Sur a popular tourist destination; a place defined by its natural features - mountains and water. Here at the edge of the continent, mountains plunge into the sea with little regard for the tiny ribbon of highway that clings tenuously to the slopes
44.00 mile(s) from Winchester Mystery House, 160-room 1880's mansion built by Winchester rifle heiress Sarah Winchester after she was told in a seance that she would die if she stopped building; 525 S Winchester Blvd, San Jose, 95128; (408) 247-2101
1.60 mile(s) from Bagel Cafe & Bakery deli, American, open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner, bagels made fresh on site. Offers a wide variety of sandwiches and pastries. they also serve a variety of salads, breakfast burritos, soups and desserts. Barista also available.
Across the street from Norma's, coffee shop, American, open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner, The cuisine is American diner with a slight Mexican slant.
Across the street from Super Taqueria, fast food, Mexican, open for: lunch, dinner, Super Taqueria is a great place to grab authentic-style FAST mexican food
0.20 mile(s) from Jalisco's, full service, Mexican, open for: lunch, dinner, Welcome to Jalisco's, Watsonville's most beautiful restaurant. Feast on unique Seafood and Mexican dishes in an historic 1930's building and Sample over 25 Tequilas! Friday is Mariachi night!
0.30 mile(s) from Red Apple Cafe, cafe, American, open for: breakfast, lunch, The locals favorite spot for hot breakfast! Large portions and an extensive selection for breakfast and lunch make this a perfect stop for everyone.
0.80 mile(s) from Sushi Garden, full service, Japanese, open for: lunch, dinner, The finest Japanese Restaurant in Capitola and Watsonville has been around for more than a decade and is constantly crowded with customers. The keys to our ongoing popularity is threefold: great sushi, prompt service and very reasonable prices.
0.80 mile(s) from McDonald's®, fast food, American, open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner, Home of the flame broiled Whopper
1.10 mile(s) from Golden China, full service, Chinese, open for: lunch, dinner, Mandarin Style chinese food. Good service as well as pricing. Ask for a private booth! They have created cubbies with table inside and beaded drapes to create a very private dining experience.
1.10 mile(s) from Cilantros, full service, Mexican, open for: lunch, dinner, A top locals pick with good mexican food, a full service bar with TV's to watch sports and dancing on the weekends.
1.20 mile(s) from Togos, deli, American, open for: lunch, dinner, Sandwiches, soups, salads
1.20 mile(s) from Round Table Pizza, full service, Italian, open for: lunch, dinner, Pizza, salad bar, sandwiches
1.30 mile(s) from Imura, full service, Japanese, open for: lunch, dinner, Local Sushi house. Custom sushi available upon request.
1.40 mile(s) from Eric's Deli, deli, American, open for: lunch, dinner, Locally owned with several bay area locations Eric's Deli is the sandwich shop of choice. Made with quality fresh ingredients everything on the menu is consistantly delicious. Sandwiches, salads, soups, desserts.
1.50 mile(s) from Applebees, full service, American, open for: lunch, dinner, Applebee's is the largest casual dining chain in the world. Extensive menu and full service bar.
1.50 mile(s) from Wooden Nickel, pub, American, open for: breakfast, lunch,
1.90 mile(s) from California Grill, full service, Italian, open for: lunch, dinner, An easy going casual dining experience with a mix of American and Italian foods. Good food at a good price.
2.00 mile(s) from Zunigas, full service, Mexican, open for: lunch, dinner, A unique dining experience. Located at the airport the views look out onto the airport landig area. Watch the small private aircraft arrive and depart as you eat delicious mexican cuisine.
2.10 mile(s) from Green Valley Grill, full service, American, open for: lunch, dinner, Finer dining in the area. Full service bar and dance floor. Another locals favorite especially for special events. Nice selection of steak, seafood, pasta, salads. Great wine menu.
2.10 mile(s) from Taco Bell, fast food, Mexican, open for: lunch, dinner, national mexican fast food chain
4.40 mile(s) from Cadillac Cafe, coffee shop, American, open for: breakfast, lunch, Fun little place decked out in 50's attire. Good food and reasonable prices.
8.50 mile(s) from Bittersweet Bistro, full service, American, open for: dinner, Elegantly decorated fine dining experience in an historic location. Full service bar. Most extensive wine menu in the area. Food is local and fresh. They even have a selection of cigars! Banquet rooms available.
10.70 mile(s) from Phils Fish Market, cafe, American, open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner, Fishmarket and eatery. Lots of local fish choices. Phils Fish Market has been featured on two different Food Network shows.
12.70 mile(s) from Bluewater Steakhouse, full service, American, open for: lunch, dinner, Bluewater Steakhouse will satisfy your hunger for the extraordinary. San Francisco upscale meets Capitola-by-the-Sea local style. Steps away from the beach and crashing waves. Enjoy the view and delicious 21-day aged premium organic free range beef, island style appetizers and grand desserts
18.90 mile(s) from Santa Cruz Wharf, full service, American, open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner, Several local seafood restaurants look out onto the historic Beach Boardwalk and famous Steamers Lane. Local favorites include Stagnaros and Rivas.
10.50 mile(s) from Cabrillo Community, Cabrillo College is one of the most highly regarded community colleges in the state for its success in the area of transfer and career education
16.50 mile(s) from UC Santa Cruz, University of California set atop the mountain overlooking the Monterey Bay
18.50 mile(s) from CSUMB, CA State Monterey Bay-a model pluralistic acedemic community where all learn and teach one another in an atmosphere of mutual respect and pursuit of excellence
0.50 mile(s) from Wetlands Nature Center, Come discover the cultural history and natural treasures of our neighborhood wild lands /www.watsonvilleslough.org/naturecenter
0.50 mile(s) from Farmers Market, Produce, JCG eggs, honey, locally prepared ethnic foods. Fridays 3-7pm year round www.santacruz.com/Farmers_Markets
3.00 mile(s) from SC County Fairgrounds, fairgrounds, horse show arena www.santacruzcountyfair.com
3.00 mile(s) from Ocean Speedway, A tight clay, high banked 1/4/ mile track featuring 7 different vehicle divisions www.oceanspeedway.com
3.00 mile(s) from CA Ag History Museum, Come and discover the history of agriculture in this area of the country www.aghistoryproject.org
3.50 mile(s) from Gizdich Ranch, Pick your favorite fruit of the season right off the tree or vine; then, picnic among the apple trees and the hills www.gizdich-ranch.com
4.00 mile(s) from Sunset State Beach, The beach features pine trees, mountainous sand dunes, and ocean side picnic spots www.parks.ca.gov
4.00 mile(s) from Pajaro Valley Golf Course, Pajaro Valley is one of Coastal California's finest golf courses, located between Monterey and Santa Cruz in the Pajaro Valley. www.pajarovalleygolf.com
4.50 mile(s) from Spring Hills Golf Course, A par 71, 6000+ yard course that will challenge the best player as well as provide a fun venue for the casual player. www.springhillsgolf.com
6.00 mile(s) from Elkhorn Slough, Elkhorn Slough (pronounced "slew") harbors the largest tract of tidal salt marsh in California outside of San Francisco Bay. www.elkhornslough.org
9.00 mile(s) from Nisene Marks State Park, The park offers rugged semi-wilderness, rising from sea level to steep coastal mountains of more than 2,600 feet. With over 30 miles of trails, hiking, jogging and biking are some of the activities to be enjoyed here. www.parks.ca.gov
9.00 mile(s) from SC Mountain Winegrowers, The Santa Cruz Mountains has been recognized as a premium wine producing region since the late 1800's. The Santa Cruz Mountains Viticultural Appellation became federally recognized as one of the first American viticultural areas to be defined by geophysical and climatic factors in 1981. www.scmwa.com
10.00 mile(s) from Whale Watching, Multiple touring companies offer year-round whale watching trips to observe the spectacular diversity and abundance of whales and dolphins inhabiting the Bay. www.montereyinfo.org
10.00 mile(s) from Kayaking, Guided sea kayaking tours of Monterey Bay and Elkhorn Slough. Rentals, lessons, and sales. www.kayakconnection.com
12.00 mile(s) from Capitola Village, Capitola is an intimate beach village tucked in a river valley in Santa Cruz County on the Monterey Bay. Reminiscent of a village in France or perhaps a Mediterranean coast in Italy. Capitola Village is located along a wide beach with a breathtaking view of Monterey Bay and is home to numerous craft galleries, boutiques and restaurants. www.ci.capitola.ca.us
14.50 mile(s) from SC Beach Boardwalk, The west coast's only seaside amusement park, the 101-year old Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk features both modern and classic thrill rides, restaurants, video game arcades, and family bowling, all located on a mile of sandy beach overlooking the Monterey Bay. www.beachboardwalk.com
15.00 mile(s) from Seymore Marine, Visit a working marine laboratory. Exhibit halls, aquarium, touch tanks, tours to marine mammal research overlook, Ocean Discovery Shop, and unsurpassed vistas of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. www2.ucsc.edu/seymourcenter
15.50 mile(s) from Mystery Spot, The Mystery Spot is a gravitational anomaly where your perceptions of the laws of physics and gravity are questioned. www.mysteryspot.com
16.00 mile(s) from Antique Shopping, Many small locally owned antique shops around the area plus Santa Cruz Antique Fair 2nd Sunday of every month in downtown Santa Cruz.
18.00 mile(s) from Gilroy Gardens, A beautiful California amusement park and the only California theme park with a horticultural theme. Ideal for families with young children and garden lovers, Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park features 21 rides, 27 attractions, 6 majestic gardens and the world famous Circus Trees. www.gilroygardens.org
19.00 mile(s) from Gilroy Premium Outlets, 145 OUTLET STORES Find impressive savings at Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Coach, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren...www.premiumoutlets.com
19.00 mile(s) from Roaring Camp, Experience an 1880's logging town and see California's towering redwood forests from two historic railroads. Hike through the Big Trees, eat lunch at the BBQ pit nad shop at the General Merchantile. Many special and seasonal events taking place. www.roaringcamp.com
20.00 mile(s) from Steinbeck Center, Mission: To tell the story of John Steinbeck's rich legacy and to present, create and explore stories of the human condition. Offers the John Steinbeck Exhibit Hall, Argricultural Museum and a changing art and cultural exhibit. www.steinbeck.org
22.00 mile(s) from Monterey Bay Aquarium, Located on the site of a former sardine cannery on Cannery Row in Monterey, California, it is one of the largest aquariums in the world. It is a non-profit organization and its mission is "to inspire conservation of the oceans." www.mbayaq.org
0.50 mile(s) from Farmers Market-Watsonvill, Friday, 3-7pm, year round. Produce, JCG eggs, honey, locally prepared ethnic foods.
0.50 mile(s) from Gottschalks, department store
1.00 mile(s) from Target Shopping Center, Target, Starbucks, Staples, Ross, Save Mart, Hollywood Video; Oil Can Henry's; Quiznos; Cold Stone Creamery; McDonalds; Del Taco
1.10 mile(s) from Watsonville Crossroads, OSH, UPS Store, Trop Aquarium pet store, Jansen Music, Crossroads book store, art supply store, fabric store