I was traveling with two colleagues from Japan who were interested in the recovery of Santa Cruz and Watsonville from the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. I had been asked to make lodging arrangements in Santa Cruz and made reservations at a local B&B for two nights. The B&B could not accommodate us for a third night so I selected the Best Western at 500 Ocean Avenue. There are actually two Best Westerns on Ocean Ave. in Santa Cruz, this one is the Best Western All Suites. I was concerned that the Best Western would be a disappointment after the B&B which was very nice. To my surprise, the Best Western was not a let-down at all. The rooms are large, clean and well maintained. WiFi was free and robust. We ate at a Thai Restaurant immediately across the street which was quite good. The reception desk in the lobby was under construction but caused no inconvenience. The staff was courteous and helpful and the room rate which I paid in advance was $80.75 ($91.68 with tax). Although the Best Western couldn't match the B&B for charm, it was a comfortable and convenient alternative and a bargain as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A unique lodging experience draws both leisure and business travelers to the BEST WESTERN PLUS All Suites Inn. Our entirely non-smoking Santa Cruz, California hotel invites you to enjoy comfortable guestrooms, friendly service, and quality amenities. An ideal location puts guests within one mile of the shops and restaurants of downtown while the beach, which is home to the renowned Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, is less than two miles away. What's more, we're convenient to many other popular attractions, such as the Mystery Spot, Capitola Village, and Roaring Camp Railroads. Wineries, golf courses, state parks, and the University of California at Santa Cruz are also easily accessible. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Plus All Hotel Santa Cruz
- Best Western Santa Cruz
- Santa Cruz Best Western