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Carlsbad by the Sea Resort

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Hamler, Ohio
Reviewed 17 January 2015

We stayed at Carlsbad by the Sea from 12/31 - 1/3 2015 until we could move into our timeshare resort which was nearby. We were exhausted and starving after a full day of traveling from Ohio. Upon arrival we decided to eat at the TGI Fridays which is on site. It looked rather dated and was freezing inside, but the...

1Thank sharonbru
Reviewed 13 January 2015

Carlsbad by the sea has seen its best years. The hotel is ok, but some things could definitely be better! The breakfast was one of the more boring we had in California, and it was impossible to eat it in the designated area. I've got depressed! The cleaner didn’t finish their work the first day. When we came back the...

Thank Kenneth N
Thane, India
Reviewed 9 January 2015

We stayed at here for 3 nights. Location was great for us to commute to Legoland, San Diego and the beaches. The parking lot was right close to the rooms so it was very convenient. Staff at Carlsbad are very friendly and they treat you with respect. This hotel is also close to all good restaurants and shopping places in...

Thank rAnJiThKuMaRnAiR
Reviewed 8 January 2015

We traveled with three kids. Hotel was not far from legoland and we had a rental car so it was convenient to drive down to San Diego or near by towns. Hotel is right across from the mall and restaurants around. Kids enjoyed the pool, but it was a bit cold.

Thank Kerston16
san pedro,california
Reviewed 8 January 2015

Room was clean and provided all the amenities. We were upgraded. Used the jacuzzi and was great. Breakfast was very satisfying. Close to freeway access, restaurants, shopping etc. Will definitely stay here again.

Thank Diane A
Saint Paul
Reviewed 7 January 2015

Stayed 4 nights at this hotel. Exceeded our expectations. Great location, nice breakfast, kid-friendly, very efficient and friendly staff. Pool and garden areas very nice. Free shuttle or easy walk to Legoland. Convenient to shops, restaurants, and beaches.

1Thank Christine M
Irvine, California
Reviewed 5 January 2015

For the price we paid, the rooms were clean, it was in a safe neighborhood, and walking distance to many dining and shopping options. The grounds were clean and the staff friendly....would stay here again for sure.

1Thank LAKingsHipcheck
San Jose, California
Reviewed 4 January 2015

nice property, good service, convenient location, close to highway, comfortable rooms, good breakfast, good value for money, family friendly, kids friendly, well maintained property,comfortable,enjoyable stay

Thank Liliya Y
Lansing, Michigan
Reviewed 4 January 2015

My wife and I spent 8 nights at this hotel over Christmas. We have been to the area many times. We were in Carlsbad to visit family so legoland and site seeing were not a priorities for us. We usually stay at the West Inn which we love, but they were booked. Our first experience was with the front desk....

3Thank DJB442
Reviewed 31 December 2014 via mobile

stayed here for one night to visit legoland with the kids. hotel is old and rooms are dated. nothing wrong with the rooms but not worth $100+ per night. room had decent sized fridge and microwave. close to the highway and plenty of parking. only one shuttle running to legoland. we drove and paid $15 for parking instead of waiting...

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  • Pool
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Pool
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Restaurant
  • Hot Tub
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Enjoy your best vacation - a vacation in Carlsbad California is like no other in the world. And choosing Carlsbad by the Sea Resort guarantees the perfect location for a fun-filled experience for the whole family. LEGOLAND(R) California Resort is located just a mile away and Carlsbad by the Sea Resort is a designated LEGOLAND "Preferred Hotel." We offer special packages that include hotel rooms, tickets to the theme park, and a shuttle ride to the entrance after you enjoy a full American breakfast. Carlsbad by the Sea is centrally located to everything the San Diego region has to offer. You are only 30 miles from the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park and SeaWorld. Pristine Carlsbad beaches or a game of golf are just minutes away. Spend time relaxing at the resort, walking on 22 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, and playing and exercising in our year-round outdoor heated pool, Jacuzzi and fitness center. And when it is time to dine, More than a dozen popular restaurant choices are within walking distance. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Carlsbad by the Sea Resort

Address: 850 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011-4443 (Formerly Holiday Inn Carlsbad by the Sea)
Region: United States > California > Carlsbad
Price Range: RM539 - RM1,219 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Carlsbad by the Sea Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 141
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Also Known As:
Carlsbad By The Sea Hotel Carlsbad
Holiday Inn Carlsbad
Carlsbad Holiday Inn
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“I prefer the garden view rooms, which are quieter than the pool view rooms”
Cind53, 18 May 2017 | Read review
“Choose another hotel”
lovelulu66, 3 May 2017 | Read review
“Get the room with balcony over the pool area”
934manishc, 3 May 2017 | Read review
“2nd floor off Palomar Airport Rd”
Deaninejay, 29 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Request a Room Overlooking the Pool and Gazebo”
  • Iron and Ironing Board in the Closet
  • Balcony in my room
  • Queen Beds
  • Coffee Maker
  • Bathroom Toilet Area
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Bath Tub
610reginaw, 20 Apr 2017 | Read review
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