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“great place for the outlets and legoland”

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Carlsbad by the Sea Resort
Ranked #29 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
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54 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“great place for the outlets and legoland”
Reviewed 1 March 2012

nice place to stay, clean rooms, hot tub, free shuttle to legoland and outlets 2 minutes from the hotel... really was happy with our choice

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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New Westminster, Canada
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Reviewed 27 February 2012

Main purpose of this family trip was for Legoland and hotel was perfect in all aspects.
Was able to checkin early and offered a choice of available rooms. Kids loved the pool
and having the outlet mall across the street provided dining options that worked for
children. The hotels free breakfast provided enough options to get your day started.
Rooms and grounds were well kept. All front desk staff were very friendly and provided
great information on things to do and even helped arrange a cab reservation back to
SAN which was flawless. Can't beat the free shuttle service to Legoland and other
nearby attractions and drivers were all awesome. Shuttle is only a family size minivan
which could pose a problem with wait times during busy times of the year but for us in the
off season it was fantastic.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Batesville, Indiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2012

I know many would disagree with me about this older hotel- but I would ask them to reconsider. I travel very often for work with long hours. I tend to stay a hotels close to my meetings. I found this hotel by accident because the Hilton Garden Inn lost my reservation AGAIN.

Although the windmill is a bit goofy, it kinda adds to the charm of this place. I think its about expectations. This property is NOT a resort. However, it is close to the beach. They have a free shuttle that will take you nearly anywhere within a few miles. They even went out of their way on my first stay to take me to a salon. SERVICE HERE IS FANTASTIC- they really treat you as a friend.

The pool area is fantastic. It is clean, well kept, and a comfortable place to relax and read, especially in the evening. The grass on the grounds is plush as are the gardens. The property overall is very clean. Every time I have stayed, my room faced the pool with a sliding glass door a mini-patio. WAS GREAT!!

The lobby is basic and not conducive to gather, but thats not what its meant for.

The rooms are large enough and clean. They could do a make over I suppose for updating, but not because of comfort (the bedspreads do need replaced). The staff is attentive, housekeeping is timely and respectful for special requests. The bathrooms are basic- but so what?

A shopping mall, TGIF and other restaurants are within walking distance. Internet access is easy and less than 1/2 mile.....you cant get lost......just look for the windmill!!

I love this place. I wouldnt spend a week for vacation here. But I think its splendid for business, overnight, or a long weekend. Its a GREAT VALUE!!!! I read some of the reviews on here and cant comment on the romance issues, but I can tell you its a nice little place.

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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled on business
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Laughlin, Nevada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed in this hotel. It was our 30 year romantic getaway and the hotel couldn't of been more romantic and nicer. Everybody was so nice and made this trip the best one ever. We stayed in the Honeymoon Suite and it was absolutely amazing! We will always remember this trip thanks to the great people at the Carlsbad by the Sea Resort and we will be coming back every year to stay in the Honeymoon Suite and celebrate our anniversary! I recommend this hotel to everybody!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2012

We were greeted in a friendly and efficient way by the lady at reception and this sets the tone of our entire 6 day stay. Efficient friendly at a very reasonable price. Would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Additional Information about Carlsbad by the Sea Resort

Property: 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
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
Price range (per night): RM537 - RM1,212
Hotel Class:3 star — Carlsbad by the Sea Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 141
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 
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