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Carlsbad by the Sea Resort
Ranked #28 of 38 Hotels in Carlsbad
Reviewed 7 February 2018

The location is great. Close to outlet mall, restaurants, Legoland and beaches.
Close to everything but the hotel is sad and dated. The breakfast is not worth going to. Hair dryer didn't work - overall disappointing. We won't stay here again.

  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled on business
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Reviewed 17 January 2018

This is a motel with a pool. Once you get over the fact that the door to your room opens onto the parking lot then it is fine. The room was large, clean and had a comfortable King size bed. Basic amenities were provided (coffee, microwave, fridge) and room was serviced well during my 4 nights here.
Free parking and a free breakfast is provided. The latter is fairly basic from 6:30-9:30 am and even when I was in the breakfast room before 7:00 am the sausages and omelets were fairly overdone. But, you won't starve.
There's no onsite restaurant but there are plenty nearby. Odd that the landmark Windmill restaurant is no longer open - looks like it used to be a TGIF, so I guess that's why...
Overall a pleasant stay.

  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled on business
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Thank uktravailer
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

To celebrate my son's birthday we decided to go to Legoland and enjoy two days out here in San Diego. The resort looked decent, service was delightful and room location was "ok". We did enjoy the balcony view although it was partial I may add and the pool along with jacuzzi however we felt there was something missing. We did also have breakfast included with our reservation. We enjoyed our stay here and my family felt homey.

Room Tip: our balcony had a huge tree blocking what i'm sure is a beautiful view
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Thank phxrty
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Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

The location is fabulous, right across from the outlet mall and walking distance to Legoland, lots of shopping and plenty of excellence restaurants.

The first room we were assigned to reeked of something that was being covered up by coffee grounds spread all over the floor. We quickly went back to the front desk and was reassigned to a clean room.

The second room was fine nothing extraordinary though. The pool area was nice and hot tub was very relaxing.

The free breakfast was a total joke. It was an absolute free-for-all the was terribly organized. My husband describe it as combat style breakfast buffet! The sausage patties in particular were shoe leather hockey pucks.

With all the other hotels around this area we will not be returning.

Stayed: December 2017, travelled with family
2  Thank Katie W
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Reviewed 26 December 2017 via mobile

Exceptional! It doesn’t matter if the building/structure is dated. What’s important was the location, cleanliness and attentiveness of the staff. Our rooms were very large, bathroom is huge, We had a lot of space for a family of four. The location is very convenient! Carlsbad Premium Outlets is right across the street. I can see Starbucks as soon as I get out of our room door and many many good places to eat and shop, all within walking distance.

Ample Parking Lot, So many spaces, well-lit! Area is very safe...

Rooms were very clean! Staff/Cleaners are courteous and friendly! BEDS ARE SUPERB! We had a good nights sleep, We Actually slept like a baby, like we are in a five star accommodation!

Special Mention to the Staff: Lisa & Peggy, They were able to check us in early. We travelled for 7+ hours coming from San Francisco Bay We arrived very early and just approached them. They were veru warm in an instant and was able to find us a room. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! ❤️

Breakfast: A+
You have wide selections of breads and spreads, Scrambled eggs, canadian Bacon, yogurt, oatmeal, cereals, milk, waffles, fruits and juices...The coffee was really good! Everyone seems to be friendly and helpful in the breakfast and dining area.

Best place to stay when visiting Around Carlsbad area or Legoland, They provide shuttle to and from Legoland, Save us $18 parking fee per day.

Our Christmas weekend is truly memorable. The kids had a blast at Legoland and We had a Wonderful Stay here at Carlsbad by the Sea Resorts. Thank You so much, We’ll definitely be back!!!

We highly recommend this place! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Stayed: December 2017, travelled with family
Thank Lhen Valdez R
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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
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #28 of 38 Hotels in Carlsbad
Price Range: $163 - $362 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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