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Carlsbad by the Sea Resort
Ranked #29 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
Toronto, Ontario
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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“Great location for decent price”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

I stayed in the Carlsbad By the Sea resort in end of May 2014. The hotel staff was considerate when I mentioned to them that I will be checking in late as I'll be driving in town on a Friday. I arrived late at night and easily found (free) parking around the hotel.

At first the hotel looked date from the outside, but my room was modernized and well furnished. The room was clean and has a balcony that overlooks to the pool area. It was comfortable to stay in.

The location was the selling point of this hotel. It is 14 minutes from the Carlsbad beaches, right beside the premium outlet mall, right beside a great seafood restaurant (King's Fish House) and other restaurants that open late. It's also 10 minutes away from Legoland for families.

Overall, this place is great for families but not so much for couples and solos.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

The hotel is older but it is clean.We are pretty picky travelers but other than age we had no complaints.The location to nice beaches and Legoland IS GREAT!!! And we loved that they had a free shuttle.They were very accomodating and the breakfast was always stocked and hot. It is in great proximity to lots of restaurants and shopping and the freeway.The only recommendation I have is dont eat at TGIF's,the service is not great and the food stunk!!! BJs is good.All in all we were very satisfied(they could use a little updating) .

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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pasig
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108 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2014

The hotel might be old but the location is the best.

In front of the hotel is the Carlsbad premium outlet and the flower field.

Beside the hotel are restaurants.

The hotel offers free shuttle to Legoland.

The breakfast is not that bad.

The hotel has wifi.

Overall, no complaints with the hotel. Satisfied with my stay.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

It was a nice place, loved the bottom floor with the patio. Room was nice, beds really comfortable. Pool was nice, And open late. The TGI Friday's location was great and within walking distance to the outlets....And the not so good, a little mold in the bath tub. The continental breakfast didn't have a lot of choices and the omlet was gross and smelled bad! The sausage was gross. All the beverage were watered down. Let's just say I've had better. But again it was still a nice and convenient place and the staff was great.

  • Stayed May 2014
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Peoria
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Great Hotel, clean room that was made up every day. Comfortable beds, (first time I've stayed in a Hotel and did not have a sore back) Very friendly staff and clean upkeep grounds. Close to LEGOLAND and Beach. We were in town for my son's weeding and we originally were only going to stay two nights. After plans changed where we were gong to stay the rest of the trip, they got us a room for two more days. Pool clean and breakfast room had plenty to eat. Will definitely stay again

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

The front desk was wonderful. Provided a room upgrade for being an Expedia Elite member. The hotel is in a wonderful location. Good option if you are going to Lego Land. Not really walking distance unless you want to walk up steep hill. The hotel offers drop off and pickup shuttle service to Lego Land.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Mesquite, Texas
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

I stayed at this hotel for a few days. I was greeted very enthusiastically and was very happy with the quality. The rooms were recently remodeled and clean. The continental breakfast was ok,
This is a great location The hotel is across from the Carlsbad outlet mall and the flower fields. it is very close to the freeway and the ocean. It is also very close to Legoland.

Room Tip: There is no elevator, so if you have a heavy suitcase, you may want to ask for a ground floor room.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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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 (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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Holiday Inn Carlsbad
Carlsbad Holiday Inn

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