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Carlsbad by the Sea Resort
Ranked #29 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
Reviewed 29 August 2014

The hotel was nice pool was nice too the kids spent most of the day in it. the room was clean and property was clean it is however a little dated was an old sweet pea soup property staff was all very helpful and friendly only things I would say weren't good was their breakfast included with room dinning room was nice but breakfast was not good at all and they had strange little pillows on beds. And the free wifi went down a lot .

Room Tip: We had a bottom floor room facing pool that was the best location
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 August 2014

Ok, the good things first: Free wifi, easy to connect and decent speed. The bed wasn't too bad either, but the pillows were terrible. Good location with plenty of restaurants to choose from. A strip mall across the street and very close to Legoland with free shuttle included.
Now the bad stuff: I got a second floor room and there's no elevator so you have to carry your luggage upstairs yourself. No view at all, bad luck I guess. Very noisy room, we could hear a lot of noise from the outside plus the air conditioning sounded like a leaf blower: bring earplugs.
Breakfast buffet is a great overstatement. It just the bear minimum and they don't control access so most days we were left with our breakfast in our hands and no where to seat.
We stayed for 5 nights.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 August 2014

Bed was comfy. Room was quiet. Pool was clean. Breakfast could have been better considering the price for the room. Very close to legoland and had a free shuttle and free parking. Overall nice place to stay.

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Thank Sincityscubagirl
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Reviewed 25 August 2014

We loved everything about this hotel! We were looking to stay somewhere close to legoland but had affordable prices. We found Carlsbad by the Sea Resort and WOW are we glad we did!! Clean, FREE buffet breakfast every morning, heated pool, FREE shuttle ride to Legoland, and FREE wifi! Love everything about the hotel and we will be returning again to this hotel if we are ever in Carlsbad area again :)

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Thank prbearcat06
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Reviewed 22 August 2014

Stayed with daughter and two.grandchildren. Room overlooked the pool and there was balcony accessible through sliding door. It was a five minute drive to Legoland, many restaurants within walking distance and premium Outlets across the road.
Breakfast room was a very good size (as with any breakfast room one needs to arrive early to avoid the chaos). Staff at reception,at breakfast, in the yard were all friendly and pleasant. Place was well cared for. Pool area was large enough to seat about forty people. It had deep end and shallow end and a spa.
The hotel is easy to get to from the freeway. We stayed two nights .

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the pool as not all the buildings do. The place is recognisable from the...
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

Excellent place to stay if you just want to relax and enjoy!! Quiet setting, wonderful pool (9ft deep) and so close to shopping and the beach. Definitely worth staying at. Excellent breakfast! Has a free shuttle to within 5 miles of hotel.

Room Tip: The courtyard view or the pool view are excellent. The outside of the facility faces major thoroughf...
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

Sitting literally feet from interstate 5... I may as we'll sleep on the freeway. Noisy from the freeway...

Non smoking room wreaks of smoke.

The normal rate $175 with resort in the name... Booked this last minute at discounted rate... $115 I couldn't be more UNHAPPY that I did.

Don't stay here unless your looking for an overpriced motel. I'd rather stay at motel 6 for $50 than this place!!!!!

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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: £84 - £163 (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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Carlsbad By The Sea Hotel Carlsbad
Holiday Inn Carlsbad
Carlsbad Holiday Inn

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