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Ocean Palms Beach Resort
Ranked #2 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence
Monrovia, California
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“HOME AWAY FROM HOME”
Reviewed 10 August 2012

Well we are back and my husband and I were more than satisfied our stay at the resort. We had not called to make reservations, we just drive from Pasadena down there on a whim. As soon as we walked into the lobby to see if there any available rooms (its Thursday, 8:30pm in August; prime vacation time) I felt as if I was home. Terri & Todd, the desk personal, were very friendly, polite, generous & hospitable. The new renovations to the resort were gorgeous! We don't seek out any other places to stay when we come to Carlsbad, this is our home away from home

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Fallbrook, California
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Reviewed 8 August 2012

This is the place for a perfect Southern California beach vacation! We live in San Diego County and typically spend a few days at the beach each summer with visiting family. Our favorite dog-friendly place in Coronado was full, so we decided to call Ocean Palms Beach Resort. The only room available during our requested time was the Luxury Tahitian Suite. It was pricey, but so worth it!

They are not kidding when they say luxury; the suite had it's own little "yard" with a BBQ and a patio with a hot tub. The bathroom was ahh-mazing, complete with a TV, granite, jacuzzi tub and THREE shower heads in the shower. The full kitchen had granite, a stainless oven, fridge, table and even a separate wine fridge. While we overspent a bit on the price of the room, we more than made up for it by being able to cook and prepare meals, snacks and drinks right in our own suite, rather than eating every meal out. It was during the Olympics, so the large, flat-panel TVs were welcome. We didn't use the gas fireplace, but it would be cozy, for sure. It was perfect for two adults, three teens and two dogs. There's even a friendly resident cat that walks around to greet all the guests in common areas. We were literally just steps from the beach and all that Carlsbad Village has to offer. As a note, we had driven to Carlsbad Beach the previous weekend and spent nearly an hour trying to find parking, and we ended up way, way south schlepping boogie boards, towels, snacks, etc. down the road, so the convenience of being right in the middle of a beach town - and able to walk to everything - was a big (and very welcome) contrast.

Something that really sets Ocean Palms apart is their professional but friendly customer service. Everyone you encounter, from out call to book the room, to check-in, towel service and housekeeping, was super-helpful and nice.

Our teens may have put it best. They said it was like living in a beautiful little dream beach community. A peek here and there into other rooms - nearly all have split "Dutch doors" so you can open the top and leave the bottom closed - revealed similarly modern decor, lighting and amenities to our suite. The grounds include large common areas for guest to sit and enjoy three fire pits, a stone fireplace, plenty of comfortable tables and chairs, pretty potted plants, BBQs, a nice pool and jacuzzi area and even a putting green. You can check out plushy towels to take to the beach or pool, and there's a convenient outdoor shower to rinse off the sand before you head back to your room. They've put a lot of thought, care and heart into this beautiful mini-resort in the heart of Carlsbad, and we can't wait to go again. A friend stopped by for a Saturday morning run and now she wants to stay there, too.

The staff asked upon our departure if we had any feedback or issues - the only issue was that we never wanted to leave! If you are looking for a cozy, casual and chic beach stay, this is your place.

Room Tip: The rooms that face the beach are just steps to the sand across a two-lane road. It's fun to jus...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Encinitas, California
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Reviewed 8 August 2012

great experience with hotel and staff. Location is excellent and most of the rooms are remodeled in a cute Tahitian style. We loved the tropical feel and we had 20 family members.One night we all had dinner outside on the grounds with parklike settings and firepits. Everything was great. Only complaint was the jacuzzi, only slightly warm and not hot enough.
Also rented the vacation home on Garfield and Chestnut. Barry and Terri ( owners) are very helpful.

Room Tip: Ask for the remodeled rooms. Hotel is dog friendly as well.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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Reviewed 8 August 2012

We have been coming to this property since 1997 mainly because of its convenience to the beach and the sites of Carlsbad. We have always been extremely happy with the location and property but this year the service and staff has been better than ever. We will definitely be back and look forward to coming next year.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Carlsbad, California
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77 reviews
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

As always the staff were wonderful. Everyone is so friendly and helpful! I have stayed in many of the different rooms and have enjoyed them all.. They all have their own character. It is so helpful to have a choice depending on my budget for the stay. I stayed in one of the Luxury Mini Suites this last time and really enjoyed the jac tub and walk in shower. I felt like I was at a spa. It was so nice to see all the familys there having fun. I highly recommend Ocean Palms for a couples getaway and a family stay.
I happen to glance at a couple of the previous reviews. I must say that there is always two sides to a story and I cannot imagine that Ocean Palms would not have tried everything in their power to accomodate their guests. You can't please everyone all the time no matter how hard you try. Again some of the rooms are remodeled and some are not... You pay for what you get!!!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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los angeles
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Reviewed 3 August 2012

There are some really cute aspects to the grounds, but not worthy of the price they charge.

I found both the service and the two rooms I stayed in to be extremely poor. Even at half the price I would have been very disappointed. I stayed three nights. There was no maid service, a broken air conditioner, a broken window, and a general lack of recognition that these constituted problems.

It is across the street from the stairs leading down to the beach; however they have only 5 parking spaces. You can easily walk to the beach, but are unable to move your car without having to invest some serious time finding a parking space essentially across the street from the beach.

Room Tip: The updated rooms looked nice, from what I saw.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Cupertino
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Reviewed 2 August 2012 via mobile

We're back at Ocean Palms. This time for a week. We were a little low on funds this time and decided we would stay in a studio. While our room hasn't been remodeled yet it is very comfortable. King size bed and well stocked kitchen with everything we need. Yes the newer rooms are great but when you're on a budget these rooms are great value for your money!  The location here is everything. Right across from the beach. As always the staff are wonderful. Housekeeping do a great job keeping the rooms clean. Tina, the English girl, at the front desk and Barry, the manager,are always so polite and courteous. We love staying here and never consider staying anywhere else when we visit SoCal.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Property: Ocean Palms Beach Resort
Address: 2950 Ocean St, Carlsbad, CA 92008-2952
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Region: United States > California > Carlsbad
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Carlsbad
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Carlsbad
#3 Family Hotel in Carlsbad
#12 Business Hotel in Carlsbad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ocean Palms Beach Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
For generations, families visiting San Diego's North County for fun and relaxation on America's greatest beaches have enjoyed staying at the Ocean Palms. Our casual Carlsbad resort is ideally located along the coast in Carlsbad Village, home to one of Southern California's best collections of shops and restaurants. The Ocean Palms offers a wide choice of Carlsbad accommodations. From comfortable budget rooms to luxury suites, 1, 2 and 3 Bedrooms, some with ocean views, every room offers a fully equipped kitchen. We have the unique ability to provide you with the exact sleeping arrangements you need. Whether it's adjoining rooms or a suite, we can get you the space you need at a rate you'll love. Enjoy a continental breakfast, with fresh fruit, fresh-baked cookies, Danishes, and fresh-brewed coffee. Enjoy the laid back atmosphere and the lush landscaping. We're pet friendly, there's free WiFi, a heated pool and Jacuzzi. We love families who can't get enough of the beach, so we provide free beach chairs, beach towels, boogie boards, and even free surfboards. The beach is right across the street, and the charming Village of Carlsbad is just a block away. Visiting Legoland? We're only a 10 minute drive. We're also just three blocks from the Coaster railroad station, so you can ride the train and take in all the attractions in San Diego, from a Padres Game at Petco Park to a tour of the historic aircraft carrier U.S.S. Midway. Here in North County San Diego, explore wineries and microbreweries. Welcome to your beachside home away from home. Come to the Ocean Palms, where cool Pacific breezes sweep across the enchanting Village of Carlsbad. There is no better place for families to capture the magic of Southern California. ... more   less 
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