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Carlsbad by the Sea Resort

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   850 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011 (Formerly Holiday Inn Carlsbad by the Sea)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is our second year staying and it really works out great being so close to Legoland and the fact that the hotel shuttled us for free. Breakfast is free every day, which is an all American breakfast! The pool is a good sized pool even. The staff is accommodating, & friendly. My only complaint is that they really need... More

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Ridgecrest, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had an amazing stay at Carlsbad by the Sea Resort, everything we need was close by. The Beach was just around the corner and the outlets were just across the street. The hotel had a free shuttle ride to LEGOLAND which was very convenient.

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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My stay was very pleasant! The location is surrounded with great restaurants, and the premium outlets are directly across the street. It is a fairly quiet hotel considering that it is right by the I-5 , which is great because it is easy access to the freeway. The bed was very comfortable, and the vanity area was really pretty. Overall,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The gardens/ grounds were lush and beautiful. Our room was ground floor with a small patio access to the grounds which offered a safe place for us to walk with our dog and enjoy some real tranquility. I look forward to another stay!

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Upland, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On a positive note, the basic room was clean. the bed was comfortable. Easy access on paved garden walkways. We also appreciated the fridge in the room. Our few negatives were that there were not any towels at the pool. We went to use the pool fairly early in the morning and there were at least twenty used towels lying... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had a great experience. Jessica gave us two jointing rooms and I didn't have to ask for them. She was really friendly and helpful. The hotel is a hidden jewel. I would stay there again. Near Legoland and outlets. Surrounded by places to eat.

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Everett, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had issues figuring out where to stay when booking hotel for our trip to Lego Land. Carlsbad by the Sea was the perfect location! Very close to the freeway, outlet malls, eateries, and Lego Land is only a 5 min drive away!! Rooms were very spacious and clean. Not what you would expect from the way it looks outside.... More

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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a no frills hotel with the usual good American service: efficient, great plumbing, good beds, pillows (bit hard) etc. The outside is beginning to fade, could do with a painting, lovely grounds, quiet shaded, gazebos, ideal for tea and cake in the afternoon but none available, very pleasant pool and hot bath jacuzzi, just a few kids there... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved staying here. The pool was warm and the shuttle to Legoland was great. We had to leave early for our flight and we ended up leaving 3 towels there though and they didn't even bother to call us back - so we never got them back :( One was a customized towel that we can't replace, so it... More

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Desert Hot Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm glad I chose this place. It was very accommodating for the overnight stay I needed. Location is ideal for most of North County. The place is very easy to find. Didn't get to experience the pool or morning breakfast, but I'll be sure to take that on during my next visit... Cause I am definitely coming back for another... More

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Address: 850 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011 (Formerly Holiday Inn Carlsbad by the Sea)
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Location: United States > California > Carlsbad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Carlsbad by the Sea Resort 3*
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