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Carlsbad by the Sea Resort

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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Milan
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65 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Terrible hotel. We have paid 250 dollars for a room thinking that we were in a resort...by the sea (our fault we were in a hurry and didn't check well), but we found ourselves in a sort of better quality motel and bad service. The breakfast was the worst part of it. Stay away from this place and don't get... More 

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Tiburon, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ugh, I wish I would have read more reviews before I booked this place. The word "resort" had me thinking it would be a nice place to spend a couple of days. Not the case. We were assigned a 1st floor room because they don't have an elevator and I was traveling alone with my two kids. When we got... More 

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Thousand Oaks, CA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I don't really understand how the reviews for this place were relatively good. I'm not high maintenance and usually stay at 2,3 star places. I have to say that the hotel appeared dated from the outside and so did the inside of our room. The housecleaning crew throws all the dirty towels which are bagged in transparent trash bags onto... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

my family and I came for my sisters soccer tournament, the rooms were not so clean and we had a view of the freeway. this is not Carlsbad by the Sea, more like Carlsbad by the freeway. We also saw several rodents outside at night. would not come here again.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This resort is much like a motel. Meaning you enter the rooms from an outside catwalk, vs. an inside corridor. It has many separate buildings that are two stories high and no elevator. The second level has a lanai while the first level has a patio. Rooms face either the pool, hot tub or a large group of tranquil trees.... More 

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central california
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the outside looks great but the rooms are noisy. if you want a good nights sleep don not stay here. they also have a problem with water bugs, roaches and mosquitoes. the very next day after we checked in my credit card information was stolen and i had to cancel my card. avoid the headache DO NOT stay here.

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Essex
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Accommodation is very much like a motel - room and bathroom clean and a decent size. Depending where your room is it may be a fair walk from reception so if you have small children or not great at walking far ask for a room downstairs and near to the lobby. Excellent location for Outlet shopping which is just across... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

AC was not working properly, could not sleep well at night. Possibly our credit card number information was stolen at the front desk (based on the BofA credit card service rep.) Not coming back here at all.

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Rancho Cordova, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Friendly and accommodating staff. Convenient and timely shuttle service to LEGOLAND. Pool area for the kids. Plenty of restaurants and shopping nearby--the outlet stores are across the street and several places to eat within walking distance of hotel (short drive to other eateries and downtown Carlsbad). There is a TGIF on the premises, but most people avoid based on reviews... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

The room was clean, and the staff was friendly and accommodating. The pool was great. The shallow end was 3 ft and the deep end was 9 ft., so plenty of room for the younger kids to hang out in the shallow end while the older kids did their thing at the deep end. The hotel gave a beach ball... More 

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