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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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Ranked #26 of 34 hotels in Carlsbad
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

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... More

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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... More

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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7 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The outside of this place is very deceiving. It is outdated looking and a bit "cheesy" with the windmill and all; however, the rooms are newly updated and very nice. The bathroom counter tops are a very nice granite and has a built-in make-up mirror and decent hairdryer. The toilet and shower are separated by a door, which is great.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hotel is not by any means a "resort"., however, it is clean and the room was very comfortable. I am not a picky eater but I found the breakfast items lacking. I was at least expecting Best Western style breakfast ( which is not excellent but at least OK) but this one was surprisingly not too good. The omellets... More

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Santa Cruz, California
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great value for families visiting LegoLand! The breakfast is nice, the shuttle is very convenient, and the pool & jacuzzi are a great way for families to relax in the evening after visiting the amusement park.

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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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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® 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 complimentary shuttle ride to the entrance after you enjoy a complimentary 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, there is a T.G.I. Friday’s on site with dine-in or in-room service options and more than a dozen popular restaurant choices are within walking distance. ... more   less 
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