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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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3 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
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Tucson
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed two nights for a family visit to Legoland. Less than 2 miles from Legoland and across the street from the outlet shops. Clean and comfortable rooms. Breakfast included but could be better and healthier. Has a clean pool and hot tub.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

By the number of kids I'd say this was the first alternate for those that don't want to pay the ripoff prices to stay at the Legoland Hotel. The place is showing its age but everything was OK. Fridge and coffee in the room, decent but slow wifi, comfortable bed. Staff seemed reasonably friendly. Grounds are maintained. I think 'resort'... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Stayed here recently on vacation and it was pretty nice. The room was nice and clean and the bed was really comfortable. Check in was a breeze. The only downside I found was there is no elevator so if your you have a lot of luggage its kind of a pain gettin it up the stairs. Besides that its worth... More

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veldegem
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We staid in thus "resort" for 2 nights in August and we were glad it was only for 2 days. First of all I booked 4 months in advance and I asked a quiet room. We got a room at the street side and an airco from the 80's. I find the worst was the motivation and the courtesy at... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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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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*
Number of rooms: 150
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Also Known As:
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