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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 #27 of 34 hotels in Carlsbad
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We came with hope - knowing this was not a five star establishment but that hope quickly disappeared. The room smelled. Beds were hard ... We were given two towels. But the kicker was having to bed for maid service and being told yes - definitely and getting nothing. No new towels and no maid service for two days. The... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My daughter and I recently spent two nights here in July 2014. Although this is an older property, it is clean and well maintained. The room was a bit larger than average, and it looked onto a very pretty garden with mature trees. The back of the property has a little highway noise from I-5, but with a little white... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We really liked the outdoor entrances to rooms and how the buildings were situated to make the courtyards and pool area. Very quaint. The rooms were updated, clean, and comfortable. Upon arrival, we did a full mattress inspection for bed bugs and didn't bugs, or even lint, hair or dust. This of course led to comfortable, sound sleep. We had... More

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Mexico City, Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stayed at this hotel in October 2012 and can say that everything went fine but it is more a motel than a "resort", the breakfast was frankly bad, although the service of the staff was kind. They are very near from Legoland (you can even walk because it is not far away), but they have the shuttle service to... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our stay was very relaxing with the outlet right across the street. The housekeeping did a good job. The breakfast was good, but I would suggest hot chocolate for the children. The wifi was poor in my room. The free shuttle service to Legoland was very convenient and quick. Overall, we were satisfied with our stay there.

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Whittier, California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel is perfect for legoland, shopping, dining etc.... The staff was helpful, free ride to legoland, free breakfast etc.... People who have anything bad to say about their stay may just be looking for something to complain about. Sure it isn't fancy, but for the price what are you expecting. We had a wonderful 2 night stay. we would... More

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Parker, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

From the outside, this hotel is not appealing at all. You see a door with two very small windows (bathroom windows) and it does not look good. Inside, the rooms are pretty nice and clean. There is a microwave, fridge, and coffeepot. All the units have a balcony, so that really helps once you walk inside the unit. There is... More

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Santa Clarita, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel is perfectly located for Legoland and is also right near outlet stores. Quiet rooms. Outside of the hotel looks older but the rooms are nice inside. Would stay there again. They also provide a free shuttle to Legoland.

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Perth, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great staff, room was a little dated but comfortable. Breakfast wasn't great, but it was edible. This hotel is not located in walking distance to anything but an outlet mall and some fast food joints which makes the service was very handy, drivers were most obliging.

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Tarzana, CA
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I just stayed here for 3 nights. We would absolutely stay here again when we go back to LEGOLAND next summer. The rooms, were great, the food was decent. The shuttles to and from LEGOLAND were easy and great. No need to park when you have the shuttles. The rooms were just fine for us and very... 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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Carlsbad By The Sea Hotel Carlsbad
Holiday Inn Carlsbad
Carlsbad Holiday Inn

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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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