We had an absolutely fantastic stay here. Our only regret is that we didn't plan to stay longer. We arrived a couple of hours prior to check-in, and our room was not quite ready. The staff provided us with temporary keys that provided access to the pool and allowed us to check out equipment from the hotel. They also gave us the wristbands that were needed as well. We were told that the hotel upgraded our room, which turned out to be amazing. Our balcony overlooked the ocean from a distance. Much better than a parking lot or courtyard view!! The hotel is extremely close to the beach. You go down a set of stairs on the property and cross a very quiet side street. Another set of stairs...and you are on the beach. The hotel has a cabana on the beach where you can check out beach chairs, beach umbrellas, boogie boards, and sand toys (including Frisbees) at no cost. It was so wonderful to be spared from dragging a bunch of equipment from the hotel to the beach every day. At the hotel, there are daily activities posted. Our schedule didn't work out for us to participate in any of the activities, but they seemed like unique opportunities. The property is very kid-friendly. There is a Ping-Pong table, bikes to check out, and a nice pool and hot tub. There is also an adults-only hot tub.
The property has an inviting courtyard with so many lounge chairs and patio tables and chairs for guests to relax in. In the evenings, there are fireplaces that are lit in the courtyard. One night, there was a kids' movie in the courtyard. The location is perfect - walking distance to Carlsbad Village shops and restaurants. The parking was underground and complimentary, which was great.
The room itself was very spacious and the bed was very comfortable. We had to get a rollaway for our daughter, and it was probably one of the highest quality rollaways I have seen at a hotel. The balconies are roomy and nice. Though our room was outside the pool and the courtyard, the sliding doors in the rooms provide a soundproof environment. We never heard any noise. It was so peaceful! Though checkout was at 11, we were still able to use the facilities and parking for several hours beyond that. The staff was so great. Our daughter loved the sting ray made from towels that housekeeping left in the room. She also liked the Bath and Body Works bar soap and toiletries in the room.
The only negative was that the complimentary wifi was spotty and frequently disconnected. But with all the positives, that is easily overlooked.
For our next trip to Southern California, we plan to return and spend much more time here. I definitely recommend it!