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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 #28 of 37 Hotels in Carlsbad
Phoenix, Arizona
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Good place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

The room was clean and the staff was very professional. Free breakfast was more than adequate. We stayed there three nights and have no complaints at all. We wouold recommend this hotel to anyone. Even though it is not a new hotel, we were happy with the upgrades such as the flat screen TV and marble in bathroom.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012 via mobile

The room was clean and the staff was very friendly. It was a great location for our trip to Legoland. They offered the best price for tickets and provide a shuttle which saves even more money. They offered a free breakfast too.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Yuma, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Stayed here a few times a decade ago, when it was Holiday Inn. Wasn't looking forward to going back. It's much improved. Even though it's aged, all of the employees were gracious, especially the van drivers and the housekeeping. Free Shuttle to Lego Land, and quick there and back. Nice comfortable room for free breakfast. I was lucky to have room 159, which had close proximity to pool and breakfast, as well as to my car. The room was very spacious with great tv and bed linen. Bathroom was large, with a wonderful Moen adjustable shower head. They offer quality shampoo and soaps, etc. Fantastic access to on and off freeway. It's a one minute walk to the outlet mall, and a two minute walk to PF Changs. (Best Chinese restaurant experience ever). Don't go to Fridays, which is on the property and which I'm talking about in a separate restaurant review. The only reason why I'm not giving this resort the highest possible score is because it needs to be painted at some point, since it does look to be 20 some years since the last time. But then that still keeps the prices very reasonable- so there's that balance.

Room Tip: I had room 159, which was wonderful in all aspects of location.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Trail, Canada
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14 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Carlsbad is clean and nice. Everything about it including our stay at Carlsbad by the Sea was great. Our room overlooked the slightly heated pool (hot tub was hot), the deck was nice and the rooms comfy and clean. The girl that checked us in was fast, polite and helpful even though she was really busy! Breakfast was good to! Not to far from legoland and right across the street from a mall! Will come back to Carlsbad and Carlsbad by the Sea cause we didn't get to spend enough time here...

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

I had a 3 day business trip to San Diego and Carlsbad made it different.
I'd leave the Hotel every day from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Breakfast: They have a nice and simple breakfast buffet set up and ready by 6 in the morning that was very convenient. I personally liked their coffee.

Shopping: There is an outlet just across the street from the hotel. It has all the brands and a decent food court. You can see Starbucks from your door step. That helped pass the remainder of my day.

Entertainment: There are no Cinemas closes by, and the in-room entertainment system was good. They had movies that were newly released and were not yet out on DVDs.

Internet: Free Wi-Fi and there is a desktop computer in the reception for the use of hotel residents.

Disneyland is also around 90 minutes away from the hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We spent three nights at Carlsbad by the Sea and enjoyed our stay immensely! The hotel is in a terrific location--walking distance to restaurants, LegoLand, and a fabulous outlet mall! The rooms were simple, but clean. Each has a door that opens into a common area with amazing trees and a gazebo or the pool. We enjoyed our little patio as much as anything else.

Although they will take you to LegoLand, the van is just a six passenger vehicle and you can wait a while in the morning before getting on your way. We elected to walk and arrived at LegoLand within about 15 minutes. We called to get the van back at the end of the day and it was waiting for us by the time we walked to the pick-up spot.

The breakfast was mediocre, at best. The juice was watery, the coffee was weak, and the bread selection was small. If you require a big breakfast, I would recommend going somewhere else. If you can subsist on a bagel or a piece of toast, you will be fine, but go across the street to Starbucks for coffee.

Overall, the staff was friendly, Legoland was fun, and the California weather was made-to-order.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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phoenix, az
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Stayed here to go to Legoland. Rooms were clean and it was a great location. Shuttle to and from Legoland was free. Front desk personnel were not the friendliest and the breakfast buffet left a lot to be desired. Rooms were a bit small for two adults and two kids.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 850 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011 (Formerly Holiday Inn Carlsbad by the Sea)
Location: United States > California > Carlsbad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 37 Hotels in Carlsbad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Carlsbad by the Sea Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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Also Known As:
Carlsbad By The Sea Hotel Carlsbad
Holiday Inn Carlsbad
Carlsbad Holiday Inn

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