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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
Rohnert Park, California, United States
1 review
“Great little place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Had a great stay here. Not far from LEGOLAND and the outlets. Breakfast was good - cheese omelets, sausages, English muffins, toast, bagels, fruit, oatmeal, cereal, juice, etc. Comfortable spacious room, quiet, friendly staff. Would definitely recommend and stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Fullerton, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Location is perfect for families visiting Legoland....and it's right across from the Outlets! The free breakfast was a wonderful addition. Our room had no hairdryer - it was missing from the wall - but all I had to do was make a quick call to the front desk and maintenance was at my room with a new dryer within 10 minutes. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Other benefits include free WiFI and free parking!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

Great location to restaurants n legoland. The breakfast Has a good set up. Hotel is a little pricey for such a small room. The hotel is not by the sea its a about a five minute drive to the beach. Compared to the other hotels this hotel did not charge additional fees for parking and WiFi.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tustin, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We attended as part of a church retreat. The room was clean and nice and that comes from a person who is very particular! I found the grounds to be lovely and took many pictures. I was surprised that we got a full meal at the continental breakfast. The quaint town of Carlsbad was near by and we enjoyed visiting the shops. Some of the members visited the outlet mall that was a short walk away.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lakewood, Ca.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Wonderful place to stay. Rooms are exceptionally clean, grounds are very well kept up and so enjoyable to sit on the patio. Office people and cleaning staff are very helpful. Close to great restaurants and parking is easy at restaurants and hotel.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Carlsbad by the Sea had a lot to offer. Free breakfast. Clean area. Nice pool and jacuzzi. it was close to legoland and many good restaurants surrounded it. It was close to the beach. Jumping waves was fun. We celebrated our 29th anniversary. Good memories.

Room Tip: The rooms were air conditioned and had wifi. it was quiet at night to sleep
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Booked this place as it looked nice and close to LEGOLAND. Proximity to the theme park is great, the outside facility is better maintained than the rooms themselves.

Pros: Shuttle to LEGOLAND, free parking, free internet. Really nice shuttle drivers and good manager LISA who helped out do early checkout

Cons: Everything else is downhill. Rooms were smelly, pillows were the worst ever and we travel quite a bit internationally too. beds uncomfortable, roach in bath tub, run down looking bath tubs,breakfast (not really much choices unless you eat meat), staff unable to refill basics as tea bags for breakfast (could be long weekend but still, simple things). We paid crazy amounts for the room which should typically go for no more than $50- $75 a night. If that's what you are paying, fine. Anything more is an overkill for the rooms.

Wouldn't stay here or recommend this place again

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 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)
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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 #26 of 34 hotels in Carlsbad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Carlsbad by the Sea Resort 3*
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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