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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 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Great value!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Rooms nicer and cleaner than expected.
Comfy, clean, thick sheets and bed.
No smoke smell.
Has all the little amenities 4-star and higher hotels offer.
Breakfast that is included is awesome. Sausage and cheese omelet and all the other stuff as well like cereal, fruit, yogurt, toast varieties...
Friendly and efficient staff. Very efficient.
Only negative was SLOW wi-fi but it was free.

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Everything was great but the noisy heater, (room 150). Mall near-by, good breakfast, nice environment. Room clean, comfortable bed (pillows were acceptable). Clean bathroom with amenities. Recommended!!

Room Tip: Room 150 does not have a view to the pool. If you don't mind, then it is a good room.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Great family accom for legoland and outlet mall . Staff really looked after us with shuttle service , adviceand always friendly and helpful. Pool was warm and clean and had really comfy deck chairs .we had a family suite which was spacious and had really comfy beds and a balcony.

There was no freeway noise when the door was shut and the breakfast was included in the cost and was more than reasonable with choice and freshness . Sure there's no 5 star chef cooking eggs to order but your not paying some outrageous $$ to stay here either.

We would def come back to this great family hotel!

Room Tip: Family suite was fantastic
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  • Stayed January 2014, 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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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

The hotel is just across the street of an excelent outlet and close to Lego Land. The price is very good. The room and bathroom are clean and neat. The bed is very confortable. The pool is nice and warm. There's a convenient TGI Fridays restaurant on the same corner.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Stayed here for LEGOLAND visit. Shuttle to and from LEGOLAND was a bonus but shuttle only could hold 6 people so had to wait for it to return for pickup. The wait was over half hour. We walked back to the motel once instead of using shuttle and it took us about 25 min with two small kids. Rooms were clean. Free breakfast was excellent. Great location by shops and eateries.

  • Stayed December 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

We stayed here just for one night so we could shop at the Carlsbad Outlet centre across the road. The included breakfast was OK - omelettes, boiled eggs, cereal, porridge, yoghurt, fresh fruit.

The room next to ours was having a late night party with the door slamming shut through out the night.

The freeway traffic was audible although not enough to prevent sleep.

The furnishings are looking very tired - hasn't been updated for about 25 years judging by the bathroom decor. The room looked clean but smelt musty.

Fine for a rest-stop or if you're going to Legoland but hardly 'by the sea'. Carlsbad beach and CBD is only 5 min drive away.

The pool looked clean and there were plenty of sun lounges.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 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)
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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:
#26 Family Hotel 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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