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“Nice, clean hotel, centrally located across the coast highway from the beach.” 4 of 5 stars
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Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   6450 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92011   |  
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“Nice, clean hotel, centrally located across the coast highway from the beach.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Convenient to the shops and restaurants in Carlsbad, and all those beaches north and south! The hotel staff was friendly and did a nice job. Breakfast buffet good but pricey. Can't access the beach directly across from hotel, it's necessary to walk south a few minutes.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Queen Creek, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

We were visiting North County San Diego for family vacation. Initially we were booked to stay at another location in Solano Beach. After one night we decided to leave.

We had stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach several years ago so I drove north to Carlsbad. I walked in to negotiate a rate. I began speaking with Regie Brown. He provided several options and we decided to move to this Carlsbad location. The room was very nice and the location was great (right across the street from the ocean). This hotel had a heated pool, great breakfast area (made to order items), and a shuttle. The change was awesome. We were able to relax and enjoy our vacation. The teams at Hilton Garden Inn were incredible. They provided beach towels, chairs, etc. via the Spring Break deal. The shuttle drove us to locations in Carlsbad for dinner. The staff knew our names and always asked how we were doing. We even learned their names in the 3 days of being there. Cherie was great and very accommodating.

I later found out that Regie was the General Manager for the hotel. This hotel and his staff should be a model for many operations. We left there knowing we'd be back. We are also letting our friends know about this location as well.

Excellent experience and we are eager to return.

  • Stayed March 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We stayed here in February and had a wonderful time. Room with an ocean view, wonderful staff and an excellent restaurant to boot! The staff (from the front desk, cleaning crew and restaurant servers) all went out of their way to make sure we had a pleasant stay. We arrived late the first night and were very surprised to have such a good restaurant right on the premises. Will definitely plan another visit!

Room Tip: Definitely get the ocean view room.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

We had the pleasure of staying at this hotel last weekend. Our check-in was flawless. Our guest room was large and included a sofa and a direct view of the ocean. We were very close to the Carlsbad Outlet Mall and the hotel had shuttle service to and from the area. Many nice restaurants to choose from, but the food in the hotel is excellent. Breakfast is a must as you can have your omlet personally prepared by the Chef. This hotel is perfect for shopping and very close to the Flower Fields and Legoland. It's very clean and the staff throughout are very helpful and friendly.

Room Tip: This is our second visit and a room with a view is our choice and a 3rd floor corner room is spaciou...
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  • Stayed March 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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Chandler, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here with the intent of a relaxing weekend where there was easy access to restaurants and the beach. Location is pretty good since it right off the 5 in Carlsbad. It is 60 miles up to Newport Beach and 40 miles down to San Diego. Coast Hwy, while slow moving is a great drive to see Torrey Pines and the Camp Pendleton area. The beach is literally across the street, although a 4 lane highway, the stoplight makes it more convienent to get across. It is cliff-like there so you do need to walk down the bike path to get to the beach access area. There are a ton of bikers and runners in the area so you will definitely not be the only one out there. You can also pull out of the hotel parking lot and drive a quarter mile to the beach access parking lot if you don't feel comfortable walking. The beach itself is very nice, mostly good sand with some smooth stones that have been weathered by the waves. Lots of space and walkable for aways to the north and south. Some surfers were out there, along with a seal that came up on the beach for a minute. While there are not restaurants within walking distance, there is a shuttle that will take you into downtown Carlsbad where you can find many with an eclectic mix of tastes. The shuttle was convienent but we did have to wait 20 minutes before we were able to leave and after calling to have them pick us up, being quoted 20 minutes, and waiting almost an hour (van troubles), I would say it is not very reliable. The hotel staff was very nice and accommodating to any requests we had. The bartender Michael was great. The grounds were nice. The pool, the hot tub, the fireplace lounge area, are all very inviting. I can imagine during their busy season it can get crazy. The rooms themselves were not as nice/new as I would have thought from the initial pull up. The hotel is an awkward shape and we got lost when we first tried finding our room. They have the typical HGI turn dial beds that I hate.
Overall there are so many choices in the area, it depends on where you want to be. I would stay in the hotel again if I want another relaxing weekend. Probably move closer to a thriving town if I wanted to walk to nearby restaurants .

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

This great hotel has it all. It is just across from the beach, so you don't have to walk very far in order to go to the ocean. During the summer, they have outdoor movies too. I liked the fact that it wasn't very far of a drive from Legoland as well. If you don't mind a quick walk, the outlet mall is just a few blocks away and offers a lot of high end merchandise like Ralph Lauren, and you know the rest. I ate at the restaurant and it had a very nice breakfast, a little costly, however, if you don't mind the little walk, there's a McDonald's just up the street. All in all, I liked the hotel and extras.

Room Tip: Rooms on the West are quieter and away from the I-5 highway.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Mooresville, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Great place to watch the sun set. I also saw some dolphins from my room. The water is across the road and there is no immediate access to it without going down the "cliffs" on one of the "paths" forged by previous visitors to the beach. (This isn't good for the cliffs and is a bit on the dangerous side, particularly for families.) It appeared that there might be better access about 1/10th of a mile south of the hotel. If you want to be able to sit and listen to the ocean, you'll need to go over/down to the beach because the afore mentioned cliffs and the traffic block most of the sound. The hotel itself is clean and nice. Though it looks like there might be balcony rooms from the pictures, there really aren't balconies. There are a few rooms with "Juliet" balconies, but nothing you can sit out on. The location is about a mile south the NRG power plant. My GPS was a little confused and the sign for the hotel isn't overwhelming, so I went by the hotel initially. Again clean hotel, nice staff, pretty good location since it is closer to the water than most hotels in the Carlsbad area.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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UltimateServiceGuru, General Manager at Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for your review from your recent stay with us. We hope that you enjoyed your stay and appreciate the time you took to write about our hotel. The best beach access from our hotel is located to the left of the hotel a short walking distance. We hope you also were able to enjoy our many outdoor seating areas and take in the amazing sunsets.
Thank you again for choosing us and we look forward to your next stay.

Sincerely,
Regie Brown
General Manager
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Address: 6450 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92011
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Location: United States > California > Carlsbad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Carlsbad
#3 Business Hotel in Carlsbad
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Carlsbad
#13 Family Hotel in Carlsbad
#14 Romantic Hotel in Carlsbad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hotel is located across the street from Carlsbad State Beach. Featuring ocean views, full service restaurant & bar, complimentary shuttle service, spacious guestrooms, heated pool and spa, fitness center, business center, and much more! All guestrooms are equipped with refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, complimentary HSIA, two dual-line phones, and Television with PPV. Rooms feature new GSS Beds, 32' HDTV and Herman Miller chairs. ... more   less 
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