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“lovely hotel for a romantic getaway” 5 of 5 stars
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Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011 (Formerly Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa)   |  
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Ranked #6 of 37 Hotels in Carlsbad
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Gilbert, Arizona
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“lovely hotel for a romantic getaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Just after Christmas we had a chance to sneak away for a few days together as a couple, our first kid-less vacation in two years. The resort was exactly what it claimed to be, quiet, beautiful and oceanfront. We paid the few extra dollars for an ocean view room, which was well worth it. There is a stoplight at the intersection of the hotel, so crossing the street was easy and safe. The crosswalk led to a path with stairs down to the ocean. The landing in the middle of the stairs with benches was a perfect spot for us to catch a sunset the second night we were there. The location provided fun shopping and eating just North in Oceanside and just South in Encinitas. We were willing to drive some so we enjoyed a sea cave kayak tour of La Jolla and Whale Watching from Point Loma. Although we were out most days, not interacting much with the staff, the desk agent in the very late night/early morning was delightful. Some hotels we stayed at leave a grouch out front during the graveyard shift, so I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted warmly and genuinely. Overall, this Hilton made the perfect home base for our trip.

Room Tip: The ocean view rooms are worth the upgrade charge
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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los angeles
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Enjoyed the experience. Excellent location near the beach! Had breakfast with ocean view at their restaurant. There with family and was very low key. Will think about making this a vacation getaway with more friends and family. Would have liked a lower price but overall, but it was perfect!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Highly recommend this hotel for family or business trips. It is very clean and spacious. The staff is helpful and you can't beat the view. Don't skip the pool at sunset. It's amazing. I will be back there in three weeks on a business trip.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Cedar Rapids, IA, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

This is a beautiful hotel located across from the beach with lots of options for walking and easy access to the beach. It was very nice and I would love to come back. On the ocean side there is traffic noise, but the view makes it worth it.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Bay Area, California
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Despite an initial odd impression caused by our navigation system bringing us to the service area of the hotel, our stay left me wanting to return. We were greeted with smiles as we drove up to the entrance. After checking in, I asked directions to a hardware store. The front desk clerk not only knew where the closest (just opened) one was, but rapidly gave me printed directions. The artwork in the hotel was worth a careful look; they should offer the photographs for sale. The bathroom amenities included "after-sun cooling gel" for the insufficiently sun-blocked guest. In the evening there was a live classical guitar trio playing in the lobby, which filled the scattered chairs and couches. Breakfast in the restaurant was good and reasonably priced. The only negative is that there is a $14 charge to self park and there's no street parking around the hotel. As anyone staying at this hotel is going to be arriving by car, the price of the room looks lower than it ultimately will be. This is a very minor issue weighed against the service and ambiance.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Huntington Beach, United States
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

I have had several occasions for business and pleasure, to stay at The Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort and Spa. The Amenities have always been ample, clean and top quality. The Spa is well appointed and the staff is exceptional. The Ocean Views are the best in town. If you're looking for a beautiful hotel at a reasonable value, then you will be pleasantly suprised.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Mariposa, California
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144 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

My family group of 5, in two adjoining rooms, enjoyed our stay here. The hotel is very nice, quiet, across the street to the beach, 85 deg heated pool, and more. The hotel restaurant (only one around within 2-3 miles) was fortunately very good as well. Since we arrived via train, the valet shuttle service made every transport just fine. Rides from the train station to/from hotel, daily rides to Lego land and Aquarium, all went well, with some advanced planning. The spa massages for the ladies were enjoyed. The restaurant staff were especially friendly and efficient.

Room Tip: Our rooms were on the ground floor and were very quiet and convenient.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Address: 1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011 (Formerly Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa)
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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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #6 of 37 Hotels in Carlsbad
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Hotel Class:4.5 star — Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 215
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled along the sunny Pacific Coast in Northern San Diego and only 150 steps to the surf, Cape Rey is the adventurous choice for the California traveler who seeks something different and unique. With spectacular views of picturesque South Carlsbad beaches, the resort sits atop the crest of a series of gently rolling berms - a crest we like to call the Cape! At the Cape you are just minutes from LEGOLAND(R)California and the historic Del Mar Race Track, or a short coastal drive to SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo or Safari Park, famous regional wineries, and award-winning craft breweries. For the adventurous types we outfit you for local deep-sea fishing, sailboat cruises, horseback riding, paddle boarding, snorkeling, surfing lessons, and kayak explorations. Foodies enjoy dining on-property at Chandler's, where you'll find familiar favorites prepared with a twist. For connecting rejuvenation with mind, body and soul, we offer one of the top 5 Hotel Spas in the U.S. By Travel & Escape, the Ocean Crest Spa. And with an array of excursion locales and onsite amenities, there's always something to do, see or eat at the Cape. ... more   less 
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