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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With sweeping views of crystal beaches and the Pacific Ocean atop a series of gently rolling berms in sunny Southern California, Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront is the destination for luxury. The Resort features 215 expansive guest rooms and suites, the full-service Ocean Crest Spa and world-class dining at Chandler’s Restaurant & Lounge. Guests can enjoy a variety of amenities including an ocean view swimming pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and over 25,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor banquet facilities. With easy access to miles of beach, recreational activities like surfing, fishing and water sports are readily available. For families, Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront is a short drive to LEGOLAND California, Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and Disneyland California. As well, the resort is minutes from Palomar Airport and less than a 45-minute drive from San Diego International Airport. ... more less
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