Tonight at dinner our family asked, "so at your hotel do you have a view of the freeway or the power plant?" Despite West Inn's proximity to the freeway and the power plant, this hotel is wonderful. Our family stays at a lot of five star hotel chains (four seasons, ritz, etac.) and we have been really pleased with our stay here. The rooms are modern, clean, and new with comfortable beds and thoughtful extras like DVD players,
Aveda amentities, and an abundance of soft towels. The hotel is owned by a retired couple and the attention to detail here is apparent. Beach towels and water are provided poolside, there is 24 hour coffee and tea, a milk and cookie hour, and free breakfast. The staff has been consistently helpful and very friendly. As it turns out the location is not so bad after all, the distance to the beach is walkable (about 4 city blocks) and the walk takes you straight to the strand in Carlsbad which is a lovely walk into the village of Carlsbad (a nice mile or so walk). p.s. we went to have a glass of wine at the Bistro last night and the menu and wine by glass list was great.