We stayed in both the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa with Private access to Legoland and the West-Inn & Suites during the same trip at the beginning of July 2010 and I have to say the West Inn and Suites wins hands down! The main selling point for us for the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa was the private access to Legoland - what they dont mention is that its about 0.5 walk to get to it - downhill in the moring - uphill at the end of the day!!! The West Inn and Suites is a beautiful hotel, lovely rooms, friendly staff, free parking, - oh yeah - did I mention - No hidden fees – no resort nonsense – this hotel was just fabulous. The rooms were quiet, comfortable, and large. We were in a pet friendly room without a pet – you would never know it – absolutely no detectable pet odor whatsoever. Plenty of coffee, beautiful breakfast buffet with fresh bread, pastries, fresh cut strawberries, get there early though because once they run out of bacon – they don’t seem to replenish. No buffet at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa - just $6.00 OJ. We took a tray of bread & Jelly back to our room and made PB&J sandwiches to bring to Legoland for lunch – it worked out very well. The shuttle service to Legoland also worked very well – make your reservations at the front desk when you check in. They provide a booster seat – no need to lug to CA like we did. The walk from the drop off point for the shuttle was a shorter distance than the "priivate entrance" access that the sheraton offers - I really can’t recommend this hotel highly enough for families!