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Beach Terrace Inn
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2775 Ocean St, Carlsbad, CA 92008   |  
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Mount Shasta, California
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“Great location, but not a great value”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

My first stay at this Inn was somewhat disappointing, but the manager encouraged me to give it another try and included a free night as encouragement. I was disappointed again with our stay. Yes...the location is incredible!!!! And that almost makes it worth it, but both times I stayed here there were problems with something in the room...last time, we had no heat and had to notify the management and they brought us an electric heater. I have higher expectations for a room with this price tag. And, there was a problem with cleanliness both stays as well. Dirty water was left in the bathroom sink and there was a huge dark stain on one of the chairs. I don't consider myself difficult to please as a customer, but I don't want to pay $250/night and not have heat and have a dirty sink.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Actually, the Beach Terrace Inn is the ONLY hotel on the beach in Carlsbad, CA. There are fine hotels AT the beach, but you have to walk across the street to put your tootsies in the sand. The Beach Terrace Inn, nicely-remodeled on the site of a former Best Western, has huge rooms with ocean views, a nice pool and hot tub, wide-screen TVs, free breakfasts, beach gear for loan, and very friendly and helpful staff members. Plus, it's within walking distance of a week's worth of local restaurants. If you leave something behind, the staff will make sure you get it back. If you need anything, they'll get it for you. Bargain prices in the winter, a little pricey otherwise, but well worth it.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Eagle Mountain, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013 via mobile

I don't know why you would stay any where else in the area. You can't beat the location, room size, quality and ambiance. We stay here anytime we are in the area and because we love this place so much we always stay an extra day. We brought the kids this trip and they love it but it is a perfect place for a quiet getaway for couples too.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Ok, so after disneyland we drove over to Carlsbad and booked this place based on a random find and as part of our trip we visited San Diego.

We have 3 young kids and this place was pretty much heaven, not because we just spent 3 days walking disneyland but this "not busy" feel hotel was perfect.

1. Stones throw? Its closer than that, its directly on the beach period.
2. Room was really nice and large forget what unit we had.
3. Beach was awesome, kids body boarded for hours.
4. Beach is so large that it just doesn't feel busy.
5. There hotel was fully booked and there was never more than 10 to 15 people around the pool. No need to fight for space or chairs or anything.
6. Constantly someone walking around picking up towels or looking after you to get toys for the kids.
7. Continental breakfast was perfect with a nice lounge area.
8. Train station for San Diego is a 5 min walk away.
9. Sound of the waves from the room was "LOUD" and just perfect. (I can't believe the reviews complaining above the sound of the ocean and they booked a hotel on the beach)

Need i go on. I really hate to provide such a good review of this place as i want to keep to myself but i must say we really had a great time in Carlsbad.

The people downtown Carlsbad were also extremely nice and we were constantly being formally welcomed from Canada. I couldn't believe this place it was like a dream.

We will definately be back in 2013. Chow

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Location, location, location. Did I mention location? Right on the beach! Stayed here for five nights over the holidays. The location simply can't be beat. It is an older property, but the room we stayed in was nicely updated and very clean. We ended up changing plans and staying two more nights than we originally planned since we liked it so much. Staff is super friendly and has a good continental breakfast in the morning. Also, has free parking, a small beach-side pool and a hot tub. You can walk to shops and restaurants in Carlsbad. San Diego attractions are about 30 minutes away.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

The location of this hotel is superior, you are not near the beach, you are on it. For this reason alone, we would stay again. That alone was a once in a lifetime thrill, especially with the balcony overlooking the beach. The rooms are the size of a gymnasium, no kidding. As are the bathrooms.
Now the cons. this is undoubtedly a old hotel. Although the rooms were modern and the entire hotel is well maintained, the age of this hotel is evident in the halls and elevator, which was not functioning the last day our visit. Probably my biggest hang up though was the bathroom door.If you are a modest person,this would be a problem for you as we'll. First off, there was no locking mechanism on this sliding door,and even if there was the door would not slide completely closed,so there would be a slight gap. The toilet itself was enclosed in a separate room with lock but the shower room was very frustrating as far as privacy. The kids, 12 and 14, adored the place, except for the breakfast which I did not check out. They felt there were limited kid friendly items. Finally, do not expect a bargain. We were required a minimum of three night stay for one room,and our final bill was over $1,000.00. One can not expect a bargain for such a ideal location, but this is a rate that is not exactly pocket change for most families these days. We would definitely return despite this, GREAT family memories.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Magnolia, Kentucky, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I are delighted to be at the Beach Terrace Inn, Carlsbad CA. Trip advisor lead us here to
enjoy a eclectic , great vibe, clean hotel right on the sand. Reservations were easy to make. Our room is enormous, ocean front balcony has comfortable furniture to watch the dolphins and seals. The bed is heaven, the bathroom large. What a great place and we will be frequent guests now that we have found it.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 2775 Ocean St, Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Location: United States > California > Carlsbad
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Carlsbad
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Carlsbad
#1 Romantic Hotel in Carlsbad
#11 Business Hotel in Carlsbad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Beach Terrace Inn 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The only hotel right on the sand along the azure waters of the Carlsbad coast. The luxurious, totally redesigned Beach Terrace Inn is delightfully private and terraced on the sand along Carlsbad State Beach, boasting miles of beautiful beach front. Both wired and relaxed, the hotel allows you to surf the net or the waves, walk to dozens of restaurants and nightlife in Carlsbad Village, or lose yourself in flip flops, sand and the sight of dolphins playing in the ocean. Here you are free from cares and free from extra fees with breakfast, parking, WiFi and most services included in the room charge. Legoland and fabulous shopping are five minutes away while The Wild Animal Park, San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and all of San Diego are 30 minutes away. ... more   less 
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