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Beach Terrace Inn
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2775 Ocean St, Carlsbad, CA 92008   |  
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Ranked #1 of 34 hotels in Carlsbad
Frazier Park, California
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“Fantastic Beach Hotel!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

I was a little hesitant to share this review, as I would like to keep this gem to myself, but in the interest of doing the right thing (& thanking them), I have to share my review. First of all, by paying ahead of time, we received a great discount, making our two night stay less than the Legoland hotel, & comparable or less $ than the other Carlsbad hotels we considered.

Wow!! We had an oceanfront, pool terrace king room, and it was wonderful! The hotel is literally ON the beach, and the sound of the waves was amazing. Lovely, tastefully-appointed, and clean room with the most amazing ocean views. The staff were all friendly, charming and helpful. No need to bring beach equipment, the hotel has an ample supply of chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards and sand toys (although we brought our own sand castle kit).

The continental breakfast had an array of fresh and tasty items, including fresh fruit, and very good coffee.

Tons of restaurants and shopping are a short walk away, and of course, Legoland is a short drive. However, if you stay here, you MUST block some serious beach time. We spent one entire blissful day on the beach. If you surf, there is even a decent surf break right in front of the hotel. We saw dolphins this morning, and a guy fishing in the surf caught a small shark & released it back into the ocean. Tons of pelicans fly over regularly with military precision.

The property has a nice pool area, with tons of comfy lounging options, and there are rocking chairs on the scenic dining patio.

We drove by the other hotels we had considered, and none of them compared. Each night we slept soundly, lulled by the hypnotic sound of crashing waves. We highly recommend this lovely little hotel, and will definitely return!

Room Tip: Be sure to book an ocean front room!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

My family and I had 2 rooms for 3 nights here. We stayed in an Ocean Front room right above the pool. The rooms are very nice. They are huge, with large bathrooms, and an amazing view. The interiors are very clean and nicely decorated.

The continental breakfast has a nice variety of things to choose from. Not your typical bagels and cereal. The hospitality room where breakfast is served is very inviting and has a wonderful view. Feels just like a beach home.

The staff is amazing. Everyone is so warm and friendly and not in a fake way at all. They genuinely seem very happy to help.

The beach is right off the hotel and they have chairs, umbrellas, toys, etc. for free use all day, which is a huge help...no having to buy little things you only need while you're there.

This is hands down the best hotel I've stayed in overall, given the rooms, service, and convienence. Will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

My entire family (all 17 of us) just spent 4 nights here and we were pleased with our entire experience. We were in 5 different rooms and everyone had plenty of space and great views. The rooms are comfortable, huge, clean and gorgeous. Beds are luxurious, you have a choice of pillows(!), the bathrooms are huge and the shower was wonderful ( and spotless). Hotel provides beach chairs, umbrellas, beach toys, towels. Staff is focused on guest satisfaction. Free parking and no resort fee. Lovely continental breakfast served until 11 am. Pool is heated and a nice break from the salt water. Note of caution: lots of stairs. Not a good choice for anyone with mobility issues. Lots of kids and families. We'll definitely be back next year!

Room Tip: Ocean front king is the way to go. Great balcony with a couch
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dewey, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

In this day and age, finding quality anymore is very rare. I knew the room would be nice, but what we found in this hotel was way more. The room was amazing, the staff was polite, professional, and sincere. We had the ocean front king room. It was amazing. Right on the beach. They have beach toys for the guests to borrow. Had breakfast each morning(continental) overlooking the ocean. Walking distance to shops, restaurants, ect. LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

We just got back from The Beach Terrace Inn with the biggest smiles on our faces as it was all we had hoped it would be ......from having a large room basically right on the beach, a nice sized balcony to enjoy it from with a couch and chair, to loving the huge shower, getting a choice of various pillows to aid in a good night's sleep, a newly redecorated new room, a bottle of wine waiting for us because it was our 30th wedding anniversary, down to the most amazing and friendly staff!!

So many places we were considering here and in Laguna Beach said ocean view, but you were still either across the street or in a room that gave you a partial view but you couldn't open your balcony door and basically "be" on the beach. When you ask for an "ocean front" room here, that's what you get! It was awesome!! We just needed to rest and celebrate our anniversary and that's what we were able to do here. Everything is within walking distance for dining and wandering around the little town. A great little place close by to eat is The Dailey News. The best cinnamon bread French toast!!

I can't wait to have time to go back to this place!

Room Tip: Be sure to ask for ocean front if you want to "BE" on the beach. We were in 26A . Their...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013 via mobile

I have been going to this hotel with my family for a few years now, and it has been great. This last year we got a room facing the pool, but we could still see and hear the ocean from our room. The rooms are very clean and comfortable. The staff at Beach Terrace are very friendly and make sure that everyone has a nice stay. There is a continental breakfast that servers things like croissants, boiled eggs, pastries and more. This has been the best hotel I have stayed at in Carlsbad and will be sure to come back soon.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

We stayed for 3 nights at the Beach Terrace Inn, and were very impressed with the location, the size of our room (large) and the balcony view of the beach and ocean. The added bonus of an included breakfast really put this hotel over the top. We were able to walk with ease to dinner in Carlsbad, though things close up by 9pm, for the most part, which we found disappointing after spending the day in San Diego. We were able to find a small taco restaurant/bar (Senor Grubby's) open, which met our needs. This is a great place to use as a base to explore the San Diego region, or to have a stay-put beach vacation-for couples, families, or groups of friends.

Stayed June 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 Romantic Hotel in Carlsbad
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Carlsbad
#1 Family 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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