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“Nice rooms, small breakfast area” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Residence Inn San Diego Carlsbad

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Residence Inn San Diego Carlsbad
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2000 Faraday Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92008   |  
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Ranked #3 of 34 hotels in Carlsbad
Roseville, California
Senior Contributor
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22 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Nice rooms, small breakfast area”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

Just stayed here recently over St. Patrick's Day weekend. Here are my thoughts:

Pros: Convenient location to Legoland and the Wild Animal Park. Quite surrounding area. Beautiful rooms (I think they were just remodeled).

Cons: The proximity to Legoland fills this place with families with small kids. Breakfast room is packed and exploding with coughing, whining kids. Breakfast room is too small. Ventilation needs improvement...you can smell cooking eggs on the second floor.

Maybe there might be fewer kids during the week and things would be a little less crazy.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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GMSDMarriotts, General Manager at Residence Inn San Diego Carlsbad, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
Tim H,

Thank you for the review. As a senior contributor with reviews in 21 cities, we recognize that you have an eye for detail. We are pleased that you enjoyed our new rooms and convenient location. We are family and business travel friendly and we appreciate all of our guests.

Thank you for the feedback on our breakfast space. During our renovation, we added additional seating and we are about to add even more with our heated outdoor space to enjoy our mild Carlsbad climate. This space will have more space, seating, and a 70" TV that will alleviate some of the pressure on our main dining area.

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Warmly,

Trent Selbrede
General Manager
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Naples, Florida
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We just stayed this past weekend at this hotel. While it is still undergoing a major refurb...what has been done is beautiful. We were in one of the studio suites that had recently been re-done. Lovely. The sofa was comfortable as was the bed. It is really set up for the business traveller as there is a huge work desk by the window. We would have preferred a chair. But, what can you do? Everything was brand spanking new! I went to use the blowdryer and it was still all wrapped up!
I only have 2 minor complaints...the first is that there are no mixing bowls (at least in our room) which is odd as there was every other cooking accoutrement you could need. The second complaint is one I have in many of the Residence Inns...the area for breakfast/social hour is just way too small. Why they desing these properties like this is beyond me.
Other than that, this was close to everything we wanted and was very good value for money.

  • Stayed March 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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GMSDMarriotts, General Manager at Residence Inn San Diego Carlsbad, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
TheQueenVegas,

Thank you for the compliments and we are pleased that you appreciate the brand new look and feel! Our renovation efforts will be completed in the next 2 weeks.

Thank you for the feedback on the areas for improvement. There should be mixing bowls in your room. We will double check every room to make sure your suite is stocked for your next stay. The breakfast areas can be a challenge at Residence Inns because our spacious suites can attract a big crowd. The great news is that our new outdoor space will be equipped with additional seating and patio heaters to help enjoy our beautiful Carlsbad mornings! Did I mention the 70" TV?

Please come back and see us soon. We are confident that we have addressed your suggestions for improvement.

Warm regards,

Trent Selbrede
General Manager
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Oceanside, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Stayed here once again and have never been disappointed. The staff there always take care of you so well. The hotel is in the middle of everything, the beach, Legoland, downtown San Diego and even Orange County. Even while they are doing remodeling, the hotel is perfect. Thank you again.

  • Stayed January 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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GMSDMarriotts, General Manager at Residence Inn San Diego Carlsbad, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
sdgrandparents,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are pleased that you are regular guests and we meet or exceed your expectations each time. Thank you for pointing out to other travelers that we are central to a number of attractions and destinations in Carlsbad, San Diego, and even Orange County. Sometimes it helps to hear that from a fellow traveler!

Our staff is what sets us apart from the competition. Thank you for recognizing them!

We look forward to your next visit and next great review!

Sincerely,

Trent Selbrede
General Manager
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san jose, ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

We(3 of us including a teenager) recently stayed in a Residence Inn San Diego Carlsbad. It was perfect for a 1 night stop over on our way to UCSD. The room with a sofa bed and a small kitchenette was new and very clean and perfect for us. The room was next to the pool. The hotel was very clean and very friendly staff. The breakfast buffet was good and more than adequate.
We highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed February 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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GMSDMarriotts, General Manager at Residence Inn San Diego Carlsbad, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
italygreece,

Thank you for the positive comments regarding your stay with us. We realize what a compliment this is coming from a senior contributor with so many reviews in so many cities! We are pleased that you found your suite very clean and you noticed that we just wrapped up a complete renovation. It doesn't sound like you need our fully equipped kitchen but we are happy that you noticed the amenities offered.

Most of all, thank you for recognizing our friendly staff. They are the ones that make your stay memorable and we love to share your comments with them.

Thank you for the recommendation and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Warmly,

Trent Selbrede
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

The hotel itself is incredible--one of the few around with two bedroom suites. The morning breakfast buffet is excellent and the Monday through Thursday happy hour is an added bonus. Parking was a little difficult--but mostly due to the hotel renovation (we stayed in one of the renovated suites and they are worth the parking inconvenience). The staff is very kind and attentive--really going out of their way to make sure you have a great stay. The location is excellent--super close to the 5, 78 and 15 Freeways, practically walking distance to Legoland and basically a good base to tour anywhere in Southern, CA (we were able to go on day trips to Palm Springs and Malibu and be back in time for dinner!). The rooms and the entire hotel are super clean and well maintained. The pool is heated and the spa is great. While we were there, the gym was in a temporary space, but it was still nice with great equipment.

Room Tip: The two bedroom suites are awesome--they are literally like a condo, with a fireplace and full kitch...
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  • Stayed February 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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KellyGM, General Manager at Residence Inn San Diego Carlsbad, responded to this review, March 2, 2013
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful review you shared on TripAdvisor. Our professional and friendly team is committed to making our guests' stay both enjoyable and comfortable. We value your feedback, and are grateful for the recognition you placed on our devoted staff and quality accommodations. If ever you're in the Carlsbad area again, we hope you'll come back and visit us!

Warm regards,
Kelly Herrington
General Manager
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Saskatchewan
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28 reviews 28 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

We recently had a nice one-night stay at this hotel. We usually stay somewhere with an ocean view when in Calrsbad but for this one night we really just needed a quick stopover so opted to try this place out. The hotel was still under construction, which wasn't a big problem, but certainly every hallway in and out showed signs of work. The room itself was very nicely appointed as expected in a RI. Staff were terrific, from the very friendly young check in fellow, to the woman who later ensured we got a late checkout (we were running the marathon in the morning and wanted a shower before hitting the road). She pulled off a rather impressive feat: the power had just gone out on the whole block and she was on hold on her cell phone with the power company, she was trying to get a key card to work for two guys that were just checking in, and she was able to efficiently confirm that we could get a late checkout. All very smooth, despite the power issue, and she never gave the impresssion that she wasnt giving us, and the other guests, her full attention. People like that are gold in the hotel business.

So, no complaints. I'd give the place five stars, but in Carlsbad the one thing it doesn't have that earn 5 stars from me is an ocean view. They can't move the hotel, obviously (though if they did it would be my number one choice!). Anyhow, you won't go wrong with this choice.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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KellyGM, General Manager at Residence Inn San Diego Carlsbad, responded to this review, March 2, 2013
On behalf of our entire team, I'd like to personally thank you for the kind review on TripAdvisor! We know you have a variety of hotels to choose from when staying in the Carlsbad area, and are excited you decided to stay with us. Whether you are traveling on business or pleasure, we look forward to serving you again in the near future.

Warm regards,
Kelly Herrington
General Manager
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Manhattan Beach, CA
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We were attending the Silver Bay dog show in Del Mar with two very large dogs. Having stayed at Residence Inns before, we looked for another this trip. We whisked through check-in, our two bedroom suite was ready and waiting and staff couldn't have been more helpful getting us settled. The rooms were spotless, the beds seemed to be memory foam and quite comfortable. A get together in the common area proved a delightful way to meet other guests and we were able to enjoy a lovely buffet dinner served there. The kitchen in our suite was well stocked with everything we might need if we were cooking. We actually needed a few extra blankets as the nights were quite cool, a simple call to the operator and they magically appeared at our door. Speaking of magical, the fireplace in the living room was operated by a switch and a nice warm fire danced to life. A comment on Residence Inns in general might be that the rooms in some are quite a bit larger than others. The living room in this suite, given the number of people the suite would accommodate, was a bit small. That however, would not stop me from staying there again. The hotel is undergoing renovations, though evidence of work was kept to a minimum and it did not affect our stay in any way. Because this is a business area I worried there would not be any walking destination. Diagonally opposite the hotel is a very nice center with many restaurants available. A very nice long weekend. Thanks!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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KellyGM, General Manager at Residence Inn San Diego Carlsbad, responded to this review, March 2, 2013
Greetings, and thank you for sharing a review on TripAdvisor! We're simply delighted to hear that your stay was comfortable and pleasant. Our team is dedicated to providing excellent service and quality accommodations. We're glad to know it shows. We invite you to come visit us again the next time you're in Carlsbad.

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Address: 2000 Faraday Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Location: United States > California > Carlsbad
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Carlsbad
#6 Business Hotel in Carlsbad
#11 Romantic Hotel in Carlsbad
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Hotel Class:3 star — Residence Inn San Diego Carlsbad 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Residence Inn Carlsbad is centrally located just a few miles from LEGOLAND, Carlsbad Beaches, LEGOLAND Water Park, SEALIFE Aquarium, and the flower fields. IT is also just a short drive to the Safari Park, the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, and many San Diego attractions. The Residence Inn offers free parking, free WiFi, free breakfast, and a free social hour Monday through Thursday with free beer and wine. All suites offer tons of space and full kitchens. ... more   less 
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