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Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel

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Room & Suite (95)
Pool & Beach (49)


#31 of 38 hotels in Carlsbad
Enjoy your best vacation - a vacation in Carlsbad California is like no other in the world. And choosing Carlsbad by the Sea Resort guarantees the perfect location for a fun-filled experience for the whole family. LEGOLAND(R) California Resort is located just a mile away and Carlsbad by the Sea Resort is a designated LEGOLAND "Preferred Hotel." We offer special packages that include hotel rooms, tickets to the theme park, and a shuttle ride to the entrance after you enjoy a full American breakfast. Carlsbad by the Sea is centrally located to everything the San Diego region has to offer. You are only 30 miles from the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park and SeaWorld. Pristine Carlsbad beaches or a game of golf are just minutes away. Spend time relaxing at the resort, walking on 22 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, and playing and exercising in our year-round outdoor heated pool, Jacuzzi and fitness center. And when it is time to dine, More than a dozen popular restaurant choices are within walking distance.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Breakfast Available
Business Center with Internet Access
Golf course
Heated pool
Hot Tub
Laundry Service
Meeting rooms
Multilingual Staff
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor pool
Public Wifi
Self-Serve Laundry
Shuttle Bus Service
Wheelchair access
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Room features
Air conditioning
Refrigerator in room
Accessible rooms
Family Rooms
Non-smoking rooms
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88Good for walkers
Grade: 88 out of 100
33Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
5Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
100Room tips
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Took my grandkids to Southern California over spring break and headquartered here. We didn't have or need a car. The hotel shuttle took us back and forth to the train station and we walked most everywhere in Carlsbad. The room was clean and comfortable. The grounds were
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Response from ColinR1842, General Manager at Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel
Responded yesterday
Hi Maebeth F, I am so pleased that you enjoyed your visit with us. Thank you for the nice words and compliments. We are working hard at making the hotel even better! The new Windmill Food Hall opens next month and we are doing some remodeling to our rooms. I hope you get a chance to return soon! Cheers, Colin
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We stay here every year for spring break. Its a pretty nice hotel. It is clean, and has a nice pool. They offer a free breakfast. It is across the street from an outlet mall. There are lots of restaurants around within walking distance. The rooms have a microwave and a
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Response from ColinR1842, General Manager at Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel
Responded Apr 8, 2019
Hello estee8, Thank you so much for staying with us! I'm delighted you enjoyed your stay and that you've stayed with us before. Next year when you return you will see that our rooms will have been remodeled and there will be a new Windmill Food Hall open for your enjoyment. Looking forward to seeing you again! Cheers, Colin
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Carlsbad by the Sea is a great and affordable place to stay. We were there for 3 days to go to Legoland and visit San Diego. The staff were very helpful and they have a free shuttle to Legoland from the hotel. The breakfast spread was substantial and the pool/hot tub was very
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Response from Colin_Ross_44, General Manager at Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel
Responded Apr 3, 2019
Hello lashe, Thank you for your kind feedback. On behalf of my staff and myself, thank you for staying with us. We enjoy greeting people from all over the world and providing an HQ for them to explore our little slice of paradise that we call Carlsbad! Looking forward to your next visit! Cheers, Colin
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My family had a great experience at this hotel. Everyone from the front desk to shuttle drivers were friendly and helpful. The hotel was clean and quiet. The patio outside the room was nice and shaded. And the amenities were a nice little touch. They provided a free shuttle to
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Response from Colin_Ross_44, General Manager at Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel
Responded Mar 13, 2019
Hello CalKimmie07, Thank you for staying with us and sharing your comments. I'm pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. It has been a bit cold so I'm guessing you didn't get to experience the beach. You're correct in saying that we're so close to everything; we're half a mile to the beach, too! We are doing some renovations as you mentioned. In fact, we are refurbishing all our rooms this year so all the furnishings will be upgraded, including the window coverings. Cheers, Colin
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This hotel was very flexible and understanding with us and our bookings, allowing us to change it at the last minute because of a change in our groups itinerary. That was so helpful and kind and helped us stay with the rest of our group. Very thankful! Nice setup with a room
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Response from ColinR1842, General Manager at Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel
Responded Mar 13, 2019
Hello TriCityDude, Thank you for staying with us and for your comments. I'm glad we were able to accommodate the changes in your itinerary. Our number one goal is to ensure that our guests have a pleasant, memorable experience. We are planning on refurbishing all our guest rooms this year so when you return you will be treated to a fresh new room! Cheers, Colin
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$122 - $270 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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