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Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel

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850 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011-4443
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 09/03/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 09/03/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#31 of 41 hotels in Carlsbad
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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. 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
Paid public parking on-site
Wifi
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Snack bar
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Free shuttle or taxi services
Business Center with Internet Access
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Shallow end in pool
Fence around pool
Vending machine
Shuttle bus service
Meeting rooms
Photo copier / fax In business center
24-hour security
Convenience store
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Sofa bed
Bath / shower
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Microwave
Refrigerator
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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Family
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Peter G wrote a review Sep 2020
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I stayed for an extended stay at the Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel. It was a top-notch boutique resort that had everything I needed. The staff is all very friendly and helpful! The manager was very accommodating and appeared to be on her game at all times. I felt at home during my stay at the hotel. I also recommend checking out the great food at the Windmill, located right next to the hotel.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Room Tip: Easy access to all of the Carlsbad and Oceanside areas.
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James T. wrote a review Aug 2020
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I visited the Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel this last weekend, and I couldn't wait to get home and review how pleased I am with this hotel. Conveniently situated minutes off the 5 freeway, CBTS Hotel is clean and quaint, with lovely rooms at very affordable prices for the resort area. General Manager Niveesha Hill has trained her staff well to strive a perfect balance in these COVID times between following regulations to keep guests safe while still providing resort-style service. I noticed the pool furniture being sanitized like clock-work every 2 hours! The hotel itself is located walking distance to several excellent restaurants and the Carlsbad Outlet Mall; I barely needed my car the whole weekend! Rooms are clean, tastefully furnished and specious. Everyone at the hotel was friendly and willing to help. I highly recommend and will return soon!
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Room Tip: Rooms by the pool are convenient, but it can get noisy on hot weekend days.
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Response from Niveesha Hill, General Manager at Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel
Responded Aug 27, 2020
Thank you so much for your kind feedback! It will be shared with the entire team. We thoroughly enjoyed having you and your family visit the property and are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to being of service to you in the future. Until then, stay safe and be well!
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dugrac wrote a review Aug 2020
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I know things are crazy now, but wow! Tried to check in a few minutes early and was refused. When we came back at 4, the lobby was loaded with people and only 1 girl checking people in. Stood in line for quite some time we've been bringing our family here for years....will not be returning.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Niveesha Hill, General Manager at Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel
Responded Aug 17, 2020
Good Afternoon, I am saddened to read that your stay was not as expected. Our team strives to provide our guests early check in (before 4pm) whenever possible as this assists us in minimizing the wait. Our Housekeeping team work diligently to be sure however, that rooms are ready by check in time (4pm). This said, I completely understand your frustrations as I understand checking in and getting started on your visit is your priority. We value your business and certainly value your experience and would love to welcome you and your family back to the property and try our very best to honor an early check in. Please, reach out to me directly. I would be happy to assist in any way that I can.
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566ay123 wrote a review Aug 2020
Chicago, Illinois2 contributions
I enjoyed my stay at Carlsbad by the sea in Carlsbad Ca. I was happy to see that the rooms were NEWLY RENOVATED & VERY CLEAN! The staff was amazing!!!! It’s right across the street from the outlet mall.....Nike and Starbucks which my kids LOVE!!!! Everyone was very nice upon check-in and a Manager by the name of Niveesha Hill was so very nice and friendly and shared with me and my family all of the fun things to do in the area. I could give this place a 10 star for excellent service! We will definitely return.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Niveesha Hill, General Manager at Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel
Responded Aug 5, 2020
Thank you so much for your kind feedback. It will be shared with our entire team. We are so happy that you and your family enjoyed your stay and found a lot fun things to do in the area! We look forward to being of service to you in the future.
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Jerry B wrote a review Jul 2020
San Diego, California153 contributions41 helpful votes
Great place for a mini stay away from congested San Diego. Each amenity was above average. Staff very professional and knew their way around the hotel. Room was large and I enjoyed my 'mini bar' around the pool. Recommended for the traveler looking for a midrange hotel. Also easy to spot. Look for the big windmill on the east side of the roadway. Special thanks to Lisa. You did great!! Reason not for 5 star. Was told at check in no breakfast.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Room Tip: Make sure breakfast is included when making arrangements.
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Response from Niveesha Hill, General Manager at Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel
Responded Jul 17, 2020
Thank you so much for your kind feedback. I will be sure to share with Liisa, one of our many rockstar staff! We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to being of service to you in the future. We made the breakfast change January 1, 2020 due to the Windmill Food Hall opening. We can't wait for you to try it out and embark on a culinary adventure. See you next time!
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PRICE RANGE
$123 - $261 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
carlsbad by the sea hotel carlsbad, holiday inn carlsbad, carlsbad holiday inn
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Holiday Inn Carlsbad by the Sea
LOCATION
United StatesCaliforniaCarlsbad
NUMBER OF ROOMS
141
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Frequently Asked Questions about Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel?
Nearby attractions include The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch (0.1 miles), Carlsbad Premium Outlets (0.2 miles), and St John Outlet (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, a fitness center, and a hot tub.
Which room amenities are available at Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel?
Guests can enjoy a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel?
Yes, paid public parking on-site is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include In-N-Out Burger, Tip Top Meats, and Miguel's Cocina.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business center and meeting rooms during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.