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Carlsbad by the Sea Resort

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)
Business Center with Internet Access
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Wheelchair access
Shuttle Bus Service
Public Wifi
Meeting Rooms
Laundry Service
Multilingual Staff
Non-Smoking Hotel
Outdoor pool
Hot Tub
Golf course
Self-Serve Laundry
Heated pool
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Room features
Non-Smoking Rooms
Air Conditioning
Accessible rooms
Refrigerator in room
Family Rooms
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Full view
88Good for walkers
Grade: 88 out of 100
32Restaurantswithin 0.25 miles
3Attractionswithin 0.25 miles
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Great place to stop for one night and very close to Legoland. On our way back home from San Diego, we stopped in Carlsbad and enjoyed the pool and dinner at one of the nearby restaurants. The outlets are across the street, so we had...More

Date of stay: August 2018
Thank Carsgonnagetyou
Response from ColinR1842, General Manager at Carlsbad by the Sea ResortResponded 4 days ago

Hi Carsgoonagetyou, I'm really pleased you enjoyed your experience while staying with us. As they say: Location, location, location! On your next road trip maybe you can start with Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel! Thank you for allowing us to be of service and your...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is associated with Legoland Vacation Club. Good pricing. Clean rooms with mini fridge, tv, microwave, coffee maker. Outdoor Pool. Good hot breakfast with eggs, sausage, potatoes, waffles, breads, cereals, coffee and juices. Shuttle to/from Legoland all day. Right across fro Prime Outlets. No elevators...More

Date of stay: November 2018
Thank AngelO235
Response from ColinR1842, General Manager at Carlsbad by the Sea ResortResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi AngelO235, I'm pleased that you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for for staying with us and for your review. We look forward to your return visit! Cheers, Colin

Reviewed October 15, 2018

Location is superb. Minutes away from Legoland. Across the street from the outlets and restaurants. Free shuttle to and from Legoland during the day. Rooms on the first floor have patios, second floor accommodations have balconies. Plenty of parking. Price is very reasonable for the...More

Date of stay: July 2018
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Reviewed October 12, 2018

The hotel is located in a convenient area of Carlsbad opposite the outlet shops. There are restaurants and convenience stores very close. So better than many of the other higher rated (stars) hotels in the vicinity. The room was also OK and the bed was...More

Date of stay: October 2018
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Reviewed October 5, 2018

My family and I (2 adults & 2 kids) stayed at Carlsbad by the sea overnight in Oct 2018. We arrived very early from Anaheim (via Lyft) so that we could go to Legoland for the day and they actually checked in us in at...More

Date of stay: October 2018
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Response from ColinR1842, General Manager at Carlsbad by the Sea ResortResponded October 9, 2018

Hi archer39, Thank you for staying with us and thanks for taking the time to post your comments. You may have noticed some construction activity while you were here. We are welcoming a new dining concept in the adjacent windmill building called the Windmill Food...More

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Dana S
May 15, 2018|
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Response from allyjj2018 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about pool hours. Im pretty sure its open into the evening. The breakfast was nothing to write home about. However, there are eateries all around the hotel.
Tracy S
February 21, 2018|
Response from saykenny | Reviewed this property |
Well my dogs are service dogs and the other one is not a service dog and I never had a problem so maybe their policy has changed I went there many times before even had a service dog and it was ever an issue matter of fact... More
Room Tips
"Water is available at nearly 50% less in the petrol station shop very close to the hotel."
Oct 12, 2018
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"Rooms on the East side will give you a view of the Carlsbad Flower Fields"
Sep 14, 2018
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"Need new beds. If no kids, ask for the second floor."
Aug 17, 2018
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"try to get a room that doesn't face the street"
May 17, 2018
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$107 - $218 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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