We stayed 5 nights in October, I couldn't find a very objective review, so I thought I would do my best to provide one.
The hotel was easy enough to find, though the directions from google tried to steer me wrong (it is accessed via paseo de Norte, not the I5 onramp). Another note about the location, the hotel name says "by the sea", and though more "by the sea" than my home in Minnesota, a mile down a busy road does not exactly fit my definition of "by the sea". Check in with the easily distracted clerk was fairly uneventful, got a room on the first floor, enter on the outside, with a sliding glass door that opens out to the courtyard area and pool/hot tub area. Our 2 queen room had microwave, fridge, little coffee maker, nice enough tv with few standard definition channels, and a desk with an office chair. Had free wifi with an "accept terms" push page and weak signal.
One of the kids was sleeping so we got food to go from the onsite tgi Friday's. We opted to walk down and order then walk down for pickup rather than pay the room service fees, and a direct phone call (not the room service #) resulted in a long on hold time with no one returning. There are several nearby dining options ranging from Carls jr and subway to seafood and fine dining.
Included breakfast in the "Lanai" area from 6-9:30, pre made omelets (alternating denver or cheese), sausages, yogurt, cereals, oatmeal, breads, hand held fruit, juice and some really kick @ss coffee. No pastries or make your own waffles.
The heated pool is 9 ft at it's deepest, the hot tub could seat about 10 (sign says 6) , it had a few broken jets, but it was hot and bubbly. The fenced in pool area had no towels when we got there, I told the front desk and they promptly had more delivered. There are also padded loungers with some side tables, and one table with chairs.
I am an easy to please traveller, my expectations are a clean room, and that listed amenities are provided. Overall the hotel is a bit shabby, but it worked fine for what I needed, the grounds were well maintained, the rooms were clean, the pool area was clean, there is an "exercise area" listed on the hotel map, but I could not locate it in multiple attempts.
The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to Legoland, upon seeing that the shuttle was a minivan my party of 6 opted to drive and pay parking rather than wait for the shuttle to make 3 more trips before our group would fit.
Overall I feel I got exactly what I paid for and it met, but did not exceed, my expectations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carlsbad By The Sea Hotel Carlsbad
- Holiday Inn Carlsbad
- Carlsbad Holiday Inn