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“Good Location but terrible breakfast” 3 of 5 stars
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Carlsbad by the Sea Resort
Ranked #27 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
Mexico City, Mexico
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“Good Location but terrible breakfast”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We stayed at this hotel in October 2012 and can say that everything went fine but it is more a motel than a "resort", the breakfast was frankly bad, although the service of the staff was kind. They are very near from Legoland (you can even walk because it is not far away), but they have the shuttle service to Legoland without extra cost. They are just in front of an Outlet, which is good for the people who like shopping. There is also a Costco very near. The room was spacious and clean. However, next time I rather decide to book in the Sheraton which is right in front of the entrance of Legoland and looks nicer (at least in photos).

Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Whittier, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This hotel is perfect for legoland, shopping, dining etc.... The staff was helpful, free ride to legoland, free breakfast etc.... People who have anything bad to say about their stay may just be looking for something to complain about. Sure it isn't fancy, but for the price what are you expecting. We had a wonderful 2 night stay. we would stay again

Room Tip: Floor pool view is the best
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Parker, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

From the outside, this hotel is not appealing at all. You see a door with two very small windows (bathroom windows) and it does not look good. Inside, the rooms are pretty nice and clean. There is a microwave, fridge, and coffeepot. All the units have a balcony, so that really helps once you walk inside the unit. There is free continental breakfast, free WiFi, etc.. Located across the street from outlet shops with plenty of restaurants close by, but it is a 10 minute drive to the ocean. Beds were comfortable, pretty quiet for sleeping (appears to be well built), and the shower had great pressure. It is a bit pricey (average $200/night in the summer). The front desk was very helpful and kind.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Santa Clarita, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This hotel is perfectly located for Legoland and is also right near outlet stores. Quiet rooms. Outside of the hotel looks older but the rooms are nice inside. Would stay there again. They also provide a free shuttle to Legoland.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Great staff, room was a little dated but comfortable.
Breakfast wasn't great, but it was edible.
This hotel is not located in walking distance to anything but an outlet mall and some fast food joints which makes the service was very handy, drivers were most obliging.

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms are easier to access, especially if you have a lot of luggage.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Tarzana, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

My family and I just stayed here for 3 nights. We would absolutely stay here again when we go back to LEGOLAND next summer. The rooms, were great, the food was decent. The shuttles to and from LEGOLAND were easy and great. No need to park when you have the shuttles. The rooms were just fine for us and very clean and neat. No problems, whatsoever. We asked for a later checkout and they did that at no charge. My kids loved the pool and we met some nice people. See you next summer!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Stayed at this place because it was close to legoland, restaurants and the outlet stores. It's clean and they serve a complimentary breakfast. I would stay again because I enjoyed my stay. The pool is nice & relaxing.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Additional Information about Carlsbad by the Sea Resort

Property: Carlsbad by the Sea Resort
Address: 850 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011-4443 (Formerly Holiday Inn Carlsbad by the Sea)
Location: United States > California > Carlsbad
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Carlsbad by the Sea Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 141
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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Carlsbad By The Sea Hotel Carlsbad
Holiday Inn Carlsbad
Carlsbad Holiday Inn

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