We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Best place to stay for Legoland”

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 12 more sites!
Carlsbad by the Sea Resort
Ranked #29 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
Santa Clarita, California
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best place to stay for Legoland”
Reviewed July 1, 2010

We just got back from our stay at the Holiday Inn Carlsbad and I can't say enough things of how great it was. We went for our 6 year old sons birthday trip to Legoland along with my wife, mother and 2 year old son. The staff was all very friendly, from the front lobby staff to the shuttle drivers. Make sure you reserve a free shuttle to Legoland when you check in, saves you 12 dollars on parking, we did tip a few bucks.

The rooms have been renovated and are as nice as any 4 star hotel that I've stayed at. Plasma TV and very comfortable beds and very clean. The pool area is also very nice, however when we were there it was a bit cool so we didn't get to use it as much as we would have liked to.

The free hot breakfast was excellent, they had bacon, omlettes, sausage, pastries and much more. Another great benefit when you check in you get free children vouchers to eat free at Ruby's which is right across the street. There are tons of places to eat in walking distance and if you want to go to the beach you're only about a mile away. All in all we had a great experience and will stay here the next time we visit Legoland.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank brimallut
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

643 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    157
    260
    143
    47
    36
See reviews for
369
79
20
48
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (175)
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Phoenix, Arizona
Level Contributor
32 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed June 5, 2010

The Holiday Inn Carlsbad is located right next to the 5 freeway and about 10 minutes drive to Legoland. It looks kind of old from the outside but the room that we stayed in was a 3 star standard type of room. It did have a small frig in the room. If you have a baby that needs milk it would. There is an outlet mall accross the street that has a Ruby's. When you check in, you get a slip for free dinner at Ruby's for the kids. You also get a full breakfest. All in all it is a great deal.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank lanmanaz
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
edwardsville, ks
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed May 30, 2010

we recently stayed at the holiday inn carlsbad by the sea and we really enjoyed our stay.the location was perfect for our porposes, which was to go to Legoland and the newly opened Legoland Water park. Free parking, free breakfast and free shuttle to the parks were very much appreciated. The swimming pool was really clean and welcoming. It was alot cooler than we had hoped, but the pool was plenty warm. i would recommend it for the value. the proximity to the outlet mall, as well as restaurants were also a bonus, we could walk to them.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank nonnie03
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Buffalo, New York
Level Contributor
21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed May 10, 2010

Our stay was for 2 nights. Location is great for variety of activities in area, hotel was clean, spacious, grounds well kept and attractive, very family-oriented, staff helpful and friendly, many restaurants in easy walking distance. Complimentary hi-speed internet and nice breakfast. Highly recommend this hotel and would return on our next visit.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank JKG2010
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Santa Rosa
1 review
Reviewed April 20, 2010

This hotel is a little run down looking on the outside but that's just because it's old. It is kept up very well and the rooms were as nice as any Hilton I've stayed in. New and clean. It's location couldn't be better. You are VERY close to food, beach and shopping.
If you want to use the Shuttle to Legoland, just make sure to sign up in advance. It gets full quick. Also, I paid an extra $10. per night for a "full breakfast" which I realize once we got there was put on every morning for all the hotel guests so there is no need to pay extra. It is a great breakfast: eggs, potatoes, cereal, fruit, yogurt oatmeal. I did get a coupon for a restaurant not too far for a "kids eat free" but I would have rather saved the $10. extra per night. One of the most convenient hotels I've ever stayed at!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Living4fun
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
union city
Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 2010

This is the first time I stay in HolidayInn Carlsbad. I heard they just remodel it. It is very new clean, though, if you choose the holiday, don't choose the row next to TGI friday,
there is a large nosey pump there. But if you close the motel/hotel door. You won't hear it
unless you open the bathroom window. The hotel's balcony is facing the courtyard side, not that side. I really like the balcony, since San diego has good weather.
Close to Legoland and Karl Strass brewery, and the beach. Preimium outlet is just across the street, could walk to Star Buck. The counter top is granite, and bathroom look so nice. I could said it is like a 4-star hotel. Price is not expensive.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank travelfrabbit
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Tempe, Arizona
Level Contributor
90 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed March 23, 2010

This Holiday Inn has a fresh, new paint look to it. The breakfast room for a hot breakfast is delightful. If you get tired of that breakfast walk around the corner to Tip Top Meats & European Delicatessen. We purchased frozen saussage to take home that were very yummy. The lunch and dinner menu at Tip Top looked great. The place was packed----it must be good.

Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
Helpful?
Thank patonfairmont
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Carlsbad hotels
1.2 mi away
La Quinta Inn & Suites San Diego Carlsbad
1.0 mi away
West Inn & Suites Carlsbad
0.4 mi away
Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.9 mi away
HYATT house San Diego/Carlsbad
1.5 mi away
Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Carlsbad Beach
0.8 mi away
Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Carlsbad by the Sea Resort? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

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 #29 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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Orbitz, Expedia, Travelocity, Hotwire, Hotels.com, Priceline, Cancelon, HotelsforEveryone, Cheap Tickets, TripOnline SA, HotelQuickly, HotelsClick and HRS so you can book your Carlsbad by the Sea Resort reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Carlsbad By The Sea Hotel Carlsbad
Holiday Inn Carlsbad
Carlsbad Holiday Inn

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing