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Ocean Palms Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 23, 2013

We've been coming to this hotel for over twenty years and it's our favorite vacation place. It has easy access to the beach, downtown shopping, and you can walk to the train station and ride the Coaster to San Diego for the day. We came one year at Halloween and enjoyed walking around the town to see the booths and the kids dressed in their costumes.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

We stayed one night on our way down to San Diego in this charming hotel. The room was spacious and the double bed huge. The pool area was well maintained and overall although the place is a little bit dated it is well maintained and clean. The location is perfect and so is the customer service. The staff was very friendly.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

Our family has been coming to Ocean Palms resorts for years. We like to go to the beach as well as hang out in downtown Carlsbad. The walk score for this hotel must be high because it is close to fantastic restaurants/bars (many with live music), convenient stores, and some of the best beaches in America.

The hotel is off the 101 but it really does feel like your in Hawaii and if you keep a window open at night, you can hear the ocean from your room. Also, the rooms are clean and the staff is nice. The prices are moderate. A good time is guaranteed in the downtown village of Carlsbad CA. Our village has a good mix of both locals and tourists.

Room Tip: if you want a little kitchen in your room make sure to ask. Most of the rooms have them but not all.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

My husband and I booked a basic room for the weekend through Booking.com, accessible through Tripadvisor. When we checked in, I noticed a Tripadvisor certificate on the wall. I told the desk agent I learned about the hotel through Tripadvsior, and he gave us a free upgrade. We went from a studio to a two-bedroom suite with full kitchen. The suite was newly renovated and very nice.

The hotel is across the street from the ocean and within easy walking distance of downtown. Breakfast is not provided in the morning, but fruit and muffins are available in the lobby. We would happily stay here again, even without the room upgrade.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

We booked Ocean Palms for a two-night stay to visit Legoland. The hotel looks very unimpressive from the outside but the way they have created a private space in the center courtyard definitely gives a resort feel to it, with the barbeque grills, pool, and tiki decor (though why they chose tiki in California is a bit of a mystery!). The rooms are spacious and updated with a full kitchen and nicely finished bath. The kids loved the dolphin faucet. The bed was large and comfortable. It is not the quietest location, with streets on all sides and the courtyard in the middle, but we didn't find the noise excessive. The main downside of Ocean Palms is that parking is very limited and most guests have to park in the public spaces on the street. The staff were friendly and helpful. Bonus is that the front desk will lend out various beach supplies which is very handy since the entrance to the beach is right across the street. In the other direction, Carlsbad Village is just out the back side of the complex. We enjoyed getting takeout dinners in the Village and bringing them back to our room or the courtyard to enjoy at a leisurely pace!

Room Tip: Second floor rooms are probably quietest if you don't mind using the steps.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

You can't go wrong with the Tahitian suite. Very nice and luxurious 2 bedroom room with a hot tub on the front porch. The perfect sunset. The village of Carlsbad is a perfect spot to walk around with friends and family and get a bite to eat. The staff was very helpful and we will be sure to come back

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

I've been in Carlsbad a few times due to taking my son to Legoland. First couple times, I stayed at hotels around the park. This time I searched on this site and decided to give a try booking this hotel since it has lots of good reviews, great location (right at the beach & lots of restaurants), and just around 8 minutes drive to the park. I made no mistake to book this hotel. Thanks so much guys for your reviews and recommend. All guys at the front desk are really nice. The ground in the hotel is great and makes you feel like you're in Hawaii. We stayed at room 206 for 3 nights (03/26/13 - 03/29/13). The room is really nice, clean and has all appliances that you want. About the parking, the hotel has a few parking places and it's always full. I parked my car on the street during the time I stayed there and I have no problem to find the parking. Besides all great things I mentioned above, I have one small complaint about wifi connection. I know it's free, but it's a pain when you try to get online at night. I hope the hotel should upgrade their server soon. My wife and I can't wait to come back here for next vacation.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Ocean Palms Beach Resort

Address: 2950 Ocean St, Carlsbad, CA 92008-2952
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Location: United States > California > Carlsbad
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Carlsbad
#2 Romantic Hotel in Carlsbad
#3 Family Hotel in Carlsbad
#12 Business Hotel in Carlsbad
Price Range: $168 - $378 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ocean Palms Beach Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
For generations, families visiting San Diego's North County for fun and relaxation on America's greatest beaches have enjoyed staying at the Ocean Palms. Our casual Carlsbad resort is ideally located along the coast in Carlsbad Village, home to one of Southern California's best collections of shops and restaurants. The Ocean Palms offers a wide choice of Carlsbad accommodations. From comfortable budget rooms to luxury suites, 1, 2 and 3 Bedrooms, some with ocean views, every room offers a fully equipped kitchen. We have the unique ability to provide you with the exact sleeping arrangements you need. Whether it's adjoining rooms or a suite, we can get you the space you need at a rate you'll love. Enjoy a continental breakfast, with fresh fruit, fresh-baked cookies, Danishes, and fresh-brewed coffee. Enjoy the laid back atmosphere and the lush landscaping. We're pet friendly, there's free WiFi, a heated pool and Jacuzzi. We love families who can't get enough of the beach, so we provide free beach chairs, beach towels, boogie boards, and even free surfboards. The beach is right across the street, and the charming Village of Carlsbad is just a block away. Visiting Legoland? We're only a 10 minute drive. We're also just three blocks from the Coaster railroad station, so you can ride the train and take in all the attractions in San Diego, from a Padres Game at Petco Park to a tour of the historic aircraft carrier U.S.S. Midway. Here in North County San Diego, explore wineries and microbreweries. Welcome to your beachside home away from home. Come to the Ocean Palms, where cool Pacific breezes sweep across the enchanting Village of Carlsbad. There is no better place for families to capture the magic of Southern California. ... more   less 
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