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“Excelent Stay for family” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach

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Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach
Ranked #17 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
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Minneapolis, United States
1 review
“Excelent Stay for family”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2014

My family and I stayed here at this wonderful hotel for a week get-away. It was very easy to find from the 30-40 minute drive from the San Diego Airport. It was close to the freeway, but we didn't hear freeway noise, and just across from the ocean. Although from pictures it looks like you will be able to walk right to the ocean you do have to walk about 1/4 mile or so for ocean access since that part of Carlsbad is up on a cliff. The hotel staff was wonderful. We enjoyed a clean room. Great amenities and child friendly. We swam in the pool which was heated, and were happy to see full size beach towels which were nice to lay out on the lounge chairs. The pool was exceptionally clean, as was the hot tub. Breakfast was a hair expensive but what isn't in California? The house wine was very good for $5, and the bartenders are not stingy at all in their pours. I definitely recommend the hotel to others.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2014

The quiet Hilton property in Carlsbad Beach. Not a "full service" Hilton (i.e., limited restaurant hours) but not necessary for most travelers.
We enjoyed the uncrowded pool area with pretty landscaping and comfortable lounge chairs. The outdoor fireplace/lounge area was also lovely and inviting.
We had a room facing the ocean, which was a pretty view, but since the road between the hotel and the beach is very busy the traffic noise when our sliding glass door was open made it unpleasant to leave open....So we just enjoyed the view with the door closed and that was fine.
The restaurant food was good and very affordable. Parking is free. Our room was super clean and modern.
Having a self service laundry room at the hotel was wonderful for a family beach vacation! With luggage fees so high now we were able to pack less but still have clean clothes when needed.

We thought this hotel was a good value and would definitely stay here again.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Niceville, Florida
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24 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

As usual, the HGI offers all of the amenities of an upscale hotel and a home-style hotel - in house restaurant, bar, business center, small but adequate gym, and DIY laundry. Additionally, rooms are equipped with fridge and microwave oven - everything I need for my week-long business trips. What makes this HGI exceptional is its beachside location offering beautiful, Pacific sunsets from the outdoor fireside sofas. The only detractor from the stay was the somewhat inattentive morning wait staff. As a business traveler, I need timely service to get some breakfast before darting off to work. The front desk staff was fantastic. Overall, it was an awesome stay.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Edmonton
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77 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2014

Great location. 10 min from Legoland, 45 min from John Wayne Aiport, 45 min from San Diego. Slightly isolated from everything but the beach. You do have to scramble down a ~50ft. cliff to get to the beach, but it is right across the street from the hotel. Nice beach; not too crowded. 5 min drive into Carlsbad Village.

Breakfast at the restaurant is excellent; cooked to order + buffet. Pool is OK. I think most rooms have no view of the ocean at all.

Internet is fast.

Will be back. Really nice place.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Nashville, Tennessee
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2014

We stay here about three times a year for five days each time. It is probably our favorite hotel in the U.S. It's beautiful, warm, friendly, and the staff could not be nicer. They--all of them--make you feel as if you're a special guest. The view (especially from the oceanfront rooms) is spectacular, the bar and restaurant are the best. We love this place.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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UltimateServiceGuru, General Manager at Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach, responded to this review, March 6, 2014
Thank you very much for your review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay again and were able to enjoy the many amenities we offer here at Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach. We look forward to your next visit!

Sincerely,
Regie Brown
General Manager
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Bristol, Connecticut
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2014

This is great location right across from the ocean. Beautiful beach to run/walk on. Close to great restaurants. The hotel grounds are really quite nice with outdoor fireplace and beautiful pool area. This is a great hotel for both business and pleasure. I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cedar Hills, Utah, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2014

The Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach is located across the road from South Carlsbad Beach at the corner of Palomar Airport Road and Carlsbad Boulevard. This puts it minutes away from Legoland, the beach, shopping and dining. None of these places are an "easy walk" but all of them are less than three miles from the hotel. The staff was very nice, the beds were adjustable ("sleep number" without the branding), the rooms were clean and the pool area uncrowded and open till 10:00 pm.
There is a lifeguard tower across from the hotel but don't plan on walking to the beach! The hotel is on a small bluff that is hard to see on Google Earth. Drive North or South on Carlsbad Boulevard for easy beach access. There were great waves while we were there but we never made it over to surf or boogie board.
Local dinning choices are varied and range from a McDonalds for breakfast (my daughter saw an actress from the Disney Channel eating breakfast there and it made her day) to Miguel's Cocina & Cantina, to King's Fish House for a nice Seafood dinner. You literally don't have to drive more than 5 minutes to eat. The onsite breakfast was a little pricey; the made to order breakfast was $14.95 adults, $7.95 children, but the omelets were huge, fabulous and kept us full well into the afternoon.
The rooms were a little noisy. California tends to favor wood construction over cement floors and you can definitely hear your neighbors upstairs. We did not have any problems with noise, I think my kids laughter was the loudest thing we heard, but if you are looking for a quiet beach retreat I wouldn’t suggest anyplace near here, Legoland is like Disneyland, kids rule and with kids comes noise.
Carlsbad is a great central place to stay for a So Cal vacation. Legoland is right in Carlsbad, SeaWorld San Diego is 30 miles South and Disneyland is 65 miles North. We flew in to Long Beach Airport and drove down to Carlsbad. If you drive from LAX, John Wayne, Long Beach or Disneyland, etc. plan a minimum of two hours for the drive because traffic on I-5/I-405 can be a nightmare anytime day or night.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach
Address: 6450 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92011-1058
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Location: United States > California > Carlsbad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Green Hotel in Carlsbad
#7 Business Hotel in Carlsbad
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Carlsbad
#12 Family Hotel in Carlsbad
#16 Romantic Hotel in Carlsbad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 161
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hotel is located across the street from Carlsbad State Beach. Featuring ocean views, full service restaurant & bar, complimentary shuttle service, spacious guestrooms, heated pool and spa, fitness center, business center, and much more! All guestrooms are equipped with refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, complimentary wireless high speed internet, two dual-line phones, and Television with on demand movies. Rooms feature Serta Perfect Sleeper Beds, 32' HDTV and Herman Miller chairs. 2 electric vehicle charging stations with dedicated parking. ... more   less 
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