My friend and I spent five nights here while on a mixed business and pleasure trip. I had never been to, let alone heard of Carlsbad until we had to do this trip. When we arrived, the ocean view room that we had requested was not available, and the agent talked my friend into upgrading into an ocean-view suite for more money. She did. It was a large, very nicely appointed suite with 1.5 baths, a living room with a balcony and ocean view, kitchenette (with a microwave and sink) and a large bedroom with a balcony also overlooking the ocean. While we had to pay more for it, we had room! It was like living in a comfortable apartment. The bathroom with the sunken marble tub was my favorite part after a long day of shopping and walking. We also spent many hours walking on the rocky beach across the street; out near the pool working (yes) in the small covered two-seater cabana-like chairs; and relishing the very good service and food from Chandler's, the hotel restaurant.
The one drawback is that the hotel is separated from the beach by a relatively busy road, so if you leave your balcony door open for the sound of the waves, expect the car sounds, too.
This place is about 25 miles from downtown San Diego and very near a premium outlet mall where one can do some serious pecuniary damage, as well as near some delicious restaurants that were recommended by the wonderful staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled along the sunny Pacific Coast in Northern San Diego and only 150 steps to the surf, Cape Rey is the adventurous choice for the California traveler who seeks something different and unique. With spectacular views of picturesque South Carlsbad beaches, the resort sits atop the crest of a series of gently rolling berms - a crest we like to call the Cape! At the Cape you are just minutes from LEGOLAND(R)California and the historic Del Mar Race Track, or a short coastal drive to SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo or Safari Park, famous regional wineries, and award-winning craft breweries. For the adventurous types we outfit you for local deep-sea fishing, sailboat cruises, horseback riding, paddle boarding, snorkeling, surfing lessons, and kayak explorations. Foodies enjoy dining on-property at Chandler's, where you'll find familiar favorites prepared with a twist. For connecting rejuvenation with mind, body and soul, we offer one of the top 5 Hotel Spas in the U.S. By Travel & Escape, the Ocean Crest Spa. And with an array of excursion locales and onsite amenities, there's always something to do, see or eat at the Cape. ... more less
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