This lodge was a nice surprise. We visited San Diego for a long weekend in order to take our kids to Legoland. I was looking for a reasonably inexpensive place to stay near the beach - it didn't have to be fancy, 'cause we weren't going all the way across the country to sit in a hotel room. The Beach View Lodge fit the bill perfectly.
The location is perfect - right across from the beach, within easy walking distance to plenty of restaurants, cafes, and shops, and about a ten minute drive to Legoland. There is a small park directly across the street from the hotel where people gather to watch the surfers and the sunset. As well, there is a walkway along the beach, plus one up on street level, perfect for walking, running, biking, all while admiring the Pacific. Carlsbad is very pedestrian friendly.
The hotel desk clerks were friendly and efficient, and provided us with a stack of beach towels to use, along with a map of California. We did not use the pool or jacuzzi, but they both looked clean. The courtyard of the hotel is nicely landscaped. The sun deck overlooking the beach was a really nice place to sit out of the wind and people-watch.
The rooms appear to have been updated fairly recently, contrary to some of the other reviewers who said the rooms looked dated. They weren't spectacular, but nice enough, and like many other reviewers noted, the beds were the most comfortable hotel beds I've ever slept in, with fluffy pillows, cotton sheets, and a wonderful duvet.
There was also a small fridge, perfect for our stash of bottled water, in the cabinet under the TV.
The continental breakfast was nothing special - boiled eggs, fruit, a choice of cereals, bagels and muffins. I highly recommend crossing the street and walking a few blocks toward the village to get breakfast at the Daily News Cafe. There is also a Starbucks a few blocks down from the hotel.
Carlsbad was pretty easy to get to. I-5 runs straight up through the city, so you can get there easily from the airport, but there is also a scenic route that goes through several small towns, which I recommend as a route as long as it is not a Friday afternoon!
I recommend the Beach View Lodge. If you're not planning to spend hours lounging around your hotel room, you will be glad you chose it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Renovated in 2014, The BEST WESTERN PLUS Beach View Lodge is conveniently located at Carlsbad State Beach in the quaint seaside village of Carlsbad, only 5 minutes from Legoland, world class shopping at The Carlsbad Premium Outlets, and steps from miles of sandy beaches. A family owned and operated inn, Best Western Plus Beach View Lodge guests receive superior service, an exceptional location and unbeatable amenities for a friendly price. The guest experience is all-inclusive, with room rates that also offer complimentary breakfast, WiFi, newspapers, in-room coffee, safes, pillow top mattresses with high thread count bedding, complimentary local calls and free parking available on a first-come, fist-served basis. Many rooms offer fireplaces or kitchenettes. Suites are available with separate living rooms and kitchens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Plus Beach View Hotel Carlsbad
- Best Western Carlsbad
- Carlsbad Best Western