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“Great place for families to enjoy all that Northern San Diego has to offer”

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Grand Pacific Palisades Resort and Hotel
Ranked #10 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
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Reviewed May 22, 2014

This visit was a staycation for us. I will admit when I bought the Groupon for my son's birthday, I thought i was purchasing a two nigh stay at Legoland Hotel. It is also important to note that our planned stay coincided with the Poinsettia Fire in Carlsbad. The hotel was full due to the families that had been evacuated, but that did not frazzle staff. We were very glad to hear that they had given those families a special, lower rate and that they really went out of their way to help families enjoy their visit during such hard times.

We were very impressed with the service. Though your room may not be ready, they welcome you to come and enjoy the pool as soon as you'd like. The pool is big with a splash pad which the kids enjoyed. The rooms are big and the facilities are both communal and intimate. One only needs to walk across the street to Legoland. Another plus is that the parking is included and you can keep your car there throughout the day you check out -- parking at Legoland is EXPENSIVE. The restaurant on site is the local brewery Karl Strauss which is a local favorite. A key to why this is a great family hotel is that Costco is just down the block...you can buy your tickets to Legoland, Seaworld, etc there as well as the food, water, and other items you will need for your vacation.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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Holly A, General Manager at Grand Pacific Palisades Resort and Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2014

Hello Patricia S,

Thank you for reviewing your stay with us and such a terrific note. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our convenient location as well as guest amenities, such as the pool and parking area. It is great to know that our services help create a better and more enjoyable experience for all our guests. Come back again soon!

Thank you,
Holly Ansley

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Reviewed May 19, 2014

We traveled to the Grand Pacific Palisades in a group of 13 with 10 being under 18. We tried to fit in as many touristy things as we could and the hotel was more than accommodating. The shuttle service that they run did an amazing job. Our favorite driver was John who went out of his way, and even stayed after his shift, to make sure we got where we were going. The Por-Q-Bots would definitely recommend this hotel to large groups!! (And pretty much any other size group as well)

Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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Holly A, General Manager at Grand Pacific Palisades Resort and Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 25, 2014

Hi Hoekseel,

We're so glad we could welcome your group of guests to our property. It's wonderful to know that you found our accommodations helpful and that John was beyond hospitable during your visit. We hope to welcome you all back again in the future!

Thank you,
Holly Ansley

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Reviewed May 19, 2014

This place is walking distance to LEGOLAND, the rooms on the resort side are so roomy and comfortable. They have everything stalk, the only thing you have to buy is the food, great if your planning on staying for few days and cooking for a big family. They have daily activities and amenities, plus the kids love the pool and waterpark. Would recommend for family vacations....

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Holly A, General Manager at Grand Pacific Palisades Resort and Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 25, 2014

Hi GarciaGemilins,

We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed our location, accommodations and our daily activities and amenities. We appreciate your recommendation. Come back again soon!

Thank you,
Holly Ansley

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Reviewed May 19, 2014

We checked in on a Saturday night..Both Saturday and Sunday, there was a group of tattooed, foul mouthed, cigarette smoking, trash leaving group of twenty something's. They had taken over the hot tub and fire pit on both nights. They claimed that one person of the group had a parent with a time share membership, and they were "locals". We later discovered that they had nothing to do with the resort except using the facilities without having a time share or room at the resort. The staff never went to check for real resort guests from leeches.
The next morning we went out to the pool area again, and they had left cigarette butts and crushed up coors cans all over the place. There was a pile of dirty towels on one the chairs, as well as other trash. This place clearly lacks mature, accountable management. We paid thousands of dollars to use these resorts, and the resort staff should take their job seriously.

Stayed: May 2014
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Holly A, General Manager at Grand Pacific Palisades Resort and Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 25, 2014

Hi lalahahaha,

Thank you for reviewing your stay. We're sorry to learn that your recent experience at our property was less than satisfactory. We greatly apologize for any inconvenience our other guests may have caused. We take the Security of our Resort very seriously and have revisited our Pool Check Policies and Procedures. We'd appreciate the opportunity to speak with you directly regarding this occurrence and invite you to please contact us at hansley@gpresorts.com. We hope to speak with you soon.

Thank you,
Holly Ansley

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Reviewed May 17, 2014

I just wanted to take a day off from a busy schedule and get away to a local resort. I am so glad I chose this one. The front desk was very welcoming and as it was mid week, I asked them to give me a room with a view if possible. They did. My room overlooked the flower fields (lovely at this time of the year until May) and the ocean in the distance. I took long ocean view walks outside and on the property. Of course, if you need to go to the Carlsbad beach, you have to drive down. Legoland, a Costco, and the Carlsbad Premium Outlet mall are all close by. Several restaurants too including a Karl Strauss which is right next door. All round, a great place for a get away.

Room Tip: Ask nicely for a room on an upper floor overlooking the Pacific. They may be able to accommodate you...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled solo
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Holly A, General Manager at Grand Pacific Palisades Resort and Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 25, 2014

Hi Globalcitizen118,

Thank you for your review. We're happy to learn that your stay was successful and you had a wonderful time. It's great to hear that you enjoyed the view of the Flower Fields from your room and had a great time walking outside. We're glad our location worked out well for you and hope to welcome you back again in the future!

Sincerely,
Holly Ansley

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Reviewed May 16, 2014

We stayed in the hotel portion of this facility as part of a special promotion. Our room overlooked the beautiful flower gardens immediately adjacent to the hotel/resort. The room was fairly well equipped with a microwave and two mini fridges. There was a sink with basal utensils and place settings. There were no napkins or towels for drying dishes provided. The nearby outlets and the proximity to San Diego made this a pleasant place to stay. A complimentary newspaper was provided upon request every morning. The front entry area was being repaved during our stay. As part of the promotion, we were provided free underground parking, otherwise there is a daily parking fee. Breakfast was available at the adjacent restaurant.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the top floor overlooking the flower gardens.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Holly A, General Manager at Grand Pacific Palisades Resort and Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 25, 2014

Hi Spartan58,

Thank you for reviewing Grand Pacific Palisades Resort and Hotel. We're so glad you found enjoyed your room and the view of the Flower Fields. We hope you had fun exploring the location and look forward to you staying again in the future.

My Best,
Holly Ansley

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Reviewed May 15, 2014

We selected this resort to accommodate our family and needed two bedrooms, living room and a kitchen. The resort is great for families. There is a nice pool and a water play area. It would have been convenient if the resort had a cafe adjacent to the lobby to get a light breakfast or lunch. We loved that we were able to walk from the resort to Legoland.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Grand Pacific Palisades Resort and Hotel

Address: 5805 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4609
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Location: United States > California > Carlsbad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Carlsbad
#4 Green Hotel in Carlsbad
#12 Romantic Hotel in Carlsbad
#15 Family Hotel in Carlsbad
#20 Business Hotel in Carlsbad
Price Range: $143 - $237 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Grand Pacific Palisades Resort and Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 210
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