Carlsbad by the Sea Resort
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Hitting the road mid-morning, we headed back down south along the coastline on scenic Route 101. Beach views, hillside homes, outdoor dining all equal spectacular views on our drive towards La Jolla (pronounced La Hoya). We did expect more sunshine but found out that the overcast weather was the "June Gloom", typical for this time of year.
We found a Mexican place to eat and had great ...
... on the pier. Thanks Deano and Felicity, we needed those an some ice creams to cool us all down!
The evening consisted of Pizza and beers! brilliant, we went to Pizza Port, where everyone sat on benches and had beer in a big jug like off of the movies! was brilliant. The pizza's were very yummy, and we did the typical American thing and went up the road for pudding! Pizza Port was nice, but a bit like a noisy sports bar, so possibly not ...
... just north of San Diego, so had a rental car to pick up. That involved a bit of a wait, but soon enough we were on our way. Ian loved being back in North America and driving on the right side of the road. I suspect it was one of his less stressful drives from LA to Carlsbad. He sure was happy. We'll be in Carlsbad for two weeks, which should give us time to get over the jet lag and slow down before arriving home. There's not been much time to relax on our vacation so this is most ...
... and club and restaurant in town, they know everybody, gave great information. They even sent someone to pick me up from the airport.
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So we arrive in Carlsbad, north of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Carlsbad by the Sea Resort
Safe choice in Carlsbad
This hotel was a great destination for our Legoland visit. Our room was very quiet in spite of the proximity to the freeway, but I did notice that some parts of the hotel are much more exposed to the noise.
The room was renovated, but the restaurant needs a lot of help - it's a little dark and cavernous for a breakfast.
We stayed at this hotel Nov. 10-13. Staff was helpful and friendly. It is an older hotel with outdoor hallways but it is very well maintained with pretty landscaping. The rooms look like they've been renovated recently and our room with 2 queen beds was roomy enough for our family of four. The room and bathroom were very clean and the beds were very comfortable. Pluses about this hotel: fridge & microwave in rooms, free shuttle to Legoland and Palomar airport, outlet mall across the street, lots of restaurants nearby within walking distance or a short drive, and best plus is the rooms are very quiet (can't hear anything from the neighboring rooms). They also have a TGI Friday's restaurant on site at the hotel which has a great hot breakfast buffet and kids eat free. The only minus I can say about this hotel is that starting around 6:30-7 a.m., you can hear the planes coming and going at the Palomar airport. Other than that, we enjoyed our stay and would stay here again.
Fair, but wouldn't stay there again
We stayed at the Holiday Inn Carlsbad by the Sea from Oct. 2-5, 2004. We will be staying elsewhere during our next trip. The room was dark and the carpet was very dirty (my daughter's feet were almost black after walking across the room 2 times). The sink drain could not close. There were a lot of mosquitoes on the grounds and a few in our room. Housekeeping did not operate in the evening, so my husband had to walk all the way to the lobby to get extra pillows and carry them back to our room. The best thing was the heated pool which was clean and well-stocked with towels. The next best thing is the hotel's proximity to Legoland which my children and husband LOVE.
I loved this hotel! We were greeted very warmly by the Front Desk and they made our kids feel very welcome by showing them the pool and LEGOLAND brochures. The kids loved the beautiful outdoor pool and they had a great program where the Kids ate for FREE. The rooms were in great shape and we had rooms with an adjoining door between them. We were shuttled to LEGOLAND and our van driver was very friendly. We would definitely reccommend this hotel.
My family stayed at the Holiday Inn (the one with the huge windmill) for a few days from 18 September. When we checked in, the staff at the reception was not very helpful. When asked for information on Seaworld and Legoland, he simply asked us to look at the brochures (!!!). The accomodation looks pretty old on the outside. However, there is a pleasant well-maintained courtyard that our balconies looked out to and the rooms were clean. We liked the fact that parking was just outside our rooms (on the second floor and no lift, so we had to haul up 7 huge pieces of luggage). We also loved the outlet mall that was just opposite as well as the great seafood restaurant next to the hotel (David who served us was excellent!). We managed to get someone from the hotel to shuttle us to Legoland which was about 5 minutes' drive away, although the policy on this was inconsistent - one staff claimed that there was no such "shuttle" service until we told her another staff had informed us there was. The hotel is nowhere near the ocean.
Old, but well maintained
We really enjoyed our stay at this hotel.
Pros: Great location, across the street from the outlet mall and the
closest hotel to Legoland.
Well-maintained, large pool in the courtyard which (I think) all rooms have a view of.
Clean rooms of a good size.
Cons: Downstairs rooms smell musty. (Be sure to request an upstairs
The facility is alittle dated. (It is well maintained, however.)
The TGIF resaurant which is on the premises is very dirty (unlike the hotel).
We stay at alot of Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels. I would
say this one rates higher than an average Holiday Inn (Express), but
it's not the nicest we've stayed at.
Come on,, how old does a property get before you take it down,,, the property is very old with outside hallways, the place smells like mold and not very clean... the staff is there, but doesnt really want to be there... The best things to do is start over,,,
Could have been better
After reading current reviews I thought we would give it a try. It was close to Legoland. The problem I had was with the room. The carpeting in the room we were given was so dirty, the bottom of our feet were black. Next day I needed to move to another room(with two small children). When we returned at 8:00pm, our room had not been cleaned.
Called the front desk, they were willing to send housekeeping, but I had two very tired children(under 5). It was so upsetting to return at the end of the day to a dirty room. And by the way they would NOT compensate me for anything!!! All they could offer was a free breakfast. So we checked out that night! Carlsbad was beautiful, but I would try another hotel.
My family has stayed here twice (past two summers) and are returning August 2003 for our 3rd 'Legoland vacation'. Rooms are clean and neatly kept, spacious, and all come with an outdoor patio area that overlooks a nicely kept courtyard. Many rooms face the nearby interstate, but the noise cannot be heard from the rooms. We also make use of the refrigerator and microwave which is found in each room. Complimentary newspapers are available in the lobby. Our kids love the outdoor pool, which is also well kept and large. It has never been crowded at the pool, probably due to the near year-round cool (ahhh!) weather that is Carlsbad. Our kids also love going to Ruby's Diner (located across the street in the outdoor mall) which features a pair of model trains that circle the restaurant (our kids are train freaks). We usually eat here for breakfast and dinner. There is also a Island's nearby (fine hamburgers, chicken and fries), as well as an In-N-Out Burger. The hotel has it's own restaurant (TGI Friday's), but we have never gone there since we haven't been impressed by the one by our house. Legoland is an easy few minutes drive from the hotel, and is close enough to go back to the hotel for a nap and return later in the day. All in all, we are completely satisfied with this hotel. We have paid between $100-$139 a night and we feel it is well worth the price.
A good stay near the surf
We enjoyed our week at this hotel just off the freeway. Rooms were clean, spacious and quiet and came with a fridge and microwave. There was a small patio opening onto a landscaped courtyard. Front desk facilites are very limited but when you're on vacation who cares! We wnjoyed the great shopping at the outlet mall just across the road. The hotel is about 10 minutes drive from the fantastic beaches of Carlsbad (free parking) with plenty of sand and surf. Well located for day trips to San Diego, Sea World and Disney. Just beside Legoland for those with young kids.