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Arriving in LA, Jons old univ. friend Jack manages to collect us at the enormous LA airport by car, quite a feat, and off we set for the 2 hr journey on a 10-lane freeway backed by the San Bernardino mountains, lined with Eucalypts, full of cars and we,in the (fast) car pool lane requiring a minimum of 2 per car, and Jack repeats a very funny story cousin Ellen had related.....so a guy drives in the carpool lane ...
... out in the ocean, And on the way back we discovered a little yellow house: built in 1887 and it was house on the beach from the movie top gun.
Ending a great day like this means we have to visit red lobster…. And we can do this since we have a free overnight stay on the Sprinter parking lot. And we even got some fresh buns to take home for lunch the next day.
... There are 5 levels you can go on, but since this is our first go, we choose level 1, which is a pleasant little ride where you get to see the maniacs next to you doing level 5! :-)
It's starting to get late in the day, so we largely skip adventure land, but Miranda and I do go on the Lego Technic rollercoaster. From the top, I can see Lavinia struggling to stay awake while she looks after William and George. So after the ride, we ...
Slept ok and up early for breakfast at Pacific beach at Kono's cafe' -big queue there but worth it for obligatory big plateful alongside surfers, cyclists, runners,old ladies, tourists The whole resort beach reminded me a bit of Venice beach CA-but less run-down -walked along boardwalk by lines of palms and yuccas, hut-style motels, holiday apartments, board shops, inflatables, funny hats .. just ...
... own it, creating numerous photo opportunities. Here the males of the species definitely outshine the females. And are they ever noisy. I never realized how loud these birds can be, but then I think they're trying to attract mates, and in that regard its every man for himself. Leo Carillo Ranch is the perfect place to visit if you've only got half an hour, or half a day. The location is convenient, its relaxing, and on a warm, sunny day like today was most ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Business Services
- Wheelchair accessibility
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Historical Traveler Reviews Beach Terrace Inn Carlsbad
Favorite place in Carlsbad
We love the Beach Terrace Inn in Carlsbad. Yes there use to be a cat and her name was Gertrude. Only one cat and she was a pleasure to be around. She grew old and passed away in February. We got to see her the day before she died and said our goodbyes.
We love the ocean front rooms and the rooms are arranged different than most. Staff is very pleasant and helpful. The pool and jacuzzi were being renovated when we were there in Feb. and we were very disappointed. We have gone there three years in a row and the prices keep going up so as much as we love it we probably can't afford to stay there again. You can walk to almost everything from there. We give it two thumbs up.
Great Family Vacaton
We stayed here Aug. 23-28, 2004 in an ocean view room and would love to return again (but, they told me when checking out that they are nearly booked for 2005). We had a ocean view room and the view was great! This hotel is older and everything is not perfect (breakfast has limited choices, rooms are not 100% clean), but it is wonderful for families. It is situated right on the beach next to multi-million dollar homes (and appears to be the only hotel on this long strectch of beach that is -others are across the street). The staff (including the security guards) were friendly and very helpful. The beach is great for long walks (I thought I could make it to the visible Oceanside pier, but it was just too far), body surfing, etc. This hotel is for the young and active (lots of stairs), fun pool, games to check out from lobby. I did not see a single cat during my visit. Good restaurants within walking distance. A real CA beach vacation. Take a beach umbrella or better yet a canopy and enjoy the beach all day long!!
Great view, so so experience
Stayed here in the fall of 2003. This hotel has the location to be first class.
Booked a full ocean view room. They tried to switch me to a partial view room until I showed them the e mail confirmation. We got the full ocean view room & the view of the ocean was great! This is the high point of this hotel. The room was a bit dirty and dingy. They had a (minimal) breakfast buffet set up next to the sign in desk with a matronly staff member acting as a the "buffet orderly." If you desired an extra cup of coffee, you couldn't just pour one yourself (or the Buffet Orderly would chastize if you tried), but you had to wait for the Buffet Orderly to get around to refilling your coffee cup. The Buffet ORderly made it appear that she was trying to discourage guests from more than one trip to the buffet.
The hotel seemed to be run by several ladies in their 60s or 70s. They had cats jumping around on top of the sign in desk in the lobby and in other lobby areas. (I'm serious about this.) Caveat: my wife's negligee disappeared from the room & never turned up. We suspected someone from the housekeeping staff. Maybe we didn't tip them high enough.
Not As Expected
The Beach Terrace Inn is OK based on its location. It is not nearly as good as other reviewers say. Maybe we went with higher expectations based on other reviewers.
The location is on the beach with easy access. Big plus.
The hotel is marginally clean; certainly not spotless. We had a giant cockroach in our tub who says otherwise.
The staff is consistent. Some of the desk clerks are helpful, others are totally out of it. Some of the continental breakfast attendants are friendly; others are miserly.
And then there is a guard from a company called City Events who monitors the pool area to make certain no surfers or interlopers use the hotel bathroom or othr facilities. One guard boasted she looks forward to "kicking butt" (she did not use the word butt) of those who try and sneak onto the property.
One more note: if you have any mobility issues, the bottom floor requires a lot of step walking as there is no elevator.
Wonderful Weekend Getaway
My boyfriend and I were desperately in need of an impromptu New Years getaway. We traveled down the coast 1/101 from Newport Beach on New Years Eve. We decided to stay in Laguna Beach for dinner and the night, however, we were terribly unhappy with the room accommodations we found. We still had a couple days left so we decided to keep driving until we found the perfect spot on the beach. There we were driving on New Years day, in and out of the beach communities Dana Point, Capistrano Beach, and San Clemente; when we came across this Inn. We checked availability, however, decided to keep traveling to see what Encinitas, Solano Beach, and Del Mar had to offer. We stopped for some oysters and a glass of champagne at the Brigantine in Del Mar to talk it over. Hands down we were heading back to the Beach Terrace Inn. The room (ocean front) was wonderful (we left the door open all night to listen to the waves). As a matter of fact, we even made up a bed on the sofa so that we could watch the spectacular waves at night with the fireplace flickering. It was perfect the staff was wonderful and extremely helpful we will certainly go again SOON!!Thank you Beach Terrace Inn we really appreciated you.
Be carefull with on line resorvations!
The discription @ B.W. web page said "beach front" rooms. I paid the
xtra $ for "beach front", but they stuck me in the back behind a
building( the real beach front rooms). The front desks solution was a
less expensive room @ the same higher rate.
The room was very nice. Also, one of the best strechess of beach I've ever seen.
The pool area is well over due for renavations.
Next time,I will take my chances with the cheaper rate.
The stay at Terrace Inn @ Carlsbad
Hi I am 15 going on 16 years of age and my family and I have been going
to the Best Western Terrace Inn @ Carlsbad for the last 3 years this
year will be our fourth, each year it seems to get better and better,
there is so many things for so many people to like all surrounding this
hotel in Walking distance, Like for my grandparents that went with us
the last year they love all the little Nic~Nac shops along the streets
of Carlsbad wich was at tops a mile away from the Hotel, and for my
brothers and I we have plenty of things to do surf, body~board, Check
out Chicks (My personal favorite) and believe me there are alot of hot
lookn girls down there, I could go on and on about how much this place
kicks ***, but i will be up typing for another hour lol, so I reccomend
going here it is defanately the best affordable place in town and if
you are a person who doesnt like to sociallize or are just plain lazy
the rooms are awesome so you can stay in there all day and watch T.V.
lol, Well I am gettn ready for my trip there for this year I leave
tommorow night Sept 4th, This time My Grandma & Grandpa are going , My
Aunt and her 2 boys ( my cousins) and My family, Mom my 2 Bros, and my
little sister and I, So i gotta pack yet I am so excited I cant wait.
Well for my conclusion is if you are looking for a great vacation in
Cali right on the beach with an excellent view (very descriptive tonite
lol) I really recomend Best Western's Beach Terrace Inn
We loved this place!
We stayed in a large room overlooking the pool, and of course the beach and ocean. The view and location of this hotel is terrific. We had our own balcony and enjoyed it at all hours of the day. The sound of the waves crashing was a constant. We enjoyed the beach and the fact that it was so handy. The staff was friendly and helpful, and the price was reasonable for beachfront lodging. We walked to shops and restaurants and would love to stay there again!
We go every summer. The rooms are nice but not the fannciest. They work great for going down to the beach, back to the room, back to the beach, up to the pool, back to the room, back to the beach. Thats what everybody does. Its quite at night and the walks along the beach are great. Never had a problem with anybody making trouble and we had small kids when we first started going. Its very laid back with mostly familys there. We hardly use the car unless we need food to cook. You can walk to 4-6 places to eat within 10 mins easy. Can you tell i love the place.
This hotel has it all. Comfortable rooms with ocean surf only yards away. We love to listen to the roar of the ocean from our open window. The pool terrace rooms have balconies that overlook the pool and the ocean right below the pool deck. The "lower beach building" rooms are right on the beach seawall with balconies. The "upper beach building" rooms overlook the ocean (probably with partial views - I have not stayed in this type yet). The village area of Carlsbad is within walking distance with plenty of restaurants and shopping - a lot of antique stores. There is a private staircase with access directly to the beach. (Only a few stairs).