Travel Blogs from Carlsbad
I realize it has been a while since this blog got updated, but between the camping trip and some technical difficulties we experienced along the way, it might be a while until this blog is fully caught up again.
At the moment I am taking advantage of the comforts of Angie's home and wifi and the availability of everything else I need to prepare myself for the next leg ...
... day for the park, we were able to cover the whole thing. And some information especially for my sisters - we approached it in an anti-clockwise direction!
Right in the middle of the park was my favourite 'bit' - Miniland USA. Replica cities made entirely of Lego, with little trains, buses and boats that were motoring around. The boys even got to drive remote control boats in the lake. So much detail - some of the city buildings were taller than us, and there were little ...
... we head into Legoland again, and this time head to the right. We head past the Lego X-Wing and the Lego games rooms and go to one of the Lego Technic rides we missed yesterday – a Bionicle themed ride, which Lavinia, Miranda and William enjoy. Lavinia takes Miranda on the Technic rollercoaster this time, so I’m able to get a few photos and videos of them.
Over to adventure land, and there is a plane ride which George can ...
... you see at theme parks to they and kinda dry off a little more then what we were. It did help that it was a nice sunny day to also help us to drive fully. While Charlie was asleep I went on a roller coaster, oh it was fun. Katie took some photos of me on it. There were no loops but had a big dip at the start then did lots of turns back and forth. Another ride that Katie and I went on (taking turns looking after Charlie), was like a jet ski that went around in a ...
... a 100m grass strip, which she completed in 5.56 seconds (just a shade faster than Bolt!). She topped out at just under 70mph and they said that she can go from 0 to 40mph in just three steps!! We could happily have spent another few days in San Diego, our Best Western hotel had a nice gym (which we used every morning) and a lovely breakfast and we very much enjoyed just walking down the sea front, but it is time to move on to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ramada Carlsbad
Some good things, some bad
All in all our stay was OK. I had read the prior reviews so knew to ask for a room away from the freeway. The noise was still audible even though we were not directly backing up to the freeway. I think my biggest disappointment was that we had booked a 2 room suite on expedia but when we arrived to check in at 4 PM our room was not ready. The clerk very kindly offered up two rooms - a one bedroom + living room and a studio. It put me in a pickle though because we were eager to check in and get to the beach but my husband didn't want to check in and unpack and then have to repack and move to a different room later. As a result, the entire stay I was shuttling between the two rooms to look after my children. The one room suite was very small, the bedroom door does not close between rooms and the sofabed in living area when folded out hit the TV set leaving no room to walk around. Also, I believe the two BR suite has a full kitchen and our one bedroom suite had only a microwave and small minifridge. It was convenient to have at least the microwave and minifridge to keep milk and fresh fruit. I had even brought along some leftovers from home to eat for dinner the first couple of nights. Another downside is that the beds are really not that comfortable.
There are some really positive things about this hotel. First, the free breakfast in the AM which includes cheese omelettes and make your own waffles, biscuits and gravy + the usual pastries and bagels + coffee, milk, juice, and tea. It was very convenient as well as economical. The space did get crowded at certain times in the morning although additional seating had been arranged on an outside patio.
Second, from the hotel it is a 10-20 min walk to the beach and as there is not really convenient parking at the beachfront it was really nice. It was close enough that on the morning we visited Legoland I went morning beachcombing with my children. One day we spent all day at the beach and had come prepared with umbrellas and chairs. We drove all the stuff to the beach and then my husband returned to the hotel with the car to walk back to the beach.
Third, a major drugstore and grocery chain are located a couple of blocks away for any emergency needs or to pick up milk, a deli lunch, etc. There is a Starbucks, Jack in the Box, and El Pollo Loco in the complex as well + a seafood takeout restaurant. Carlsbad village is a 5-10 min drive and there are several great restaurants there. I highly recommend the Harbor Fish place located beachfront - it is casual w/ meals $7-15 with large portions and the food is super fresh and delicious.
Last but not least, a few more tips. We bought Legoland tickets from the Costco located off of the Palomar Airport exit and saved approx $25 for our family of five. There is also a Walmart approx 15 min away and we were able to buy some Boogie Boards for our children which gave them a lot of fun in the ocean. I looked for them at the local drug store but they were out. The front desk clerks were extremely helpful and seemed to be trying their best.
All in all, our stay was OK. All of the hotels in the area seemed really expensive for what you get. Carlsbad and San Diego are great places to visit in the summer and this hotel at least provided a spot close to the beach.
The mattress was like laying on a rock with springs in it! And the noise!
Let me start by saying I had never, until yesterday, had a bad experience at a Ramada. With that being said, my stay last night is something I would have expected out of a Motel 6. We had a two room suite (I don't know where they got the term "suite") at the Carlsbad CA Ramada. We paid over $250 for a one night stay. On our walk to the room, the first thing we couldn't get over was how incredibly loud the freeway was (I-5) and when we walked into our room and shut the door, the volume only decreased by maybe half. The room was stuffy and outdated, the beds can only be best described as rocks with springs in them and the freeway was so loud, the combination of those things made it impossible to sleep. This was then compounded by the smoke alarms that would beep every 15 minutes in both rooms loud enough to wake us up when we had managed to fall asleep. When we asked about another room, we were told they were booked and this was all there was left. I find it appalling that we paid that much money to get no sleep. When I checked out this morning, I told the front desk person about my complaints who didn't seem to care much. All she could suggest to me was that I write it down on a form. I also noticed on the form that it says please complete and give to the front desk or drop in a mail box but there was no mailing address anywhere on the form.! Never, Never again.
Is there a better word than Excellent?
This hotel is a gem.
The pool and Jaccuzi, the fountain, everything is magnificient.
The free breakfast is fantastic.
Rooms, bathroom are super clean and confortable.
I never noticed the noise.
You cannot beat the value.
NOISE is the Word
This hotel is RIGHT next to Interstate 5, and if you get a room on that side of the complex (the East side) then expect a LOT of freeway noise. The noise doesn't let up much either, no matter what time of day or night. When you open your door, you can not hear your own voice if you are speaking in normal tones. The only other disturbing factor was the size of the room where they serve the hot breakfast. There are not nearly enough tables to seat everyone wanting to eat and we tried going at different times. We only got a table on two of the four nights we were there. The food was decent, and the gal restocking the food items did a great job considering the number of people. We have no complaints about the service or the people working here. We didn't try to get moved to another room, so I don't know how accommodating they would have been (we decided to make the most of it and not be whiners this time around). The other issue was hot water. There were times when we didn't have any, and a barely warm shower is not my idea of a relaxing adventure.
Terrible Value for money
The single paned windows did nothing to keep the noise out, and we were right on I5. The only airconditioning was in the living room, and there was no circulation. The bedroom was tiny - the beds (double - I expected queens) were against the walls and were accessible from only one side. The bedroom TV was not viewable, since they had to place it at a 90 degree angle from the bed. The shower took forever to get hot, and then scorched me.
They advertise internet access from all 121 suites. Not true. If you want internet access you have to go to the front desk for a password and then go to the communal areas (pool, reception area, breakfast area) to use it.
Service was good and staff were pleasant. Towels were folded nicely and the cleaners did a good job.
Breakfast - it's such a pity that you need to use disposable plates and cutlery. I know it happens everywhere, but it's not eco-friendly.
We left after 1 night instead of 4. I spent 2 hours on the phone trying to find another hotel at the last minute, and finally got one - at half the price. We paid $169 per night less a 5% AAA discount.
Ramada Suites is Great !!
I along with my daughter, son-in-law & 2 grandsons just recently spent 4 nights in Carlsbad, CA @ The Ramada Suites. It was GREAT !! I would highly recommend the Ramada Suites to any one who is looking for a CLEAN and comfortable place to stay and be only 2 minutes from the beach. You really feel like you are at home, they make you feel so welcome. The hot/cold breakfast buffet is the best. The omlets were my favorite, but the danish, fruits, cereals, waffels etc. were all good as well. All in all the most important item for me was how clean the room was. The kitchen was completely stocked with all CLEAN plates, pans & utensils, Even dish liquid and a sponge. There was nothing left for us to provide. Bathroom had everything that was needed. Nothing missing, plenty of towels. And once again VERY CLEAN. Our two bedroom suite was plenty of space, which included 2 TV's, desk area, lots of closet space and brightly decorated bed spreads etc. It really was very comfortable, plenty of room for all of us. The pool is heated and once again very clean. This was my first trip to Carlsbad, as we have always spent vacations in San Diego but believe me from here on out I will be staying at the Ramada Suites. I am already looking forward to staying @ the Ramada, Carlsbad next summer.
Clean, but noisy and stuffy
Stayed for one night in a one bedroom suite with our three kids in late June. Motel-style with the rooms surrounding a courtyard with a pool and fountain. If your room was on the outside facing east, you're going to get significant noise from I-5 and if your room is on the inside facing the courtyard, you get noise from the pool until 10pm when it closes. When we checked into the room it was pretty stifling hot, and even with AC running at full the bedroom never really cooled down, since the AC unit is in the living room. This left the bedroom hot and stuffy. The breakfast buffet was decent, but there weren't enough tables. Due to making our reservations at the last minute we didn't have any choice but to stay here, and if staying in Carlsbad again in the summer, I'd probably look for someplace else. In the winter, I'm sure the inadequate AC and hot bedroom is not a problem.
Family of 4 (mom, dad, 8 year old and grandma) stayed at this hotel for 12 days (Dec 27, 2004 thru Jan 7th). Had a 2 bedroom suite for $109.
For that price, 2 complete bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, full kitchen, 2 TV's. Altough the hotel is a bit old (bathroom a bit small), everything was very clean.
Staff very attentive to needs. Included breakfast tends to be repetitive, but you can make your own waffles.
Great location (near highway 5, ask for a room away from the highway). Located in a great neighborhood. 30 miles from San Diego, close to Legoland, about 1.5 hr from Disneyland.
Best price was directly from the Ramada web site (better choice of rooms and no increase of prices for week-ends of new year's eve like expedia charges).
Restaurants and supermarkets at walking distance.
OK Stay at Tourist-Class Hotel
I had a three-night stay at this property from July 2-5, 2004. We had a one-bedroom suite that contained a living room with a microwave, sink and refrigerator, and a separate bedroom.
It's a clean, functional hotel without any real frills. The rooms were decent sized. I would concur with the other reviewer who noted that the complimentary breakfast was mediocre at best and that it became somewhat stuffy in the bedroom since the A/C is located in the living room. Because the hotel rooms are not contained within an overall building, but are "motel style" in that they're accessible from the outside, we had a minor problem with noise from other patrons talking outside. Given that Carlsbad is a popular and well-touristed area, especially during a holiday weekend, we paid a relatively steep price of $129 considering what we got.
Fantastic Stay for the price
We stayed for 2 nights and 3 days and had a price for a one room suite for around $60 per night. The price was great. The staff was friendly and very accomodating. We were quite impressed with the cleanliness of the hotel. Only complaints were the continental breakfast was mediocre, the TV was only in the sitting area part of the room, and only an air conditioner in the sitting area...not in the bedroom. However, for the price it was great. We were there on a family trip and we had plenty of room and comfort. Suprisingly, the rooms were very quiet.