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... also lots of shops selling Lego, and Ed got the Star Wars sets (half price compared to NZ) that has been the plan for quite a while. On the way back to the hotel we decided to stop at the Cheesecake Factory for dinner. Not what we expected. Huge menu, nice food, nice craft beer, not bad prices, and cheesecake for dessert - which in retrospect was a bad move. On the way to the Cheesecake factory we passed a Bubba Gump Shrimp Company - a chain of fish restaurants "inspired ...
... middle! So after a few protests from the kids, we head in there, and they both run off to look at the massive Lego models. Lavinia goes off after them, but then I spot the Star Wars section, and head over there on my own! Basically, they have recreated scenes from all six movies using standard Lego blocks, some very cleverly worked into the trees already present (such as an Ewok village and the Death Star shield generator). After lots of ...
... a good sea for surfing! Once you got used to it, we had fun jumping through the waves! As we were walking back to our towels we saw a very cheeky squirrel had decided to invade our camp and was proceeding to chew his way through our bag to get to our apples that were inside!! How very rude! This evening we went to La Jolla because we'd heard the sunsets are amazing however when we arrived it ...
The big boulder that created such great shade last night wasn't helping much this morning, as we had direct sunlight into the tent at 6:30. It gets hot quickly in a sun-strafed tent so we quickly eat breakfast and pack up and get on the road before 8 am. We left Joshua Tree headed south/west passing the usual dry, sandy and barren landscape.
We passed nearby the Salton Sea lake (again, hardly any trees, not what you would expect with a huge ...
... boy Tom would not put on sun cream and got extremely sunburnt. There were plenty of shena****ns, and threats to get us in the cold sea, but we managed to stay dry!
This was the first time we really relaxed on our trip, and was so well deserved and really lovely day. the pictures just make me smile.
We walked through the town and also the pier looking in typical tacky souvenir shops and enjoyed massive Milk Shakes at ...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.