Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort
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Historical Traveler Reviews Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort
This Hotel is a great place. I felt like I was in the Tropics!!
The service was excellent! The Hotel and the grounds where beautiful. The rooms are well kept and clean. Me and my family had a wonderful time. It's a great place for the family.
Hotel was good - Weather was lousy
We stayed at the Carlsbad Inn the last part of Sept 2003. The hotel was across the street from the beach but convenient enough - just not the same as being "on" the beach. Our unit was clean and had the amenities one could expect in a typical timeshare. The staff worked very hard at providing numerous daily activities for guests - many were geared for children.
I'd give the hotel "4 Stars" but the trip only "3". Only 1 of the 7 days we were there did we have sunshine. It was very disappointing especially given that we had traded our timeshare week in Kauai.
In fact, when we traded, we were told that we could not request this resort for another 3 years? Try never again.
I just got back from a week in San Diego (6/21/04-6/25/04). Apparently, I was there just in time for the June-Gloom. Again, no sunshine except for about 1-2 hours in the afternoon. It was 62 degrees - in June!
Southern California is very beautiful; that is, if you can see it through the smog and/or fog. For my money, I'd pick another locale for "fun in the sun" as my last two experiences have been short on the sun part...
Good for kids, ok for adults...
We went with another family and rented 2 hotel rooms (not the timeshare condos) for 5 nights. Our children loved the pool and the kid's spa. It was a nice place in general and wonderful in terms of the friendly staff and the beautiful flowers. The things that were difficult for us included - no room service (hard on adults with little ones), the beach is not "right there" as it looks like in the pictures (you have to cross a street and go down a set of stairs -- again difficult with little ones) and there was no bell service (I found it hard to bring all my luggage in by myself and keep the kids entertained while trying to check in -- while my husband was parking the car in the far-away underground parking). This may sound snobby (sorry) but when you are used to bell service, valet and room service -- this hotel was definately NOT that kind of place. If you ARE looking for a beautiful, low key place where the kids can run around and be loud in the pool (which we were looking for...) then it fits that bill.
On another note -- the check in clerk recommended a local restaurant called "coco beach" that was great for kids and adults. It was an older establishment with nagahide booths, good food, fast (kid friendly) service and the prices were great.
Great location! Within walking distance to beach and 15 minutes to Legoland. We traveled with two small children and our experience was great. The hotel had arts & crafts for the kids. Bike rentals, ping pong, movies to rent. Would highly recommend it.
A good vacation
Arrival chek in was busy but very courteous. The immediate notice that our accommodation would be substantially upgraded if we agreed to a 90minute Timeshare presentation at a nearby resort. The one bedroom apt. was well furnished, clean and fully equipped. The pool, adult hot tub and grounds were great. Several "Fun" activities planned throughout the week. Underground parking was good. Concierage was most helpful when ever we had questions. The weather was on the cool side and overcast most days. The beach ares are not the best in the world!!Overall, a pleasant vacation in pleasant surroundings.
Great area, quaint & pleasant
This pleasant hotel reminded me of a woodsy cabin retreat, with the burning fireplace in the lobby and sitting areas, etc. Our room was not the fanciest, but it was very clean and the kitchenette really great. We had an ocean view which really added to the experience, whereas we had relatives staying there at the same time, and they did not have views . . . so their rooms seemed less light & bright than ours. I would highly recommend a room with ocean view. Being so close to a few little shops was a bonus. Breakfast at the adjacent cafe was delightful, as was the clean beach within easy walking distance. I'm sure we'll go back. If we stay longer, we'd like to try out some of their planned activities and offerings----see their newsletter when you check in. Oh, super pleasant staff at the desk, too. (Liked Carlsbad better than San Diego, and will stay in Carlsbad rather than booking any place in San Diego to go to SeaWorld and so on. It's not that far a drive.)
Nice and relaxing
My family of six always stay at the Inn when visiting my folks in Vista. Is very comfortable and relaxing. The staff is very accomadating. It has a very homey atmosphere. Good resturants very close by as is the beach, out the back and down some steps. Its not a luxury hotel nor is it brand new but it is nice. Will stay there for our next trip.
Beautiful grounds and extremely nice rooms with lots of amenities.
Right on the beach and within easy walking distance to shopping and wonderful restaurants. Gorgeous interior with a fireplace. The adult hottub was in a great location, we were able to watch the sun set.
Would love to stay here again. The staff was very friendly.
It's the beach!
Located across the street from a very narrow, crowded, but friendly beach the hotel is a gated haven geared especially to families. Our party of 24 took over 11 rooms for my parents 50th wedding anniversary and had a memorable experience. The rooms were sufficiently large, and management worked very hard at meeting our requirements for adjoining rooms, kitchenettes and making sure my parents had an ocean view. The Inn is half Timeshare and half Inn. The pool is small but they have a spa for the kids and one for adults. The adult spa is around 100 degrees and wonderful to warm up in after swimming in the ocean. The hotel lends out umbrellas and chairs right off their private stairs that access the beach. Very convenient (except on Saturdays when the demand is high and you pay $5 an hour after 2 hours of free use). Fidels Norte Mexican restaurant is on sight and Frescos and Joeys Italian cuisine is across the street, so park your car and you will rarely need to use it again unless you travel to Leggoland or Wild Animal Park. And finding a parking space can be a nightmare especially for high-profile vehicles. Private, underground parking will accomodate almost everyone but clearance is about 8 feet and vans with carriers won't make it. Limited parking in the lot above requires some luck and street parking on a summer weekend is not for one trying to eliminate stress in their life.
Loved it!! No way is it 2 stars-4 stars is more like it
Where do I start. I booked a room about 6 months ago for my family. We needed a king bed + another for my children, and a kitchenette. When we arrived the hotel room was great but they only had a twin roll out for both kids to share. I said it wouldn't work for us, so they upgraded us (for free) to a 1 bedroom condo with a full kitchen, balcony & hide-away queen bed for the kids. It was beautiful & clean. Right in the middle of all the action. they had free bikes to use, towels, work-out room, beach umbrellas, boogies boards, rootbeer floats for $1, movie rentals, BBQ on friday night for $1 per person.the best vacation ever. I've already booked next year's trip but this time we will stay a week.:)
TripAdvisor Reviews Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort
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... of a sophisticated but casual place right on the sand and beach which is stacked with colourful umbrellas and lots of people, lots swimming , some body boards, cyndy tells me anyone famous could be amongst us. Actually I omitted to mention, I think, that I am sure we saw Hugh Jackman in Taormina one day! Leisurely eating, hamburger for Jonny, he reckons THE best in his life!!! Fish taco and and smoked salmon/ eggs hollandaise shared between Cyndy's and me ( we seem to like ...
... a side with no one across us: so we kind of had ocean view – we can hear the ocean clearly. We went up on our bikes exploring the campsite, we had to stop at each view point or steps and walk down to the water and check out the waves. The Bluffs have amazing amber looking color with plants and lots and lots of squirrels. We went all the way down to the lagoon outlet, where ...
... to eat and have a quick meal, as the kids really want to explore. There is a Duplo village nearby, so we let the kids go in there, and George can even go on the train ride. It's hard to drag the kids away as they are so excited to be here, but we manage to get them to come along to a musical fountain, where they can jump on some spots to get the Lego instruments to join in the tune. Moving along we find the Lego driving school which William ...
... cousin) and I went fishing and I caught a Halibut from the ocean. She made a beautiful marinade for it and he grilled part of it leaving the other part for sashimi style. I had never eaten raw fish aside from sushi before and didn't know people did that but if you know me, i'll try anything at least once. From then on, raw fish has been one of my favorite treats! She also makes a killer cocktail if you let her. I remember my first time ever getting ...
So we made the trip from Vegas to San Diego today - not too bad. After a few nights of privacy and luxury (towels etc.) in Vegas, I've finally come to terms with the hostel thing. Tonight is our first night, it doesn't look too bad. All you can drink on the deck tonight for I don't know how much, so that sounds promising! All safe & sound, think we're going to hang here for a bit and then head down into Mexico. ...