Grand Pacific Palisades Resort and Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Pacific Palisades Resort and Hotel Carlsbad
I booked this hotel for two nights in June 2004 for a short get-a-way to Legoland with my family. I checked out the reviews AFTER I booked. I was a little skeptical b/c I saw it was a resort that also sold timeshares. [I had a bad timeshare tour exp. while in Mexico a few yrs back.] I braced for a sales pitch. Wow, what a great suprise! No attempts at a sales pitch. The hotel was beautiful, clean, luxiourious, comfortable, and very affordable. For a few hundred bucks for BOTH nights, we got a really nice room overlooking a small garden. The best part was that it is across from Legoland and we just walked right over. I would stay here again. My only two quibbles are: the parking cost 9 bukcs per night. Ouch! Should be free for guests. I also wish the staff were just a tad friendlier. A big genuine smile goes a long way.
'hustled' at check in
This coastal property is located between a highway and an active railroad track. Upon check in I was "hustled" to have an opportunity to have an upgrade, but only if I signed up for a timeshare tour at their sister property. I asked to see the comparisons between my reserved space and the upgraded space. After about 45 minutes of trying to find keys and showing me various locations, it was apparent that the only way I was going to see the ocean was to accept a one bedroom instead of a two bedroom. Apparently they save their "A" catagory space for people who agree to take a time share tour. Because I agreed to a smaller unit, they offered me a $100 dinner certificate with lots of appology. However, the dinner certificate had strings attached, which meant showing up for a two hour tour of their time share. I don't go on vacation to be "hustled". Also, travelers should be aware of a $5 per day charge for parking, which was not mentioned at check in. The property is also posted with California State warnings about cancer causing agents being present.
I have travelled extensively over the past 10 years...Australia, New York, Chicago, Florida, Jamaica, Vancouver, New Orleans etc...I just returned from The Grand Pacific Palisades after staying there Feb.
29th, 2004 until March 7th and I have to say that this resort facility was exceptional. Great, friendly service at the desk and social planners, wonderfully appointed rooms and grounds, just everything was top flight. We were 4 minutes from the beach, 2 minutes from Legoland, and a million miles from the hustle of LA, although you could get there in 45 minutes on the I-5. The the staff and buildings and the surroundings made this a great trip. The ultimate question...would I return? My bags would be packed in 10 minutes. GO....for gosh sakes...life is too short!
My husband and I stayed here one night on our way from San Diego to Los Angeles. The view is outstanding, and the customer service we received was great. They were very nice and professional. The rooms were nice and roomy. The hotel is under construction, but were were able to stay on the opposite wing, so we never experienced any noise. This is also a timeshare, so there are a lot of old people around. The pool area is great, with an olympic size pool and several hot tubs. This is a great place to stay
If You Like Liars Stay Here ! Customer Service horrible!
My travel agent booked me here for a business trip. She booked me a King Size Bed. But when I got there the gentleman behind the front desk told me that my travel agent booked me a double bed. He was very sure that my travel agent was the problem. There were no more Kings, so I had to sleep on a double. When I confronted my travel agent she showed me the confirmation with my King size bed. When I called to ask why I was lied too. They transferred me to a voicemail and I have never gotten a call back. I have tried 3 time so far to get a live person to explain what happened.My suggestion stay as far away as possible of this pit !
My wife and I toured this facility in October for a time share presentation. After the video presentation my wife accidentally left her purse on the floor for no more than 5min in an empty media room where it mysteriously disapeared. Now, almost two months later we are finding out that someone is using my wifes credit cards in the local San Diego area.
The hotel is still under construction near the villa areas. We were in the hotel proper, so we never heard any construction noise and the construction was no inconvenience to us. The hotel is beautiful, just plain beautiful. For the price (booked through expedia), it was a real bargain for the caliber of the place. The grounds are well kept, The view from the hot tub at sunset is fantastic. The rooms are clean and comfortable. We stayed for a week and found the location to be perfect for visiting family in the North Coast area. Our room was a quiet courtyard room overlooking a manicured rose garden. The flower fields are not in bloom over the winter, but I wasn't expecting that. Oh, and our room had complimentary high speed internet access, which I've paid as much as $15 a day for at pricier hotels. Highly recommended. I can't say enough great things about this hotel.
Be Careful, this hotel is under contruction!
This hotel is beautiful and located literally directly across the street from Legoland. At any other time of year, I think my review might be higher, but the hotel is under contruction/renovation (October 16, 2003). We woke up pretty early to the sound of construction crews and jackhammers. They have a great pool area for kids, and an adult pool for those who want to avoid the chaos. The price is reasonable. I was disappointed, however, that the flowers were not in bloom as is shows in pictures.
Great Stay and great location
This is one of the great property in Southern California, with a location to match!
Located midway between San Diego and Los Angeles on the coast this is one of the great locations to spend some time. Hotel is located high on a hill overlooking the Pacific and the flower fields which can only be called spectacular. The view with both the flowers and the ocean is second to none.
Facility is first rate and all the staff is focused on making sure your stay will be the great. Lego Land next door is an added bonus.
Great for Legoland and kids
This was a great hotel for our family. Two kids and an infant and mom and dad had a great time. An easy walk to Legoland, mom could come home midday. Breakfast buffet at the colocated restaurant was easy, and fine for two days, though would be too monotonous for more than that. Only $3.95 per child, $8.95 adults, I think. Room and hotel were very nice, though staff is not overly friendly - but the price was good at $120/night from the Legoland booking service - see the website. Also had a jazz/munchies one night, regular event. There is more in Carlsbad as well. Would definitely do this again.
TripAdvisor Reviews Grand Pacific Palisades Resort and Hotel Carlsbad
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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.
It's really distressing when you look into a vehicle and not see a head on the right hand side. But I haven't felt weird driving on the opposite side
The light switches are opposite. Up is on and down is off. It has caught me a couple of times
Taxi drivers are not talkers. But ...
... 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 ...
... have been there for a long time because the bricks are very faded but the models were fantastic and it was awesome seeing some of the places I have already seen on this trip made out of Lego. They also have a Star Wars Miniland which shows famous scenes from all of the movies. One of my favorites was the huge Millennium Falcon. Just beside the Minilands we made our way along the 'Block of Fame' which is various busts for famous ...