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Carlsbad by the Sea Resort

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Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Arrived at the hotel on a Sunday afternoon! Hotel receptionist was very rude and unprofessional! When giving me instructions on where the room was talked to me as if I was an idiot! She said "Go left that means this way" Then when asking about Wifi she said log into the one that says "Carlsbad by the sea" Sea! Upon...

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carlsbadgm, General Manager at Carlsbad by the Sea Resort, responded to this review

Dear Cesar, please send me your email address so we can address your stay. hbecerra@carlsbadsea.com Thank you, Hector Becerra GM

La Quinta, California
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

This hotel is really great. Close to all kinds of different restaurants from fast food to high end dining. The outlets are across the street. Everything is within walking distance. Close to major attractions like Legoland, San Diego Zoo, Sea World and the beach. The staff is great. Breakfast is good too. My only complaint is that I could not...

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Mexico City, Mexico
Reviewed 9 February 2017

The place is well located for Legoland (15 minute walking distance), and it also offers a shuttle to/from the park. We chose it because it also happens to be right in front of the outlet mall, so while I took the 5 y/o to Legoland, wife could spend the day at the mall with the 11 m/o. The hotel offers...

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Reviewed 7 February 2017

We decided to splurge on a couple of nights at a resort after a long road trip staying a cheap and cheerful places along the way. The check in here was a little unfriendly and the room itself was really run down. The pool area is quite pleasant, but the free breakfast was average. Good proximity to Legoland - they...

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Saskatchewan, Canada
Reviewed 7 February 2017

Carlsbad by the Sea Resort is a misnomer; it should be Carlsbad by the Freeway. We checked in on a Tuesday. The friendly desk clerk gave us a couple of room options but recommended one of the courtyard rooms on the ground floor. We drove over to the next annex to the lobby and moved on it. We wrote off...

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British Columbia, Canada
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Standard motel style accommodation. Room was quiet and beds and linen were good quality, however, the general room fittings and trim show signs of age. The bathroom is very basic. Front doors to the rooms need painting. Patio doors facing pool and garden area cannot be locked or opened from outside so the street facing front door must be used...

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Gilbert, Arizona
Reviewed 1 February 2017

First of all, i made a mistake on my legoland reservations and hector helped me beyond his job to make sure my family was happy. He also made sure my family got a great rate for a second night in their hotel. The brwakfast was fine. The gentleman below me said its not by the sea but it very much...

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Arcadia, California
Reviewed 30 January 2017

First thing first, the hotel is NOT by the sea, not sure why it is named that, but overall the place is very conveniently located, it's 5 minutes drive to Legoland, and is right across the street from a large shopping outlet. So if you spent the day in Legoland and too tired to find a dinner restaurant, you can...

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Grand Junction, Colorado
Reviewed 30 January 2017

This is a nice resort-feel place with a decent free breakfast. Staff was great. Nice beds and the rooms are good size and are pretty quiet as we stayed in a building by the pool courtyard. The grounds are kept well. Kids enjoyed the bigger-than normal hotel pool. Upscale shopping is across the street. Plenty of restaurants nearby. The beach...

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Burbank, California
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Beds were comfy, place was quiet and breakfast was adequate enough. Heater took hours to warm up even on high. Bathrooms were sub-par, bathtub was chipped in the middle of the tub. Frankly, you can find better.

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carlsbadgm, General Manager at Carlsbad by the Sea Resort, responded to this review

Dear Liniloo, thank you for the response. although the hotel is one of the older hotels in Carlsbad we strive to keep up with the competition. Please email me so i can resolve this issue and also fix the problem in the room. Thank you, Hector Becerra GM hbecerra@carlsbadsea.com

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Restaurant
  • Hot Tub
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave
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  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Enjoy your best vacation - a vacation in Carlsbad California is like no other in the world. And choosing Carlsbad by the Sea Resort guarantees the perfect location for a fun-filled experience for the whole family. LEGOLAND(R) California Resort is located just a mile away and Carlsbad by the Sea Resort is a designated LEGOLAND "Preferred Hotel." We offer special packages that include hotel rooms, tickets to the theme park, and a shuttle ride to the entrance after you enjoy a full American breakfast. Carlsbad by the Sea is centrally located to everything the San Diego region has to offer. You are only 30 miles from the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park and SeaWorld. Pristine Carlsbad beaches or a game of golf are just minutes away. Spend time relaxing at the resort, walking on 22 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, and playing and exercising in our year-round outdoor heated pool, Jacuzzi and fitness center. And when it is time to dine, More than a dozen popular restaurant choices are within walking distance. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Carlsbad by the Sea Resort

Address: 850 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011-4443 (Formerly Holiday Inn Carlsbad by the Sea)
Region: United States > California > Carlsbad
Price Range: $170 - $383 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Carlsbad by the Sea Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 141
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Carlsbad By The Sea Hotel Carlsbad
Holiday Inn Carlsbad
Carlsbad Holiday Inn
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  • At what time does the pool open each day?

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“Request a Room Overlooking the Pool and Gazebo”
  • Iron and Ironing Board in the Closet
  • Balcony in my room
  • Queen Beds
  • Coffee Maker
  • Bathroom Toilet Area
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Bath Tub
610reginaw, 20 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Choose rooms with courtyard if you want kids play area”
sripathyb, 1 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Great for the family”
nicholefrost15, 1 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Rooms overlooking the pool are quiet and nice view.”
ScottS84, 30 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Front room near reception, quite and easy access to shops, pool view was beautiful”
488kareng, 11 Jan 2017 | Read review
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