Carlsbad by The Sea Resort

850 Palomar Airport Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92011 United States (USA) near Exit 47 on I-5 (~0.2mi)
View Map Reservations: 1-800-760-7718
3.0 Star Property
33.122826-117.319145
Cleaning Policy: Hotel is currently following guidelines set by the CDC and City of Carlsbad.
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4.0/5

Based on 1256 guest reviews

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  • Our hotel comes with an outdoor pool
  • Avg. Group Discount of 22.3%!
  • Fitness / Gym is on-site
  • 145 rooms in property
  • Hotel has 2 floors
  • Hotel has 2 suites
  • Check-in: 4
  • Group score of 10.0/10

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Check RatesAccessible Ground Floor
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Check RatesAccessible King Terrace Newly Renovated ADA Accessible Compliant Ground Floor Rolling Shower
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Check RatesCourtyard 2 Queen Beds Terrace
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Check RatesCourtyard King Patio Terrace Newly Renovated 350 Sq Ft Ground Floor Refrigerator 42 in HDTV
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Check RatesCourtyard King Room with Private Balcony
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Check RatesCourtyard Room with 2 Queen Beds and Private Balcony
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Check RatesCtyd 2 Queen Patio Terrace Newly Renovated 350 Sq Ft Ground Floor Refrigerator 42 in HDTV
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Check RatesGolf Package 1 King Bed Deluxe - Free WiFi and Breakfast Complimentary Breakfast and WiFi
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Check RatesGolf Package ADA 1 King Wheelchair Accessible ADA Compliant Ground Flr Rolling Shower
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Check RatesGolf Package Executive King Room with Sofa Sleeper Free WiFi and Breakfast
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Check RatesLegoland Package 1 King Bed Deluxe - Free WiFi and Breakfast Complimentary Breakfast and WiFi
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Check RatesLegoland Package 2 Queen Bed Deluxe - Free WiFi and Breakfast
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Check RatesLegoland Package Executive King Room with Sofa Sleeper Free WiFi and Breakfast
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Check RatesPool View Room with 2 Queen Beds and Private Balcony
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Check RatesPoolside 2 Queen Terrace
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Check RatesQueen Room with 2 Queen Bed with Pool View - Free Breakfast, Refrigerator, Microwave
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Check RatesStandard 2 Queen Beds or Free Breakfast, Refrigerator, Microwave
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Local Attractions

Legoland, Close to Beaches Across from Carlsbad Premuim Outlet Close to Carlsbad Village Within Walking distance of many fine resturants

Verified Reviews of Carlsbad by The Sea Hotel

Below are the verified reviews from guests that we have booked recently:
"I am disappointed with the problems I experienced in room."
Overall Score2.0/ 5
I stayed in room 143 and the room phone doesn't work and can't reach front desk or housekeeping and had to use cell phone. There weren't enough towels. One of the lights over sink was out. The toilet ran and you had to jiggle the handle to stop it. Water poured out of the ceiling light in shower and toilet room. We had to put towels down so it wouldn't flood and it was way too late to be changing rooms if there were any available. I see that others have had a great experience here so I guess we just got one of the rooms with many problems. Otherwise, it is a nice area and the staff is definitely friendly and helpful.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
10-Oct-2021 Verified Review, stayed from Sat Oct 09 to Sun Oct 10 2021 at a $100.99 average nightly rate.
"Disappointed"
Overall Score1.0/ 5
From the moment I arrive to my room I not only had to call for service to fix an adjoining door that did not latch but the room was not equipped with a TV remote. The bathroom appeared to have been poorly cleaned as there was still and old bath soap bar from the previous guests. The walls are so thin and noises from the adjoining rooms/ ceiling and stairway made it impossible to sleep without background noise from the tv. All of that I could have dealt with and been ok… but what made me completely disappointed with this establishment were the two phone calls that were made by the front desk to my room assuming that because I had children and was the second level room that we were “jumping” around. The first call was received approximately around 11pm 12am on 08/02/21. The front desk first asked if I had children which I answered yes, then they proceeded to tell me that the lower level guests were complaining that we were jumping around. I advised the front desk that my kids were and had been in bed and I had just got out of the shower. We were not jumping or making any type of unreasonable noises. Walking throughout the room from bathroom to the bed should not be above level. Instead we were disturbed by the loud room phone call. Again on 08/03/21 at approximately 7am I was awakened by a loud group of people outside my room in the hallway who apparently were getting ready to start their day… I did not complain but just decided that I would wake up and start my day as well. However while my kids were still asleep I received another call at approximately 8:30 9:30am again from the front desk stating that the lower level guests were complaining about the noise level above them… I was getting dressed and getting my items together to checkout by 11am. Nothing out of the ordinary was happening, the level of noise was nothing above be walking throughout the room, my kids were in bed still asleep and instead they had to be awakened/disturbed by a loud phone call. I had to once again explain that we were not jumping and in fact my kids were still asleep. I welcomed anyone to come and see for themselves that my kids were in bed but instead I was told to contact the manager who would not be arriving until after checkout. I understand that the needs of all guests should be regarded with the same level of concern however I felt as if I was being targeted for having three kids and the assumption that I would allow my three kids to behave like they were in a park is what disturbed me the most. I pride myself in making sure my kids know how to act appropriately in every setting I take them to. They have been traveling with me since they were babies… they know how to behave in hotels. If I thought the front desk had justification to ask for us to settle down then I would have apologized for our noise level but both times we were not being loud at all. The walls at this establishment are far too thin … the service and attention to detail/ quality is lacking and guest experience is extremely poor. This was room 220 Maritza Trepanier.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
03-Aug-2021 Verified Review, stayed from Sun Aug 01 to Tue Aug 03 2021 at a $225.25 average nightly rate.
"Just Average"
Overall Score3.0/ 5
The hotel is old and they tried a mediocre remodel but it still looks old. The refrigerator leaked water on the floor. We felt like we were staying at an overpriced Motel 6.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
23-May-2021 Verified Review, stayed from Fri May 21 to Sat May 22 2021 at a $145.99 average nightly rate.
"No elevator. Unattractive room. Keys didn’t work."
Overall Score2.0/ 5
Very Disappointing
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
20-Apr-2021 Verified Review, stayed from Fri Apr 16 to Sun Apr 18 2021 at a $190.67 average nightly rate.
"Very spacious and clean."
Overall Score4.0/ 5
Front desk was very helpful and checked us in within five minutes of arriving. Rooms were spacious and clean. Bed was very comfortable. Thermostat didn't work in our room so it was toasty but we only spent one night so really didn't need to complain, etc.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
15-Oct-2019 Verified Review, stayed from Sat Oct 12 to Sun Oct 13 2019 at a $134.42 average nightly rate.
"Great Stay"
Overall Score5.0/ 5
Great service attentive staff great pool good breakfast overall great hotel five minutes from LEGO land and lots of restaurants and fast food.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
09-Oct-2019 Verified Review, stayed from Sun Oct 06 to Mon Oct 07 2019 at a $83.66 average nightly rate.
" Walking Distance "
Overall Score5.0/ 5
The stay at the hotel was very nice. The staff was extremely gracious and accommodating. It's also walking distance to restaurants. It is easily accessible to the area sites and attractions.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
30-Aug-2019 Verified Review, stayed from Mon Aug 26 to Thu Aug 29 2019 at a $129.00 average nightly rate.
"Good hotel for the price"
Overall Score5.0/ 5
I would recommend this hotel to my friends.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
24-Jul-2019 Verified Review, stayed from Sat Jul 20 to Thu Jul 25 2019 at a $186.20 average nightly rate.
"Clean, comfortable and family friendly."
Overall Score5.0/ 5
This hotel is a great deal for the price. We stayed due to the proximity to legoland. The shuttle experience was simple and efficient. The hotel itself was a bit older but clean and well maintained. The breakfast was good and the pool was heated. And they had a pack n play for the baby. Nice stay! I'd definitely stay again.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
27-Mar-2019 Verified Review, stayed from Mon Mar 25 to Tue Mar 26 2019 at a $84.15 average nightly rate.
"Wonderful staff. Great locale. Excellent value."
Overall Score5.0/ 5
We were extremely impressed with the property. The rooms were clean and very inviting. We ate breakfast on the balcony overlooking the grounds. The staff was helpful and accommodating. While we had stayed in several hotels in the Carlsbad area in the past, this was the best value.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
20-Jan-2014 Verified Review, stayed from Sun Jan 19 to Mon Jan 20 2014
"It was great for what I needed"
Overall Score3.0/ 5
It was a big bummer that the hot tub wasn't in working order. It was a cloudy day so I couldn't take advantage of the pool. Overall the room was clean but there was a glich in the shower and it needed a washer. It was room 121. It was also awesome that I was able to check in early being a huge help that it was before 10 in the morning.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
09-Nov-2013 Verified Review, stayed from Mon Nov 04 to Tue Nov 05 2013 at a $97.30 average nightly rate.
4.0 out of 5. Based on 1256 guest reviews

Property Description

Great convenient location!A vacation in Carlsbad California is like no other in the world. Choosing Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel guarantees the perfect location for a fun-filled experience for the whole family.LEGOLAND® California Resort is located less than a mile away and Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel is a designated LEGOLAND “Preferred Hotel.” We offer special packages that include hotel rooms, tickets to the theme park, and a complimentary shuttle ride to the entrance.Directly across the street is the Carlsbad Premium Outlet Mall and within walking distance are several eateries to include King's Fish House, PF Changs, BJ's Brewhouse, Corner Bakery, and Windmill Food Hall featuring over 10+ restaurant options right on site.Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel is centrally located to everything that the Carlsbad region has to offer. Pristine beaches or a game of golf at The Crossings are just minutes away.

Details / Other Expenses

Check In: 4
Check Out: 11
Year of Last Renovation: 2020
Floors: 2
Rooms: 145
Corridors: All Rooms Have Exterior Hallways
Non Smoking Rooms: 145
Handicap Rooms: 7
Suites: 2
Room Windows: Windows Do Open
Cleaning Frequency: Daily
Meeting Rooms: 1
Meeting Space: 1600 sq. feet
Banquet Space: Holds 250 people
Dist. to Food/Bars: 0.3 Mi
Dist. to 24hr Restaurant: 0.3 Mi
Dist. to Nearest Gym: On-site
Pool Info: 8:30 am to 10:00 pm
Policies / Expenses
Cancellation:
48 hours prior to arrival
Typical Group Deposit: 25%
Total Taxes: 10.20%
Total Misc Fees: $12.00 USD
(mandatory resort fees/taxes)
State Tax: 7.75 Per Night
Occupancy Tax: 12.20 Per Night
City Tax: 2.00 Per Night
Resort/Hotel Fee: 12.00 Per Night
Parking Fee: 0.00 Per Night
Cleaning Fee: 0.00 Per Night
Porterage Fee: 0.00 Per Item
Gym Fee: 0.00 Per Day
Spa Fee: 0.00 Per Day

Amenities / Features


  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm clock
  • Baggage storage facilities
  • Bus parking
  • Central location
  • Charge for early check out
  • Clothes drying
  • Credit card accepted: Mastercard/Visa
  • Credit card accepted: American Express
  • Credit card accepted: Discover
  • Credit card accepted: Diners Club
  • Facilities for the disabled
  • Fax available
  • Fitness and health center
  • Free local calls
  • Hairdryer available
  • Handicap accessible
  • Central heating
  • Ice Maker
  • Internet - wireless
  • Free WiFi Internet
  • Ironing facilities
  • Jacuzzi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • 24 hours opened
  • Office or business center
  • Pets allowed
  • Private bathroom in room
  • Quiet location
  • Radio in room
  • Refrigerator
  • Self controlled heating/cooling system
  • Shop
  • Shower
  • Swimming pool - outdoor
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Telephone
  • Telephone in all rooms
  • Telephone - Free local calls
  • Television
  • TV - Free Cable
  • TV Channel: HBO
  • Travellers cheques accepted
  • Voicemail

Airport & Shuttle Information

2 miles to carlsbad airport30 miles to san diego airport

Local Shuttle Info: Shuttle within 2 mile radius of the the hotel.

Breakfast Information

Breakfast is not included but available at the Windmill Food Hall.

Pet Friendly?

Service animals complying with ADA Title lll regulations are allowed.

Yes! Pets are allowed.
$75.00 non refundable Pet Fee, 1 dog non aggressive breed up to 35lbs

Parking Info

Included in the Amenity Fee of $12 nightly.

Internet / WiFI

Included in the Amenity Fee of $12 nightly.

Cleaning Policies

Hotel is currently following guidelines set by the CDC and City of Carlsbad.

Seasonality of Hotel Rates at Carlsbad by The Sea Resort

Rate fluctuations of Carlsbad by The Sea Resort

The chart above shows seasonality of prices for both group/meeting quotes and the best individual traveler rates we could find at the time the group/meeting bid was entered. The most competitive group deal shown is 43.3% in January 2021 and the highest average individual rate is $194 in the month of July 2021. This chart will show past seasonality and also project future months. If you are flexible with dates, you may want to consider staying at Carlsbad by The Sea Resort in a month when rates are lower.

FAQs about Carlsbad by The Sea Hotel

What time is check in?

Check in time is 4 based on the hotel's local time. Early check in may be available if requested at the front desk on the day of check-in.

What time is check out?

Check out time is 11 based on the hotel's local time. Late check out may be available if requested at the front desk during your stay.

How many rooms does Carlsbad by The Sea Hotel have?

There are 145 rooms in the property.

Is there any meeting space at Carlsbad by The Sea Hotel?

Yes, they have 1 meeting room that can support various table layouts.

What kind of breakfast is at Carlsbad by The Sea Hotel?

Breakfast is not included but available at the Windmill Food Hall.

What parking is available at Carlsbad by The Sea Hotel?

Included in the Amenity Fee of $12 nightly. Great parking, according to 88%.

How much does internet cost?

Included in the Amenity Fee of $12 nightly.

Can I get a AAA rate at Carlsbad by The Sea Hotel?

Yes, they have stay dates that support AAA hotel discounts. Example room type: 1 King Bed Deluxe - Free WiFi and Breakfast Complimentary Breakfast and WiFi AAA CAA

Can I get a Senior or AARP rate at Carlsbad by The Sea Hotel?

Yes, they have stay dates that support Senior hotel discounts. Example room type: 1 King Bed Deluxe - Free WiFi and Breakfast Complimentary Breakfast and WiFi AARP

Is there a gym at Carlsbad by The Sea Hotel?

Yes, there is a gym/fitness area available on-site at the property.

Is there shopping nearby?

Yes. Close to restaurants, bars and shopping areas. Very close to restaurants and shopping. Great shopping. Most guests liked the proximity to shopping.

Is there shuttle service?

Yes. 2 miles to carlsbad airport30 miles to san diego airport Good shuttle service. Most guests were happy with the shuttle service.

Are there good dining options at Carlsbad by The Sea Hotel?

Average dining experience. About half of guests thought the dining experience was appropriate.

Is there a WiFi internet?

Yes. WiFi system needs upgrading. Wifi was unreliable. Wifi was horrible. Wifi quality could be improved. Most guests said the wifi quality was bad.

Are there rooms with kitchenettes?

Yes. Kitchenette needs more attention. Most guests were unsatisfied with the kitchenette.

Is there a pool at Carlsbad by The Sea Hotel?

Yes, there is a pool on-site at the property. 8:30 am to 10:00 pm.

Testimonials:

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"Everything went great. The hotel and it's Management anticipated our every wish and took care of us. It went so well that I have booked our conference there for next year. I have passed the web site on to others and will continue to do so. The Machinist Union is always setting up events all over the world, and I will continue to pass this information on to my brothers and sisters." S.C. - Biloxi, MS

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