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Carlsbad California Hotels & Motels

Find accommodations in Carlsbad with the hotel list provided below. Search for the cheapest discounted hotel and motel rates in or near Carlsbad, CA for your upcoming personal or group trip. Explore the most favored Carlsbad, California hotel and motel rooms. Browse the Carlsbad area hotels to find the perfect lodging! Please use the provided map of the Carlsbad hotels. Planning a group? Lock in Carlsbad Group Hotel Discounts

The Carlsbad center point is about the area of Legoland California and 3 miles west of Carlsbad McClellan Palomar Airport.

California is paradise for vacationers who love nature, the ocean, or the glam of Hollywood. It's a big state with everything in the world to offer, but Carlsbad, CA, is one of the brightest jewels in the entire state. There's a reason the locals call it “The Village by the Sea,” after all. The resort city encompasses seven miles of gorgeous coast with the Pacific Ocean spread out before it. Carlsbad is also centrally located, with Los Angeles 87 miles away and San Diego 35 miles away. That means that visitors can visit other cities while making Carlsbad their hub. More from this guide...

Carlsbad Hotels & Accommodations

Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach in Carlsbad
+1-888-389-4121
6450 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92011
  • 3 star Resort property
  • Access to gym on-site
  • Rooms could be larger
  • For 87%, parking prices were too high
From$135
Very Good 4.0 /5Reviews CallBookMore Details
Carlsbad by The Sea Resort - Carlsbad
+1-888-675-2083
850 Palomar Airport Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92011
  • Affordable Beach hotel
  • Check in: 4
  • AC unit was broken
  • Minibar can be a problem
Motel 6 Carlsbad East Ca #1351 in CARLSBAD
+1-800-716-8490
6117 Paseo Del Norte, CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA 92008
  • Inexpensive property
Motel 6 Carlsbad East : 6117 Paseo Del Norte
+1-800-805-5223
6117 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92011
  • Low Cost hotel
  • 138 sleeping rooms in hotel
Hyatt House Carlsbad
+1-888-965-1860
5010 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • 3-star Beach hotel
  • Check-in: 4:00PM
The Cassara – Tapestry by Hilton
+1-888-788-5576
5805 Armada Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • 4 star Beach property
  • 90 rooms in property
  • Almost all guests had problems with the shower
  • Great location
From$249
Very Good 4.5 /5Latest Reviews CallBookMore Details
West Inn & Suites in Carlsbad
+1-888-897-9207
4970 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Expensive Beach property
  • Fitness + Health Center
  • Excellent value
  • Gas station on site
From$119
Excellent 5.0 /5Hotel Reviews CallBookMore Details
Legoland California Resort - Carlsbad
+1-888-311-4278
1 Legoland Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Expensive Beach hotel
  • Gym / Fitness Center Available
Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa : 5480 Grand Pacific Dr.
+1-888-469-4795
5480 Grand Pacific Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Four star Beach hotel
  • Check in: 4pm
  • Spacious bathrooms
  • Most guests found the staff to be very friendly
From$179
Very Good 4.0 /5Reviews CallBookMore Details
Ramada Carlsbad
+1-888-734-9421
751 Macadamia Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92011
  • Affordable Beach property
  • Check in time: 03:00 PM
Best Western Carlsbad by The Sea
+1-888-841-5292
760 Macadamia Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92009
  • 3 star Beach hotel
  • Hotel has 14 suites
  • Wonderful sightseeing
  • No internet service
Motel 6 Carlsbad Beach Ca #471
+1-888-455-5160
750 Raintree Dr., CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA 92009
  • Two star property
  • 2 floors in property
Motel 6 Carlsbad Beach : 750 Raintree Dr.
+1-888-965-8297
750 Raintree Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92011
  • Two star property
  • 160 rooms in hotel
From$60
Average 3.0 /5Reviews CallBookMore Details
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Carlsbad Beach in Carlsbad
+1-888-906-6358
751 Raintree Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92011
  • 3 star Beach property
  • Hotel has 22 suites
From$93
Very Good 4.0 /5Review Score CallBookMore Details
Cape Rey a Hilton Resort
+1-888-749-6785
1 Ponto Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92011
  • Luxurious 5-star Beach hotel
  • Hotel has 8 suites
From$149
Very Good 4.5 /5Reviews CallBookMore Details
Days Inn Carlsbad in Carlsbad
+1-888-878-9982
3700 Pio Pico Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Mid-scale property
Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego Carlsbad - Carlsbad
+1-888-389-4485
1929 Palomar Oaks Way, Carlsbad, CA 92011
  • Affordable Suburban hotel
  • Hotel has a green policy See policy
From$129
Very Good 4.5 /5Latest Reviews CallBookMore Details
Home2 Suites Carlsbad
+1-888-389-4121
1901 Wright Place, Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Mid-scale hotel
  • Hotel has 16 suites
Econo Lodge Near Legoland : 3666 Pio Pico Dr.
+1-888-675-2083
3666 Pio Pico Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • 2 star hotel
  • 39 rooms in property
  • Wifi quality could be improved
  • Internet works
From$60
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Rodeway Inn Legoland : 3570 Pio Pico Dr.
+1-800-716-8490
3570 Pio Pico Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Low priced Beach property
  • Hotel has 2 floors
Tamarack Beach Resort - Carlsbad
+1-800-805-5223
3200 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Affordable Beach property
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • Near city centre
  • Excellent pool
From$270
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Best Western Plus Beach View Lodge
+1-888-965-1860
3180 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008-2908
  • Mid-scale Beach property
  • 6 suites in hotel
From$125
Very Good 4.5 /5Read Reviews CallBookMore Details
Surf Motel Carlsbad : 3136 Carlsbad Blvd.
+1-888-788-5576
3136 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • 3-star property
  • 28 sleeping rooms in hotel
Residence Inn Carlsbad - Carlsbad
+1-888-897-9207
2000 Faraday Ave., Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • 3-star Beach property
  • Fitness center on property
From$129
Very Good 4.5 /5Review Score CallBookMore Details
Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort
+1-888-311-4278
3075 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Three Star Beach hotel
  • 3 floors in property
  • For 69%, the rooms looked old
  • Most guests complained about the bathroom
From$149
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Graph: Upcoming 20 Days of Carlsbad Hotel Rates

Rates shown are nightly rates before taxes and do not necessarily reflect all Carlsbad, CA discounts available. The chart reflects the cheapest Carlsbad hotel for each day and each star rating category.

That being said, it's possible that you won't want to go anywhere else. Carlsbad has more than enough to offer. You probably already know about the beautiful beaches, and they are marvelous. But there's so much more to see. Better yet, the seaside city is easy to navigate due to the fact that it's divided into four quadrants. It doesn't take much to explore them, so you can take in Old Carlsbad, along with the city's stunning parks, gorgeous architecture, and miles of coastline.

Seasonality of Carlsbad, CA

Although there are certainly better times to visit Carlsbad, CA, the village doesn't necessarily have a high season. That is, visitors needn't feel put off by the idea of seasonality because Carlsbad is a winning destination practically any day of the year. That's partly due to the city's semi-arid Mediterranean climate, which offers up an average of 263 days of sunny weather. Can you imagine feeling the sun for one-third of the year? That gives you so much more freedom. You can always choose to visit a little before or after the busiest season, which can save you major money.

Summertime is arguably the best time to visit Carlsbad. Throughout June, July, and August temperatures average around 70 sunny degrees of delicious dry heat - the exact kind of heat you want to experience when you're planning a beach trip. If you choose to book your stay in May, September, or October, however, you still get to enjoy all that warm weather, but you miss the high season by a few months. That often leads to less expensive room rates.

Owing to the climate in Carlsbad, it doesn't get that cold in fall and winter. Snowfall is rare and rain is far more common. You can still enjoy sunny days and warm weather well into November and December, so you might choose to spend the holidays by the ocean instead of in a cold, snowy location. On the other hand, if you want to experience a little California chill, consider visiting Carlsbad at the beginning of the year. It's moderate between January and April, so although swimming isn't necessarily an option, you can definitely still enjoy yourself.

Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Carlsbad, CA:

seasonality of hotel rates in Carlsbad

Averate Rates by Star Rating

Below we've posted 3 graphs displaying average nightly cost patterns by star rating class in Carlsbad, CA. Analyze these illustrations to determine the best dates to book in Carlsbad for upcoming travels.

Luxury Hotel Options in Carlsbad, CA

4 Star Average Prices: $182.21

As befitting a resort town, Carlsbad has more than its fair share of luxury hotel options, beginning with the Four Seasons. The best part is that you can easily snag a room for less than $400 per night. If you like your luxury a bit more affordable, you can try the Lakehouse Hotel and Resort or the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa.

Some top-notch hotels, such as La Valencia and the epic Tower23 Hotel, are closer to San Diego, hence, they're more expensive as well. However, hotels close to San Diego are still quite centrally located, so you can still easily reach Carlsbad, as well as the surrounding areas.

4 Star Hotel Prices in Carlsbad

Lower Cost Options in Carlsbad, CA

3 Star Average Prices: $138.22

Because Carlsbad, CA, is a tourist town at heart, there are myriad hotels from which to choose, including lower cost options for the vacationer on a budget. To get a lower cost from the start, your best bet is to look for two-star hotels. For example, you can book a room at La Quinta Inn & Suites for a reasonable rate, along with the Quality Inn Encinitas, which is near Legoland, one of the city's top attractions. Motel 6, however, is available for less than $100 per night, meaning that you could enjoy a long vacation without obliterating your budget.

Are you looking for a quality hotel that doesn't cost a lot? The Rodeway Inn is less than $100 a night, as well, while you can book a room at the Fairfield Inn & Suites for less than $160 per night. The Days Inn and the Econo Lodge both offer affordable nightly rates, as well, and the Portofino Beach Inn offers a true taste of Carlsbad life.

3 Star Hotel Prices in Carlsbad

2 Star Average Prices: $95.97

2 Star Hotel Prices in Carlsbad

Best Discounts in Carlsbad, CA

Hotel owners in Carlsbad know exactly who they're catering to, especially during the popular seasons. They recognize the value of providing deals and discounts to the tourists who pour into the seaside village every year. As such, many hotels offer a variety of discounts to seniors, people in the military and the government, AAA members, and professional groups hosting business trips.

The best part is that you can find a fine hotel that provides these discounts to guests. You might be able to stay at a nicer hotel than you anticipated. Look into the Hilton Garden Inn, Carlsbad by the Sea, and Hyatt House, all of which are three-star hotels with plenty to offer. The Grand Pacific Palisades Resort and Hotel and the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa offer resort-appropriate luxuries for affordable rates, as well, so there's no saying that you can't enjoy a little luxury on your holiday regardless of your budget.

Best Value Options in Carlsbad, CA

To get the best value for your money, you generally need to go with a mid-tier hotel that falls somewhere between inexpensive and luxurious. Look for room rates that average between $100 per and $200 per night. That way, you can safely afford a long stay without sacrificing quality or too much money. You can afford a hotel that provides all the amenities you need to keep you comfortable and let you know you're on vacation, but you won't spend hundreds of dollars a night.

Consider hotels like the La Quinta Inn & Suites when you want the best value. It's a solid hotel with fantastic reviews that costs less than $200 each night. The Holiday Inn and the Quality Inn offer similar values, along with must-haves such as pools and free wireless. To enjoy a more luxurious stay without paying an equally luxurious price, look into hot-spots such as the Courtyard or the Fairfield Inn & Suites, both of which are Marriott hotels. The Hyatt Place, which services both San Diego and Carlsbad, is another excellent choice, especially since you get a breakfast buffet, as well.

In fact, that's one of the things you should think about when you're considering which hotels offer the best value. Always look at the amenities and freebies before booking. In addition to free wireless, look for free breakfast offers, free parking, and on-site provisions, such as restaurants, shops, gyms, and pools.

Everything You Want to Do in Carlsbad, CA

Carlsbad, CA is a beach town, so naturally there's plenty of coastlines for you to explore. From sailing and swimming to combing the beach and exploring the boardwalk, you can easily spend most of your vacation near the water. There's nothing wrong with that and, in fact, it's what many visitors choose to do. However, Carlsbad has so much more to offer. If you're looking for family friendly activities, for example, you can take in Legoland, visit the stunning Flower Fields, or camp out at Carlsbad State Beach.

The Craftsmanship Museum and the Museum of Making Music are ideal for those rare rainy days, but if you really want to see Carlsbad, you need to explore its nature-related attractions. Visitors love fishing at the Batiquitos Lagoon, the Buena Vista Lagoon, and the Agua Hedionda Lagoon, and you'll never see anything lovelier than the picturesque Oceanside Pier.

The Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park is a must-see for lovers of history and architecture, while the Sea Life Aquarium is the best spot for lovers of marine life. If you really need to relax, it's worthwhile to take a tour of the Witch Creek Winery. Plus don't forget that Disney isn't all that far away. There are strawberry farms, speedways, and fresh farmers' markets, as well, not to mention incredible food tours that will leave you stuffed, but hungry for more. The best day, of course, involves combining a food tour with a vineyard tour.

Carlsbad, CA, is practically the perfect vacation spot no matter what you like to do. It's the one place where you can soak up the sun at the beach, go sailing, and spend all your time on the sand, explore the area while getting in touch with nature, or visit nearby cities, historical sites, and vineyards. You can relax in the California sunshine as you take a break from the real world. Whether you take in the sights or spend your whole trip at Moonlight Beach, your trip to Carlsbad will become the vacation by which you judge all others.

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The affluent tourist destination stretches 11 km along the Pacific coastline and is part of San Diego County in California. Ever since Merlin Entertainments opened Legoland California Resort in 1999, hotels in Carlsbad have been attracting visitors with its excellent beaches and entertainment avenues. With the McClellan-Palomar Airport bringing in tourists, attractions like Carlsbad Skatepark, Sea Life Aquarium within Legoland, and the beaches of Carlsbad State and South Carlsbad State are very popular. Other places of interest are Carlsbad Village and Carlsbad Premium Outlets for shopping opportunities, Museum of Making Music, Agua Hedionda Lagoon, Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, Buena Vista Lagoon, Batiquitos Lagoon, The Flower Fields, and Witch Creek Winery.    

3 Budget Hotels At Reasonable Prices Near Local Businesses

Convenient locations are important, and cheap hotels close to entertainment avenues and the beaches are highly popular. Fairfield Inn & Suites - The Marriott group hotel has well-trained staff with professional attitude helping guests out with business meetings. Excellent amenities are offered including parking, pool, Internet, laundry services, fitness room, and hot complimentary breakfasts. Families are attracted, as Legoland is quite near the hotel. Econo Lodge Inn & Suites “ Kid-friendly staff members provide great experiences for families arriving from the Interstate. Legoland is just 10 minutes away, and the hotel has excellent budget prices with the ideal location close to a pizza restaurant, grocery store, and other local businesses. Hampton Inn Carlsbad - The Hilton group hotel is good for both leisure and business with spacious rooms. Coffeemakers and mini fridges, ideal for long stays, are provided. It is around 6.5 Km away from both Legoland and the South Carlsbad State Beach. A variety of cheap hotels are found here catering to people with different needs.

2 Luxury Hotels For Perfect Stays

Quiet locations are preferred by people opting to stay at luxury Carlsbad hotels. West Inn And Suites - Families love the hotel with access to the freeway enabling them to arrive in great numbers. Visitors go trekking out to Carlsbad Village and then come back in time for tasty complimentary breakfasts offering cereals, eggs, potatoes, and sausages. Discount tickets to San Diego Zoo are served at the front desk. Other amenities include free parking and a package of their signature wafers. Cape Rey Carlsbad - The Hilton resort greets guests with treats and sparkling wine. A road is all that separates the hotel from the beautiful beach. Guests can gather soothing sunsets from their rooms and hear the crashing waves. Large events including anniversaries are organized efficiently by well-trained employees. Hotels in Carlsbad are located near popular local restaurants all along the beach.

2 Beachside Boutique Hotels To Hear The Waves 

The perfect location by the seaside encourages people to arrive by train as well as self-driven cars to popular boutique hotels. Ocean Palms Beach Resort - Amazing rooms with window-side views of the beautiful ocean waters are really inviting. The hotel is just around 2 1/2 blocks away from the railway station and has a typical tropical look with palm trees and greenery around. Modern amenities and self-catering items including full-size ovens and fridges are provided. It is quite popular in off-season as well. Beach Terrace Inn - Rooms with balconies overlooking the ocean are pretty awesome. Guests have many walking trails to explore along the beach and enjoy good breakfasts. Shopping centers and restaurants are within walking distance. Visitors can try out the popular cycling lanes. Carlsbad hotels have great appeal and generally get repeat clients.

FAQs about hotels in Carlsbad

What are the best rated hotels in Carlsbad?

West Inn & Suites, The Cassara – Tapestry by Hilton and Cape Rey a Hilton Resort are the best rated hotels based on customer reviews in the last 365 days.

What are the top luxurious hotels in Carlsbad?

Cape Rey a Hilton Resort, Park Hyatt Aviara and Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara are the top 3 luxury hotels near Carlsbad city center.

What hotels are closest to the city center of Carlsbad?

Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach, Carlsbad by The Sea Resort, and Motel 6 Carlsbad East Ca #1351 are the properties closest to Carlsbad city center.

How much does a cheap hotel in Carlsbad cost per night?

In the last year, a 2 star hotel in Carlsbad can be as cheap as $95.97 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

How much does a 3 star hotel in Carlsbad cost per night?

In the last year, the average 3 star hotel in Carlsbad has been $138.22 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

How much does a 4-5 star hotel in Carlsbad cost?

In the last year, the average 4 star hotel in Carlsbad has been $182.21 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

What are the best independent hotels in Carlsbad?

West Inn & Suites, Tamarack Beach Resort and Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort are the best rated independent hotels (not part of a big brand).

What are the best Marriott hotels in Carlsbad?

Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego Carlsbad, Residence Inn Carlsbad and Towneplace Suites by Marriott San Diego Carlsbad are the best rated Marriott/Starwood branded hotels (based on customer reviews score).

What are the most popular Choice Hotels branded hotels in Carlsbad?

Econo Lodge Near Legoland, Econo Lodge Encinitas Moonlight Beach and Rodeway Inn Encinitas North are the best rated Choice Hotels branded hotels (based on HotelPlanner reviews score).

What are the best Best Western hotels in Carlsbad?

Best Western Plus Beach View Lodge, Best Western Carlsbad by The Sea and Best Western Oceanside Inn are the best rated Best Western branded hotels (based on user reviews score).

What are the best IHG hotels in Carlsbad?

Staybridge Suites Carlsbad, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Carlsbad Beach and Holiday Inn Carlsbad are the best rated Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) branded hotels (based on user reviews score).

Recent traveler guest reviews of Carlsbad, CA

Below are reviews of the city of Carlsbad, CA from an actual visitor's perspective.

"Wonderful"
Score 4.0 / 5

The costco was awesome, really loved the outside food court area. The city itself is very clean. We really enjoy our time down here in carlsbad everytime. We came here 3 times this year.

Joshua S., from 19-Oct-2019
"Visit"
Score 5.0 / 5

Beach, food, lots of options. Train to San Diego or Orange County.

Gerald R., from 19-Oct-2019
"Visit"
Score 5.0 / 5

Legoland was very fun and creative.

Laureen Y., from 15-Oct-2019
"Close to beaches"
Score 5.0 / 5

Close to beautiful beaches.

Connie Z., from 15-Oct-2019
"Clean!"
Score 4.0 / 5

It's clean.

Theresa C., from 30-Aug-2019
"Love this city"
Score 5.0 / 5

We love Carlsbad !

Darlene S., from 18-Aug-2019
"Awesome "
Score 5.0 / 5

So many activities to do. It is very close to Legoland and SeaWorld.

Lucy G., from 08-Aug-2019
"Family Friendly "
Score 5.0 / 5

Friendly people, beautiful beaches, lovely weather in July! Trails and canyons to explore, family friendly.

Melissa M., from 26-Jul-2019
"Great Hotel!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Close to beaches, Lego Land and other San Diego attractions. Also, freeway close.

Mary P., from 01-May-2018
"Great Stay!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Legoland was awesome as well as the hotel rooms and accommodations.

Tonia L., from 20-Mar-2018
"Lovely City"
Score 5.0 / 5

This is a beautiful city the beaches are beautiful. I definitely would one back and visit this lovely city.

Latanya F., from 24-Apr-2016
"Conference in the City"
Score 5.0 / 5

We were there for conference and spent most of our time in the hotel. The beach area was the only place we were interested in.

Phebe M., from 09-Nov-2015
"Good So Cal hub"
Score 4.0 / 5

We like the proximity to Legoland and other Southern California attractions.

Malcolm H., from 01-Jan-2014
"Dog beach and shopping!"
Score 5.0 / 5

There was a beach right before Carlsbad Village that was beautiful and could take my dog on a stretch of it. Carlsbad village was also a great time for shopping and food!

Jennifer A., from 09-Nov-2013
The average traveler rating of the city of Carlsbad, CA shown above is 4.7 out of 5 based on 14 reviews
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