Carlsbad By The Sea Resort

ex. Holiday Inn Carlsbad by the Sea

850 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA, United States, 92011show map
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FabulousBased on  88 reviews

Carlsbad By The Sea Resort is a 3-star property situated about 10 km from California Surf Museum. Built in 1981, the family-friendly hotel was renovated in 2010.

The venue is 3 km away from Carlsbad Lagoon. The distance between Carlsbad city center and the property is 5 km.

Welcoming guests with an outdoor heated swimming pool, loungers and a patio, the hotel is placed next to a racetrack, a zoo and golf courses.

There is Coaster Carlsbad Poinsettia train station nearby. The property is set 5 km from Mc Clellan-Palomar airport.


Some of the beautiful hotel rooms feature climate control, LCD flat panel TV, cable TV with on-demand movies, coffee/tea makers and a sofa as well as a small fridge, a microwave and a stove. Rooms offer a panoramic view over the lagoon. Guests will also love a roll in shower, a hairdryer and toiletries bathrooms equipped with a roll in shower, a hairdryer and toiletries.

Eat & Drink

A breakfast is served in the restaurant. Located 250 meters away from the hotel King's Fish House and San Sai serve a freat selection of Japanese food.


Guests can make use of free self parking, a baggage storage and a safe deposit box on site.


The property indulges guests with a wellness center and a Jacuzzi as well as a gym and a fitness center.


Wireless internet is available in the entire hotel for free.

Guest Parking

Public parking is possible on site for free.

Year renovated:   2011.  Number of rooms:   149.

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On-site car park

24-hour services

Late check-in/ -out

24-hour reception

24-hour room service

24-hour security

Swimming pool

Outdoor heated swimming pool

Air conditioning
Facilities for kids


Private beach

Sun loungers

Sports & Fitness

  • Fitness centre
  • Surfing
  • Diving
  • Sailing
  • Pedal boating
  • Basketball
  • Golf course
  • Table tennis
  • Squash
  • Aerobics


  • Free airport shuttle
  • 24-hour room service
  • Car rental
  • Self-service laundry
  • Dry cleaning
  • Tours/Ticket assistance
  • Wake up service
  • Newspaper service
  • Welcome pack


  • Full board
  • Continental breakfast
  • Restaurant buffet
  • Pub
  • Cafe
  • Bar/ Lounge area
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Catering service
  • Free breakfast
  • Buffet breakfast


  • Business centre
  • Secretarial service
  • Printers
  • Fax/Photocopying


  • Cots

Spa & Leisure

  • Outdoor heated swimming pool
  • Sun loungers
  • Casino
  • Spa & wellness centre
  • Jacuzzi

Room view

  • Garden view
  • Courtyard view
  • Ocean view
  • Pool view

Room features

  • Air conditioning
  • Individual heating
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting rooms
  • Living room
  • Sitting area
  • Balcony
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • In-room desk
  • Ironing facilities
  • Rollaway beds


  • Bathroom
  • Bath/ Shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobe


  • Refrigerator
  • Electric kettle
  • Microwave


  • Hi-Fi
  • Cable/ Satellite television
  • Paid films
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Radio
  • AM/FM alarm clock

Room decor

  • Carpeted floor
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Good to know
Check-infrom 3 pmFREECheck-outuntil 11 amFREE
Children & extra bedsAll children0 - 18 yearsExisting beddingFREEThere are no extra beds provided in a room. 
PetsPets are allowed on request.
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Rooms and availability

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  • Nearby
  • Restaurants
  • City landmarks
Legoland CaliforniaLegoland California2700 ft
Carlsbad Premium OutletsCarlsbad Premium Outlets1400 ft
Legoland Theme ParkLegoland Theme Park2300 ft
Museum of Making MusicMuseum of Making Music2000 ft
South Carlsbad State BeachSouth Carlsbad State Beach3300 ft
Windmill Banquet and CateringWindmill Banquet and Catering700 ft
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King's Fish HouseKing's Fish House600 ft5625 Paseo Del Norte
T.G.I. Friday'sT.G.I. Friday's700 ft890 Palomar Airport Rd
Islands RestaurantIslands Restaurant800 ft889 Palomar Airport Rd
Ruby's DinerRuby's Diner900 ft5630 Paseo Del Norte #130D
Bellefleur Winery & RestaurantBellefleur Winery & Restaurant1000 ft5610 Paseo Del Norte
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Coaster Carlsbad Village StationCoaster Carlsbad Village Station3.0 mi
Carlsbad Children's MuseumCarlsbad Children's Museum2.9 mi
Carlsbad State BeachCarlsbad State Beach2.4 mi
Carlsbad Park MaintenanceCarlsbad Park Maintenance3.0 mi
Charter Oak Preserving COCharter Oak Preserving CO2.2 mi
Scif PalomarScif Palomar2.3 mi
MC Clellan Palomar AirportMC Clellan Palomar Airport2.7 mi
Palomar Airport CtrPalomar Airport Ctr2.7 mi
Bell Helicopter Textron IncBell Helicopter Textron Inc3.0 mi
San Diego Botanic GardenSan Diego Botanic Garden5.4 mi230 Quail Gardens Dr
Oceanside PierOceanside Pier5.7 mi300 S Pacific St
California Surf MuseumCalifornia Surf Museum6.1 mi312 Pier View Way
The Wave WaterparkThe Wave Waterpark6.8 mi101 Wave Dr
Antique Gas & Steam Engine MuseumAntique Gas & Steam Engine Museum8.3 mi2040 N Santa Fe Ave
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Getting around
Fraser Island (OKB)6.8 mi
Coaster Carlsbad Poinsettia Station1.0 mi
Coaster Carlsbad Village Station3.1 mi
Bus stop700 ft
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FabulousBased on  88  reviews
  • 7.0
    Very good

    I really liked the location! It was minutes away from everything including the beach.

    Didn't care for the breakfast too much.

  • 5.0
    Guest rating

    We chose this because we thought it was by the sea. Unfortunately, not.

  • 5.8
    Guest rating

    It was easy to reach and not that expensive

    it is really close to the freeway and airport so rather noisy

  • 8.2

    The price was affordable, it was also comfortable, the beds were soft.

    The screen door to the balcony needs maintenence.

  • 8.2

    I stayed at Carlsbad by the Sea resort because I needed to be close to the Encinitas region. The hotel was an easy and pleasurably scenic drive from the town, so the location was great. Parking was not an issue and there are loads of restaurants and the Carlsbad Premium Outlets just across the street which was very convenient. The room was very big, facing the pool, not the street, so not noisy at all.

    The gym is small and not very modern, but it was convenient to have one on site. Breakfast was included, which was nice, but the choices were limited and the layout of the buffet can be improved because there was always a queue.

  • 9.2

    Convenience to relatives, shopping, good restaurants, beaches. Free Continental Breakfast. Computer availability to print Boarding Passess.

    No elevator for 2nd floor rooms.

  • 8.2

    Convenient arrangement of hotel. Wide beds. Comfortable number. Удобное расположение отеля. Широкие кровати. Комфортный номер.

    Hotel payment at settling in hotel. If you have used additional services in hotel at departure you again should pay for number in hotel + the received services. To pay in addition for additional services on a reception it was not possible!!!!Оплата отеля при заселении в отель. Если вы воспользовались дополнительными услугами в отеле, то при выезде вам снова придется оплачивать за номер в отеле + полученные услуги. Доплатить за дополнительные услуги на ресепшене было не возможно!!!!

  • 8.0

    We liked that the rooms were remodeled recently and it helps make the stay more enjoyable and it was on the second floor. The room was not a small, the noise level was not loud considering the hotel is very close to the freeway, and the neighbors were not noisy. We enjoyed the use of the pool because there were not many using the pool. We liked that is was very close to the restaurants, shopping, and Legoland. We often walked to go to dinner, lunch, and shopping because it was easier that driving.

    The front door was hard to close. You had to pull hard and double check it; otherwise, there is a chance the door is still open. The alarm clock display was broken,and should have been report by us. The handle of the siding window door had sharp edges so someone could injure themselves. In the bathroom, there were no hand rails in case someone slips in the tub or needs support in getting in/out. There was a green gate with a card reader that we had to enter before heading to our room 259. The green gate was broken so it would not have prevented any outsiders from entering.

  • 7.4
    Very good

    There was no one at the front desk when I had to check out, and after waiting for five minutes, I left. I have since been charged $16,67 on my credit card, and I have no idea why. I never used any of the hotel's services.

  • 4.6
    Guest rating

    The landscaped gardens with their cute gazebos and nicely positioned pool and hot tub. The location is right across the street from easy fast restaurants and outlet shopping.

    The staff should take a course in customer service: 9 out of the 10 people we encountered were quite unpleasant. One woman was nice, however she is the same person who promised that our clogged sink (filled with someone else's hair!) would be fixed shortly...Eight hours later, it still wasn't fixed! At the 9th hour, we couldn't take it anymore (they now had a guy with a grinding roto rooter assuring us that he would not have it fixed anytime soon) we asked to switch rooms. Despite an offer of a discount for the inconvenience, nearly getting killed in the shuttle van to Legoland (do not get in if the driver is named John), we lost all hope of ever staying here again. The driver ignored the fact that I was pregnant and we were travelling with a small child, and drove like a maniac - actually squealing tires out of the parking lot. When I told him I'd like him to slow down because I was pregnant, he said he'd "call 111" and they could deal with it! What ??? 111?? Who is this lunatic?? Then, after 4 mornings of eggs cooked with cheese whiz, and noticing the room we originally were assigned now had the carpets ripped up with de-humidifiers going all day and night... We truly have no desire to ever stay here again. It's too bad that this glorified "motel " has enough charm with its gardens and pool to actually continue fooling people into believing it qualifies as a "resort ". Someone should overhaul the rooms and staff to charm us "suckers" back. Until then, stay anywhere else ! Good luck !

  • 10.0

    Very friendly staff and very close to restaurants and stores.

  • 6.8
    Very good

    The rooms were clean and nicely furnished.

    The exercise room was nice and roomy but it had a stale order.

  • 8.8

    I love the balcony overlooking the pool, the hot tub, the breakfast and proximity to beach, city, shopping and restaurants.

    Small request. Last year, we had a very similar room overlooking the pool and one of the things I liked a lot was the up lights on the trees at night. It seemed like most of them have been removed or turned off. Please bring them back.

  • 6.2


    It was ok but for the price I had better. Room outdated

  • 5.4
    Guest rating

    The bed was comfortable. The bedroom had decent furniture.

    The facility was run down looking. Our room was directly off the large parking lot and busy street. The bathroom was not up dated. Our cost for the room for 1 night was $199 before tax. Paid a total of $220 for the night.

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FabulousBased on  88 reviews
Good to know
Check-infrom 3 pmFREECheck-outuntil 11 amFREE
Children & extra bedsAll children0 - 18 yearsExisting beddingFREEThere are no extra beds provided in a room. 
PetsPets are allowed on request.
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Getting around
Fraser Island (OKB)6.8 mi
Coaster Carlsbad Poinsettia Station1.0 mi
Coaster Carlsbad Village Station3.1 mi
Bus stop700 ft
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