Carlsbad, California, is a popular destination for business travelers and tourists alike. Whether you plan to spend time at Tamarack Surf Beach, visit the Legoland California theme park, or attend to business matters, the city offers plenty of accommodation choices to meet your needs. You can enjoy a resort with all the amenities and activities you could possibly want right on site. Or, you can opt for a familiar hotel chain with comfortable and affordable rooms and suites. There are also hotels filled with luxurious amenities and those designed to make you feel as if you are at home. With so many Carlsbad hotels, you are sure to find one to suit your needs. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
© Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach is a Hilton Resort and Spa located just 150 steps from the beach and offering beach views from the balcony rooms. Traditional Guest Rooms have 400 square feet, your choice of two queen beds or a king bed, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a coffeemaker, a safe, high-speed internet, an iron with ironing board, slippers, robes, and a 50-inch flat-screen TV. Upgrade to a pool view room or a balcony room, the latter of which gives you the option of a king bed plus a sofa and a private balcony on an upper floor.
The property’s Ocean Crest Spa is a top-rated day spa, perfect for relaxation and pampering. Or, you can lounge by the pool after you go for a swim. Those who prefer can go surfing along the beach or just bike along the coast. The beach is literally just steps from the hotel, complete with complimentary towels, umbrellas, and chairs. Visit the 24-hour fitness center right on-site. Other amenities include live music, seasonal beach butler service, same-day laundry and shoe-shine service, complimentary newspapers, and Hilton Honors rewards. Visit Chandler’s for coastal inspired dining with views of the ocean. Find complimentary coffee and tea in the lobby in the morning.
1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad, California, Phone: 760-602-0800
2.Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
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Staying at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa gives guests the chance to stay in truly luxurious accommodations for a refreshing retreat that is close to tourist attractions and beaches. Stay in one of the 600 guest rooms, suites, or villas, which include pet-friendly accommodations. Guests will always remain connected thanks to the free and paid Wi-Fi options. All rooms feature mini-fridges, hair dryers, plush robes, custom-designed desks, luxurious bedding, premium coffee and coffeemakers, irons, marble bathrooms, lounge chairs, and flat-screen TVs with cable. Upgrade to a suite with a separate seating area or stretch out in one of the villas.
Spend some time in the full-service spa, with its award-winning service and facilities. Then meditate at the Chopra Center. Play a round or two at one of the property’s two championship golf courses before going for a swim in one of the eight pools. You can also use the 17 tennis courts or visit the athletic club with its 9,100 square feet of space. Other amenities include the Shops at La Costa, parking, a business center, concierge service, dry cleaning and laundry services, Kidtopia Kids Club, express checkout, and an ATM. When you get hungry, head to one of the seven dining options.
2100 Costa Del mar Road, Carlsbad, California, Phone: 760-438-9111
3.Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort
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The Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort offers guests the chance to stay in boutique hotel accommodations that are right along the beach yet close to the major activities in Carlsbad. Opt for a Double Queen Guest Room to make use of the Signature Sleep Therapy queen beds, small fridge, Keurig coffeemaker, double sink bathroom, tub/shower combination, iHome docking station and alarm clock, and flat-screen TV with DVD player. Or upgrade to a King Studio Guest Room for similar amenities but a king bed and a walk-in shower featuring luxury fittings. The Suites are on the top floor and feature king beds, adding sitting areas and ocean views. The resort also offers One Bedroom Condos with full kitchens, king beds, queen sleeper sofas, full-size coffeemakers, living rooms, and dining rooms.
Head to the beach and make use of the resort’s beach equipment. Or borrow a bike or jogger stroller. When you want to stay on site, spend some time in the pool or the adult-only hot tub. Get in a workout at the fitness center, read in the library, or spend time by the fire pits. The resort fee includes covered parking for guests. There are also 25 weekly resort activities to keep you entertained at all times.
3075 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, California, Phone: 760-434-7020
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4.Grand Pacific Palisades Resort & Hotel
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The Grand Pacific Palisades Resort & Hotel offers guests amazing views of the gorgeous Pacific Ocean right above Carlsbad Ranch’s Flower Fields. All accommodations feature high-speed wireless internet, irons, ironing boards, mini-fridges, safes, heating, flat-screen TVs, alarm clocks, cable TVs, in-room game systems, coffeemakers, hair dryers, air conditioning, and DVD players. You can also opt for family rooms or upgrade to a condo room to take advantage of the full kitchen that lets you prepare your meals. You can also request a rollaway bed.
The property features 12 acres of land, which are meticulously manicured. Adults will appreciate the Olympic-sized pool that features Cabanas while families and kids will love the family pool that features a kids’ interactive splash pad. There are also weekly resort activities for all ages, along with an activity center, exclusive entrance to Legoland, and a game and video room. The concierge will gladly assist guests with plans. Get a massage on-site or use the complimentary shuttle to Ocean Pearl Spa. The property also has a gym, self-parking, a five-mile-radius shuttle, guest laundry, dry cleaning and laundry service, newspapers, and BBQs. Visit Karl Strauss Brewery and Restaurant on site or order room service. Or visit the on-site bar and lounge.
5805 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, California, Phone: 760-827-3200
5.Carlsbad By The Sea Resort
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Carlsbad By The Sea Resort prides itself on offering friendly staff and personalized service to all guests, regardless of the purpose for their visit. All 146 guest rooms have wireless internet access so you can remain connected. Pet-friendly rooms are available. The rooms are spread among six buildings, and all feature microwaves, mini-fridges, 36-inch LCD HDTVs, premium cable channels, and private balconies. You can choose your bed configuration and your view. Upgrade to an Executive King Suite to make use of the pull-out sofa bed or consider the Family Suite with two adjoining rooms. There is also a spacious Carlsbad Suite with a king bed and sofa bed.
Spend some time by the outdoor pool and spa, both of which are heated and have plush pool beds and chairs, with lush green courtyards in every direction. Or, just relax on the outdoor patio. You will find plenty of complimentary parking right on site. Use the free shuttle to visit Legoland or anywhere else within two miles. Stay on-site and visit the cardio room with all you need for a workout. There is also a business center and you can request laundry and housekeeping services. Breakfast is included with every stay, giving you one less thing to worry about in the morning.
850 Palomar Airport Rd., Carlsbad, California, Phone: 760-438-7880
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6.West Inn & Suites
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The West Inn & Suites is just three blocks away from the beautiful Pacific Ocean, offering a casual coastal vibe and unassuming luxury. The rooms feature modern amenities, such as warm décor, king beds, pillow top mattresses, HDTVs, free Wi-Fi, data ports, work desks, hair dryers, coffeemakers with tea-making abilities, free local calls, bath products, HBO, irons, microwaves, and fridges. Overall, there are 86 rooms, including 36 suites. You can choose accommodations with pullout sofa and living room. Some rooms even have two king beds and/or two TVs. The property is also pet-friendly.
Go for a swim in the hotel’s outdoor saltwater pool or get in a traditional workout in its fitness center. The property offers a complimentary shuttle service within five miles, as well as plenty of free parking. Other amenities include the business center, hot tub, ice machines, guest laundry, parking for RVs and trucks, and the picnic area. Start the day off with a full belly from the hot breakfast buffet. When hunger strikes later, head to the West Steak and Seafood Restaurant for an elegant meal. You can grab milk and cookies before bed and enjoy tea and coffee 24/7.
4970 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, California, Phone: 866-431-9378
7.Holiday Inn Carlsbad
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The Holiday Inn Carlsbad offers familiar accommodations that are conveniently close to all of the local Carlsbad attractions. The oversized rooms feature flat-screen 40-inch TVs, Keurig coffeemakers, ergonomic chairs with desks, fridges, black-out shades, private bathrooms with bathtubs, hair dryers, direct-dial two-line phones with voicemail, and more. You can also upgrade to a suite. Enjoy standard wireless internet to remain connected.
Spend some time by the resort-style pool and spa, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the outdoors. Work on your swing at the putting greens. Work out in the fitness center with its cardio equipment, free weights, bench, and yoga ball, plus mounted TVs. When it gets dark, head to the fire pit. At any time of the day, relax in the resort courtyard with its natural beauty. The property also offers a business center with printing and copying. Other amenities include a convenience store, news stand, safety deposit box, ice machine, luggage hold, self-parking for free, multilingual staff, wake up calls, and the executive club level. Visit the cocktail lounge to unwind with your favorite drink. Dine at the on-site Stratus Restaurant and Bar with its coastal favorites. You can also enjoy room service throughout most of the day.
2725 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, California, Phone: 760-438-2725
8.La Quinta Inn & Suites Carlsbad - Legoland Area
La Quinta Inn & Suites Carlsbad – Legoland Area offers convenient and relaxing accommodations close to I-5, giving guests convenient access to local attractions. There are pet-friendly rooms available, so no member of the family has to get left behind. Rooms feature irons, flat-screen HDTVs, coffeemakers, desks, microwaves, and mini-fridges. You should also expect comfortable chairs or seating areas and spacious shower/tub combinations.
Go for a swim in the outdoor pool to relax at the end of a long day sightseeing before you sit in the hot tub for a little bit. Or, get in a workout in on-site gym. The free parking makes it convenient to explore Carlsbad. Other amenities include bus and truck parking, 24-hour reception, a concierge, a business center, dry cleaning services, early check-in, laundry facilities, separate laundry services, late check-out, and elevators. Start the day with the free Bright Side Breakfast, including fresh fruit, waffles, and other delicious treats. Sit outside in one of the patio chairs or dine inside at one of the comfortable chairs and tables after grabbing a snack from the mini convenience store selection.
760 Macadamia Dr., Carlsbad, California, Phone: 760-438-2828
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9.Motel 6 Carlsbad Beach
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Those in search of budget-friendly accommodations will find them at Motel 6 Carlsbad Beach, which has everything you truly need during your vacation or business trip, all for an affordable price. The property is just a few miles from the Carlsbad State Beach and two miles of various shops and dining. All guests get to enjoy free Wi-Fi and pets and kids stay free. Rooms have 32-inch LCD TVs, complete with the AV connections you need for gaming. You also get free expanded cable and free local calls. ADA rooms are also available, including with your choice of beds. The Premium Amenity Package adds a coffeemaker, bathroom amenities, an iron with ironing board, an alarm clock, and a hair dryer.
Go for a swim in the spacious outdoor pool, which is right on-site and surrounded by pool loungers and the occasional umbrella. Ensure you always have fresh clothes thanks to the property’s coin laundry. The vending machines are perfect for when you need a quick snack. Start the day with free coffee before you head out to explore Carlsbad.
750 Raintree Dr., Carlsbad, California, Phone: 760-431-0745
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10.Hyland Inn Near Legoland
The Hyland Inn Near Legoland offers a convenient location for a southern California motel, along with all the amenities you want during your stay. There are 60 rooms, each with refrigerators and microwaves for your convenience. Rooms also have flat-screen TVs with cable to keep you entertained while you are in the room. If you are traveling for business, the work desks will come in handy. You can choose a room with your preferred bed arrangement, including those with three beds. There are also convenient areas to hang your clothes, hair dryers, and the other amenities you expect from a motel. The bathrooms feature toiletries so you have one less thing to pack. Consider a room with a whirlpool for extra luxury and relaxation.
Go for a swim in the property’s pool, which is surrounded by a fence for safety. Spend some time on-site on the outdoor sundeck, which is perfect for relaxing. You can park on site for free, so you do not have to worry about getting around Carlsbad. Make use of the guest laundry facilities so you always look your best. Grab a snack from the vending machines or ask the 24-hour front desk for nearby recommendations.
3570 Pio Pico Drive, Carlsbad, California, Phone: 760-729-2383
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11.Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara, North San Diego
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The Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara, North San Diego is perfect for guests of all ages who enjoy the finer things in life, along with postcard-worthy views and rolling foothills. Guest rooms feature kitchenettes, ample seating, king beds, sofa beds, full bathrooms, private balconies, and your choice of view. One-bedroom resort residence accommodations have separate living/dining rooms, laundry areas, and kitchens, along with an extra powder room featuring a full-size shower, and an extra private balcony. Two-bedroom resort residences add yet another bathroom and private balcony. There are also luxury villas with private terraces, access to the guest experience manager, private terraces with grills, and everything you need for an extended stay.
Enjoy on-site activities like group classes in the Yoga Pavilion with its open-air space. Schedule family vacation portraits with a professional local photographer. Get pampered at Driftwood Spa with its treatment rooms, nail salon, and fitness room. The hotel also has two fitness centers, two outdoor heated pools, separate children’s pools, whirlpools, 24-hour business services, barbeque grills, and fire pits. The pre-arrival concierge will gladly stock the kitchen of your villa to meet your specifications, so you do not have to worry about grocery shopping. You can also request private chef dining. Or dine at Seasons Restaurant, Summits Grill, or Palmera Pool.
7210 Blue Heron Place, Carlsbad, California, Phone: 760-603-3700
12.Tamarack Beach Resort Hotel
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Tamarack Beach Resort Hotel offers guests coastal living right along the beach, perfect for all types of travelers and just steps from the beach. Put the complimentary Wi-Fi to good use. All accommodations are at least approximately 400 square feet and have a large flat-screen TV with DVD player, coffeemaker, fridge, microwave, phone, two robes, hair dryer, iron, ironing board, AM/FM radio and iPod dock, alarm, and more. You can upgrade to enjoy an ocean view and a private patio and choose from either a king bed or two queens.
The Courtyard features a heated pool as well as a spa that is for adults only. Kids will enjoy the fountains and kids’ spa. Work out in the gym or visit the recreation room with board games, a ping pong table, and a pool table. The resort always has something going on to keep you entertained, which you can find in its convenient activity calendar. Guests can also enjoy dry cleaning, ocean-view event and meeting space, daily newspaper delivery, safety deposit boxes, the business center, and complimentary secure parking. Dine at Dini’s Bistro, which is conveniently located on site. Don’t worry about breakfast as every stay includes a continental breakfast featuring hot items. You can also make use of the BBQ grill in the courtyard.
3200 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, California, Phone: 760-729-3500
13.Motel 6 Carlsbad Downtown
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The Motel 6 Carlsbad Downtown is perfect for those who want to stick to their budget but remain in the center of everything, with easy access to Carlsbad amenities and attractions. The free wireless internet helps you stay connected and entertained at all times. Rooms also feature free local calls and free expanded cable. Kids and pets stay free, giving you more money to spend on local attractions and souvenirs. Rooms feature comfortable beds, plenty of lighting, work desks, individual climate control, luggage racks, flat-screen TVs, comfortable seating, phones, private bathrooms, and your choice of bed arrangements.
The property features plenty of green space, perfect for relaxing after a day of sightseeing or time spent on the beach. Find complimentary tea and coffee in the lobby throughout the day, so you will always get your caffeine fix. The property is also within walking distance of many food options and attractions, as well as close to mass transit for those who do not want to worry about driving or parking when in Carlsbad.
1006 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad, California, Phone: 760-434-7135
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14.Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Carlsbad Beach
© Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Carlsbad Beach
The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Carlsbad Beach offers familiar accommodations in a convenient location and with all of the amenities that guests need, including wireless internet. Enjoy the comfortable beds with plush duvets and your choices of pillows. The hotel rooms are newly renovated and also include fridges, coffeemakers, microwaves, flat-screen TVs, ergonomic chairs, work desks, irons, black-out shades, individual climate controls, hair dryers, bathroom amenities, free local calls, premium channels, two-line phones with voicemail, and windows that open. Start the day by using the complimentary tea and coffee supplies. You can also request a power converter or an electrical adapter, or choose connecting rooms.
Get in your workout in the on-site fitness center, so you can remain energized and healthy, complete with flat-screen TVs and a range of equipment. Go for a swim in the pool or just sit in the spa and relax after a long day of exploring Carlsbad and beyond. Guests can also enjoy the on-site business center with copying and printing. There are also wake up calls and ice machines. Start the day with the complimentary Express Start Breakfast, a buffet that includes all of your favorites. Grab coffee in the lobby whenever you need a pick-me-up.
751 Raintree Drive, Carlsbad, California, Phone: 760-448-4747
15.Ramada by Wyndham Carlsbad
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The Ramada by Wyndham Carlsbad is now permanently closed, but the Ramada by Wyndham Oceanside is just about ten minutes away from Carlsbad, making it the perfect alternative that is still close to Legoland, beaches, and more, right on I-5. Rooms feature microwaves and refrigerators so you can easily snack in the comfort of your own private space. Rooms also feature hair dryers and you can opt for a rollway bed. Stay connected with the free Wi-Fi. You should also expect comfortable bedding, carpeted floors, flat-screen TVs, storage, desks with comfortable chairs, shower/tub combinations, and more. Choose the type of bed arrangement that meets your needs; there are even family accommodations with bunk beds. Upgrade to enjoy a full kitchen, complete with a table and chairs.
Never miss a workout thanks to the on-site fitness center. The property offers daily housekeeping, elevators, early check-in, coin-operated laundry facilities, free parking, a meeting room, a business center, and multilingual staff. Start the day with a free breakfast featuring a continental selection, sure to fill you up. When you need a snack, stop by the Ramada Mart.
1440 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, California, Phone: 760-712-4600
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16.Cardiff by the Sea Lodge
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The Cardiff by the Sea Lodge prides itself on being California’s “original beach retreat,” offering guests easy access to the world’s best sunsets at this boutique beach retreat. Enjoy free wireless internet in your room. The 17 guest rooms all have their own unique decorations and themes. Watch your favorite premium cable channel on the flat-screen TV. Courtyard Queens have queen beds and serene courtyard views. Ocean/Garden View Queens are similar, but with your choice of view and large bathtubs, sitting areas, and fireplaces. The Ocean View Junior Suites have whirlpools and fireplaces while Ocean View Suites have even more space and king beds.
Relax in the on-site hot tub to soothe your sore muscles after a day of exploring the area. Or, sit at one of the many patio tables, with or without the umbrella open to block out the sun. If you book directly, you get complimentary breakfast items, as well as free parking. This lodge also gladly hosts events.
142 Chesterfield drive, Cardiff by the Sea, Phone: 760-944-6474
17.Days Inn by Wyndham Carlsbad
© Days Inn by Wyndham Carlsbad
The Days Inn by Wyndham Carlsbad is close to Legoland and all of the other local attractions, with a convenient location off of I-5. Enjoy free wireless internet throughout the property, ensuring connectivity. Guest rooms have everything you need, including fridges, microwaves, coffeemakers, ironing equipment, and hair dryers. Other in-room amenities include flat-screen TVs, dressers, individual climate control, shower/tub combinations, comfortable chairs, desks, and toiletries. Families can request a crib, giving you one less thing that you have to try to pack.
Grab a complimentary newspaper if you want to stay informed. Make use of the on-site laundry facilities so you can bring less and have room in your bag for souvenirs. Go for a swim in the heated outdoor pool to take advantage of the temperate California weather. Or, sit in the courtyard, where you can relax by the patio furniture, complete with sun umbrellas. There is also free parking, including available parking for trucks and buses. The day starts off with a delicious free breakfast to give you energy to explore.
3700 Pio Pico Drive, Carlsbad, California, Phone: 760-994-4581
18.Residence Inn by Marriot Carlsbad
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The Residence Inn by Marriott Carlsbad offers the perfect accommodations for those who want a home-like setting without having to maintain the space. The hotel only features suites, all 121 of which have fully-equipped kitchens and complimentary Wi-Fi. Pet-friendly accommodations are available. Other in-room amenities include electrical adapters, available bottled water, alarm clock radios, individual climate control, cable TVs with HBO, luxury bedding, your choice of pillows, pull-out sofas, fireplaces, hair dryers, desks with electrical outlets, and two-line speakerphones with voicemail. The kitchens have microwaves, dishwashers, ovens, stoves, tables, chairs, fridges, icemakers, and more.
Never miss a workout thanks to the on-site fitness center. Or, opt for a swim in the outdoor pool before you relax in the whirlpool. Other hotel amenities include on-site laundry, grocery shopping service, a beauty shop, vending machines, a barber shop, daily housekeeping, car rentals, safe deposit boxes, newspapers in the lobby, and valet dry-cleaning. Start the day with a full hot breakfast to fill you up before you take care of business or explore the area as a tourist. In the evening, attend the social hour for light fare along with drinks. Grab a snack from the vending machines, a coffee in the lobby, or order dinner delivery from a local restaurant.
2000 Faraday Ave., Carlsbad, California, Phone: 760-431-9999
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19.Homewood Suites Carlsbad North
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Homewood Suites Carlsbad North is recently renovated, offering guests the comforts of home in an all-suite hotel that is close to popular attractions and the airport. The full-equipped kitchen makes it easy to prepare your meal of choice. You can relax in the separate living area, where you will find a 32-inch flat-screen LCD TV with premium channels. Free wireless internet ensures you stay connected throughout your stay. Other amenities include irons, ironing boards, alarm clocks featuring MP3 connectivity, work desks with ergonomic chairs, and pull-out sofas. Choose from accommodations with a queen or king bed and opt for a one- or two-bedroom suite.
Between the outdoor pool and the well-equipped fitness center, you will easily be able to stay in shape during your stay. The business center is open 24 hours a day and perfect for business travelers and anyone else who wants to be productive while traveling. Grab a weekday newspaper. While you can prepare breakfast in your suite, you do not have to as every stay includes a complimentary hot full breakfast. On Mondays through Thursdays, you can enjoy a complimentary evening dinner with drinks as well. Take advantage of the complimentary grocery shopping service as well as the 24-hour convenience store right on-site.
2223 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, California, Phone: 760-431-2266
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The Scandia Motel offers quaint accommodations that you can enjoy year-round, just steps from uncrowded beaches and picturesque lagoons. The 20 rooms and suites are bright and warm, featuring hardwood floors, granite countertops, puffy pillows, and marsh views. Standard rooms have microwaves, coffeemakers, fridges, wireless internet, flat-screen TVs with premium channels, separate seating areas, tables with chairs, nightstands, climate control, alarm clocks, irons, hairdryers, and complimentary toiletries. Some rooms also feature kitchenettes with full-sized refrigerators. Choose between queen and double beds. There is daily housekeeping and free wireless high-speed internet. There are pet-friendly accommodations available, perfect for families.
Free parking lets you easily drive to the and around the city. Relax in the on-site outdoor garden while you connect with nature. The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day, so someone is always there to answer your questions. They will also gladly help you with ticketing and arranging a tour. Grab coffee in the lobby so you always have energy.
2550 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, California, Phone: 760-729-3585
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21.Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach
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The Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach offers accommodations within an easy walk of several local beaches, and has its own breathtaking ocean views. Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi on the property, or upgrade to premium Wi-Fi. Other room amenities include microwaves, fridges, and coffeemakers, for all your snack and meal needs. The large desks feature ergonomic chairs as well as outlets at the desk level, and there are separate comfortable chairs with ottomans. Look your best with the iron and ironing board and stay connected via the two phones with voicemail and multiple lines. Upgrade to a suite for a separate living area with a pull-out sofa, dining table, private patio, and wet bar.
Swim in the outdoor pool, before you hop into the adjoining whirlpool for some true relaxation. The beach is right there and you can borrow a bike to get around. Work out in the fitness center whenever the urge strikes. Other amenities and services include a business center, coin laundry, baggage storage, an ATM, a recreation desk, laundry and valet service, room service, multi-lingual staff, a gift shop, and a safety deposit box. Grab a bite to eat at the Carlsbad Beach Bistro or the Pavilion Lounge. If you need something quick, stop by the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry.
6450 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, California, Phone: 760-476-0800
22.Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Carlsbad
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The Courtyard by Marriot San Diego Carlsbad offers guests stylish accommodations in a scenic location. The modern rooms have flat-panel TVs, luxury bedding, and complimentary Wi-Fi. You can also upgrade to faster internet that is perfect for streaming, video chat, and larger downloads. You will also find coffeemakers with coffee and tea, individual climate control, alarm clocks, cable or satellite TV with ESPN and HBO, a wet bar, a two-line phone with voicemail, a desk with electrical outlets, a mini-fridge, a pull-out sofa, a microwave, down/feather or foam pillows, luxurious bedding, an iron with ironing board, a hair dryer, and toiletries.
Stay in shape with the fitness center. Alternatively, you can get in your workout by doing some laps in the heated outdoor pool before relaxing in the spa. The property offers a complimentary shuttle to nearby attractions within five miles. Use the free parking and take the shuttle instead, so you don’t have to park at your destination. Other amenities include on-site laundry, a gift and newsstand, car rentals, a barber and beauty shop, vending machines, an ATM, daily housekeeping, valet dry-cleaning, safe deposit boxes at the front desk, and newspapers in the lobby. The on-site restaurant, the Bistro, serves breakfast and dinner, along with evening cocktails and Starbucks coffee drinks.
5835 Owens Avenue, Carlsbad, California, Phone: 760-431-9399
23.Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego Carlsbad
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The Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego Carlsbad lets you stay in the heart of Carlsbad for easy access to things to do and see. Enjoy the complimentary wireless internet, with wired in the rooms, or upgrade to enhanced high-speed. The 67 rooms and 33 suites have coffeemakers with tea and coffee-making supplies. You should also expect cable or satellite TV with HBO and ESPN, individual climate control, irons, mini-fridges, your choice of pillows, pull-out sofas, cordless speakerphones with voicemail, hair dryers, microwaves, desks with electric outlets, and toiletries.
Relax by the hotel’s fire pit, where you can roast marshmallows or just enjoy the outdoors. Go for a swim in the outdoor pool, which is heated. The fitness center is state-of-the-art, offering everything you need for your workout. There is also a 24/7 business center, perfect for productivity on your trip. Other services and amenities include safety deposit boxes at the front desk, coin-operated laundry, an ATM, car rentals, papers in the lobby, valet dry-cleaning, and a newsstand/gift stand. The hot breakfast buffet is the perfect way to start your day. The 24-hour market makes sure you can grab a snack at any time. Find coffee in the lobby. Local restaurants can deliver for other meals.
1929 Palomar Oaks Way, Carlsbad, California, Phone: 760-579-0155
24.Ocean Palms Beach Resort
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The Ocean Palms Beach Resort offers lush grounds and spacious accommodations. You can stay in a budget-friendly room, a luxurious space, or something in between, with no resort fees. All rooms also feature kitchenettes or kitchens, so you can prepare as much or as little food as you want during your stay. You will also get flat-screen TVs, daily housekeeping, and free Wi-Fi. The property is dog-friendly. Between air conditioning and balcony fans, you will always stay nice and cool. Upgrading can give you a suite with up to three bedrooms, space for up to ten guests, multiple TVs, a full-size fridge and freezer, a large gourmet kitchen, a large dining room, a large living room, an extra bathroom, a private hot tub, a private lanai with a grill, and more.
You just have to cross the street to reach the beach or walk a block to reach Carlsbad village. Take advantage of the resort’s free beach gear, ensuring a good time as you enjoy the sand and water. Enjoy the heated on-site pool or the whirlpool hot tub. Work out in the fitness center or head to the putting green. The hotel also has fax and copy services. Start the day with free continental breakfast. Grab something small at the gift and snack shop.
2950 Ocean Street, Carlsbad, California, Phone: 760-729-2493
25.Carlsbad Seapointe Resort
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Carlsbad Seapointe Resort gives guests views of the pristine sandy beaches nearby, surrounded by natural beauty. The accommodations are in the style of condominiums and feature one or two bedrooms. All accommodations are fully air-conditioned and non-smoking, featuring cozy fireplaces in the living room, flat-screen LCD TVs, contemporary décor, designer furnishings, upgraded linens, plenty of work space, voicemail, coffeemakers with supplies, and wireless high-speed internet. All suites also have fully-equipped kitchens for your convenience and the flexibility to prepare your own meals if you wish. One-room condo suites are between 577 and 785 square feet while two-bedroom units are between 1,029 and 1,066 square feet.
The resort is surrounded by tropical foliage and has a full range of activities and amenities. Play on the tennis court, work out in the fitness center, or swim in one of the two pools. Make full use of the complimentary beach and pool equipment. Afterwards, relax in one of the two whirlpools. Do not forget to check out the schedule of resort activities or to visit the putting green. The beach is just steps away and the village of Carlsbad is only a short drive away. There are also facilities for meetings and events. Make use of the outdoor BBQ grills and picnic areas.
6400 Surfside Lane, Carlsbad, California, Phone: 760-603-1700
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Attraction Spotlight: SEA LIFE Aquarium
Based at LEGOLAND® California Resort in Carlsbad, SEA LIFE® Aquarium is an interactive aquarium and marine park that offers visitors an interactive guide to the life of the sea. The Aquarium is home to more than 5,000 sea creatures and features interactive and hands-on learning activities, adventures, up-close encounters with various animals, and a variety of fascinating educational talks and feeding demonstrations.
SEA LIFE® Aquarium features an array of exhibits, displays and marine habitats where visitors can learn about and interact with a diverse range of more than 250 species of marine creatures. Home to more than 5,000 creatures, including rays, sharks, octopi, seahorses, and myriad tropical fish, including clownfish (Nemo). Exhibits include a Freshwater Exhibit, a Harbor Exhibit, an Interactive Touch Pool Exhibit, a Shoaling Exhibit, a Kingdom of the Seahorse Exhibit, a Jellyfish Discovery, and a Shark and Ray Lagoon. Other exhibits include a Tropical Ocean Exhibit and a Shipwreck Exhibit.
The Jellyfish Discovery exhibit features over 100 jellies gracefully swimming around ceiling-high tube tanks with multi-colored spotlights. This interactive attraction offers guests the opportunity to get an up-close look at these mysterious creatures of the deep, as well as the chance to touch and hold one of them.
SEA LIFE® Aquarium offers a variety of educational programs, workshops, and demonstrations that teach visitors about marine creatures, their feeding habits, and the importance of conserving the aquatic environment. Educational programs include an Interactive Rockpool Experience at the Touch Pool where visitors can touch various creatures in a Southern California Rockpool. The Dive Show at Shipwreck is led by marine experts and offers an opportunity to learn the secrets of the sea, and the Ray Lagoon Feed at Ocean View Window allows guests to watch sharks and sting rays feed.
SEA LIFE® Aquarium partners with various other marine-based companies in a variety of conservation projects and initiatives, including the Breed, Rescue and Protect Project, the Sealife Trust, and the Sea Life Carlsbad Local Conservation.
One of the SEA LIFE® Aquarium’s partners is the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, which recommends which seafood to buy or avoid according to the environmental impact. SEA LIFE® Aquarium also participates in the Southern California Aquarium Collaborative, which focuses on educating visitors about environmental issues such as climate change.
SEA LIFE® Aquarium is based in the LEGOLAND® California Resort on 1 Legoland Drive and is open to the public daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission to the SEA LIFE® Aquarium includes daily educational talks and feeding demonstrations, access to the 180 degree Ocean Tunnel, and interactive touch pool experiences with sharks, rays and more. Facilities at SEA LIFE® Aquarium include disabled access, restroom and a baby changing area, and admission for service animals.
SEA LIFE® Aquarium at LEGOLAND® California Resort, One LEGOLAND Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008, Phone: 760-918-5346
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Attraction Spotlight: Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park
The Leo Carrillo Ranch, also known as ‘Rancho de Los Kiotes’ (‘Ranch of the Spanish Daggers’), is a historic ranch in Carlsbad, California. Fondly called ‘Carlsbad's Sleeping Beauty’ the traditional working ranch was built as a weekend retreat for actor Leo Carrillo in the Spanish hacienda style in tribute to his ancestors who came to California in the 1700s. Designated as both a National Historic Landmark and a California Historic Landmark, the Leo Carrillo Ranch is open for the public to explore its many traditional abode buildings, spectacular gardens, and hiking trails.
The Leo Carrillo Ranch, or otherwise known as ‘Rancho De Los Kiotes’ was designed and built by actor Leo Carrillo in 1939 as a weekend retreat for himself and his friends. Designed in the style of Spanish hacienda estates on land that was once inhabited by the Luiseno people, the working ranch was built as a tribute to Leo’s ancestors who arrived in California in the 1700s. Resting on more than 2,500 acres of unspoiled land, the ranch slowly grew in size with a variety of other properties being added on over the years from the main adobe house to a small artist’s studio for his wife, Edith. Today, the Leo Carrillo Ranch is managed by the Friends of Carrillo Ranch, Inc. and is a unique educational and passive recreational resource and a popular tourist destination.
Once part of the original 2,538-acre working ranch and weekend retreat of actor and preservationist Leo Carrillo, the historic Leo Carrillo Ranch is an outstanding educational and recreational resource. The ranch features several beautifully preserved and restored historic structures, including numerous hand-crafted adobe buildings, a hacienda and reflecting pool, a visitor center, stables, barns, house tack shed, and a foundry. The property is bisected by the four-mile long Rancho Carrillo Trail, which can be enjoyed on self-guided walking tours or guided 90-minute walking tours on Saturdays. Visitors can watch a short introductory film about the property in the Visitor Center before setting off on their hike.
The Leo Carrillo Ranch offers a range of educational programs, field trips, and guided tours in and around the property with the aim of encouraging visitors of all ages to take an interest in the history of the ranch and the role it played in the development of the local community.
The Leo Carrillo Ranch is located in Carlsbad and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sundays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Guided walking tours of the property are available and explore the buildings and gardens around the property.
6200 Flying LC Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92009, Phone: 760-476-1042
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Attraction Spotlight: Museum of Making Music
The Museum of Making Music, a division of the NAMM Foundation, is dedicated to the art of music-making with galleries of instruments, special exhibitions and live events throughout the year. Located in Carlsbad, California, the Museum presents a range of exhibitions and displays relating to the history of music from the 1890s to the present day, as well as the manufacturing industry for musical instruments in the United States.
The mission of the Museum of Making Music is to highlight the music products industry; it’s accomplishments and impact on the community. It does this through a variety of exceptional interactive exhibitions, educational programs and hands-on music making events.
Founded in 1998 and opened to the public in March 2000, the Museum of Making Music is a program division of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation, a non-profit organization that serves and strengthens the global music products industry. The Museum of Making Music is located on the first floor of the building that also serves as the international headquarters of NAMM.
Exhibits and Galleries
The Museum of Making Music features several galleries with more than 450 vintage instruments, along with audio samples of traditional music, a variety of musical artifacts, and an interactive area for visitors to try their musical skills on live, hands-on instruments. Musical instruments take center stage of all exhibits in the Museum, dating back to the turn of the last century, around 1900 and displays chronologically explore several themes, including popular music, musical instrument innovations, manufacturing, distribution, marketing and music retail.
Musical instruments are displayed in vintage music store settings to showcase their beauty and diversity, as well as tell the story of how the music products industry that supplies the world with the instruments, gear, and products that are used to make music. Galleries also present audio and video clips that allow guests to aurally and visually enjoy a variety of music, and several instruments that guests can play.
The Museum's Interactive Area features an array of hands-on instruments that highlight the lasting traditions in musical instruments, as well as the latest innovations. Many of the interactive devices are equipped with a pair of headphones so that visitors can explore the instruments and play privately without disturbing others.
In addition to its permanent collection, the Museum of Making Music also presents a variety of self-curated temporary exhibitions that focus on specific ideas and themes that are displayed for six to eight months at a time.
Highlights of the Permanent Collection
Highlights of the Museum’s collection include more than 500 vintage instruments that highlight the innovative change in music over the last few decades, samples of popular music spanning over a century, and breakthrough instruments throughout history. Other highlights include dozens of hands-on instruments in a unique studio that guests can play, as well as a state-of-the-art touchscreen wall where visitors can explore music from around the world.
The Museum of Making Music offers a variety of educational programs, community-based initiatives and public events that educate, inform and entertain audiences from around the country. Programs and events include music concerts, films, performances, summer camps, and workshops.
Field Trip Programs are led by trained facilitators and offer students the opportunity to explore the innovations and historical events that influenced music making and musical instruments. Based on creative thinking, the program presents an adventure of exploring the instruments of the Museum on display, sound and video clips of a variety of music, and an interactive activity for all ages.
The Museum of Making Music is located at 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad and is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Parking for visitors is free at the Museum of Making Music with a car park located directly behind the building.
5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008, Phone: 760-438-5996
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