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West Covina, California
January 10, 2005
From journal Carlsbad Getaway
January 5, 2005
We were lucky to get good weather--in the 70s, with only a little morning fog. The property is immaculate, and the staff is very accommodating and helpful. We hosted a holiday dinner party for about 10 old friends in the area and asked the resort for extra dishes, glasses, and chairs. They were provided very quickly. Our only regret was that we had a ground-floor unit with only a very partial view from the patio, but other than that, the property was very nice, and I especially enjoyed the king-size, pillow-top bed, which was enormously comfy.
Nearby is the Carlsbad Spa--about a two-block walk away--where you can get a nice soak in the mineral water, a massage, and facial for about $160 in an Egyptian-themed room--a nice treat. The Encinitas Golf Course is nearby and a beautiful course to play. Restaurants nearby that we recommend: The Armenian Cafe--excellent food, though a bit pricey. Cessy's Mexican food, right across the street, is very cheap. Try the carnitas taco for $2.15! And Caldo Pomodoro, a few blocks away, has delicious Italian--try the spumoni pie! And ask for Bill, the waiter--he was very enthusiastic.
The train station is a couple blocks away, and you can catch the Coaster to SD if you don't want to drive, though the times are limited to commuting times.
The Carlsbad Inn is a wonderful choice for the San Diego beach area!
From journal San Diego Beaches in December-Carlsbad Inn
September 17, 2004
From journal Family Friendly Resort in So. California
August 15, 2004
New River, Arizona
May 16, 2004
There were a couple of things we were a little miffed about. One was that they charge you for parking and for local phone calls. If you are staying at a resort like this, parking for one car should be free. We had to pay $5 per day. I don't know who at RCI to propose this to, but I feel that part of having a Gold Crown rating should be that you don't surcharge your guests for every little thing.
The other thing that was a little frustrating is that there is only one small elevator per wing and it was a real struggle to first obtain a luggage cart and then to wait to get onto the elevator to get your stuff up into your room, since everyone seems to be arriving at the same time. Leaving was a little less frustrating since people were departing at varying times.
But once in your room, and all fees aside, this is a very nice place to stay indeed. We would definitely come back again. We enjoyed the complimentary welcome continental breakfast, the pool, and the beach. We did not partake of the many other activities, the adult jacuzzi (which is strictly enforced), the live music on the center lawn (twice), or the on-site restaurant (which seemed very popular).
From journal California Coast
March 26, 2004
The only rooms with a view are on the top floor; the pictures are a bit deceiving. We had a lovely view of scrubs that were roughly 8 feet tall! Also the T.V in the master bedroom was horribly blurry. This resort was a big disapointment.
The best part of this vacation: It was only a 50 min. drive to Disneyland, and that's where we spent most of our time. The town of Carlsbad is a fun little town with lots to do, but stay somewhere else!
From journal Sleepless in Carlsbad
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
February 16, 2004
Disneyland is an hour away. Huntington Beach and many other beaches are an hour away.
The beach at the resort is awesome and there’s lots of surfing activity. There are great restaurants within walking distance. There’s a coffee shop/deli right across the street.
Best Things About the Resort:It's right on the beach, well, down the steps and then there it is. There was a good variety of activities for the guests to participate in, with activities such as Bingo, casino night, art activities, yoga, etc.Resort Experience:This is a beautiful resort. The staff was very nice, knowledgeable, and friendly.
The pool is very warm, but outside, as the pools in California are. There are two whirlpools on the grounds. The grounds are beautiful and kept up nicely.
From journal California Dreamin'
January 29, 2004
We went on a whale watching tour arranged by the resort, a 40 ft sailing yacht with the four of us plus the "captain". We didn't see any whales but it was a wonderful experience. It sure beat going on one of those huge ships out of San Diego plus fighting with the traffic to get there and back. (We sailed out of Oceanside, about 10 minutes north.) The big ships guarantee that you'll see a whale but how they do it is they give you free tickets to keep coming back until you DO see one. Since most people are only there for a short time, it doesn't cost them anything.
From journal Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort
St. Andrews, NB, New Brunswick
July 14, 2003
July 5, 2003
The units are very will keeped and stocked very nice. The flowers and the grounds are well manicured. The service of the staff was exceptional. I loved it and so did the rest of my family.Resort Experience:Heaven!!! I would get up in the morning and enjoy my coffee on the terrace overlooking the ocean. There are so many activities put on by the staff to keep you and the kids very busy if you want to be, or you can just relax. We did both. The activities are reasonably priced, many of them free. Have fun!!!!
From journal Commotion by the ocean