I enjoyed taking leisurely strolls across the property and down to the beach. Carlsbad Inn is not beachfront, you must cross a small street and transcend a few flights of stairs to get to the beach. We had an outside one-bedroom unit on the end, unit #334. I liked it. From our balcony we had a clear view across to the ocean and beach.
My only complaints would be the lack of closet space and the long walk from the elevator to our room. There is only one elevator in the condo section that I saw.
Just a few additional items. The pool was small, but very nice. It was heated to about 80 degrees. Perfect by my standards given that the nights dropped into the 50's. The staff was very friendly and efficient. They had several activities planned every day. We took advantage of some of the children's activities. Once we got started, the staff member facilitating the activities was enthusiastic and even ordered pizza for the kids.
I did not attend, but I noticed the resort's casino night was a "full house".
We would definitely come back to Carlsbad Inn. I could not get enough of the property. It was touted as being European, I would agree with that characterization.
We went deep sea fishing on Sunday (10 minutes in Oceanside), didn't catch much but had a wonderful time. The word is that the fishing is best in August and September.
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Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey
February 12, 2003
From journal Zoo, Harbors, and FOOD
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
July 25, 2009
October 31, 2006
May 18, 2003
The workout room was good but not great. We loved the free bikes. You could check them out for two hours and cruise along the coast watching the surfers and birds. It was delightful. A very family friendly place. They have a ping pong table, games, and generally go the extra mile to have activities for all ages.
The Carlsbad Village has great little restaurants that you can walk to. Pronto's Market is good for lunch or take out dinners. We tried lots of the places and they were all pretty good.
From journal Spring in Carlsbad
November 15, 2002
I did a lot of relaxing the first couple of days. The resort has a hot tub out in the front lawn that is for adults only, and you can sit in there and just listen to the sounds of the ocean. Talk about relaxing.
When I would get hungry, I would either eat at the Mexican restaurant there or I would walk to one of several different restaurants right around the corner from the resort.
From journal Golfing in Sunny Southern California.
February 9, 2001
From journal Weekend at So. Calif beachtown
February 7, 2011
January 19, 2007
From journal Carlsbad, CA in January
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