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May 1, 2002
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.
From journal Spring Break in Carlsbad
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
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
May 23, 2003
The resort offers many activities, such as a sailing trip, a tour to Mexico or Hollywood, and more. The resort offers beach equipment that you can check out and a beautiful sandy beach is within walking distance. The resort had two outdoor swimming pools, two outdoor whirlpools/hot tubs with fire pits and a great covered parking area.
The staff was very friendly and helpful.
The weather was fabulous during our stay in April-May. I would recommend and would stay at this resort again.
From journal Vacation by the Ocean
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
September 17, 2004
From journal Family Friendly Resort in So. California
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'
St. Andrews, NB, New Brunswick
July 14, 2003
June 4, 2003
Carlsbad is an ideal location. It took about 25 minutes to get to the Scripps Aquarium in LaJolla. 40 minutes to the San Diego Zoo. We enjoyed the outlet mall in Carlsbad. Approximately 90 minutes south of Los Angeles. Lots of surfing going on!
From journal Carlsbad is Allright!