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Carlsbad By The Sea Hotel
3 out of 5
850 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$143 per night from 9 Dec. to 10 Dec.
2.89 km from city centre
4.1/5Very Good! (1,320 reviews)

"We liked how clean it was. The lady at the front desk was extremely nice! Gave us as many coffees as we wanted. Beds were comfortable! Very quiet so my daughter could do her school work."…"

Reviewed on 29 Oct. 2020

Carlsbad By The Sea Hotel
Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach, a Hilton Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
1 Ponto Rd, Carlsbad, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$196 per night from 3 Dec. to 4 Dec.
3.63 km from city centre
4.1/5Very Good! (965 reviews)

"Friendly staff, quiet, room was clean, walking distance to the beaches"…"

Reviewed on 8 Nov. 2020

Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach, a Hilton Resort & Spa
Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
5420 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$194 per night from 13 Dec. to 14 Dec.
2.08 km from city centre
4.3/5Excellent! (981 reviews)

"Beautiful, spralling resort. Gorgeous lobby. Perfect irregular shaped pool with water slide. Great service and food. We will definitely be coming back."…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct. 2020

Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa
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Carlsbad Suites
3.5 out of 5
5010 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$126 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.
3.96 km from city centre
4.1/5Very Good! (2,110 reviews)

"The staff were friendly and nice. The room had a separate bedroom and the kitchen was stocked with all of the supplies we needed, except for a dish sponge. The only think we couldn't figure out was how to control the room temperature so it was either too cold or too warm."…"

Reviewed on 3 Nov. 2020

Carlsbad Suites
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$360 per night from 3 Dec. to 4 Dec.
4.32 km from city centre
4.2/5Excellent! (987 reviews)

"It would be nice if self parking was free or much cheaper. $40 for one night is a but too much. Also, would be nice to give guests at least 1 hr of rental tennis courts per day complementary, if courts are available."…"

Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2020

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
The Cassara Carlsbad, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
3.5 out of 5
5805 Armada Dr Building B, Carlsbad, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$165 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.
2.51 km from city centre
4.3/5Excellent! (115 reviews)

"it was beautiful..pool was beautiful clean resort!..the only thing wrong was my phone( hotel phone )did not work!"…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2020

The Cassara Carlsbad, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach
3 out of 5
6450 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$152 per night from 3 Dec. to 4 Dec.
3.63 km from city centre
4/5Very Good! (967 reviews)

"Enjoyed my stay. I will be back for work in the future"…"

Reviewed on 27 Oct. 2020

Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach
Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort
3 out of 5
3075 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$203 per night from 8 Dec. to 9 Dec.
6.91 km from city centre
4.3/5Excellent! (963 reviews)

"You know it's just tough to really review it during this Covid thing. The place is in a perfect location, but with the construction and Covid, this was basically a room. Nothing at all happening at the "resort" for the cost. Maybe it would be nice to set up an outside bar so that people could get ..."…"

Reviewed on 7 Nov. 2020

Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort
Home2 Suites by Hilton Carlsbad, CA
2.5 out of 5
1901 WRIGHT PLACE, Carlsbad, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$176 per night from 30 Dec. to 31 Dec.
0.51 km from city centre
4.8/5Exceptional! (127 reviews)

"Felt safe during our stay during the Pandemic, especially for a military family w made an 800 mile trip there. Was impressed with friendly staff and the cleanliness of the location was their priority. Thanks for an awesome stay!"…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov. 2020

Home2 Suites by Hilton Carlsbad, CA
Extended Stay America-San Diego-Carlsbad Village by the Sea
2.5 out of 5
1050 Grand Ave, Carlsbad, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$132 per night from 7 Dec. to 8 Dec.
6.7 km from city centre
3.3/5 (877 reviews)

"Nice and clean. Room was bare of ameneties, if you needed anything you had to call front desk:("…"

Reviewed on 31 Aug. 2020

Extended Stay America-San Diego-Carlsbad Village by the Sea
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Carlsbad Beach
2.5 out of 5
751 Raintree Drive, Carlsbad, CA
Free cancellation
The price is AU$146 per night from 7 Dec. to 8 Dec.
3.28 km from city centre
4.1/5Very Good! (980 reviews)

"I had a nice stay. Brad was always ready to help me and my friends and the front desk and I really appreciated that. My only complaint is the wifi connection which never actually worked well. I stayed in the hotel for 16 days."…"

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2020

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Carlsbad Beach
Motel 6 Carlsbad, CA - East
2 out of 5
6117 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA
Free cancellation
The price is AU$85 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.
2.95 km from city centre
3.6/5Good! (981 reviews)
Great stay

"Nice and clean and quiet"…"

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2020

Motel 6 Carlsbad, CA - East
Beach Terrace Inn
3.5 out of 5
2775 Ocean St, Carlsbad, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$349 per night from 7 Dec. to 8 Dec.
7.18 km from city centre
4.6/5Wonderful! (774 reviews)

"Completely a safe environment with covid precautions. Everything was just as stated on their site. Staff was very helpful and accommodating our requests. We are returning visitors and will be back. The only negative was not having an elevator. With heavy suitcases, going up and down stairwells was ..."…"

Reviewed on 27 Oct. 2020

Beach Terrace Inn
Hyland Inn Near Legoland
2.5 out of 5
3570 Pio Pico Drive, Carlsbad, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$83 per night from 2 Jan. to 3 Jan.
5.85 km from city centre
3.5/5Good! (578 reviews)

"Simple and clean. It's only a short walk to the beach. The area has a lot of cute shops and places to eat within a few minutes walk. The Inn is near a major freeway, so don't expect total quiet. However, they are strict about quiet within the property. Few amenities, but the basics are good ..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Oct. 2020

Hyland Inn Near Legoland
Carlsbad Seapointe Resort
3 out of 5
6400 Surfside Lane, Carlsbad, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$215 per night from 21 Dec. to 22 Dec.
3.48 km from city centre
4.3/5Excellent! (436 reviews)

"We stay here all the time. Unfortunately this time, there were tons of termites. We had to be on “ smash the termite alert .” I wished the faculty would of moved us. They cannot say they were booked since we were a end room with two rooms open next to us. Won’t stop me from booking again. But if ..."…"

Reviewed on 12 Oct. 2020

Carlsbad Seapointe Resort
Motel 6 Carlsbad, CA Beach
2 out of 5
750 Raintree Drive, Carlsbad, CA
Free cancellation
The price is AU$85 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.
3.27 km from city centre
3.6/5Good! (980 reviews)

"It was okay for the price. I didn't like that it had no coffee maker or hair dryer"…"

Reviewed on 4 Oct. 2020

Motel 6 Carlsbad, CA Beach
Holiday Inn Carlsbad
3 out of 5
2725 Palomar Airport Rd, Carlsbad, CA
Free cancellation
The price is AU$143 per night from 9 Dec. to 10 Dec.
2.28 km from city centre
4.4/5Wonderful! (983 reviews)

"Very clean hotel, room was spotless, access was easy off the freeway."…"

Reviewed on 12 Oct. 2020

Holiday Inn Carlsbad
Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Carlsbad
3 out of 5
5835 Owens Avenue, Carlsbad, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$138 per night from 9 Dec. to 10 Dec.
0.6 km from city centre
4.2/5Excellent! (954 reviews)

"From front desk workers to excellent service. I’ve been staying at this hotel this whole summer visiting and I loved it. Rooms are clean, staff are helpful and very polite."…"

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2020

Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Carlsbad
Grand Pacific Palisades
3.5 out of 5
5805 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$236 per night from 21 Dec. to 22 Dec.
2.46 km from city centre
4.1/5Very Good! (985 reviews)

"2BR/2B was spacious, clean, and nicely furnished. The resort was fairly vacant, so our stay was quiet-but no housekeeping during the stay meant putting out trash outside our doors allowing the ravens to tear open the bags and scatter trash before staff retrieved it. We ended up disposing of it in ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2020

Grand Pacific Palisades
Best Western Plus Beach View Lodge
2.5 out of 5
3180 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$171 per night from 8 Dec. to 9 Dec.
6.69 km from city centre
4.4/5Excellent! (860 reviews)

"Clean Well Kept Property, Courteous Staff, and a very short walk to the beach, and oh yes very nice neighborhood"…"

Reviewed on 6 Nov. 2020

Best Western Plus Beach View Lodge
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Visiting Carlsbad

Families will find kid-friendly activities in Carlsbad, and visitors give high marks for the beaches, theme park, and shopping. This city's welcoming locals also attracts tourists. Top sights in the city include Legoland California and Carlsbad Premium Outlets.

  • There are 140 hotels and other accommodations in Carlsbad
  • The closest major airport is in Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar) 1.2 from the city center
  • The next closest is in San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field) 37.6 away

Sightseeing and Staying in Carlsbad

Favorite family attractions include Legoland California and Sealife Aquarium. The beaches and sunsets highlight the city's natural beauty with places to visit including Poinsettia Park, Carlsbad Skatepark, and Flower Fields of Carlsbad. The city is well liked for its places to shop, and Carlsbad Premium Outlets is a favorite for retail therapy.

In Carlsbad, you'll find 140 hotels and other lodging options so you'll have a variety of choices for a perfect vacation. Here are top ones based on Expedia user reviews:

  • Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Spa & Golf Club - Our customers like the family-friendly amenities and breakfast at this resort. This 5-star resort features 2 outdoor pools, a full-service spa, and a golf course.
  • Staybridge Suites Carlsbad - This 3-star hotel features free breakfast, a restaurant, and an outdoor pool. Expedia customers like its convenient parking and clean, quiet rooms.

Popular places to see in the area include La Jolla Cove, located 19 mi (30.6 from the city center, and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, which is 16.7 mi (26.9 away.

Getting Around Carlsbad

If you want to venture outside of the area, ride aboard one of the trains from Carlsbad Village Coaster Station. Carlsbad might not have many public transit options to choose from so consider renting a car to explore the city.

Dressing for Carlsbad

  • Between January and March, daytime temperatures average 66°F, while nighttime temperatures stay around 40°F
  • From April to June, the average is 75°F during the day and 40°F at night
  • Average annual rainfall for Carlsbad is 11.77 inches
  • September and August are usually the hottest months averaging 77°F, while January and December are usually the coldest with an average temperature of 40°F

Frequently asked questions

Where is the best place to stay in Carlsbad?
Home2 Suites by Hilton Carlsbad, CA is a favourite with Expedia customers. This hotel offers free breakfast and an outdoor pool. Other top choices based on reviews include Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Spa & Golf Club and West Inn & Suites.
If I need to cancel my hotel reservation in Carlsbad, will I receive a refund?
Yes! Most hotel bookings are fully refundable if cancelled prior to the hotel’s cancellation deadline, which in most cases is within 24 or 48 hours of your scheduled arrival. If you have a reservation that’s non-refundable, you may still be able to cancel and get a refund within 24 hours of booking. Enter dates and click on “Search”, then use the “free cancellation” filter to view top deals in Carlsbad.
What's the best budget-friendly accommodation in Carlsbad?
Based on reviews, Motel 6 Carlsbad, CA Beach is a popular 2-star property for our travellers looking for an economical choice, and features free WiFi and free parking. Other good choices to stay on the cheap include Best Western Carlsbad by the Sea and La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Carlsbad - Legoland Area.
What's the best hotel for families in Carlsbad?
Homewood Suites by Hilton Carlsbad-North San Diego County is a top 3-star hotel on Expedia for families, and features an outdoor pool and in-room kitchens. Other options for your family trip include Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa and Best Western Carlsbad by the Sea. Also, attractions such as Legoland California and Sealife Aquarium are fun for children of all ages.
What's the best place to stay for a couple going to Carlsbad?
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is a favourite 4.5-star resort for couples, and features a full-service spa and 3 restaurants. Other good choices for your romantic getaway include Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach, a Hilton Resort & Spa and Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Spa & Golf Club.
What's the best pet-friendly accommodation option in Carlsbad?
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Carlsbad - Legoland Area is a top hotel for people travelling with their pets, and offers an indoor pool and free WiFi for its human guests. Other good options to stay with your pet include Carlsbad Suites and Motel 6 Carlsbad, CA Beach.
What's the best place to stay for a beach holiday in Carlsbad?
Carlsbad By The Sea Hotel is a top 3-star beach hotel with an outdoor pool and a bar, and it’s located close to South Carlsbad State Beach . Other good options for your beach trip include Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach, a Hilton Resort & Spa and Tamarack Beach Resort Hotel.
What's the best high-end hotel in Carlsbad?
Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach, a Hilton Resort & Spa is a 4.5-star resort with a poolside restaurant and a full-service spa, and it’s a popular choice for Expedia travellers looking for a pampered stay. Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara, North San Diego and Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Spa & Golf Club are other upscale choices for your stay.
What's the best boutique hotel in Carlsbad?
Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort is a favourite 3-star hotel with our travellers looking for stylish accommodation, and features 61 guestrooms, a restaurant and a bar. Beach Terrace Inn and West Inn & Suites are two other options for a boutique stay.
What's the best accommodation for a golf trip to Carlsbad?
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is a top 4.5-star resort that has a golf course and features 7 outdoor pools. Other good options if you’d like to stay near a golf course include Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Spa & Golf Club and Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa. You can tee off at The Crossings at Carlsbad during your trip.
What are some accommodation options with pools in Carlsbad?
Grand Pacific Palisades is a popular 3.5-star hotel featuring 2 outdoor swimming pools, a children’s pool and 2 hot tubs. A couple of other options that offer an on-site pool include Carlsbad By The Sea Hotel and Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.

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