Best Hotels in Carlsbad

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U.S. News & World Report ranks the best hotels in Carlsbad based on an analysis of industry awards, hotel star ratings and user ratings. Hotels that appear after ranked hotels are sorted by hotel class and then by user rating, as provided by TripAdvisor.

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  • #1
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    Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa
    Carlsbad, CA
    #1 in Best Hotels in Carlsbad
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2332 reviewsTripAdvisor (2332)
    Free WiFi

    South of downtown Carlsbad, California, on the Batiquitos Lagoon, the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa wows guests with its palatial size and romantic ambiance. The Spanish colonial architecture houses spacious rooms, all dressed in plush furniture, marble bathrooms and separate living areas. The property also houses four eateries and the 15,000-square-foot Aviara Spa. Golfers are particularly smitten with the esteemed Kip Puterbaugh's Aviara Golf Academy and Club. But what epitomizes this Park Hyatt's commitment to providing luxury is everything extra it offers guests. Need umbrellas, towels and chairs to take to the beach? The hotel has you covered. Want to learn how to hang 10? Schedule a session with the hotel's Surf Concierge for lessons on how to navigate waves on a surfboard. Need another reason to stay here? Members of the World of Hyatt program can use or accrue reward points for additional perks, like free nights.

    Carlsbad, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2332 reviewsTripAdvisor (2332)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Cape Rey Carlsbad, A Hilton Resort
    Carlsbad, CA
    #2 in Best Hotels in Carlsbad
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1667 reviewsTripAdvisor (1667)
    Free WiFi

    Overlooking the Pacific from its seat about 5 miles south of Carlsbad, the Cape Rey Carlsbad provides a great home base for beach-going families. Recent travelers say that the Hilton's pool area was large enough to keep the kids occupied for hours, and the free shuttle service to LEGOLAND saves visitors the hassle of finding (and paying for) theme park parking. After a long day at the park, refuel at Chandler's Restaurant, which offers coastal cuisine that suits taste buds of all ages. As for accommodations, visitors will find guest rooms here are spacious and come equipped with flat-screen TVs, cozy beds and complimentary wireless internet access, though several recent guests thought the rooms should be updated. Guests who leave the kids at home can take advantage of the spa and a number of nearby world-class golf courses. Because of its Hilton connection, this resort takes part in the Hilton Honors loyalty program.

    Carlsbad, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1667 reviewsTripAdvisor (1667)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    LEGOLAND California Resort
    Carlsbad, CA
    #3 in Best Hotels in Carlsbad
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2014 reviewsTripAdvisor (2014)
    Free WiFi

    Those traveling with budding builders who can’t get enough of LEGOs will love this themed hotel at the entrance of LEGOLAND California Resort in Carlsbad, California. The LEGOLAND California Resort features a heated pool with soft bricks for building, along with a food and beverage service, a castle play area, nightly building competitions, live entertainment, a disco elevator, a toy shop (that also carries basics), minifigure trading, early access to LEGOLAND and a scavenger hunt. Theme options for rooms include Pirate, Kingdom (medieval), Adventure (ancient Egypt), LEGO NINJAGO (ninja) or LEGO Friends (nature and horses). Meanwhile, adults will enjoy the free Wi-Fi access in rooms, the 24-hour fitness center and the complimentary breakfast buffet. When it's time to eat, try the American cuisine at Bricks Dinner Buffet during dinner hours. And if you want to get away from the noise for a little while, take the 3-mile journey to multiple nearby beaches. Predictably, young reviewers rave about this lodging option, while adults say it can be chaotic and less accommodating for them.

    Carlsbad, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2014 reviewsTripAdvisor (2014)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa
    Carlsbad, CA
    #4 in Best Hotels in Carlsbad
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1409 reviewsTripAdvisor (1409)
    Free WiFi

    With private access to LEGOLAND, the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa (located about 35 miles north of San Diego) is geared toward family travelers. Recent guests praise the family-oriented packages and the accommodating staff who make traveling in numbers hassle free (the hotel is even pet-friendly). Previous visitors said that they felt like they never had (or wanted) to leave the premises, except to head to nearby theme parks. The on-site restaurant, TWENTY/20, earns praise for its tasty Californian cuisine and the Ocean Pearl pool/spa combo keeps both kids and adults satisfied. However, some do warn that room prices at this Sheraton resort can be quite high. Book as far in advance as possible and take advantage of the Marriott Rewards loyalty program to earn points and perks.

    Carlsbad, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1409 reviewsTripAdvisor (1409)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
    Carlsbad, CA
    #5 in Best Hotels in Carlsbad
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 3377 reviewsTripAdvisor (3377)
    Free WiFi

    Guests routinely testify to the charm of the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa: the property is manicured to perfection, its sizable rooms allow guests plenty of space to breathe and unwind and its pools are numerous and intimate. Located near San Diego – between downtown Carlsbad and Encinitas, California – the resort is a short drive from the shore. This Omni hotel wows guests with its guest rooms, which are decorated in a neutral color palette and feature splashes of blue accents, marble bathrooms and spacious terraces accessible via sweeping French doors. Families especially love this resort thanks to its pool area with several pools; a waterslide and a splash pad; and Kidtopia Kids Club, which frees parents up to enjoy an afternoon at the spa, on the tennis courts or the fairways. Keep in mind there is a daily resort fee, and it covers Wi-Fi, fitness center acess and more, though there are fees for other on-site activities, including the kids club. Groups can reconvene at one of several eateries come dinnertime – Bob's Steak & Chop House dishes out steak and seafood, while Bistro 65's casual menu will suit taste buds of all ages.

    Carlsbad, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 3377 reviewsTripAdvisor (3377)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Grand Pacific Palisades Resort and Hotel
    Carlsbad, CA
    #6 in Best Hotels in Carlsbad
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2088 reviewsTripAdvisor (2088)
    Free WiFi

    A pedestrian entrance to both LEGOLAND and the SEA LIFE Aquarium makes the Grand Pacific Palisades Resort and Hotel a natural choice for travelers. All accommodations at this Carlsbad retreat include a minifridge, a microwave, a coffee maker, a flat-screen TV and Wi-Fi access. Perks like in-room massage treatments are also available. The resort fee at this resort allows guests to enjoy separate adults-only and family-friendly pools, a fitness center and steam room, a resort trolley to Tamarack Beach and other amenities. With the property’s proximity to parks and attractions, there’s an emphasis on kid-friendly attractions here, which travelers who were seeking a quiet escape have complained about. 

    Carlsbad, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2088 reviewsTripAdvisor (2088)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Beach Terrace Inn
    Carlsbad, CA
    #7 in Best Hotels in Carlsbad
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1514 reviewsTripAdvisor (1514)

    There’s a lot that makes the Beach Terrace Inn unique. The hotel is located in Carlsbad, California, and sits directly on the beach. Plus, it has been family-owned and operated since the 1960s. The property’s retro California vibe can be felt from the ocean-facing pool terrace to the accommodations. Rooms here are straightforward and offer a television, a refrigerator and a seating area. The magic is truly in the proximity to the beach, which is why every room features a private or shared balcony. Of course, with 1960s charm comes certain quirks, like construction and renovation projects, that some recent guests say can impact quality. But, if sand and surf are what you’re after, you will find it at the Beach Terrace Inn. 

    Carlsbad, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1514 reviewsTripAdvisor (1514)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
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    MarBrisa Carlsbad Resort
    Carlsbad, CA
    #8 in Best Hotels in Carlsbad
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 816 reviewsTripAdvisor (816)
    Free WiFi

    Though it is not a beachside property, MarBrisa Carlsbad Resort puts travelers close to the best of Carlsbad, California; LEGOLAND, The Crossings at Carlsbad Golf Course and SEA LIFE Aquarium are all near the hotel. On-site, guests will find an outdoor pool, a fitness center and an array of resort-coordinated activities, which means they will not need to leave the property to enjoy a little recreation. All of the accommodations are decorated with Mediterranean-inspired decor and include complimentary Wi-Fi access, a television, a minifridge and a microwave. Guests can also opt for a suite for a fully equipped kitchen. Since this hotel is part of the Hilton family, members of the Hilton Honors program are eligible to earn and redeem rewards points by choosing to stay here.

    Carlsbad, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 816 reviewsTripAdvisor (816)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara, Carlsbad Ca.
    Carlsbad, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 359 reviewsTripAdvisor (359)
    Free WiFi
    Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara, Carlsbad Ca. is a 5 star hotel located at 7210 Blue Heron Pl in Carlsbad. It has a 4.5 overall guest rating based on 359 reviews.
    Carlsbad, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 359 reviewsTripAdvisor (359)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa
    Carlsbad, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    Free WiFi
    Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa is a 4 star hotel located at 5480 Grand Pacific Drive in Carlsbad.
    Carlsbad, CA
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    West Inn & Suites
    Carlsbad, CA
    3-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1225 reviewsTripAdvisor (1225)

    A contemporary boutique hotel near the beach, the West Inn & Suites in Carlsbad, California, situates guests about 32 miles north of San Diego and about 2 miles northwest of LEGOLAND California Resort. Here, vacationers will find a lodging option that offers a shuttle service within the city. Recent reviews said this boutique property is ideal for families, as it features an outdoor pool and whirlpool as well as milk and cookies at bedtime. Other on-site amenities include a fitness center, a breakfast buffet, a 24-hour market, a business center and laundry services. In your room, you can expect one or two king-size beds, a minifridge, a microwave, free Wi-Fi access, a flat-screen TV, a weekday newspaper service and a lighted vanity mirror. And if you get hungry, try the American fare at West Steak And Seafood for dinner.  

    Carlsbad, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1225 reviewsTripAdvisor (1225)
    3.0-star Hotel Class
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    Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort
    Carlsbad, CA
    3-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1521 reviewsTripAdvisor (1521)
    Free WiFi

    Those looking for a quieter Southern California beachside stay will love this family-friendly getaway in Carlsbad, California. The Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort is a beach-house hotel with stone accents that sits on the coast and offers standard accommodations, suites and condo-style rooms. The property also features dark-wood accents, an outdoor pool, a hot tub, a fitness center and meeting spaces. And if you like spending time outside, you'll love the complimentary bikes, the beach chairs, the boogie boards, the fire pit and the jogger strollers. Inspired by beach sunset colors, accommodations include minifridges, shutters, free Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs, DVD players and iHome docking stations. Though there is no restaurant on-site, visitors can walk a short distance to multiple eateries and shops in the neighborhood. Guest reviews of this resort are on the positive side, but beware of the nightly resort fee that will be tacked onto your room rate.  

    Carlsbad, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1521 reviewsTripAdvisor (1521)
    3.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Homewood Suites by Hilton Carlsbad-North San Diego County
    Carlsbad, CA
    3-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1245 reviewsTripAdvisor (1245)
    Free WiFi

    Located just across the highway from the McClellan-Palomar Airport and about 5 miles from local beaches, stunning flower fields and LEGOLAND California Resort, the Homewood Suites by Hilton Carlsbad-North San Diego County has great value due to its location, amenities and rates. Recent guests were extremely appreciative of the service staff here, and those with four-legged friends loved that this Homewood Suites property is pet-friendly. Visitors to this all-suite Hilton hotel in Carlsbad, California, will find a cozy, contemporary design, an outdoor pool, a fitness center, a 24-hour business center and a convenience store on-site. Plus, guests have access to multiple free perks during their stays, which include daily breakfasts, weeknight receptions with dinner and drinks, a grocery-shopping service, parking and a weekday newspaper delivery service. In your room, you can expect a full kitchen, a queen- or king-size bed, a flat-screen TV, a sofa-bed and free Wi-Fi access. What's more, Hilton Honors rewards members can save some cash by accruing and redeeming points during their stays.

    Carlsbad, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1245 reviewsTripAdvisor (1245)
    3.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Residence Inn San Diego Carlsbad
    Carlsbad, CA
    3-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 398 reviewsTripAdvisor (398)
    Free WiFi

    Many of the most popular attractions of Carlsbad, California, lie within 4 miles of the Residence Inn San Diego Carlsbad. These include the LEGOLAND California Resort, The Flower Fields, a golf course, an aquarium and a mall. But guests of this pet-friendly Residence Inn property have plenty to do on-site, such as lounge in the outdoor pool and whirlpool, work out in the fitness center or get some work done in the business center. Other on-site amenities include complimentary self-parking, a grocery shopping service, a free breakfast buffet, an evening social on Mondays through Wednesdays and coin-operated laundry machines. Warm and bright all-suite accommodations include full kitchens, queen- and king-size beds, full-size sleepers, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi access. Though many recent guests appreciated these spacious digs, a few complained that the hotel facilities need upgrading. However, Marriott Rewards members many earn and redeem points during their stays at this Marriott hotel.

    Carlsbad, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 398 reviewsTripAdvisor (398)
    3.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Staybridge Suites Carlsbad - San Diego
    Carlsbad, CA
    3-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 134 reviewsTripAdvisor (134)
    Free WiFi

    On a 5-mile drive to the beach from the Staybridge Suites Carlsbad - San Diego, visitors can pass the McClellan-Palomar Airport, a golf course, LEGOLAND California Resort and The Flower Fields. Plus, there are a few restaurants and shops within walking distance of this Staybridge Suites property. This new all-suite hotel in Carlsbad, California, features a heated pool and whirlpool, a fitness center, a 24-hour business center and laundry facilities. Other on-site amenities include meeting and event spaces, a barbecue area, a complimentary hot breakfast and an evening reception on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Pets are allowed (for a fee) in contemporary accommodations, which feature full kitchens with stainless steel appliances, sleeper sofas, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi access. Recent guests appreciated their spacious accommodations, and they complimented the friendly staff at this InterContinental Hotels property. What's more, IHG Rewards Club members may earn and redeem rewards points during their stays here.

    Carlsbad, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 134 reviewsTripAdvisor (134)
    3.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi