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Best Western Hotel Carlsbad by the Sea, Carlsbad

751 Macadamia Drive, 92011-3205, Carlsbad, United States - See on a map
Best Western Carlsbad by the Sea - Exterior The Best Western Carlsbad by the Sea is ideally located in the center of Carlsbad. Come and experience our hotel near the major tourist attractions. Best price guaranteed and exclusive deals.

Our pet-friendly Best Western Carlsbad by the Sea hotel near LEGOLAND offers a great location off I-5 just 35 miles north of San Diego. Enjoy easy access to Camp Pendleton, Carlsbad Beach, Carlsbad Village, and Del Mar Fairgrounds & Racetrack. Our convenient location is also near local corporate headquarters such as Callaway Golf Company, ViaSat, TaylorMade, Adidas Golf and No Fear apparel. The Carlsbad Premium Outlets is just one mile away.

Best Western

Hotel Carlsbad by the Sea




Hotel advantages

  • Complimentary full american breakfast
    Complimentary full american breakfast
  • Air conditioning
    Air conditioning
  • Free parking
    Free parking
  • Outdoor parking
    Outdoor parking
  • 24-hour front desk
    24-hour front desk
  • Multilingual staff
    Multilingual staff
  • Onsite laundry
    Onsite laundry
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"Will not return"

garzarichard75, Fontana, California 21/09/2020

platinum members never once had a problem . But the best western by the sea was not good they let a family of a lot of people live there and they had the whole complex dirty . Partying outside no respect

"Steer clear of this sketchy dump"

User 06/09/2020

Made a big mistake staying here before reading the reviews. The rooms are disgusting, there is trash everywhere and it's FAR from the beach. It's also very sketchy and It appears half the staff actually lives there and chain smokes even though it's advertised as a smoke free hotel. Also other families are living there long term. But if you're looking for quality this is not it.

"So sketchy!"

917casscass, Los Angeles, California 01/09/2020

My husband, dog and I tried to take a quick impromptu covid escape to the beach, definitely learned my lesson! We initially were trying to stay at a different Best Western location that Google said accepted pets. We were diverted here by reception. I wished we had taken more time to look at reviews, but we were excited to get out of the house. The hotel is definitely run down and acts as a long term residence for many folks. There's trash all through the parking lot and hallways. Our room had a musty smell that was made worse by the AC. The walls are very thin, you can hear the sound of the freeway and people yelling all night. The worst part is our room had fleas! I can't believe we actually paid money to stay here!!

"The worst weekend"

User 13/07/2020

We always stay at best western hotels and have even stayed at this location before the epidemic but this stay was beyond one of the worst 2 nights we originally got a room that had broken window screens and as soon as you open the door the strong smell of cat urine and cigarettes hit you to the point of feeling sick. It was horrible. I walked back to reception and complained they gave me a different room that didn't have the smell of cat urine but still had a strong odor of cigarettes and mildew, they offered me another room which smelled just as bad I had no choice but to stay since we had no other choice. during the middle of the night people were outside drinking and being loud. I usually dont mind people having fun but the type of people who were walking around like zombies were also hitting the window where we slept. This stay by far is really making me second guess staying at another Best Western again. I feel like I paid way to much to experience such a horrible stay.

"Good hotel, awful room."

User 25/05/2020

Everything is good with this hotel except that the room we ended up with reeked of smoke (and this was supposed to be a non-smoking room). All our clothes (including unused ones in bags) reeked of smoke once we left the hotel. This had been a great stay if it hadn't been for the smoke issue.

"By the sea?"

realbossVic, Temecula, California 24/05/2020

The name is misleading. This is more inland than “by the sea”, really. There's another Best Western that's really across from the beach and really facing the ocean and that's the one that should be named “by the sea” lol. This BW should remove the “by the sea” from its name. This was the old Ramada hotel and got rebranded as BW when they got bought by the conglomerate, obviously. Rooms were renovated back in October 2019 according to their website and the 1-bedroom suite with a kitchenette and separate bedroom with a king-size bed along with the 55” TVs on the wall in the bedroom and in the living room are a nice touch. There were no kitchenware available though so that defeats the purpose of the kitchenette unless, of course, if you brought your own pots and pans lol. Overall, it's worth checking out. The beach is less than 5mi away.

"Relaxing stay.."

User 08/04/2020

I had the opportunity to spend 3 nights with my points, locally, due to my hours being cut & being way too close to my family for a litttttleee too long! I needed a quick break so I decided to give here a shot! I thought both ladies at check in 4/6 and check out 4/8 were great! Very approachable and accommodating. I had to call the front desk at 12AM because of my rowdy neighbors and the gentlemen on 4/8 took great care of it! I did move rooms for tonight. The pool was closed, gym was closed, food was limited, ALL to be expected with the current times but just to note, they DO have all of that which is great! And laundry, vending machines, MAPS of the place so you know where your going!! and just cozy rooms. I think the best way to start off a getaway is to enjoy the staff. And I did! Thanks!

"Lok at front desk."

janiesgotagun805, Nipomo, California 04/03/2020

I'm gonna start off by saying, Angelica at the front desk is great. Super good experience checking in and all. Room is alright, super noisy by the freeway.. but that's not my only complaint unfortunately. After 7 hours at LEGOLAND with my 5 year old, all she wanted to do was go to the pool and swim... she's a little fish so she LOVES the water... well, there's only a couple towels in the room and no pool towels available that were of convenience.. so when we got back to our room to shower from the pool, cold and wet... I thought “oh I should call the front desk and see if they can bring some towels bc we had to use the towels for the pool”... I call and ask if we can get some more towels please and the lady on the other end says “yeah you can come get them at the front desk, they are Up here” in a RUDE as hell tone.... yeah well, guess what.. I've worked in hotels for about 4 years. From the motel 6 to a 4 star by the beach in pismo... that's NEVER OK! I can understand if there was no other staff to bring them and if that's the case, that's fine... but what she SHOULD of said instead was “yes ma'am, I am the only staff on duty right now and I am unable to leave the desk, would you mind coming up here and getting some?” That would of been fine... but when I say “uh, ok, I guess we can go get some” and she says “yeah bye.” That's NOT ok. I was going to be staying here at the hotel every LEGOLAND trip which will be about twice a month but you lost a customer. She sucks. And ruined it. Her name is weird and starts with Lok. Didn't get the rest. When I went in to get towels, there was a man there talking to her and it seemed to be a personal visitor of hers. I'm NOT happy. Best western, she's NOT an asset to your hotel. Lost a costumer, and if I could check out now and go next door, I WOULD!

BestWesternHotels, Corporate at Best Western Carlsbad by the Sea, responded to this review
On behalf of our entire team, I'd like to apologize for not exceeding your expectations. Your satisfaction is important to us and we thank you for providing feedback. We hope you give us another chance and stay with us again. -Best Western Hotels & Resorts

"Happy in Carlsbad"

karusso56, Burbank, California 18/02/2020

A very nice well kept surprise location. The breakfast and pool areas were what one would expect to find at a much more expensive facility. Looking forward to coming back over the years to come. Thank you


User 18/02/2020

My stay was enjoyable and comfortable. The first morning for breakfast was extremely crowded, but I think that is to be expected for a Sunday morning. There is noise from the freeway at nighttime, but that didn't keep me awake at all. I did notice the rooms that are closest to the freeway have double windows. My room, I think, was the third room in from the side closest to the freeway. .

"Great value a short walk from the ocean."

tlee720, Tulsa, Oklahoma 03/02/2020

Extremely friendly and welcoming service, close to the beach but also close to the highway. Recently renovated with clean rooms and good hot breakfast. For the price, it's really hard to beat. Only real cons were some road noise (we had a room on the outside wall) and limited food choices within walking distance. The benefits of price and pretty comfortable beds more than made up for it though. We will likely stay here again on return trips.

"Seaside vacation"

Linda L, Vernon, Canada 02/02/2020

Great value by the sea. Wonderful breakfast room And staff. Walking distance to village. Lots of lovely restaurants and easy coaster train to San Diego. Has pool and hot tub but ocean across the road. Could use bathroom renovations but clean and tidy. Second visit but will go again.

"Great location and newly renovated"

H3338UJdavidc, Mesa, Arizona 01/02/2020

Stayed in suite which was recently renovated. Marble/marble like counter tops everywhere. Great tile all over. Very clean. Suite has fold out sofa bed in living room. Kitchen has regular size fridge/freezer, microwave, kitchen storage for your own dishes. Even has a dishwasher and garbage disposal. 2 very comfortable beds in separate room, 2 tv's, and spacious bathroom. Great location as close to ocean and Carlsbad, Oceanside, Encinitas, La Jolla, etc. Freeway access very close. Great price for all of this. Breakfast room has same high quality renovations, spacious and wonderful selections of great food.

"Exceeded Expectations"

Malcolm S, Hatillo, Puerto Rico 27/01/2020

The hotel was very affordable. I had a 2 bedroom suite to accommodate the kids as well. Televisions in all of the rooms that had regular basic cable. We should have packed our Apple TV as the internet was very good. Very comfortable beds ad pillows. . Breakfast was the highlight. More than the continental breakfast, we had bacon, sausage, eggs, and potatoes as well as a huge variety of pastries and fresh to eat waffles. I would recommend this hotel any day of the week.

"Few problems, but staff handled everything very well"

JoAnne48713, Syracuse, New York 26/01/2020

We needed a large suite, sine we planned for eight of us to visit LEGOLAND together. For the price, this was an excellent choice. The breakfast was served in a spacious, clean room, and the buffet included every breakfast item you can name. The swimming pool and hot tub were in an attractive, well-maintained enclosed area, and were a perfect size. Staff was very helpful, and every effort was made to make us comfortable.

"Renovated poorly"

Ambul, Tucson, Arizona 13/01/2020

This property had terrible ratings under Ramada. After years long restoration, and rebranding, I expected a wonderful experience from Best Western. Yet the heat didn't work in the room I was assigned, the 2nd room wreaked of smoke, and theb3rd room had dangerous loose carpeting.

"Expensive famine"

DebbieonDawson, Portland, Oregon 01/01/2020

This is a large, well designed facility with multiple buildings and spacious contemporary rooms. It made a good first impression, but it was a frustrating failure for us due to insufficient staff and supplies. As we checked in, the reception was annoyed snd overwhelmed, with only one person handling both check in, phones, and requests from guests. Our first morning we were pleased with the extended buffet breakfast including hot and cold items serviced by an attentive staff person. But the second morning, most of the food ran out, and there was no seating left, and so we left and came back a half hour later, thinking we could take food to our suite. But, no one had replenished, so even less food available. No evidence that anyone cared. Hot food steamtrays empty. Only one kind of cereal left but only two tiny cartons of chocolate milk. Ling line trying to make waffles. Very disappointing for the dozen or more people standing around needing breakfast. When our hungry group of 8 checked out to go find a breakfast restaurant, there was still a line of other hungry people extending out of the breakfast area milling like cattle. We had chosen this hotel partly because of the economics and time saving of breakfast being provided. Instead we spent over $50 to feed our group of 8 elsewhere. I feel like sending the hotel our breakfast bill! What was even more irreplaceable was the time wasted. This beautiful facility deserves better management.

"Moving isn't fun"

User 28/12/2019

It was our last night in California and we had to sleep in a hotel before leaving on our next journey in life. Beds were comfortable and staff was pleasant. It was nice way to leave the place we called home

"Great location and price"

ecs007, Phoenix, Arizona 21/12/2019

My friend arrived after seeing a concert at the Belly-Up. We were greeted warmly by the nighttime desk manager. Check-in was easy. The room was huge, clean, and comfortable. It is right next to the beach. There is merely a two block walk for beach access. The breakfast was above average for a continental breakfast. All of the staff was helpful. The only issue was that maintenance men were making a lot of noise around 7 AM. I believe they were setting up a new sign, but they were oblivious to hotel guests' sleep. That could have bee

"No Frills with Great Value"

User 18/12/2019

If you're looking for a simple, no frills stay at an excellent price, this is the place for you. However, be aware that the rooms are small and also be aware that this property is right next to the 5 freeway, so if freeway noise bothers you, ask for any available rooms away from the freeway. The staff will be happy to oblige. The breakfast was decent and staff was friendly. The cook took the time to say hello to each guest in the dining room and asked about how the food and service was. Happy travels.

"Beautiful suite but not beautiful being woken up by construction"

User 13/10/2019

I love the newly updated suites. They are nice especially for the price. What bothered me was being awakened by jackhammers and hammering on the wall as well as having to listen to the construction workers conversing loudly using profanities. I complained to the front desk and they did nothing.

"Two Days in Carlsbad"

HolMax, Sherwood Park, Canada 05/10/2019

This Hotel is in the middle of a huge reno and will become a Best Western once they are done. The price we got through PriceLine was very good so we can put up with some inconveniences. The pool area has still not been done but except for the furniture it is ok. There is a lot of construction noise during the day. You have to go across the street to another hotel for the breakfast and boy is it busy with huge lineups. I think once they are done it will be a very nice place but the price will also reflect that.

"Legoland trip"

User 04/10/2019

We enjoyed our stay...staff was so nice and especially house keeping..we stayed in the 2brm family was clean and inviting and we had a small kitchen and were offered cook use during our stay..we'll difinally be going back..

"Nice Place"

User 05/09/2019

Stayed here over Labor Day weekend. It is a beautiful hotel. Still needs to be finished remodeled so that the parking spaces are available and so that you dont have to trek across the street for breakfast and a workout. But other than that it was a great stay.

"Legoland visit"

User 03/09/2019

Room was spacious and beds were very comfortable. Kitchen was very and it was very nice having a full size fridge and freezer. Breakfast was very good but a little inconvenient with little kids across the street. Very convenient and comfortable stay to go to the beach and Legoland

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