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10 Carlsbad Hotels Near LEGOLAND California Resort

LEGOLAND California coast

When it comes time to treat the family to LEGOLAND California Resort, there are plenty of Carlsbad hotels to choose from. We’ve identified 10 hotels families love most in the area for your consideration that provide easy access to the theme park, beach and area restaurants.

1. LEGOLAND Hotel

Lay your head at night inside LEGOLAND California Resort at the new LEGOLAND Hotel.

LEGOLAND Hotel

Why book: To give the LEGO enthusiast in the family a night (or more) that he or she will never forget. It’s complete LEGO overload as rooms are themed with one of three popular LEGO toy lines: Pirate, Adventurer or Kingdom. Plus, guests receive early access to select LEGOLAND attractions prior to the park opening.

Amenities:

  • Interactive LEGO displays and activities throughout the hotel
  • A heated, outdoor swimming pool
  • Like the rooms, the elevators are themed (such as the popular disco elevator)
  • A hotel shop
  • Fitness center
  • Luggage storage
  • WiFi internet access
  • Complimentary in-room water, coffee and hot cocoa
  • Nightly children’s entertainment
  • In-room dining is available along with 3 other restaurant choices, including a buffet

Good to know: Guest rooms include Queen-sized beds (no King-sized beds) and bunk beds for the kids. The hotel also takes a one-night deposit at time of booking. Rollaway beds and cribs aren’t available however they do have Pack N Plays for use on a first-come basis. The $20 daily resort fee includes WiFi, parking, pool towel usage, nightly children’s entertainment, in-room refreshments, in-room LEGO gifts and access to the fitness center.

2. Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa

Feel like a VIP by entering LEGOLAND through the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa’s private entrance to the park.

Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa

Why book: You want the conveniences and comforts of a major hotel brand, including redemption or earning of Starwood Preferred Guest points. Plus, it’s within walking distance to LEGOLAND.

Amenities:

  • Complimentary high speed internet access in all rooms
  • A sundry shop full of potentially forgotten amenities
  • An outdoor, heated pool area with a Jacuzzi and poolside meal and drink service
  • Laundry and dry cleaning services
  • 24-hour security and front desk services
  • 24-hour business center
  • Free (limited) shuttle service to the surrounding area
  • The world-class Ocean Pearl Spa with 8 private treatment rooms and a long list of services
  • State-of-the-art fitness center with elliptical machines, bikes, free weights and circuit machines
  • Twenty/20 Grill & Wine bar is the signature moderately-priced, upscale restaurant serving locally-sourced cuisine.
  • Dogs up to 80lbs are welcome (one per room at an extra $35 per night) and given a special dog bed
  • In-room Starbucks coffee

Good to know: Parking ranges from $12-18 depending on if you self-park or use valet parking. A $12 resort fee covers in-room coffee, weekday newspaper, wireless internet, and use of the business center, fitness center and pool. The property is 100% non-smoking with the exception of outside Twenty/20 restaurant.

3.  Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad

A comfortable location across the street from the beach, this sizable Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad skews more deluxe than others in the brand.

Why book: Fans of this hotel rave about the sizable rooms, cleanliness and convenient location (the beach is just across the street) of this hotel. It’s the recipient of the 2013 TripAdvisor Award of Excellence.

Amenities:

  • Each room has a bed with adjustable firmness settings and high thread count linens.
  • Complimentary shuttle service with in 5 miles of the hotel (including LEGOLAND)
  • Daily happy hour
  • Evening room service
  • 24-hour Pavillion Pantry Mart convenience store inside the hotel for snacks and sandwiches
  • Heather outdoor pool and whirlpool
  • Complimentary parking (no valet option)
  • Complimentary 24-hour fitness center
  • Complimentary USA TODAY newspaper delivery on weekdays
  • Ping pong table and activity room
  • Rooms feature a coffee maker, microwave and refrigerator
  • Meeting, event and wedding space for up to 400 guests
  • Babysitting can be arranged in advance

Good to know: Rooms on higher floors have ocean views and tend to be less quiet. The sunset views of this west-facing hotel are lovely. Note that the pool is open after 8:00am. Guests can walk to the beach but may prefer to drive with umbrellas and beach chairs in tow to one of the nearby beachfront lots.

4. Cape Rey Carlsbad

Located across the street from Ponto Beach, the ocean is integrated into many aspects of the Cape Rey and can be seen in partial and ocean view rooms.

cape rey carlsbad

Why book: A no resort fee, no internet fee hotel, the Hilton Cape Rey was just awarded the coveted AAA four-diamond award for overall exceptional service and amenities.

Amenities:

  • Complimentary 24-hour fitness center
  • Complimentary 24-hour business center
  • Complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel
  • Same-day shoe shine and laundry
  • Complimentary shuttle within Carlsbad (including LEGOLAND)
  • Beach chairs, umbrellas and towels available for beach visits
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • A concierge team that can arrange special requests
  • The Ocean Crest Spa with ocean-themed treatment rooms and eco-friendly beauty products
  • A pool with poolside menu and fire pits
  • A dedicated golf concierge that arranges tee times and transportation to nearby courses
  • Ocean view dining at Chandler’s restaurant

Good to know: Guests rave about the balcony rooms, but be sure to book any room away from the chiming elevator.

5. West Inn & Suites

A luxury boutique hotel touted as the finest in the area, West Inn & Suites caters toward guests in need of special touches and attention.

West Inn Suites Carlsbad

Why book: Let the hotel customize the perfect Carlsbad itinerary and then crash in your swanky Casa Blanca meets Cape Cod room at the end of the day.

Amenities:

  • King-sized pillow-topped beds with Egyptian cotton linens
  • AVEDA amenities
  • Refrigerators, microwaves and coffee makers in the rooms
  • Complimentary breakfast with some hot items, fruit and cereals
  • Cats and dogs welcome with no weight limit (surcharge applies)
  • In-room dining
  • Free shuttle within a 5-mile radius (including LEGOLAND)
  • Complimentary self-parking

Good to know: The West Inn & Suites’ website has a best price guarantee. It isn’t really walking distance to anywhere and though it’s adjacent to the freeway, it’s relatively quiet.

 6. Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort

Mostly timeshares with fully-stocked kitchens and living areas, the Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort offers the amenities of home in a vacation condo rental (though some hotel rooms are available).

Why book: You’d like the convenience of a vacation condo rental that is just steps from the beach in Carlsbad and the village of Carlsbad where shops and restaurants await.

Amenities:

  • Resort-sponsored activities
  • Swimming pool and spa
  • Complimentary rentals of bicycles, boogie boards, beach umbrellas, sand toys and jogging stollers (from Memorial Day through Labor Day)
  • Onsite laundry
  • Community barbecue area
  • Playground
  • Private balconies and fully-equiped kitchens
  • Activity center with fitness area and ping pong tables

Good to know: With Carlsbad Village within walking distance, a variety of restaurants are easily accessible.

7. Park Hyatt Aviara Resort

Located on a natural lagoon, luxurious Park Hyatt Aviara is a 10-minute drive to LEGOLAND and a golfer’s paradise.

Park Hyatt Aviara Carlsbad

Why book: You want a big, luxury hotel that caters to everyone in the family, from world-class golf to kid-friendly amenities, where even a standard room has a sitting area and gorgeous marble bathroom.

Amenities:

  • A world-class, Arnold Palmer-designed golf course that also has clinics for older kids
  • Beach butler who transport you to Moonlight Beach in Encinitas with towels, chairs and more in tow
  • Expansive gardens to wander
  • Signature Aviara Spa
  • High speed internet throughout the resort, including poolside
  • Tennis facilities for all player levels
  • Camp Hyatt kids club for kids ages 4-12
  • 3200-square-foot family pool with a kids picnic area and shallow wading pool
  • Tranquility pool for adults
  • Fitness and business centers
  • Hypo-allergenic room options
  • Room sizes ranging from 540 -2120 square feet
  • Locally-sourced menus at 5 onsite restaurants or in-room dining
  • Complimentary in-room coffee and tea, as well as morning coffee in the lobby

Good to know: Consider getting a rental car (the hotel has a car rental desk) as Aviara is a bit inland from the village of Carlsbad, the beach and LEGOLAND. The upshot is that it’s a very peaceful part of town. While some feel that the property is in need of some renovation, it is still a first-class resort. Valet parking only at $30 per night in addition to a resort fee of $25 that includes internet, beach butler service (reservation required), preferred tee times at Aviara Golf Club and more.

8. OMNI La Costa Resort & Spa

OMNI La Costa Resort & Spa was recently declared the #2 Most Family-Friendly Resort by the Travel Channel.

La Costa Spa and Resort Edge Pool

Why book: There is a lot to do at this resort, period. Parents can drop the kids at Kidtopia while relaxing at the award-winning spa, enjoying one of the many restaurants or a round of golf. It’s Southern California’s only Gold Medal golf resort.

Amenities:

  • A famous wellness spa that is a destination in its own right
  • Chopra Center for yoga, meditation and renewal
  • A golf academy and two golf courses
  • Dining options including multiple cafes, a lounge, poolside dining and the signature restaurant, Blue Fire Grill.
  • A water play area for kids including waterslides
  • Multiple pools, including the Edge adults-only pool
  • Kidtopia kids club
  • Tennis courts
  • Family activities such as fire pit s’mores and reptile shows
  • Fitness center with classes on offer throughout the day
  • Business facilities and meeting space
  • In-room coffee and tea

Good to know: Because local residents use the facilities via memberships, the resort can seem busy. It is a family resort so those seeking a quiet getaway should probably look elsewhere. A grocery store is within walking distance. A $26 resort fee covers use of the fitness facilities, internet, in-room coffee and unlimited local calls. Guests suggest asking for a room that isn’t adjoining as noise through the shut door is bothersome.

9. Beach Terrace Inn

Located on the beach in Carlsbad, the Beach Terrace Inn has been owned by the same family since the 1960s.

Why book: It’s the only option on this list that’s located on the beach. The Beach Terrace Inn prides itself on large rooms for a hotel of its kind, personality, and minimal fees for extras. Stay 2 Nights – Get the 3rd Night FREE!

Amenities:

  • Breathtaking ocean views from some rooms
  • Pillow-top mattresses
  • In-room coffee
  • Complimentary Solar Rain bottled water
  • Seating areas and balconies in nearly all rooms
  • Eco-friendly amenities
  • Complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas
  • Complimentary continental breakfast including freshly baked pastries, fruit, cereals and other treats (from 7:00am-11:00am)
  • Complimentary self-parking
  • Complimentary internet
  • Heated pool and whirlpool
  • Guest-only private access to the beach

Good to know: Cabana Rooms open to the pool deck so they are not recommended for families with small children. The hotel is also within walking distance to stores and restaurants. There is no resort fee. You’ll need a rental car or use ground transportation to get to LEGOLAND.

10. Grand Pacific Palisades

Just steps to LEGOLAND via a special pedestrian walkway, Grand Pacific Palisades provides ultimate convenience.

Grand Pacific Palisades Carlsbad

Why book: Though Grand Pacific Palisades is appropriate for stays of any length, you want to park the family in a place with comforts of home. The reasonably-priced one or two-bedroom Villa Suites have full kitchens and living areas. And, walking to LEGOLAND is a breeze from your California casual digs.

Amenities:

  • Adults-only Olympic-sized swimming pool
  • An interactive water park for kids
  • Fully-equipped fitness center
  • Scheduled onsite family activities
  • Onsite massage treatments in the fitness center
  • Shuttle service to the luxurious Ocean Pearl Spa, located in the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa where organic facials and other posh treatments await.
  • Conference services
  • Concierge services
  • Refrigerators (mini-refrigerators in deluxe rooms) and microwaves in every room
  • In-room dining provided by nearby Karl Strauss Brewery
  • Wireless internet throughout the hotel

Good to know: A $16 resort fee covers underground self-parking, WiFi, in-room coffee and tea, use of the pools and onsite water park, access to the business and fitness center, and a daily newspaper. Check-out time for the suites is 10:00am, normal rooms 12:00pm. Valet parking is available for an additional $4 per night.

Note that LEGOLAND California Resort consists of several theme parks including LEGOLAND, SEA LIFE Aquarium and LEGOLAND Water Park making a multi-day stay necessary to see them all in a stress-free manner. Enjoy your stay!

Katie Dillon: Katie writes La Jolla Mom, a lifestyle site focused on parenting, luxury travel, cooking with kids, home management, and local happenings. When not traveling, she lives in the seaside community of La Jolla, CA with her 7-year-old fashionista, dog, and husband.