hotels with a view in San Marcos, CA

1. Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas (4-star hotel)

About this hotel

Set on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this high-end resort is a 3-minute walk from South Carlsbad State Beach, 6 miles from LEGOLAND California and a mile from Interstate 5.Sophisticated rooms have flat-screens, and balconies or patios, as well as minifridges, and tea and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms add fire pits. Suites provide living rooms; some feature kitchenettes. Many quarters offer pool or ocean views. Room service is available.Amenities include an airy restaurant, a coffee shop and a posh spa, plus a gym, and an oceanfront outdoor pool with a poolside bar. There are also yoga and fitness classes, plus Wi-Fi and breakfast.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the rooms, which have minibars
  • 6 min walk to South Carlsbad State Beach
  • One of the few hotels in the area with room service
  • Guests mentioned pools 25 times
  • Guests liked the breakfast
  • Guests praised the views
  • The hotel has a boutique store

Feedback From Real Customers

Victoria Berry

Very beautiful designed hotel with a prefect view of the oceanThe valet and check-in staff were very friendlyIt is very expensive and they definitely need to work on somethings to make the experience worth the money

A couple of the staff who work at the pool and bar were extremely rude and unwelcoming, just this will make me not want to go backI booked a daybed at the pool and thank goodness because the pool was over packed and it seemed like non hotel guest came and meet their friends Kids everywhere which definitely took away from the relaxing part and made it hard to get into their very tiny poolThe daybed was $200 and it came with warm water nothing to keep it cold The beds where suppose to have a sever but we got the least attention, the people just hanging out at the pool where served more So I don’t think I got me money’s worth other than having a spot to sit Lunch isn’t served till 12 and by that time everyone at the pool was ordering food moving the time to 11 would help the staff not be so overwhelmedThe restaurant took a really long time to get drinks out and the steak had a lot of fat on it but the pork belly was really goodI was there celebrating my birthday and the staff asked a couple time but didn’t do anything for it or at the restaurant which was a little weirdIt was a great one time experience but I don’t think we will go back

Adam C

Fantastic hotel Excellent staff, well-appointed rooms, large balconies, nice pool area Very much enjoyed our visit

Best views are the rooms facing the west (ocean) from the second or higher floor South rooms will face condos and north facing rooms will view the ocean, the nearly beach, and segments of the 101 Valet only Some restaurants are within walkable distance, but not much You will need water shoes for the beach (rocks)


Beautiful location and modern design, we enjoyed our stay here A+ attentive staff that was friendly, expedient and on-brandThe bar at sunset is not to be missed & features a well trained team with a craft forward skill set

Of note: as others have said, if you are not a fan of the restaurant, you’ll be challenged with room service (it’s an extension of the chef’s influence)

2. Moonlight Beach Motel

  • Address: 233 2nd St, Encinitas, CA 92024
  • Phone: (760) 753-0623
  • Ratings: 4.5 (149 reviews) Excellent
  • Website : Moonlight Beach Motel
  • Check-in time: 3:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 11:00 AM
  • Quick Summary: Simple rooms with kitchenettes in an understated motel offering balconies with ocean views.

About this hotel

Dating from 1976, this unassuming motel near Interstate 5 is 2 blocks from Moonlight Beach and 7.5 miles from Legoland California theme park.Simple rooms have casual furnishings and feature ocean-view balconies, kitchenettes and TVs.There’s an outdoor patio with BBQ grills, plus loaner beach equipment. Parking is free.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the kitchenettes and the beds
  • Guests praised the bathrooms
  • 5 min walk to Moonlight Beach
  • Guests liked that this hotel is near restaurants and bars
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • Guests mentioned “an ocean” 15 times
  • Guests liked the ocean views
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a beach

Feedback From Real Customers

laree wait

We loved it! The room was very clean, great soft towels, the kitchenette was very handy, comfortable beds We will definitely stay again They had beach chairs, toys, etc

to borrow for the beach The staff were very friendly and welcoming Beautiful safe area and so close to the beach/park Be sure to walk to Cali Cream for amazing ice cream! Bier Garden, Leucadia Pizza and Tidewater were amazing too

Ally Manthey

Loved our stay! The room was perfect for our family (king plus a double–so nice!) Very clean and nicely updated The balcony view of the ocean was lovely and the two block walk to sand was very nice for small kids Easy to walk to highway 101 with great shops and restaurants

Staff was very friendly If we come back to Encinitas, this will be our top pick for lodging Thank you!

Dave Fort

This place gets 1 star because of the location, otherwise it would get 0 stars Based off of others reviews we were excited to try this place out Now after staying there I’m thinking the reviews are fake

My family of 5 stayed five nights in a “suite” that supposedly fits 6 people but not sure how that is humanly possible How do 6 people fit on 1 Queen and 2 Full beds? We had no extra seating in our “suite” besides one office chair so if we wanted to hang out in our “suite” we had to sit on our beds The room was tiny, outdated and smelled horrible We figured out that the horrible urine smell was coming from the wall AC unit that also had an extremely loud rattle that kept us up all night After our second night of no sleep I spoke to a woman in the office about our frustrations and her response was “Well, you have to remember that this is a Motel and not a Hotel” (even though they charge hotel prices with a no-refund policy if you decide you want to leave early) After being told we would not receive a refund if we left early we toughed it out and finished our stay My total for 5 nights was just over 2k and I didn’t want to spend any more $$ on another hotel We learned our lesson with this place My suggestion to all who read this is to find a different place to stay The location might be great but it’s all WAY down hill from there

3. Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Occupying a mock Tudor-style building, this relaxed hotel is 0.2 miles from Carlsbad Premium Outlets, 0.8 miles from the beach and 1.5 miles from Legoland California.Featuring private balconies or patios, the straightforward rooms and suites offer flat-screen TVs, plus coffeemakers and minifridges.Wi-Fi, parking and an airport/area shuttle are available for a fee. There’s an exercise room, as well as a heated outdoor pool, a garden and a business center.

Things You Need to Know

  • Walking distance to The Flower Fields and Carlsbad Ranch
  • Some guests disliked the minibars
  • Some guests complained about the bathrooms
  • Guests mentioned the service is friendly and professional
  • Guests mentioned “an ocean” 12 times
  • Guests liked the clean outdoor pool
  • Guests liked the balconies

Feedback From Real Customers

Robert Van Brunt

Very nice accommodations Excellent guest services Nice clean rooms

Fun pool for the kiddos and jacuzzi for adults The windmill food hall was topnotch not a bad thing there Everything was so delicious! Perfect location for great food and beach access minutes awayThe premium outlets across the street were perfect for some retail therapy too

Chris Weiner

Far and away the best experience I’ve had staying at a Carlsbad hotel The service was great, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable, the rooms are clean and comfortable, the pool is heated perfectly, and the location is fantastic It’s right next to all the great Carlsbad attractions like Legoland, the beach is close by, and same with the village, but also plenty of shopping and great restaurants to choose from all within walking distance

I had to make last minute reservations, which they were able to help me out with I also had to extend my stay at the last minute and they were able to get it doneAll and all, it was a great experience I’d highly recommend this hotel

Joe Bodick

This unique hotel was a great respite from our busy Legoland trips!The rooms were very clean and comfortableThe pool was great for the kidsLisa and Chad were so helpful and nice!The food hall had a lot of choices, which was great for our picky little eaters

Outlet mall across the street was convenient, too

4. Grand Pacific Palisades Resort (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

This upscale resort is 2 miles from Legoland California and 3 miles from Carlsbad State Beach.All rooms offer views over the Pacific Ocean with Mediterranean-style design features and floor-to-ceiling glass doors. There are in-room fridges and microwaves, plus workspaces and free Wi-Fi. Suites include full kitchens and dining rooms.The property features an adults-only Olympic-size pool and 3 hot tubs, as well as a family pool and a water park. A restaurant includes an on-site brewery, and there’s also a business center and a gym.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the large, clean rooms and the beds
  • Walking distance to Miniland and the Museum of Making Music
  • Guests liked the friendly service
  • Guests mentioned “Fire pit” 16 times
  • Guests praised the grounds
  • Guests praised the views
  • Guests praised the nightlife

Feedback From Real Customers

Kate Carlson

Lovely resort We really enjoyed the pool The family area spa is a little cooler than I would like as an adult, but it was lovely for the kids to be able to enjoy it (and there is an adult pool/spa available area as well)

The room/suite in Villa D was perfect for our family of 4, with a very spacious kitchen and living area and a wonderfully comfortable King sized bed in a separate bedroom Easy walk to Legoland and beautiful view over the flower fields and of the ocean The guest policies were very accommodating, including allowing us to stay and use the pool and resort amenities after checkout, and parking was valid till the end of day as well We’d definitely like to stay here again

Melissa Forsberg

Great place to stay for family The rooms are large and clean It has a regular size kitchen if you want to make your own meals with all the utensils you’ll need

There’s also grills available on the grounds Staff was friendly and welcoming There’s separate pool areas where kids can play and swim Another for adults to relax and it has beautiful surroundings We would definitely go back again

Marco Ortiz

Really great family hotel! This place is great for families, the full kitchen makes everything much easier if you are traveling with kids We were able to store all the essentials for our 3, and 1 year old The room was extremely clean and they even provided a pack n play for our 1 year old

The furniture is a bit outdated but is in really great condition Overall the customer service was great but can improve in some aspects I would definitely stay here again We were able to walk to Legoland, it took us about 8 minutes There is no bell service or Valet, so it’s a bit of a bummer There are 2 hotels in the same building The desk for this one is on the right when you walk in and the Hilton on the left The bar was also very convenient, and Karl Strauss is also on the property We will definitely stay here again

5. Best Western Escondido Hotel (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Set within 2.3 miles of the California Center for the Arts and the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, this laid-back hotel is 7.9 miles from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.The straightforward rooms offer coffeemakers, minifridges and microwaves, plus free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Upgraded rooms and suites add sitting and dining areas, plus pull-out sofas and wet bars.Free amenities include a breakfast buffet, and parking for cars and large vehicles. There’s also a relaxed lobby with a TV and a fireplace, plus a heated outdoor pool and hot tub.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the beds
  • 8 min drive to San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • Guests praised the restaurant
  • Guests mentioned “dogs” 11 times
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • Guests liked the outdoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

Necia Bower

We experienced a very nice spacious, quiet, clean, well decorated , comfortable room The breakfast was very good All the staff that we encountered was very friendly and helpful

It was conveniently located near the freeway, stores and restaurantsWe would stay there again and probably will

Kelly G

I wanted to love the Best Western Escondido—there really are few decent hotels in Escondido It’s attractive and in a convenient location Our room was clean and beds were comfortable, if worn

Common areas were quite messy with trash piled up, and breakfast was okay I was not given the AAA rate, though I showed my card Wifi was completely inadequate even to check emails much less stream something The biggest problem was that (at the end of a very long day of moving) there was NO HOT WATER The tepid water there was was a disturbing brown color Front desk said he would “see what [he] could do to take care of the situation,” and, though the owner replies that it was fixed 45 minutes later, we never heard from him again and didn’t know it was fixed Apparently Best Western will not do something to make this right; a room with an unusable bath/shower is definitely not worth $374

James Hardin

If you have to save money then it will do, once you get to the room make sure you can adjust air conditioning down to 67 degrees or so, we could not and we had to play the blanket game( try to figure out how much blanket to cover yourself with) We did let the front desk know after our first of two night stay and they said they would take care of it, they didn’t Nice neighborhood, outdated rooms

6. Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Carlsbad (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

This modern airport hotel is a 1-mile drive from McClellan-Palomar Airport and a 3.8-mile drive from Legoland California.Contemporary rooms offer free WiFi and TVs with premium cable channels, plus desks, minifridges and coffeemakers. Some rooms feature pull-out sofas, as do suites, which also offer living spaces and wet bars.Social spaces include a living room-style lobby, an outdoor courtyard and an American restaurant serving Starbucks coffee. Other amenities include an outdoor pool and an exercise room, plus a business center, meeting space, free parking and an airport shuttle.

Things You Need to Know

  • 6 min drive to The Flower Fields
  • Guests liked the service
  • Some guests complained about the kitchenettes
  • Guests mentioned “Bistro” 16 times
  • Guests mentioned lobbies 24 times

Feedback From Real Customers

Sebastian Caballaro

The hotel is nice and super clean There’s no breakfast included with any room but there’s a Starbucks in the hotel which is really convenientParking is free and generally no issues to find a spot

The pool is nice and clean, 5ft max depthWiFi is free for basic and there’s an available option for paid premiumThe rooms are quiet and the mattresses are the most comfortable mattress we had during our tripThe cable options are pretty basic and much more dated than what you’d find at a Springhill Suites for instance

krizhia roxas

We’ve been here for an hour now Once we opened the room, it smells like cigarette I didn’t complain and just opened the sliding doors and let the air circulate

Now, I’ve noticed there’s a used wingstop cup under the table Called front desk Frontdesk said the room has been cleaned and housekeeping probably just didn’t see the cup Aren’t they supposed to clean the WHOLE ROOM especially since we’re living in a pandemic? The front desk didn’t offer a resolution, probably cause I didn’t ask for a room change Or maybe I should really complain before we get better service? Not gonna stay here again after this

Dwight Osteen

They don’t clean the rooms They tell you that if you ask for it to happen every day they will do it I was there 4 nights, requested fresh towels and cleaning every night

They never came Also upon my arrival there was a dirty wash cloth in the middle of the room floor Staff was nice enough even if they didn’t do what they said

7. Inn at Moonlight Beach

About this hotel

Set on a leafy hillside overlooking Moonlight Beach, this warm bed-and-breakfast in a bright building is a mile from the San Diego Botanic Garden and 2 miles from San Elijo State Beach.The 5 cozy, uniquely decorated rooms and suites, all with private bathrooms, feature free Wi-Fi, cable TV, coffeemakers and minifridges. Some offer partial ocean views and/or modern furnishings. A suite has a private deck with expansive ocean views.Parking (1 car per room) and breakfast are complimentary. There’s also a furnished front porch and a landscaped garden.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the rooms and the kitchenettes
  • Guests praised the bathrooms
  • 8 min walk to Moonlight Beach
  • 5 min walk to nearest train station
  • Guests praised the service, which has a concierge
  • Guests mentioned “herbs” 15 times
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • The hotel has a boutique store

Feedback From Real Customers


ABSOLUTELY STUNNING AND SUCH A RELAXING RETREATI absolutely adored this inn and need to come back asap The garden is lovely and since gardening is such a hobby of mine as well, I loved to share my joy of it with othersWe also were invited to do a honey tasting and I LOVED all the delicious flavors I can tell that so much love and intention was put into this inn and it is such a refreshing place in the midst of such a busy world

What a beautiful gem! I loved the noise machines in the room, tea baths they offered, and even the itty snacks they left for usLOVE LOVE LOVED IT HERE

Peter R

Want a unique and relaxing stay at a B&B near the beach and walk to cafes, bars and restraunts? The Inn is designed around organic, sustainability working gardens for guests to enjoy And, breakfast is delivered to you door! With an Indian Mystic vibe, the owners seem to have thoughtfully added a tranquil space to rest, meditate, sleep, or use as a base to enjoy Encinitas or the sandy beach

Helen Chang

So relaxing and nourishing It was an exquisite wellness break that uplifted my soul Every detail of this place has been thought through, giving me a Zen-like experience

I loved the hot bath with fresh flowers and herbs, the food plates and baskets I ordered, and the quiet wood-panel room My mind just relaxed I used my two days there to write in my journal, read my spiritual book and meditate Everything there supported my retreat Wow!!!

8. Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Rancho Bernardo (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

This straightforward hotel is 2.9 miles from the Bernardo Winery and 4.4 miles from the Maderas Golf Club.Contemporary-styled rooms offer free WiFi, desks, flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels, minifridges, microwaves and coffeemakers. Suites add separate living areas.Social spaces include a living room-style lobby and an outdoor patio. The American restaurant serves breakfast and dinner as well as all-day drinks, including Starbucks coffee. There’s also a business center with workstations and printers, and 4 meeting rooms. Other amenities include an outdoor heated pool and hot tub, an exercise room and free on-site parking.

Things You Need to Know

  • 9 min drive to the Bernardo Winery
  • Guests liked the friendly service
  • Some guests complained about the bathrooms
  • Guests mentioned fitness centers 11 times
  • Guests mentioned “parks” 22 times
  • The fitness center has elliptical machines and treadmills
  • Guests liked the bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Jan Durand

Our stay was nice The staff was excellent Our room had some items that did not work

Also, they came within an hour to fix one issue When I mentioned them at checkout they compensated us with free parking, plus $50 off our rate Location was wonderful to Poway and San Diego downtown The bed was very comfy All my special requests were accepted and completed for us Thank you to all the staff

Christopher Johnson

Fernando at the front desk is a “five star man” as Dennis Reynolds would say The Courtyard is what it is, a standard 3 star hotel, it needs some love here and and there and is a place to sleep with the essentials but far from luxurious It’s fine

We were sent here by another hotel that overbooked us and there was a lot of drama that went into that so I won’t hold them accountable for any of that But because of that I arrived at 1am with lots of road weariness, frustration and zero patience I tried to not take it out on the staff but I still probably wasn’t the most pleasant person to deal with in the middle of the night But Fernando was more than understanding, maintained a positive attitude and took care of us I really appreciate all his support and because of him I’d give the whole experience 5 stars Marriott, give this man a raise

Trev Econ

Unique, you get a sense they are doing their best however some staff seem totally oblivious Some of the staff are also exceptionalOne thing is clear the rooms need serious updating especially the toilets and bathrooms are not where they should be

Otherwise if you must go, do pay close attention then leave

9. Lakehouse Hotel and Golf Resort (4-star hotel)

About this hotel

Set on Lake San Marcos, this upscale, modern hotel is 0.7 miles from Lake San Marcos Executive Golf Course, and 1.6 miles from Bradley Park.The chic, contemporary suites and cottages come with flat-screen TVs and complimentary WiFi, plus private patios or balconies. Some quarters have wet bars, fireplaces and lake views.There are 2 heated outdoor pools, plus firepits, hot tubs and hammocks.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests liked the rooms
  • 9 min drive to Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park
  • One of the few hotels in the area with room service
  • Guests liked the restaurant
  • Guests mentioned “s’mores” 50 times
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • Guests liked the lake views

Feedback From Real Customers

Mountain View

The Lakehouse has always been my favorite place, with its picture-perfect Mountain and Lake San Marcos LSM Marina is a must to enjoy water sports or simply cruise and admire the surroundings I am very happy with the pontoon boat that I rented

I must say that I’ve seen them a lot cleaner back in 2014-2016 and they seem to be the same boats this 2022 which explains why there are stains all around or weather damages on the leather seats, which are understandable when used over the years No complaints on the same awesome experience Just a suggestion if the management wants to improve by sanitizing better, change upholstery or deep-clean everything The staff who answered my call like Liam and the guys assisting at the dock are all very welcoming I’ll still give it a 5⭐️ And we’ll definitely be back

Jack Bowman

My wife and I came here on our honeymoon We had an absolute blast This place was worth every penny we spent on it

It’s up-to-date, very clean, the staff are incredibly friendly, and the amenities kept us very busyFor starters, they have several fire pits around the pool area (and a fantastic hot tub), which they give you smores to roast over It’s very cute They also give you a free bucket of balls for their driving range The poolside bar wasn’t incredibly well stocked for making custom requests, but their house drinks were just fine for us and the bartender was very nice and made us laughWe are already planning to come here again next time we decide to visit San Marcos

Max Delbecq

Pros: nice little lake with small, retirement community/golf vibe Nice boats – the small pontoon boat was really fun for our family of 3 for an afternoon picnic on the water Could have easily fit 6-7 people comfortably

Liked being able to book in advance via the websiteCons: employees, which are just a bunch of youngsters, were a little disorganized Price is high for a couple hours on a lake ($100/hour for the small pontoon boat + tax)

10. Holiday Inn Carlsbad – San Diego, an IHG Hotel (4-star hotel)

About this hotel

A mile from McClellan-Palomar Airport, this laid-back hotel is 5 miles from LEGOLAND California and 7 miles from South Carlsbad State Beach.Sleek rooms and suites offer complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minifridges, plus microwaves and coffeemakers. Some have whirlpool tubs, sitting areas and/or pull-out sofas. Children age 18 and under stay free in a parent’s room.Parking is complimentary. Other amenities include a restaurant, a bar and a gym. There’s also an outdoor pool, a convenience shop, and meeting and event space. Breakfast is available.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the beds
  • 7 min drive to Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park
  • Guests mentioned the rooms are unclean
  • Guests liked the service
  • Guests mentioned “basketball” 19 times
  • Guests praised the fitness center
  • Guests praised the outdoor pool and the hot tub
  • Guests liked the bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Tysen Hill

Simple room at a good price Mini fridge was nice AC worked a treat in the humidity

Building clean decent spot if you have Kids as there is a Court for Basketballs, Put golf, Pool and tennis courts not to mention a outside barwe Stayed one night and the only gripe was the charger that was claimed to be there was no longer there there are chargers across a very quiet street so it was more then fine

Emily Feldkamp

My normal Carlsbad hotel was booked when I was in town this last time so I gave the Holiday Inn a shot The front desk employees were top notch and super friendly The breakfast attendees were also great

The room itself was pretty standard for a Holiday Inn My biggest disappointment was that their bike rental station did not work -as a triathlete that travels a lot I was so excited to have an option to bike outside but ended up having to use the workout room recumbent bike instead which is really not ideal All in all it was a wonderful stay and I would totally stay here again, just be aware the outdoor bike rentals don’t work!

Tom Sparks

I was in town on business and booked this hotel The front desk staff was friendly and helpful when asking questions about where to eat in the area I ordered some food and drinks at the bar, great service there! The room was clean and quiet! the only downside if I can complain at all is the wifi seemed a bit lagging

I download and upload a lot of files each day and that was a bummer but can’t complain too much about it I didn’t get to check out the pool or fitness center this trip but I wouldn’t hesitate on staying there again in the future!

11. Hampton Inn Carlsbad-North San Diego County (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

This modern hotel off Interstate 5 is a 2-minute drive from McClellan-Palomar Airport. It’s also 3 miles from Legoland California and 5 miles from Carlsbad State Beach.Contemporary rooms offer flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers and free Wi-Fi, as well as fridges and microwaves. Some rooms have both tubs and showers.There’s an outdoor pool, a gym, a business center and a meeting room. Freebies include parking, daily hot breakfast and takeaway breakfast bags available on weekdays.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the beds
  • 7 min drive to The Flower Fields
  • Guests praised the service
  • Guests mentioned “waffles” 11 times
  • Guests liked the fitness center
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a casino

Feedback From Real Customers

Elizabeth Pelayo

The staff at the hotel greeted us nicely upon our arrival We immediately got a room assigned to us and we were explained the breakfast schedule and the housekeeping policy There was always fresh coffee in the dining area

The breakfast buffet was an added bonus The kids really enjoyed the pool which was kept at a warm temperature They had a blast swimming We stayed two nights and got to explore some really cool beaches, the Carlsbad Mall, and Legoland for a day We had a great overall experience and will be coming back soon!


Good quality hotel!Great front staff, helpful, friendly, and quick It was a painless experience checking inHotel and rooms looked neat

It seems like they were just remodeled or renovated But the entrance, lobby area, laundry, ice machine, hallways, elevator, and the rooms looked new!Rooms were very clean, and spacious Bathroom was cool too, also spaciousHotel is like 10 minutes from the I-5 Good experience so far!

Matthew Charnell

The first room we walked into smelled like throw up They changed our room and while the smell was better, the bathroom vent did not work The first couple mornings had decent breakfast

On the third morning we walked into the breakfast area to be presented by scraps: no plates, no utensils, no real food My children and I are unable to enjoy our vacation when we pay for a service and do not receive it This ruined my vacation Don’t let this place ruin yours

12. Hilton Grand Vacations Club MarBrisa Carlsbad (4-star hotel)

About this hotel

A mile from Highway 5, this sprawling, laid-back hotel is also 2 miles from Legoland California, and 4 miles from both Carlsbad State Beach and Agua Hedionda Lagoon.Relaxed rooms with colorful accents come with free Wi-Fi, TVs and DVD players, as well as balconies, kitchenettes and sitting areas with sofas. Suites with 1 to 3 bedrooms add sofabeds, full kitchens, and separate living and dining areas.There’s a grill restaurant and bar, along with 3 outdoor pools surrounded by palm trees and sunloungers. Other amenities include a playground, a fitness room, and an electric car charging station. Parking is available for a fee.

Things You Need to Know

  • One of the few hotels in the area with air conditioning
  • 5 min drive to The Flower Fields
  • One of the few hotels in the area with room service
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a restaurant
  • Guests mentioned “Fire pit” 14 times
  • The hotel has breakfast
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a fitness center
  • The hotel has a game room

Feedback From Real Customers

Paul Cole

We just had yet another awesome stay at this wonderful property With 5 of us travelling (my wife and 3 children) we need a lot of room so we booked a two bedroom suite and it was perfect, with more than enough room and all the amenities you could want The staff was super friendly and professional and we really felt at home

A special shout out to the lady that runs the activity center and leads the morning hikes She was the greatest! My family really enjoyed some of the art activities that she offered and I was really impressed by her knowledge of the local flora and fauna as she pointed out various interesting bits of information as she led the morning nature hikes The food was great both at the Cove bar and when the wife and I wanted something a little more upscale the Restaurant at the Westin (which was only a two minute walk from our room) was fantastic I’d just like to thank the staff for making our stay so special and in particular Ms Megan Connor the GM who makes it all happen

James Deguzman

The rooms are nice and spacious The staff is what makes this place great The front desk personnel were nice and courteous and very accommodating

Our room was super clean by housekeeping upon arrival I also noticed the cleaning staff clean the bbq grills on a regular basis Events staff and employees around the pool area were all super friendly and helpful All the staff make this place an amazing place to stay

BB rEflecTion

Beautiful area, direct access to Lego land Easy trail to walk on Good pool side services

One of TV in our bedroom is broken on sound, but everything else in the room is fine There’s some construction going on but not bad on noise level ( To be fair, the screaming kids at the pool is the responsibility of the parents) This is one of good HGVC properties that actually care about the owners, compared to some others I had been Keep it up and we’ll be back!

13. Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott San Diego North/San Marcos (2-star hotel)

About this hotel

Surrounded by casual eateries, this relaxed hotel is a mile from California State University San Marcos, 2 miles from Palomar College and 4 miles from Interstate 15.Warmly decorated rooms provide complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges and microwaves. Suites add sofabeds.Freebies include parking, and breakfast served in a bright dining room. There’s also an outdoor pool, a hot tub and a fitness room.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the large, clean rooms and the beds
  • Guests praised the bathrooms
  • 10 min drive to the California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • Guests praised the restaurant
  • Guests mentioned “robots” 62 times
  • Guests praised the fitness center, which has free weights
  • Guests praised the outdoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

Brinder Thind

We stayed at the hotel as a large family group to attend a family wedding nearby It was a great hotel and at a fair price per night Staff were fantastic and tried to accommodate for all our needs and placed us all together

Clean and fresh rooms with spacious bathrooms with fantastic AC There are loads of restaurants nearby if you fancy to dine out or get a takeawayThe robot was a great touch If there was one criticism that would be the breakfast options which weren’t very great but I’d still give the hotel 5 star due to the overall experience

Imelda Carbajal

I stayed here (as long with MANY guests) for my wedding weekend The room I had was clean, it had everything I needed They even sent me a champagne bottle to celebrate my wedding day

The staff at the front desk was always very kind and always greeted me and my family or friendsThe fitness center was not crowded, it also looked very clean The pool was heated which was wonderful since it was in the low 50’s the days we were onsiteBreakfast was ok, they had bagels, oatmeal, cereals, milk, yogurt, and hot sandwiches upon request Regular coffee, decaf and tea were available 24/7 in the lobby

Nicholas Dunbar

I stayed here for several weeks The beds are super comfortable and the hotel is very cleanThe only real downside is that they don’t offer a full breakfast

You get a grab and go bagel, 3 options for cereal and yogurt There was sign that was posted that I did not see very often (I could have just missed it altogether) that offered an egg/cheese/sausage sandwich but I think you had to take it back to your room to heat up I did not try it There was only on instance where I grabbed a boxed milk that was very curdledIn the room they have a mini fridge that you have to push a button that makes it a little colder to 2 extra hours Most hotels are going to this and its pure garbage Good enough for drinks but I would not trust it with leftoversThe staff were very nice tooI would stay here again without question

14. Cardiff by the Sea Lodge (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Overlooking the beach, this elegant hotel is 2 miles from Moonlight and San Elijo Beaches, and 3 miles from San Diego Botanic Garden.The uniquely decorated rooms feature ocean views, whirlpool tubs, fireplaces and sofabeds, as well as free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs.There’s also a lush rooftop garden with a fire pit and a hot tub, plus free continental breakfast and parking.

Things You Need to Know

  • The rooms have refrigerators
  • 8 min walk to the San Elijo State Beach
  • Guests liked the large rooms but some thought they were outdated
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • Guests mentioned “Fire pit” 23 times
  • Guests praised the terrace
  • Guests praised the ocean views
  • Guests praised the hot tub

Feedback From Real Customers

Neda Z

This hotel is in poor condition Needs a total renovation We could not wait to leave

We moved from the room we reserved because the bedsprings were broken Every turn would have kept us awake The electrical sockets were so loose that our charging devices would not stay in the outlets Second room: dirty wall paper from the 80s, cracked tile floors, old toilet with no pressure, shutter style bathroom sliding panels that needed a deep dusting/cleaning and a rotted wood hand rail that was duct taped to keep it from further rot leading up to the roof top deck, unbelievably The only thing this hotel had going for it was the location We were a block to the ocean and the roof top deck would have been more enjoyable if the chairs hadn’t been so broken I will say the cleaning women did their best considering the poor condition of this property Breakfast was packaged junk muffins that we did not touch We did not drink coffee either This was way overpriced for the condition and decay

Theresa Gutierrez

My husband and I had to get away for the weekend, from the kids, family, and life, so we last minute booked our stay here, and loved that they allowed us a late checkout, as we arrived late Friday evening- and even though we arrived late, the Best Pizza restaurant was open for outdoor, under the heater eating and drinking amazing beers on tap, including some really good pizza! There was a choice of restaurants, all on that same intersection, which is just above the beach! We enjoyed the rooftop jacuzzi, and the incredible under-the-stars, beach view! This lodge is truly a lodge and feels like you stepped back in time as if you’re in a snow lodge, but they were very clean and professionalWe’ll do this again!

Shannon Kelly

This is in a nice area with easy beach access The room itself was pretty terrible We stayed in the Paradise room, the theme is beachy which is cute but it smells musty and mildewed and the kicker was a sewage smell coming from the drain in front of the toilet in the bathroom

It permeated the entire room We finally covered it up with a towel which helped The bed was also terrible, broken springs and very squeaky, made it hard to sleep The rooftop area is also dangerous; there was a place on it when we were walking around that my boyfriend almost went through a part of it, when he turned to look at what happened he realized it was kind of blocked off-not enough to be obvious, no caution sign or tape I would not recommend this place-maybe some rooms are fine but I will never try this hotel again So many hotel options, this one needs some work

15. Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Oceanside (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

This modern hotel is 2.1 miles from Old Mission San Luis Rey and 5.5 miles from the Oceanside Pier.Contemporary rooms offer free WiFi, desks, flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels, iPod docks, minifridges and coffeemakers. Suites add separate living areas and microwaves.Social spaces include a living room-style lobby and an outdoor courtyard. The American restaurant serves breakfast and dinner as well as all-day drinks, including Starbucks coffee. There’s also a business center with workstations and printers, and 3 meeting rooms. Other amenities include an outdoor heated pool and hot tub, an exercise room and free parking.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean rooms and the beds
  • 7 min drive to the Mission San Luis Rey de Francia
  • 10 min walk to nearest transit
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • Guests mentioned “Bistro” 10 times
  • The fitness center has treadmills and elliptical machines
  • Guests praised the outdoor pool
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Jeff Sanchez

Overall it was an okay hotel Very quiet and nice location Unfortunately I did have some issues

I checked in after a long day and my room had blood stained sheets on the bed That’s a big no-no for me or anyone I would imagine I did call and get them replaced Bathroom was a bit dirty, I’ve been in worse and I was too tired to deal with it I do wish they had complimentary breakfast though They do make you buy it if you want it There is an IHOP down the street so I just went there It does have on site laundry so that’s nice An okay stay Could’ve been better

Yul Gash

Service was great, but breakfast not included We stayed on second floor Room #206 and window did not have security stopper (opened all the way), AC worked unproperly (would not stop at certain temperature ) so instead we preferred opening windows That specific window is facing pool area and in this case might be attractive to climb on for small children or pets

Not here to complain but to suggest to be cautious

Tiara Jay

Nice hotel, I got at a discounted price because I was with a group Everything was great until I came back to my room to find BED BUGS not one but a few A lady came in and confirmed that they were in fact bed bugs

After insinuating if the bed bugs might have been mine The hotel switched my room, in the moment, the stress and anxiety I felt at 12am made me never want to come back to this hotel again, I couldn’t even sleep well in the other room in fear that they had traveled or was in the new room Also the new room’s bathroom had a TERRIBLE smell Yea nice hotel I just wouldn’t go back regardless discount or not

16. Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach, a Hilton Resort and Spa (4-star hotel)

About this hotel

Set on Carlsbad Beach, this contemporary Craftsman-inspired resort hotel is 2.7 miles to Aviara Golf Club and 4.9 miles from McClellan-Palomar Airport.Rooms (some with ocean views) offer modern decor and custom-designed beds, plus minifridges, microwaves, flat-screen TVs and WiFi. Some feature balconies, and suites add separate living and dining areas.Amenities include a restaurant serving locally sourced coastal cuisine, a cocktail lounge, spa and fitness center, plus a 4,000 sq ft oceanfront outdoor pool and a fire pit. There are also over 25,000 sq ft of meeting space and a free local area shuttle. A daily resort fee applies.

Things You Need to Know

  • 9 min walk to South Carlsbad State Beach
  • Guests liked the large rooms but some disliked the air conditioning
  • Some guests complained about the bathrooms
  • One of the few hotels in the area with 24-hr room service
  • Guests mentioned “Fire pit” 11 times
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a casino
  • Guests liked the outdoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers


We had the best time in this Resort The property is well maintained, all services are available and the staff is very welcoming We had the best check-in experience in years

A highlight worth mentioning is the excellent breakfast menu Somehow Hilton used the pandemic as excuse to severely downgrade on breakfast quality as well as benefits for status members Not so in Carlsbad, they offer a well crafted breakfast menu that goes well beyond eggs & bacon and with diamond food credits you can actually get more than a cream cheese bagelCan only recommend this place for a get-away or when traveling through Southern California

Joe Sage

This review is written from the perspective of family trips with kids (though it could be a fun business trip center as well) This hotel is a great place to stay in the San Diego area

The most salient features are the pool, the ocean and the low key vibe The ocean is just across the street The pool is zero entry, large and there is a hot tub people can enjoy Food and beverages can be ordered at the restaurant and enjoyed pool sideNeed a low key day? Start with breakfast at the hotel (kids insist on it) and then spend time at the pool, walk to the beach, repeat with dinner and sunset poolsideWhen you need to explore the city, it’s an easy 30 minutes away This is our base of operations for our adventuresEnjoy!

Alvin Hao

Our experience was mixedThe good:Awesome ocean view poolRooms are spacious and clean

Best dinning experience, ocean and sunset viewHotel staff are nice and helpfulThe bad:There was an eyelash on the hair dryer, pretty creepyWe ordered some birthday amenities for my wife at the front desk at 5pm and was told that they’d be delivered to our room in an hour Well they were delivered around 10pm, after a few times of back and forth and me running around between the front desk and the restaurantSomehow housekeeping thought we were checking out and cleaned out one of our rooms Took me 2 days to be able to retrieve part of our belongings I’m still waiting for a call for the remaining, but I don’t think it will happen

17. Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego North/San Marcos (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Off Ronald Packard Parkway, this relaxed all-suite hotel is 10 miles from San Diego Botanic Garden. and 9 miles from Legoland California Resort.Informal suites come with free Wi-Fi and kitchenettes, as well as pull-out sofas, desks and flat-screen TVs. The 1- and 2-bedroom suites add separate living rooms.Complimentary amenities include hot breakfast, regular evening socials and parking. There’s also grocery delivery service and a 24/7 convenience store. Other amenities include a heated outdoor pool, a hot tub, a 24/7 fitness center, and a patio with a fire pit, as well as meeting space, a business center and a game room.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the kitchenettes
  • 13 min drive to the California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Guests mentioned the rooms are unclean
  • Some guests disliked the bathrooms
  • The fitness center has weight machines
  • The hotel has a game room
  • Guests praised the outdoor pool
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a bar

Feedback From Real Customers


I got married nearby and every time we had to stay somewhere to plan we stayed here! It is such a clean resort with friendly staff The breakfast was the only upsetting part, there was almost nothing to eat or drink The rooms were perfect and accommodated both bridal parties in their own suites

They were very understanding about keeping the parties separated, which we appreciated

Bill Delmer

The staff was excellent but the rooms were just ok, the cooking gear was old and scratched, I was not comfortable using it The breakfast however was simply awful I stay in these types of properties a lot and I checked in assuming I would get a decent breakfast but it was totally not up to the standards that this brand usually provides

Most mornings it’s just breakfast sandwiches, there were mornings where it was even less than that Once in a great while there would be little omelets, but maybe once per week Staff 5 stars, facilities 3 stars, breakfast 1 star and that’s generous I would not stay there again

Monina Buchongo

Short stay and WILL NEVER STAY HERE AGAIN! I found a $400 charge by residence inn on my account I called to inquire about the charge and was accused of stealing pots, pans, and dishes I never got a call of investigation however, I was told by the person who answered the phone that the manager left a voicemail for me

Upon checking my voicemail, there was no message from anyone at the residence inn in San Marcos This is unacceptable and unprofessional This facility has no checks and balances for room inventory and when asked about it there was no solution Their products aren’t even mediocre, they’re cheap and of poor quality No thank you! DO NOT STAY HERE!

18. The Cassara Carlsbad, Tapestry Collection by Hilton (4-star hotel)

About this hotel

Off Interstate 5, this polished hotel set on a 12-acre site is less than a mile from The Flower Fields, a seasonal attraction with flowers and walking paths, and 3 miles from South Carlsbad State Beach along the Pacific Ocean.Relaxed rooms provide Wi-Fi and flat-screens, as well as minifridges and Keurig coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms add ocean views; some have balconies and/or wet bars. Room service is available.There’s a free shuttle to the local area. Other amenities include a swanky lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows, a restaurant and a bar, plus an on-site brewery, as well 2 outdoor pools and a gym. Breakfast and parking are offered.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests liked the rooms
  • Some guests disliked the bathrooms
  • Walking distance to Miniland and the Museum of Making Music
  • Guests mentioned lobbies 18 times
  • Some guests complained about the breakfast
  • The hotel has a game room
  • The hotel has a sauna

Feedback From Real Customers


Front desk personnel did not immediately acknowledge our arrival even when there were 3 of them just chatting and we are the only people in front of them We arrived at past 3PM expecting that our room would be ready but were told to wait for their call It took more than 30 minutes until they told us our room is available

This is not to mention that I have a Diamond level status which were not even acknowledged at this hotel No offer of room upgrade, no free breakfast, no offer of bottled water nor points And parking is not even free Around 7PM, I went back to the front desk to request for a 2PM late check out next day but I was told to return back to the front desk at 6AM with a condescending tone Went back to the front desk at 6AM as instructed only to be denied and no alternative offered other than being told that they are fully booked On a positive note, the hotel is clean which should be base standard especially for a 4 star hotel I expected this to be a memorable birthday celebration for myself but it gave us a not so good experience Definitely not returning back to this property and now rethinking my future relationship with the Hilton brand

Melody Marshall

Our room was not ready until 5:00 pm!!! We are Diamond members and we’re told ‘even the manager had to come in to work on a Monday!’ Once in the room the safe had no working parts and the refrigerator was frozen and had to be replaced We went to the lobby for a non existent breakfast of only coffee and pastries

When we asked if they had a plate for the pastries we were told no The bar tables were filthy with food and drink spills When we ask for a rag to clean a table we were told there weren’t any and offered a baby wipe to clean it ourselves The front staff was just standing at the desks and could have at least cleaned the tables And why didn’t the bar staff clean them at night We were told the marketplace is never stocked by the resort hotel There isn’t a breakfast associated with being a Diamond member, no upgrades, no water, no Hilton benefits at all We were also told there are no upgrades at the Tapestry for Diamond members if you booked the room on points, we have never been told this at other Tapestry hotels The rooms are clean and the hotel is an easy walk to Legoland, but what makes this a Hilton property is beyond me This hotel is grossly understaffed

Brian Yamashita

I’m sure your experience will be better than mine and the end of my trip was good but the beginning was a rough one We had the thermostat go out om day one and it was broken the rest of the first day and second day As you might be able to imagine in the summer with kids and no air and nothing they can do it was a bad night

If I was staying a week it might have been fine but night to and day 3 we all sleep and made the vacation with the kids a bit of a loss when it came to taking them to lego land for only 2 hours day 2 because of how tiered they were

19. Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Across from Carlsbad State Beach, this coastal hotel is less than 2 miles from LEGOLAND California.All rooms of the atylish, modern rooms have custom-designed beds and flat-screen TVs with premium cable, plus minifridges, microwaves, and free WiFi. Some have ocean views. Suites add separate living areas with pull-out sofas, and private patios.A freshly prepared breakfast is available (fee), and there’s an on-site American bistro and convenience store. There’s also a 24/7 fitness center, outdoor pool and whirlpool. Additional amenities include multiple meeting rooms, a business center, plus a free McClellan-Palomar airport shuttle.

Things You Need to Know

  • 5 min drive to Carlsbad State Beach
  • Some guests complained about the beds
  • Some guests complained about the bathrooms
  • One of the few hotels in the area with room service
  • Guests mentioned “the sunset” 27 times
  • Guests praised the ocean views
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a casino

Feedback From Real Customers

Ami Heath

Best kept secret in Carlsbad!On a 30 day business trip with little time off and took the shuttle to the beach It was beautiful, I heard a little history on the way to and from, and was pampered like royalty!Staff was informative, helpful and friendly Room was very nice and having the option to eat on property is always a benefit for me!The outdoor space was great with a pool & jacuzzi that is not found in many new hotels these days

Corn hole, ping pong, and many other outdoor games for the kidsTwo minute walk to the beach was convenient, and the view from our room was breathtaking!Hope to bring the family back on vacation

Sheila Smith

Front Desk Staff was very nice The hotel is very dog friendly, the room was clean and comfortable, the grounds were beautiful plus there were lots of activities to choose from when hanging around outside Loved all the seating areas they had in their courtyard and around the grounds

I would have given 5 stars for my rating, however the restaurant service was not good It took the staff at the restaurant at least 10 min to acknowledge us or anyone else standing there , the tables were not cleared off and the service was a little slow

Jocelyn Ly

This hotel is was amazing from the location to the friendly staff It is literally walking distance from a beautiful beach They had beach chairs and toys for us to use

The rooms were remodeled and clean It included a mini fridge and microwave which was a plus!When we arrived, we were greeted by the friendly front desk staff They kept our luggage for us since our room wasn’t ready We were headed to Legoland and wanted to keep our luggage safeThey have a grab and go convenient store in the main lobby They also had a bar and restaurant for guests which is convenient if you don’t want to leave your hotel Breakfast buffet was offered for a feeThe pool was big and heated which was perfect for night swimming The jacuzzi was also very warm and relaxingOverall, I would definitely be returning in the future due to the friendly experience we had!Thank you Hilton Garden staff for an amazing stay!

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