Find Carlsbad, CA hotels with accommodations to fit your large family!
In the slide show above, you're viewing pictures of the Grand Pacific Palisades and the Inns of America hotels in Carlsbad, California. These are two hotels near the Legoland theme park which offer suites or condo style units for larger families. On this page, you'll discover further details about these two nice hotels, along with other possibilities you might try if your family doesn't fit into a traditional 2-bed hotel room. Note: are you looking for a "regular" hotel instead of a suite? You'll find that info on the Budget Hotels near Legoland page of our site.
Finding larger accommodations in Carlsbad, California
Benefits of Suites vs. Condos vs. Vacation Rentals
Your family may be one of the many who fall into the category of "large families." Or, it may NOT. Actually, all you need to qualify for the term "large families" when it comes to hotels is to have more than 2 children!
Some hotels may let you squeeze a 3rd child into the room; others may not. Sometimes it's a matter of hotel policy, while at other times, it's the fire marshal who has handed down these rules. Whatever the case, by the time you add a 4th child to the group, it's a cinch to say that you WON'T find a hotel that will let your family stay in just one room.
Renting two rooms at any hotel, motel or inn is one common solution. But, as large families already know, this isn't an ideal solution. When only older kids are involved, it isn't as complicated as when the children's age range falls more into the "babies, toddlers and preschoolers" category. In that case, Mom and Dad might even need to split up, one staying in each of the two rooms, in order that fits of hysterical crying and moans of "I'm scared!" won't be heard.
Even when you can split the family easily into two units, there's just something about being in two different rooms that may interrupt everyone's sense of togetherness---which is the very reason you're taking your vacation in the first place!
The most common options for different accommodations include--
1.) Hotel suites, which may feature several rooms, often with a living room couch which converts into a bed, as well. A simple suite does not necessarily have cooking facilities, or facilities may be limited to a microwave and a small refrigerator.
2.) Condo rentals also feature several rooms, just like a suite, but they DO have full kitchen facilities...usually featuring a "regular" oven in addition to a microwave, plus a complete set of cookware and dining utensils. Families save money towards paying the higher cost of these units because they can eat in the condo, avoiding high bills at restaurants. (On the other hand, the act of cooking for a family does take away time from the family activities, and means that some members of the family won't really be getting a good rest on their vacation!)
3.) Vacation Rentals, which can be empty houses or apartments placed for rent by either their owners or by an agency, are another choice for larger groups and families. Vacation rentals are not as easy to book, because each unit is completely different from all others, and you can't be exactly sure about what you're getting until you're actually on the premises. The subject of vacation rentals is beyond the scope of this page. However, if you're interested in finding a Southern California vacation rental, you may wish to try www.VacationRentalsListed.com which helps tourists find houses, apartments and condos all over the USA. We don't get a kickback from this company; we simply found the site's owner helpful when we needed to find information for a reader.
Finding family suites near Legoland
Hyatt Summerfield Suites (formerly the Inns of America Suites)
The Hyatt House Suites in Carlsbad, California (formerly the Inns of America Suites and then the Hyatt Summerfield Suites) is an attractive hotel near Legoland which offers both regular hotel rooms and family suites. The Hyatt House is a 100% non-smoking hotel.
Features of their family suites include one bedroom outfitted with either a king-sized bed or two queen beds (your choice); a separate living room with a queen-sized sofa sleeper; a kitchenette with large fridge, dishwasher, cook stove and microwave; and desk for working at the computer. If you don't need that much space, you can get a "family guest" room, which has a kitchenette along with two queen-sized beds. Don't want to cook? The room price includes a light continental breakfast every morning.
Hyatt Summerfield Suites address: 5010 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4371. Here's the Hyatt Summerfield Suites website.
Ramada Inn, Carlsbad-by-the-Sea
Both suites and standard rooms are available at the Carlsbad Ramada Inn. One and two-bedroom suites which will have either a king bed or two queens in the bedroom; plus a living room with a pull-out couch. There is a kitchenette in the unit, plus a free breakfast buffet you may attend every morning. NOTE: This hotel is 100% non-smoking.
The Carlsbad Homewood Suites offers both one and two bedroom units. Both styles have separate living rooms and kitchens. One thing different about Homewood Suites is that you can get two bedroom units with two baths...a feature that not all suite hotels can offer. A free breakfast is also offered, along with all the amenities you would expect from a Hilton brand of hotels.
The Carlsbad Homewood Suites address is 2223 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011. Here's the Homewood Suites website, which is located east of Legoland.
West Inn & Suites, Carlsbad
The West Inn & Suites is a lovely luxury hotel which offers the Double King one-bedroom suite to families. The separate living room has a pull-out sofa bed. The unit has a refrigerator and microwave, but for those who don't want to cook, a complimentary breakfast is included. An evening "cookie time" caters to family vacationers!
The West Inn address is 4970 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008. Here's a link to the Carlsbad, California West Inn & Suites website.
Carlsbad by the Sea Resort (until recently, a Holiday Inn)
The Carlsbad by the Sea Resort's 2-room suite allows up to 8 persons, which is more than most suites allow. It's also more expensive than some other suites you'll find in Carlsbad...but if you've got a large group, you may save money over getting two individual units that WILL hold your family and/or friends. Includes a refrigerator, microwave and work station.
The Carlsbad by the Sea (former Holiday Inn) address is 850 Palomar Airport Rd, Carlsbad, CA 92011. Here's the Carlsbad by the Sea Resort's website. Note: this hotel is just across the street from the wonderful Carlsbad Premium Outlets, another "can't miss" Carlsbad attraction.
Carlsbad Beach Inn Resort
Carlsbad Beach Inn Resort:It isn't often that you can find a suite/condo hotel that looks as intimate as a Bed & Breakfast Inn...but the Carlsbad Beach Inn is one of them! You can find fully-equipped condos here which sleep up to six people...or you may choose a regular hotel-style room. AND, it's got a beautiful ocean view, as well!
The Carlsbad Beach Inn Resort's address is 3075 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008. This is a non-smoking hotel, with smoking allowed in only 2 designated areas. Its location is only 3 miles away from Legoland. Here's the Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort website.
Finding vacation condo units near Legoland
Grand Pacific Palisades resort hotel
Some places have a multitude of choices when it comes to vacation condo rentals. Orlando, Florida, is the first place which comes to mind. Timeshare construction has been going on in Orlando at break-neck speed for years and years...and the resulting glut in extra, unfilled units is considerable. When my daughter's large, blended family visited Orlando recently, she had many condo options from which to choose.
You're not going to find that same over-abundance of available condo units when you visit Southern California. While some companies have been trying to push timeshare condos in this area, they haven't been as successful in capturing people's interest here. But, that doesn't mean you won't find any condos for rent at all.
The Grand Pacific Palisades hotel has condo units available...and it's right next door to Legoland Park! In fact, it's within walking distance. It's even a official part of the Legoland resort complex! You've already viewed many pictures of the Grand Pacific Palisades resort in the slides at the top of this page. Isn't it lovely and modern?
The Grand Pacific Palisades hotel calls its multi-room units with kitchens "villas." They come in one, two and three-bedroom sizes. While you might feel out-of-place at some upscale resorts when you bring a large family, you won't feel that way at the Grand Pacific Palisades. After all, its affiliation with Legoland means that quite a few families with kids stay here! They have separate swimming pools for adults and kids...and (at least during school breaks) the family pools stays busy from morning until evening.
The Grand Pacific Palisades hotel's address is 5805 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008. Here's the link to the Grand Pacific Palisades website. Be sure to make reservations early; the large villa units sell out much more quickly than the resorts "regular hotel" style rooms.
Residence Inn of Carlsbad and Oceanside
The Carlsbad Residence Inn: Large families may already be familiar with Marriott's popular chain of Residence Inns. There are two Residence Inn locations close to Legoland; in fact, the Carlsbad location is only a stone's throw from the theme park. (The other, situated in Oceanside, is only a few minutes away by car.) There are also several other Residence Inns in greater San Diego, if you'd care to stay in another location (eg. closer to Sea World, if your family will be visiting there, too.)
At Residence Inns, you'll experience "the comforts of home," just as they advertise. Especially important to families are their complete kitchenette facilities, where you can make full meals...or snack on frozen treats like ice cream...without paying high restaurant prices. Depending on the size of your family, you can choose a one or two bedroom unit; either one will have a separate living area, as well. Pets are welcome.
The Carlsbad Residence Inn's address is 2000 Faraday Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92008. Here's the Carlsbad Residence Inn website, for your convenience.
Oceanside Residence Inn address: 3603 Ocean Ranch Blvd, Oceanside, CA 92056. The Oceanside Residence Inn's phone number is (760) 722-9600. Here's a link to the Residence Inn of Oceanside website.