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Ocean Palms Beach Resort 3.0

Carlsbad, California, United States

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Pros

  • Convenient location across from the beach, close to restaurants, shops, and train station
  • Bright, colorful rooms with full kitchens, some with patios and hot tubs
  • Pretty landscaping with palm trees, tropical plants, and places to lounge
  • Lovely outdoor pool with sunning lawn, lounge chairs, and hot tub
  • Putting green, fire pits, and barbecue grills all on-site
  • Gift and snack shop, plus laundry facilities
  • Small fitness center
  • Free beach towels, boogie boards, surf boards, and lounge chairs to borrow
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free Wi-Fi and continental breakfast

Cons

  • Fitness center could use updating
  • No restaurant on-site
  • Parking lot is small and street parking can be hard to find

Bottom Line

The 52-room Ocean Palms Beach Resort offers suites and studios with tropical style and sea-washed furnishings. This mid-range hotel in the Carlsbad Village is situated across the street from the beach and provides beach towels, boogie boards, surf boards, and lounge chairs for guests to borrow. Guests typically appreciate the beautiful, peaceful grounds -- including a lovely outdoor pool and hot tub area, putting green, fire pits, and barbecue grills. There’s no restaurant on-site, but all rooms are equipped with dining areas and full kitchens for in-room cooking, plus a free continental breakfast is served daily. Other conveniences include laundry facilities, a small (but dated) fitness center, and a snack and gift shop. Wi-Fi is free throughout but parking can be an issue as the lot is small. Travelers might also want to consider the comparable Tamarack Beach Resort.

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Scene

Peaceful hotel with gorgeous grounds full of palm trees, tropical plants, and colorful flowers

Fire pits on the stone patio

The Ocean Palms Beach Resort is surrounded by lovely, lush grounds dotted with palm trees, tropical plants, lots of flowers, and plenty of seating skirted in greenery. Stone walkways are flanked by trees and grassy lawns and there's a stone patio with two fire pits. Pastel yellow and blue Adirondack chairs line the pool’s edge, and orange lounge chairs create a semi-circle on a grassy sunning lawn. Inside, the vibrant lobby has a nautical vibe with seashells, a surfboard-shaped coffee table, and a wine cabinet fashioned out of a boat. Colorful abstract art adorns the walls and comfortable couches are topped in bright accent pillows, while fresh fruit, pastries, and coffee by the front desk are a thoughtful touch. The atmosphere is secluded and peaceful, with a homey vibe and a clientele that includes many families with kids and groups, who are attracted by the large suites with full kitchens and beach location.

Location

Located across from the beach, close to restaurants, shopping, and train station

Map of Ocean Palms Beach Resort

Located on a quiet street lined with time-shares, hotels, and homes, the hotel is across the street from the beach in Carlsbad Village. There are several restaurants, bars, and shops a short walk away, and Legoland California is about a 12-minute drive. The Carlsbad Village Coaster train station is a seven-minute walk away and gives access to San Diego in under an hour and LA in about two hours. It’s around a 45-minute drive to the airport in San Diego, a little over an hour’s drive to the airport in Long Beach, and a 90-minute drive to Los Angeles International Airport.

Rooms

Vibrant, airy rooms with tropical decor and full kitchens

Outdoor hot tub in theTahitian Suite

Rooms at the Ocean Palms Beach Resort are colorful and charming with bright, beachy decor that includes seascape murals, sea-washed wooden furnishings, and colorful vases and accent pillows. The spacious units come in a variety of sizes, including studios, suites for four people, and the three-bedroom Molokai Suite, which sleeps up to 10 (it's the largest option). All rooms have flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi as well as modern kitchens equipped with granite countertops, sinks, full refrigerators, ovens, toasters, coffeemakers, and dining and cookware (some also have microwaves). Larger suites have living rooms furnished with leather seating and wooden coffee tables, plus large flat-screen TVs. Some units also have private, furnished terraces, outdoor hot tubs, or gas grills. Bathrooms vary, but several feature attractive walk-in showers with stylish mosaic or glass tiling in aqua and green tones (one bathroom even has a dolphin-shaped faucet).

Features

Beautiful pool area with hot tub, patio with fire pits, and free beach rentals

Putting green for on-site entertainment

Ocean Palms Beach Resort has beautiful landscaping, especially around the pool and hot tub, which are surrounded by colorful Adirondack chairs. There’s also a small sunning lawn with orange lounge chairs. There are fire pits, barbecue grills, and even a putting green on-site for entertainment. The hotel offers beach towels, boogie boards, surf boards, and lounge chairs for guests to borrow. A free continental breakfast is serve daily and includes pastries, fresh fruit, and coffee, plus there’s a gift shop selling souvenirs and snacks. The hotel also has a laundry room and a dated fitness center with free weights and a couple exercise machines. Wi-Fi is free throughout and there is a parking lot, but spaces are limited and street parking can be difficult to find.

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Address

2950 Ocean St, Carlsbad, California 92008, United States

Room Types

  • Baja Suite
  • Luxury Mini Suite
  • Luxury Ocean View Suite
  • Luxury One Bedroom Suite
  • Luxury Studio
  • Luxury Two Bedroom Suite
  • Maui Suite
  • Mini Suite
  • Studio
  • Tahitian Suite
  • Two Bedroom Suite

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