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Peaceful mid-range hotel with gorgeous grounds full of palm trees, tropical plants, and colorful flowers
Charming details including a low white fence with stone columns and a carved palm-trunk tiki decorate the entrance to the Ocean Palms Beach Resort. Inside, the vibrant lobby has a nautical vibe with seashells, a surfboard-shaped coffee table, and a wine cabinet fashioned out of a boat. Pastries and coffee in the lobby are a thoughtful touch. Outside, the grounds are intimate but lush, with stone walkways flanked by tall palms and grassy lawns. A stone patio has two fire pits and several chairs where guests can gather in the evenings. Pastel yellow and blue Adirondack chairs line the pool’s edge, and orange lounge chairs create a semi-circle on a grassy sunning lawn. The atmosphere is secluded and peaceful, with a homey vibe due to the spacious studios and suites complete with kitchens.
Short walk to beach, restaurants, and shopping
Located on a quiet street with time-shares and nice homes, it’s a quick walk to the beach from the Ocean Palms Beach Resort. It’s also a short walk to Carlsbad Blvd., a tourist destination offering shops and restaurants. Legoland California, a Lego-themed park, is only a 10-minute drive away. 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.
Vibrant, airy rooms with tropical decor and kitchens
Rooms at the Ocean Palms Beach Resort are colorful and charming with bright, beachy decor including seascape murals, sea-washed wooden furnishings, and colorful vases and accent pillows. All rooms have kitchens equipped with granite countertops, sinks, refrigerators, ovens, toasters, coffeemakers, toasters, and dining and cookware, while some also have microwaves. All rooms have flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Bathrooms vary, but several feature walk-in showers with attractive, modern glass tiles in aqua and green tones (one bathroom even has a dolphin-shaped faucet). Suites offer varying amenities such as furnished patios, outdoor hot tubs, or gas grills, and the largest suite can accommodate up to 10 guests.
Beautiful pool area with hot tub, patio with fire pits, and free beach rentals
Ocean Palms Beach Resort has beautiful landscaping, especially around the pool and hot tub where there’s also a small sunning lawn with 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. Pastries and coffee are available in the lobby, and 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.
The 52 rooms at the Ocean Palms Beach Resort are homey and inviting, with tropical paintings and accents, vibrant bedding, and sea-washed furnishings. This mid-range hotel is a short walk to the beach and provides a lot of amenities including beach towels, boogie boards, surf boards, and lounge chairs for guests to borrow. Guests appreciate the friendly staff and beautiful, peaceful grounds -- including an 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 kitchens for in-room cooking. Wi-Fi is free throughout.