Ocean Palms Beach Resort Rating: 2.5 Pearls
Carlsbad, California, United States

This hotel has undergone significant renovations since our visit.
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Pros

Cons

  • Small parking lot
  • No on-site restaurant
  • Little storage space

Bottom Line

This 50-room motel-style property in Carlsbad is across the street from a great beach, and its barbecues, kitchenettes, and pull-out sofas make it a decent choice for do-it-yourself families. While they are not particularly upscale, rooms feature bright, beachy decor have been renovated to include flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi.

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 Scene

Hawaiian-themed condo-style property with budget motel roots

The Ocean Palms used to be a budget motel property, but in 2004 it went under new ownership and got a serious makeover, and recently received another renovation to rooms. Condos are not particularly upscale, but feature modern kitchenettes, bright decor, and flat-screen TVs. The grounds are attractive, with palm trees, fire pits, barbecues, lush greenery, lots of umbrella-shaded tables, and -- in a nod to the property's "Hawaii in California" theme -- tiki carvings. The property's best asset, though, is undoubtedly its location across the street from the beach.

 Location

In Carlsbad, across the street from the beach and a 10-minute drive from Legoland

The Ocean Palms Beach Resort is located in Carlsbad, CA, across the street from the beach. Restaurants and shops are within walking distance, but you will need a car to get to the rest of the attractions in the area. This seaside community came into the spotlight when Legoland California opened, but it is still a fairly quiet place close to several great beaches, golf courses and lagoons.

  • 8-minute drive to Oceanside
  • 10-minute drive to Legoland
  • 11-minute drive to The Crossings at Carlsbad Golf Club
  • 11-minute drive to Carlsbad Municipal Golf Course
  • 15-minute drive to indoor go kart racing
  • 17-minute drive to Encinitas
  • 21-minute drive to Leo Carrillo Ranch Park
  • 25-minute drive to Escondido
  • 30-minute drive to Torrey Pines State Park
  • 35-minute drive to San Juan Capistrano
  • 37-minute drive to SeaWorld San Diego
  • 40-minute drive to downtown San Diego
  • 42-minute drive to San Diego International Airport
  • 95-minute drive to Los Angeles International Airport

 Rooms

Kitchens and (in most rooms) pull-out sofas make it a popular pick among families.

Luxury Mini Suite (Pre-Renovation)
Luxury Mini Suite (Pre-Renovation)

Suites here have kitchens with stainless steel appliances and fun, beachy decor. All rooms have flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Since this is a motel-style property, all room have exterior entrances.

All rooms include:

  • Kitchen with stove, refrigerator, and oven
  • Flat-screen TV with cable access
  • iPod docks with alarm clocks
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Shower/tub combo in most of the rooms
  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffeemakers
  • Iron and ironing board

Room types:

  • Deluxe Studio: Queen bed; small table for two
  • Deluxe Mini Suite: Queen bed and a pull-out sofa in the living area
  • Luxury Ocean View Suite: Queen bed and a pull-out sofa in the living area; kitchen table for two; small standing shower; 180-degree ocean view
  • Maui Suite: Queen bed; travertine kitchen countertops; separate living area with a dining table for six and a pull-out sofa; large standing shower
  • Tahitian Suite: Queen bed; two flat-screen TVs; travertine kitchen counter tops; separate living area with a dining table for up to six and a pull-out sofa; outdoor Jacuzzi; standing shower and a separate jetted tub
  • Luxury Mini Suite: One room with a queen bed and a pull-out sofa; granite kitchen countertops and stainless steel appliances; separate shower and bathtub
  • Luxury Two-Bedroom Suite: Queen bed in each room and a pull-out sofa in a separate living area; large standing shower

 Features

A heated outdoor pool, a putting green and a nice fitness center overlooking the pool area

The fitness center
The fitness center
  • Heated outdoor pool and whirlpools
  • Picnic areas
  • Outdoor fireplace, barbecues and fire pits
  • Putting green
  • Free cookies, coffee, and other snacks available 24 hours
  • Two beach access stairwells across the street
  • Fitness center
  • Gift and snack shop
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Non-smoking property
  • Self-laundry
  • Free beach towels, surfboads, and boogie board loans (available at front desk)
  • Free iPad loan
  • Pets allowed

 Bottom Line

This 50-room motel-style property in Carlsbad is across the street from a great beach, and its barbecues, kitchenettes, and pull-out sofas make it a decent choice for do-it-yourself families. While they are not particularly upscale, rooms feature bright, beachy decor have been renovated to include flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi.

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Address

  • 2950 Ocean St., Carlsbad, CA, 92008, US

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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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 50
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Carlsbad, California
Address: 2950 Ocean St., Carlsbad, CA, 92008, US
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