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Attracts mostly families, although business travelers stay here as well
With numerous on-site features geared towards families, it's no surprise that families can often be found checking-in at the front desk, swimming in the pool, or dining in the numerous restaurants. However, an adults-only pool and several fine-dining restaurants cater towards adults, and numerous business travelers stay here when in town for business.
Located in Carlsbad, surrounded by residences and a golf course
The Park Hyatt Aviara is in a quiet part of already sleepy Carlsbad, surrounded by private residences and golf courses. There's very little nightlife in the area, and off-site dining and the closest beach is anywhere from five to ten minutes away by car.
Once known for the healing properties of the local mineral water, Carlsbad came in the spotlight once again when Legoland California amusement park opened in 1999. This seaside community, one of the wealthiest in California and in the US, has plenty of antique stores and restaurants, but it's mostly residential, and there's little to do after the sun sets. However, there are some interesting historic buildings, excellent golf courses, and wonderful beaches that are great for surfing and sunbathing. The closest urban areas are Encinitas to the south, and Oceanside to the north. San Diego is a 45-minute drive south.
Up-to-date and spacious, but some find classic decor a bit uninspiring
Rooms at this Park Hyatt are spacious. Not only do even the most basic rooms have plenty of square footage, but they also all have marble bathrooms with separate showers and soaking tubs, sitting areas with work desks and sofas, and balconies overlooking the golf course, lagoon, or other areas of the property. Large flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, extra amenities like razors, deodorant, and toothpaste, safes, and slippers and robes all come standard.
Room decor is upscale, and extra touches like orchids and baskets of fruit add to the tranquil vibe. However, some find the classic look -- picture four-poster beds, calm colors of beige and blue, and blonde-wood furniture -- not as luxurious as one may expect at a five-pearl property.
A slew of on-site activities and facilities
This property offers plenty for families and couples and even business travelers to do. Standout features include a golf course and a ultra-luxe spa, and adults also appreciate the well-equipped fitness center, upscale dining options, shops, business center and meeting rooms, and adults-only pool. There's also a family pool, as well as outdoor activities like tennis, beach volleyball, and basketball. Kids can attend the kids' camp, or play at the on-site playground.
The 373-room Park Hyatt Aviara features Spanish colonial architecture and a stunning setting just north of the Batiquitos Lagoon wildlife sanctuary, which makes for stunning views. It was formerly a Four Seasons property, but switching from one luxury brand to another didn't impact the hotel's comfortable, luxurious ambiance. The rooms are clean and spacious with classic decor, modern amenities (flat-screen TVs with DVD players and iPod docks), and large balconies. There are separate pool areas for families and adults, and the adults-only pool is attractive, with impressive views of the nearby lagoon and Arnold Palmer-designed golf course.