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What We Love

  • Free beach chairs, towels, umbrellas and boogie boards
  • Daily continental breakfast in the indoor/outdoor Ocean Lounge is included in the Jetsetter rate
  • Family-owned since the 1960s, this 48-room hotel is full of personality and has a laid-back, homey vibe, plus knockout ocean views and direct beach access
  • Ocean-facing rooms are enormous — between 550 and 700 square feet — and many have private outdoor space

What To Know

  • Popular with families, so expect to share the pool with the junior jet set
  • Courtyard Rooms are the smallest option, at 350 square feet, but they share a communal front porch area
  • Lots of stairs between the hotel buildings, to the guestrooms and down to the beach, though staff is on hand to help with luggage, and there’s an elevator in the Pool Terrace Building


  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
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Luxe seaside hotel with direct beach access and a serene pool near Carlsbad Village's best restaurants and shops

The Lowdown

As close to the sand as it gets in trendy Carlsbad, the Beach Terrace Inn has been a family-owned fixture on the beach since the 1960s. With just 48 guestrooms in three ocean-facing buildings, it’s a true boutique hotel in an area dominated by sprawling, big brand options. Beachside Rooms are worth the splurge for the space to spread out (all are 550 square feet and up) and knockout sunset views, but even the smaller Courtyard Rooms have a beachy vibe thanks to hurricane blinds, ocean-inspired artworks and a simple cream palette, not to mention the soundtrack of crashing waves outside. All have thoughtful home comforts such as eco-friendly bath amenities, free bottled water, wet bars, mini-fridges, coffeemakers and walk-in glass showers. Best of all, a clever staggered building layout means that almost 80 percent of the rooms have unobstructed views of the beach and ocean. There’s no restaurant, but a free continental breakfast is served in the beachfront Ocean Lounge between 7 and 11 a.m. daily. Guests also have access to a heated swimming pool and a private, direct walkway down to the wide swath of sand.

In the Area

An affluent enclave about 30 minutes north of San Diego, Carlsbad has a semi-arid Mediterranean climate that lends itself to golfing year-round. Enjoy 400 acres of coastal terrain among the 18 holes at the Crossings Golf Course, or go for the deep canyons, majestic bluffs and scenic ocean views at Torrey Pines. Follow your game with a stroll along eight miles of trail at Torrey Pines State Reserve, a 2,000-acre oasis of native pine groves, unspoiled beaches and a lagoon frequented by migrating seabirds. Rest your legs at Carlsbad Village, a one-stop destination of shops, eateries and a buzz-worthy farmers market on Wednesdays. Take a day trip with the family to the San Diego Zoo, which features many koalas that have made their way to the Golden State for the zoo’s Koalafornia Dreamin’ exhibit. Or stack your stay with a side trip to Legoland, Balboa Park or the San Diego waterfront.

How to Get There

Beach Terrace Inn
2775 Ocean St
Carlsbad, CA 92008 United States


Been there before

Beds are comfortable, I slept great. The food is okay, The quality of the furnishings are not as good as they were the first time we stayed several years back. The cleanliness was not what I expected. I do not think the expense was worth the experience. Although the pool and spa are ADA compliant unless the handicap person can go down and climb back up several flights of stairs they can not use the pool and spa.

Great place- Great Rooms- Best View in Carlsbad

Great place- Great Rooms- Best View in Carlsbad. I have now stayed 11 times in 11 years. Best place in Carlsbad. Walk to 50 restaurants. Umbrelllas and chairs to use. Pool is great as well. Free parking. I can not say enough

Beach Blanket Booyah!!!

Title: Beach, Blanket, Booyah!

The Beach...

Beautiful, unobstructed views of the Pacific and outstanding service make this hotel one of our favorites. The property offers direct access to the fine sandy beach with the cool Pacific waves lapping at our toes. In short, an unbeatable location.

The Blanket...

The contemporary designed property made us feel that we were definitely on vacation. Our room was so spacious with modern bathroom facilities and beds so super comfy that I finally got 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

The Booyah...

It’s the PEOPLE! The folks here were so kind and helpful to our whole family. Rufino helped us set up beach chairs and umbrellas so we could get a great spot to watch the the little ones. Brooke was amazing and so sweet to our kids at the continental breakfast (which is huge and INCLUDED at no extra charge) that our 8-year old daughter couldn’t help but give her a big hug. And dear Richard helped us with luggage, towels, beach chairs, etc. and was simply fantastic. He’s a treasure! When we offered to help put away the borrowed toy shovels and buckets, Richard responded by saying, “I got this. Please enjoy your vacation. I’ll take care of everything”.

This is why we will be back again and again.

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