Beach Terrace Inn
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
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
We stayed in a 1 king, oceanfront room with 3 adults and 4 kids under 4. Definitely go for the oceanfront if it’s in your budget- the view is spectacular and it’s super convenient to pool and beach access. The room is humongous- we put up 2 pack-n-plays and 2 toddler air mattresses and it worked great. The service is outstanding- we really enjoyed the beach concierge and everyone who worked there was very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was ok- Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches and carb-y things, but it gets the job done! The sweet ladies at breakfast even heated up milk every morning for my littles! It is a short walk into the cute town and there you can find everything you want/need. The hot tub is small, but the heated pool was really nice! If you are looking for a family friendly hotel- this one is a gem!
We love staying here. Started coming here 30 years ago. It’s been fun watching the improvements made over the years made to this hotel. Most importantly the staff is very friendly and accommodating. Hope to come here for years to come.
There is no question that the beachfront location of this hotel is awesome. The property is otherwise very dated and has very few amenities. If it were moderately priced, I would give it 5. Given that we paid $400/night, I didn't feel like it offered the luxurious elements you would expect from a hotel at that price.
We spent a night at a "resort" in Mission Bay and it wasn't great. Reserved the next 3 nights at Beach Terrace Inn and had a wonderful stay. The staff is awesome. We thought the breakfast had a great variety, compared to some of the reviews we had read. Our ocean front room was well worth it. Beautiful views. All chairs, towels, umbrellas are included in your stay and so is parking. The room we had was clean and large. There was a bit of a musty smell in it and we found a piece of popcorn under a chair were the only downsides. We do wish there would've been a sliding glass screen on the door, so we felt comfortable leaving the door open. They don't have an elevator, but the staff is more than willing to help with luggage. I had researched a lot of places and this was the best ocean front around for a pretty reasonable rate that includes parking, breakfast, and beach equipment use. It was also in a nice area, compared to what our Mission Beach "Resort" was in.
Would recommend to everyone!
The accommodations were superior. Rented the gathering room for our reunion dinner Saturday. Personnel was friendly and helpful during the weekend. The remodeled rooms allow for business stay or vacation stay.