Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
What We Love
- You'll be a short drive from world class greens and a walk from several state beaches
- The 5,600-square-foot spa offers full body treatments with organic products
- Full resort services include beach gear rentals, WiFi access, free shuttle, discounted spa treatments and more
What To Know
- A daily $15 resort fee will be collected at checkout on Jetsetter
- You can rent beach towels, chairs and umbrellas for a daily fee
- The decor is a modern take on Cali Craftsman style
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Unbeatable ocean views and family-friendly amenities abound at this beachfront stay 30 minutes north of San Diego. Camp out with your clan in the expansive suites, which feature such family-friendly comforts as pullout sofas, wet bars and dining tables for six, plus outdoor balconies with unbeatable ocean views. What guestrooms may lack in inspiring decor they make up for in mod cons, including 42-inch flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges and microwave ovens. Foodies can slake their craving for New American cuisine at the award-winning Chandler’s, where specialties include the freshly caught seafood pappardelle and an air-dried ribeye steak with parmesan-truffle fries. After making your rounds at the region’s world class golf courses, you can find your center of gravity at the 25,000-square-foot spa, which offers full body treatments and rituals like the Deep Sea organic bio-scrub and sea algae massage. Sun worshipers can laze by the freeform oceanfront pool or chill out on the sand at the nearby state beach.
In the Area
An affluent enclave about 30 minutes north of San Diego, Carlsbad offers 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 the 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 daytrip 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 newest exhibit, Koalafornia Dreamin’. Or stack your stay with a side trip to Legoland, Balboa Park or the San Diego waterfront.
How to Get There
I spent a weekend at the Cape Rey as part of a women's retreat. The hotel is beautiful in a lovely area of California that is right across the street from the Pacific Ocean. There were 168 women who attended this retreat, and considering that so many people would be arriving at around the same time, one would think that the front desk would have been ready for us, but they were not. The line was very long. Eventually someone joined the one person checking people in, and then quite a bit later, another person joined the two, but they should have been ready right off the bat. Then I found out that there was a daily charge for parking, and that annoyed me to no end. To me, charging for parking is just a lame way to make money off guests. Every hotel should provide parking, so why must they charge us for it? The room was fine; it was nice, but nothing fancy, and I have no complaints. There were two tiers of internet service: free and premium. I only had my smart phone with me, and the free internet was fine; I have no idea what advantage the premium internet service might offer. The property itself is very pretty and well kept. The staff was pleasant and everyone acknowledged us with a smile and greeting. Checking out went much more quickly than checking in, but I got an unwelcome surprise. I had been told when I checked in that I had already paid for my room through booking.com and my credit card number was needed only for incidentals and parking. What I was told when I checked out was that I owed $43 for the California Tourism Tax, which I hadn't been told about before. When I was told I had already paid for my room, I did not think I owed even more money. That was an unpleasant surprise, and I voiced my unhappiness about that. It made me feel like Hilton was nickel and diming me, so I left the hotel with an unpleasant taste in my mouth, hence the lower scores in some places where I would have given this Hilton property higher scores.
Our room had an amazing ocean view. Didn’t even have to leave the hotel to appreciate a beautiful sunset every night. We had dinner at the restaurant and our waiter had an amazing personality. He suggested food wine and desserts. We will definitely come back
The property was beautiful and the staff was more than accommodating. When I arrived to the room, it was beyond what I expected. Even when I arrived, the bell hop were very professional and accommodating. I was very impressed and would love to visit the property in the near future! Thank you :)
I spent a night here recently and saw that this hotel has a ton of potential. The location is great and steps from the beach.
That said service is lacking. Upon arrival no one was out front so I just walked in thinking it would be just a self parking type hotel. The agent who checked me in asked if I would be valet parking with them. I told her I would if someone was around. After finishing check in I went back to grab my bags and give the car keys to the valet folks. After a few minutes still no one around so I dropped my keys at the front desk.
As part of the check in I got a letter in an envelope outlining all the activities of the hotel. This was nice, but for a single overnight not useable.
Now for the part that really drives this low rating. The room had trash in the trash can for starters. Then as I was reaching down to grab something I dropped I noticed trash on the floor at the corner of the dresser. There was also hair on the toilet lid. These things make you wonder if housekeeping is cleaning everything with the same rag and if a supervisor ever checks up on their work. Clearly the second isn’t happening at this property. I have included photos.
For those of you with status, don’t expect anything here but a free bottle of water.
I am so sad I can't give this place a better review. I love the atmosphere the front desk was really nice. But I left my Versace glasses in a very specific spot underneath the TV. I never even used them my entire trip so I know they were there for sure. And when I called to get them they lead me on for a three week period and said my glasses were gone eventually. I don't know maybe I was the one in the wrong for leaving out a glasses case that says Versace. But I feel like it's in my room and I totally feel violated. My has been left his toiletry bag that they were supposed to send and they never did. I would've loved to give a better review and rating but unfortunately at the end of it all I cannot recommend a place that doesn't have honest employees and would possibly take things out of your room. Rip to my glasses!