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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


  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Golf
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Seaside stay complete with a freeform pool and standout spa a club's swing from Carlsbad's world class golf courses

The Lowdown

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

Cape Rey Carlsbad, A Hilton Resort & Spa
1 Ponto Rd
Carlsbad, CA 92011 United States


4.5 Very Good 1785 Reviews
This is close to an RV campground, not the beach.

Please do not let the description mislead you. Booked this hotel because of its proximity to the beach for a surf and pool day. Keep in mind this is 150 steps to an RV campground, not to the water. Check google maps so you can see the real view of the RVs.  You would have to walk down the highway to get to the beach. Check in is at 4PM, they do not tell you that the shuttle service ends at 4:30, so by the time we asked around to figure that out it was already too late for the beach. Tried to get a seat at the pool but there were no chairs, no towels available, and the water cooler had children drinking directly out of the spout, so that was out. While checking out the desk clerk informed us that our parking will be validated because we ate at the restaurant and it still was on the bill anyhow. I tried to get this resolved with the hotel manager and Hilton directly with no luck. Absolute nightmare of a stay, do not book here when there are plenty of beautiful hotels to stay at in this area. 

A bit run down, great food, not HHonor friendly

Carpet and bathroom in our room need work. The carpet was stained and thread bare. Bathroom shower drain only drains with manual intervention. Towel bars loose, faucets and sink had obvious mineral deposits.

We had every breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner in the hotel restaurant. The food was exceptional. Service ranged from average to poor.

I did not know this is a timeshare property prior to arrival. Even if you are Hilton Diamond, you have little chance of an upgrade as timeshare people have priority.

The hotel supplies umbrellas, chairs to take down to the beach across the street. I thought this was a nice touch. They also supply bikes.

Housekeeping turned my thermostat off twice during our stay. I am all for saving energy, but returning to a room at 78 at 9pm is not cool!

The grounds reflect the run down nature of this property. The prominent cacti at the hotel entrance are covered with spider webs and diseases as are the roses nearby.

The staff at the front desk were borderline rude and certainly not helpful.

Finally, while having a beach across the street is great, you can find that at many hotels in Carlsbad that are not so far from the city center.

Recent stay

Great location and nice amenities. I’ve been staying there for the past six years and it almost always exceeds expectations. I made a mistake on my last reservation and the front desk took care of it with no issues. One of the best properties from Oceanside to Solana Beach.