Welcome to Carlsbad

Welcome to Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel

Coastal Amenities, Quality, and Comfort Minutes from the Beach

Let Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel be your gateway to adventure in the San Diego area. In the backdrop of the Windmill that’s long been an iconic Carlsbad landmark, we offer a warm, affordable, and family-friendly alternative to the larger Carlsbad hotels. Framed by country-style architecture, tranquil garden courtyards, and a free-form, heated outdoor pool and spa, our hotel meets the needs of today’s travelers with a historic charm. 

We are located across the street from the Carlsbad Premium Outlets’ 90 stores and restaurants, and down the road from the Carlsbad Flower Fields and LEGOLAND California. Our hotel is the perfect home base for exploring North County San Diego’s stunning beaches, theme parks like SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo, Carlsbad golf courses and much, much more. We also feature pet-friendly accommodations and special offers for extended stay guests. 

While at the hotel, the palm trees, deep blue Southern California sky, and cozy ambiance come together to create a serene, laid back setting. Each of our guest rooms provides a private balcony or patio and offers views of the pool and gardens. Gazebos line the courtyard, and gardens and pathways meander throughout the grounds, which provide plenty of space for outdoor activities. Step into our inviting lobby and be greeted with a smile by a friendly Front Desk team ready with local recommendations or anything else you may need. You will also find comfortable furniture for relaxing, a business center, our snack pantry, and plenty of helpful brochures and guides to the Carlsbad and San Diego areas.

San Diego Restaurants | Windmill Food Hall in Carlsbad, CA
San Diego Restaurants | Windmill Food Hall in Carlsbad, CA

Windmill Food Hall

On the premises, no driving required. We are ready to bring your food favorites, morning coffee, evening dessert, and everything in between, all under one roof.

Our Offers

Our exclusive hotel deals and travel specials make it easy for you to enjoy more of our hotel for less. Whether you’re planning a family vacation, group adventure, romantic getaway or budget-friendly business trip, our deals combine unbeatable rates on our accommodations with special perks and upgrades. 

Stay & Play Golf Packages | The Crossings at Carlsbad | Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel

Stay & Play Golf Package

Get on the course and take your best swing. When you stay with us, you'll receive one round of golf at The Crossings at Carlsbad

Reservations must be booked at least 5 days in advance.

Woman sitting on the beach in Carlsbad CA

AAA Members Get 10% Off

For a limited time, visit the shores of Carlsbad and soak up the beach life for 10% off your stay with your AAA membership. 

Our Rooms

Our rooms are arranged in six buildings surrounded by tranquil garden courtyards, gazebos and our heated outdoor pool and spa. In addition to private balconies, all accommodations are appointed with all of the amenities the modern traveler expects, including Wi-Fi, mini refrigerator, ample desk space and an LCD HDTV with premium cable channels.

Carlsbad Lagoon | Things to Do In & Around San Diego | Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel
Carlsbad Lagoon | Things to Do In & Around San Diego | Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel

Explore Coastal San Diego

To help plan a San Diego adventure by the sea that everyone will enjoy, download our local guides highlighting Carlsbad, and the neighboring beach towns of Encinitas, Leucadia, Oceanside, and Del Mar.

Our Photos

Come see what makes us one of the most sought-after Carlsbad hotels for work or play by checking our favorite snapshots.