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Best Carlsbad Family Hotels

Staybridge Suites Carlsbad
Great for families
3 out of 5
2735 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA
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The price is $111 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 23
4.5/5Wonderful! (806 reviews)
Families like: outdoor pool, kitchen, miniature golf, outdoor tennis court
Travelers say...

"Staff very nice and professional. Room was nice and clean. Hallways unvacuumed, common bbqing area had trash overflowing for days and pool was not that clean; murky water, lots of hair in the water and around the pool and bottle caps and cigarette butts outside the jacuzzi."…"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2020

Staybridge Suites Carlsbad
Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego Carlsbad
Great for families
2.5 out of 5
1929 Palomar Oaks Way, Carlsbad, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $93 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 10
4.5/5Wonderful! (867 reviews)
Families like: pool, close to beach, bicycle rentals nearby, extra beds/cribs
Travelers say...

"With the current pandemic, its a little scary traveling and staying somewhere outside your home. Those thoughts went away little by little from the lobby to our room. The lobby area was clean, staff was great, detailed information was provided and covid-19 safety signs everywhere. Similarly, the ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego Carlsbad
Homewood Suites by Hilton Carlsbad-North San Diego County
Great for families
3 out of 5
2223 Palomar Airport Rd, Carlsbad, CA
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The price is $129 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2
4.4/5Wonderful! (979 reviews)
Families like: outdoor pool, kitchen, close to beach, extra beds/cribs
Travelers say...

"hotel room was clean and staff was visibly cleaning common areas during the day. . Staffing was professional and pleasant."…"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2020

Homewood Suites by Hilton Carlsbad-North San Diego County

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Holiday Inn Carlsbad
Great for families
3 out of 5
2725 Palomar Airport Rd, Carlsbad, CA
Free Cancellation
The price is $99 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 23
4.4/5Wonderful! (963 reviews)
Families like: kids pool, outdoor tennis court, extra beds/cribs, laundry
Travelers say...

"Very clean hotel, room was spotless, access was easy off the freeway."…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

Holiday Inn Carlsbad
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
Great for families
4.5 out of 5
2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad, CA
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The price is $196 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28
4.2/5Excellent! (993 reviews)
Families like: kids pool, free waterpark access, kids club, game room
Travelers say...

"The Omni Staff is taking all precautions and provided excellent service. We felt safe the entire time. Thank you!!!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
Carlsbad Suites
Great for families
3.5 out of 5
5010 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA
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The price is $87 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2
4.1/5Very Good! (2,084 reviews)
Families like: outdoor pool, kitchen, close to beach, extra beds/cribs
Travelers say...

"The customer service was the greatest thing about the property. Brianna is incredible"…"

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2020

Carlsbad Suites
Carlsbad By The Sea Hotel
Great for families
3 out of 5
850 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $87 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 9
4.1/5Very Good! (1,322 reviews)
Families like: kids pool, close to beach, bicycle rentals nearby, laundry
Travelers say...

"There was not something where we could sit in the room only a desk with a chair extra or sofa."…"

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2020

Carlsbad By The Sea Hotel
Grand Pacific Palisades
Great for families
3.5 out of 5
5805 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA
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The price is $170 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 16
4/5Very Good! (985 reviews)
Families like: kids pool, kids club, close to beach, bicycle rentals nearby
Travelers say...

"Great for family. Rooms were amazing and I will definitely recommend this hotel."…"

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

Grand Pacific Palisades
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Carlsbad - Legoland Area
Great for families
2.5 out of 5
760 Macadamia Dr, Carlsbad, CA
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The price is $71 per night from Nov 25 to Nov 26
4/5Very Good! (1,027 reviews)
Families like: outdoor pool, close to beach, bicycle rentals nearby, extra beds/cribs
Travelers say...

"The property is decent on the outside. The inside could use an update. However, the room is worth the price I paid!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2020

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Carlsbad - Legoland Area
Best Western Carlsbad by the Sea
Great for families
3.5 out of 5
751 Macadamia Dr, Carlsbad, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $83 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2
3.6/5Good! (1,039 reviews)
Families like: outdoor pool, close to beach, extra beds/cribs, free breakfast for the whole family
Travelers say...

"Great location! Walk to the beach and a short drive to coffee, groceries etc. The room was clean, larger than I thought it would be. The staff was friendly. We appreciate the “to go” breakfast. We love the free parking. We will be back!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2020

Best Western Carlsbad by the Sea
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Family friendly Hotels with Connecting Rooms

Carlsbad By The Sea Hotel
3 out of 5
850 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $87 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 9
4.1/5Very Good! (1,322 reviews)

"There was not something where we could sit in the room only a desk with a chair extra or sofa."…"

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2020

Carlsbad By The Sea Hotel
Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego Carlsbad
2.5 out of 5
1929 Palomar Oaks Way, Carlsbad, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $93 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 10
4.5/5Wonderful! (867 reviews)

"With the current pandemic, its a little scary traveling and staying somewhere outside your home. Those thoughts went away little by little from the lobby to our room. The lobby area was clean, staff was great, detailed information was provided and covid-19 safety signs everywhere. Similarly, the ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego Carlsbad
Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach, a Hilton Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
1 Ponto Rd, Carlsbad, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $152 per night from Nov 24 to Nov 25
4.2/5Very Good! (946 reviews)

"I just noticed that there were few hand sanitation areas, just on the first floor I guess, at least put one on each floor next to the elevators. Nevertheless we enjoyed our stay in this hotel. My 4 yr old was so happy😊"…"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach, a Hilton Resort & Spa

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Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Carlsbad
3 out of 5
5835 Owens Avenue, Carlsbad, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $93 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2
4.2/5Excellent! (939 reviews)

"It was in a quiet area. I found a water Bottle on the floor and I moved the curtains"…"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Carlsbad
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Where Should We Stay in Carlsbad?

The welcoming destination of Carlsbad is a great choice if you've been thinking about a vacation with the kids. The exciting theme parks, beaches, and surfing spots are just some of the things that make this an interesting destination for family trips. Fly into Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar), which is the closest airport, or San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field), which is located 23.4 mi (37.6 km) from the city center. When you're thinking about where you should stay in Carlsbad, you might want to consider one of the 48 kid-friendly hotels and other accommodations here.

Families on vacation have good things to say about these accommodations:

Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort: Offers an outdoor pool, a restaurant, and free WiFi. Guests like the helpful staff at this 4.5-star resort.

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Near Legoland - Features an outdoor pool, free parking, and free breakfast. This 2-star hotel is popular with guests for its overall comfort.

HYATT house San Diego/Carlsbad - Offers an outdoor pool, a restaurant, and in-room kitchens. Guests like the overall comfort at this 3-star hotel.

Holiday Inn Carlsbad - Features a children's pool, a restaurant, and free parking. The clean rooms and quiet location make this 3-star hotel popular with guests.

Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa - Offers an outdoor pool, a restaurant, and free WiFi. Guests like the overall comfort at this 4-star hotel.

When Should We Visit Carlsbad?

You're likely hoping for good weather for your family trip. Use these tips to plan when to pack up the kids and head to Carlsbad.

  • Hottest months: September, August, July, and October, with an average temperature of 77°F
  • Coldest months: January, December, November, and February, with an average temperature of 40°F
  • Driest months: October, April, November, and December, with an average rainfall of 1.20 inches
  • Rainiest months: February, January, March, and December, with an average rainfall of 2.52 inches

What Should We See and Do in Carlsbad?

Legoland California and Carlsbad Premium Outlets are interesting attractions you and your family might enjoy exploring while you are staying in Carlsbad. Make sure you have plenty of time to take in activities in the area like La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Carlsbad is also well-known for its:
  • Beaches
  • Flowers
  • Theme parks
  • Shopping
  • Surfing
  • Jogging trails

Getting Around Carlsbad

If you want to venture outside of the area, ride aboard one of the trains from Carlsbad Village Station. Carlsbad might not have many public transit options to choose from so consider a car rental to maximize your time.

Frequently asked questions

What's Carlsbad like for family-friendly vacations?
If you’ve been thinking about a trip with your kids, the welcoming destination of Carlsbad is a good choice. The exciting theme parks, beaches, and surfing spots are just a few things that make this an attractive vacation spot for families. Arrange a flight into Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar), which is the closest airport, or San Diego Intl. Airport (SAN), which is located 27.7 mi (44.6 km) from the city center.
What's the best hotel for a family vacation in Carlsbad?
Homewood Suites by Hilton Carlsbad-North San Diego County is a top 3-star hotel on Expedia for families, and features an outdoor pool and in-room kitchens. Other choices for your stay with the kids include Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa and Best Western Carlsbad by the Sea.
How many family-friendly hotels will I find in Carlsbad?
Expedia has 41 hotels in Carlsbad that are rated for being family-friendly.
What's the seasonal weather like in Carlsbad?
The hottest months are usually August and September with an average temp of 67°F, while the coldest months are January and December with an average of 54°F. Average annual precipitation for Carlsbad is 13 inches.
What's there to see and do with your family in Carlsbad?
Legoland California, Carlsbad Premium Outlets, and Sealife Aquarium are interesting attractions you and your family will enjoy exploring while you are staying in Carlsbad. Make sure you have plenty of time to take in activities in the area like Oceanside Pier, Del Mar Fairgrounds, and Torrey Pines Golf Course.
What's the best way for us to get around Carlsbad?
To see more of the surrounding area, ride one of the trains from Carlsbad Poinsettia Station or Carlsbad Village Station. Carlsbad may not have many public transit options to choose from so consider renting a car to explore more.

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