Beach Terrace Inn Informative - Beach Front Room

Review by 138668 on 2011-09-08
CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA -- Last weekend we stayed at the Beach Terrace Inn in Carlsbad, CA. Our room was floor level overlooking the beach. We were 100 feet from the water. The view was spectacular and hearing the waves all day and night was very relaxing. But, we had to climb up and down 3 flights of stairs. The elevators were on the other side of the hotel and we didn't have access to them on our side. The pool was in the center of the hotel so the hotel is cut in half, divided by the pool.
The room itself was huge. There were 5 adults and 4 kids in one room, but we all fit comfortably. The bathroom was huge as well. The hotel provides shampoo and conditioner and shower gel in handy dipensers attached to the shower wall. That was a nice touch.
The staff was friendly, but I felt that the housekeeping could use some training. The first day, the housekeeping made the beds and gave us new towels. She didn't vacuum or clear away the breakfast dishes. The second day, we were in the room and all she did was hand me fresh towels. I asked her to take the old towels and to take out the trash, but she just turned and walked away from me.
The hotel provided a Continental breakfast. It was your typical breakfast of fruit, pastries, and juices and coffee. Only 3 kinds of cereal was offered and they only had whole milk or non-fat. At $300 a night, we were expecting something more, like eggs and bacon.
I would stay at Beach Terrace Inn again, but mostly for the view. Overall, I did enjoy my stay.
Comments:12 Replies - Latest reply on 2011-09-09
Posted by spiderman2 on 2011-09-08:
I hope you called the front desk and complained about the housekeeper on the second day. $300 is about the going rate for a beachfront room where we vacation, but think of it as a bargain because $300 /9 is only $33 per person! Where we go, they upcharge you for every person beyond 2, even though the room has two double beds. That ticks me off.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-09-08:
If I ever escape from AZ and vacation in Cali i'll give em a try thank yaya (VH)
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-09-08:
You need to get out more, my sweet young Wally
Posted by olie on 2011-09-08:
Sounds to me that you were in a property that, at one time, ended at the pool. When the usage/possibility to expand occurred, that may have seemed like the logical expansion point.

I agree with spiderman2--almost 15 years ago, we tried to weekend with 2 adults and 4 children, in the northern Chicago suburbs. I phoned(long distance, mind you) a number of hotels/motels within our radius. Most merely told me that we had no choice but to order 2 rooms, even though I said that kids wouldn't mind sleeping on the floor.

I finally contacted a "suite" hotel, which explained to me about Illinois FIRE CODE. I booked there, because the rate was amazing. We ended up with a 2-bed, 2-bath suite with a "full" kitchen(including toaster, real plates and real silverware).

And the place had a HUGE breakfast. Hot. Cold. Whatever.

My main lesson learned, though: Never, ever admit to more than 2 people per bed, if some of them are kids. Sleeping bags are easy to walk in, as are any guests when you park at your exact door.

And nobody watches you carry bagels or yogurt or juice back to your room.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-09-08:
Good point about the pool, Olie. That's probably what happened. If you look at the front of the hotel, it looks like 2 hotels cause there's two front entrances
Posted by T on 2011-09-08:
I had done the same math while reading the review and arrived at the same conclusion - $33 a night per person is a bargain. At that price, the breakfast sounds about right. If I had been there (I was not invited) I would have made homemade waffles for you.

Do you believe that housekeeper speaks English? That is rather rude to walk away. Good review!
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-09-08:
Trm, 4 guests were kids, so there's no way they were chipping any money in. And if I'd known you were gonna make waffles, I would have invited you
Posted by T on 2011-09-08:
There is a simple solution - put the kids on paperless billing. Make them save their old emails (I have mine all the way back to the late 90's), and then garnish their wages once they hit 16.

I was hanging with the Basher - no wonder I wasn't invited. Sitting in the front yard with trash and a portapotty with a few nickles and a dime sloshing around in the bottom. Disgusting!
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-09-08:
Lol trm!
Posted by D. on 2011-09-08:
Shorty, did you replace the conditioner with NAIR before you left, for the next guest? LOL!!!!
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-09-08:
Basher, of course!
Posted by Alain on 2011-09-09:
A nice, relaxing, quietly scenic review, Shorty. Now I want to go to the beach! Very helpful & well written Informative!

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