We headed back to Carlsbad over fall break to visit LEGOLAND again. Our boys are at the perfect age to enjoy LEGOLAND (4 and 7) and are big LEGO fans. On our last visit, we stayed at the LEGOLAND hotel right next to the park which was fun but not ideal. The location is great but the rooms are pretty pricey for standard hotel room sizes. On this trip we had the pleasure of staying at the West Inn and Suites. It’s the perfect, family friendly hotel for Carlsbad trips and here’s my 5 reasons why we will stay there again!
The West Inn & Suites in Carlsbad is only a few minutes away from both LEGOLAND and the beach. It’s definitely within walking distance to the beach but keep in mind it’s not a beach front property. It’s actually right off the freeway, making it convenient for any fun Southern California adventures you want to take.
2. Complimentary Shuttle
The hotel offers a free local area shuttle which includes rides to LEGOLAND and the beach. We scheduled our ride to LEGOLAND with the front desk and the driver was ready to go with any car seats/boosters installed. We were on a road trip so we could have driven over car to LEGOLAND but it was nice not having to pay for parking. Plus we didn’t have to worry about snagging a parking space close to the front. The shuttle drop off/pick up location is a short walk to the front entrance. Later in the day we called to schedule the shuttle for our return to the hotel. Super Easy!
3. Spacious Rooms
We stayed in a Double King Suite which is their biggest room option, it was a crazy amount of space for our family of 4. There is no door separating the living and sleeping space but the room is so spacious it doesn’t matter. Did you catch the name of the room? Having double king beds in the bedroom area was really nice. We ran into friends staying at the same time (Fall break is very popular time to visit LEGOLAND). They were staying in a regular king suite with their 3 kids and had plenty of space. All rooms have king sized beds, microwaves and mini fridges.
4. Free Breakfast
The breakfast offered a good variety of hot and cold choices. I am a fan of free hotel breakfasts, mostly because I am not much of fan of breakfast at all. The boys (all three of them) insist upon it though. They are much happier with breakfast choices vs. a granola bar and banana in the hotel room.
5. Cookies & Milk
Each evening at 8pm, head down stairs to the lobby for yummy cookies and cold milk. Our snack was extra special because we were able to share it with our friends.
Need More Reasons?
There are no resort, parking or wifi fees at the West Inn and Suites. They offer free DVD rentals and a snack pantry to purchase munchies at the front desk. Or just hold out for the cookies and milk at bed time. 🙂 The pool is heated allowing it to be used year-round. If you’d rather hang out at the beach, stop by the front desk to borrow beach chairs and sand toys before you go!
There are two restaurants on property, Bistro West and West Steak and Seafood. We had a delicious dinner at Bistro West after our LEGOLAND adventure. There were plenty of kid friendly options and everyone was happy with their choices. Definitely try the calamari appetizer, it was dynamite!
Disclosure: We were guests of the West and Inn Suites during this trip. All opinions are my own, it’s definitely my new favorite choice for LEGOLAND California accommodations!