Nothing ruins a family vacation faster than accidentally booking a room at a "party hotel" full of young people drinking and running wild all night. To help avoid that, here are my top family-friendly hotels and resorts in the amazing beachside town of Carlsbad, California.
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
This amazing resort is home to Kidtopia, the ultimate in resort entertainment for kids 12 and under. In addition to an extensive playscape, games, puzzles, and books, Kidtopia also has a nursery for toddlers and a "night camp" on weekends – the perfect way for adults to enjoy a night to themselves. Omni La Costa is also conveniently located mere minutes from plenty of shopping and dining options, not to mention the kid-centric Legoland California.
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Spa & Golf Club
Kids 10 and up will feel right at home in the Park Hyatt's game room. It comes complete with an arcade center, six PlayStation consoles, air hockey, foosball, and a large selection of board games. There is even a billiards table and shuffleboard court. Meanwhile, the younger ones can live it up at Camp Hyatt, a fun and entertaining option for children ages four to 12. Once the children are entertained, parents can pamper themselves as they see fit.
Tamarack Beach Resort Hotel
The recreation room at Tamarack Beach Resort Hotel was crafted with family fun in mind. In addition to a large selection of board games, puzzles, and DVD movies, the recreation center also comes fully stocked with several pool tables and a ping pong table. The hotel also has complimentary planned activities that are fun for the whole family. For families looking to escape the hotel and have some outdoor fun, the beach is a short walk away, or take a short drive to Legoland.
Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara
For parents wishing to spoil themselves – and their children – Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara is the resort to choose. The resort has an extensive and ever-changing collection of kids activities that will enthrall and entertain children of all ages. After all, when the kids are happy, the parents are happy! Once they are occupied, parents are free to escape and unwind with a visit to the spa, one of their many pools, or a trip to the fitness center and steam room.
West Inn and Suites
The number one rated family hotel in Carlsbad, West Inn and Suites is devoted to providing first class hospitality for families. They have cribs and Pack n' Plays ready at a moment's notice, an interactive library full of games and books, and even an on-site park. When bedtime approaches, the younger ones are treated to milk and cookies while the adults are rewarded with the Seasonal Pour. And when it comes time to venture out, the hotel offers shuttle service to Legoland, as well as beach toys for the kids, and umbrellas and chairs for the parents.
Last but certainly not least is the Legoland Hotel, conveniently located inside Legoland California. Everything about this place was designed with the kids in mind, from custom Lego kids sleeping areas complete with an entertainment console in each room to the welcome treasure hunt with Lego prize that every child receives upon check-in. Kids are also welcome to use the hotel's collection of Lego bricks to build whatever their heart desires.
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