Residence Inn San Diego Carlsbad

Residence Inn San Diego Carlsbad

7.33 reviews
Ranked #13 in Carlsbad hotels
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2000 Faraday Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92008
1 (888) 271-2681Edit info


Free Breakfast
Swimming Pool
Fitness Center
Spa Services
Free WiFi
Internet Access
Free Parking
Laundry Services
Business Center
Meeting Rooms
Cribs Available
Pets Allowed
Air conditioning

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Local from San Marcos

Definitely more geared toward business travelers, being located in the center of a business park, I wouldn't rule this place out at all. Since it is more for business people it is actually cheaper on weekends and more expensive early in the week. They also have a hospitality hour on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday where you can get a complimentary drink and some food. When i was there they were having a smore bar where you can craft your own kind of smore.

Recommended for:Business Travellers
SF Bay Area, Western US
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Back about 35 years ago or so, Embassy Suites revolutionized the Hotel industry by creating properties that were geared toward the business traveller, with 2 room suites, so you could have a meeting in the front room and sleep in the back. Most of the first ones were near airports, so a business traveler could fly in, have meetings with dealers, small sales teams or one-on-one (like for interviews) , sleep, and fly out. The free hot breakfast and manager's happy hour of booze and snacks made this concept very popular. Their dramatic Atrium design and glass elevators spoke luxury, but was at a businessman's price, perfect for making a good impression. Embassy Suites grew rapidly, expanded, then hit some bad times and was bought by Hilton,

To grow their brand beyond the basic hotel that was Marriott's and diversify with properties that competed with the upstart Embassy Suites, Marriotts came up with Courtyard by Marriotts. They advertised from the beginning that Courtyard was designed by business travelers for business travelers. They took a different approach, emphasing a good desk, coffeemaker, pool, and jacuzzi with a small restaurant, exercise room, etc.

As the industry evolved and major players started to segment the market, new brands and chains started to emerge. There were a lot of boom and copy cats in the Suites concept. To take this one step further and micro- segment the market, there emerged the extended stay property. These properties were originally designed to handle the boom in everything being outsourced, especially services, so the trend to temporary and contract employees and the boom in consultants was the target market, people who may stay at one place for several weeks, or even months. Added later to this same segment was the family vacation guests.

Residence Inn is geared toward the extended stay/family vacation category. Their rooms are like small one or two bedroom apartments, with min-kitchens that included coffeemaker, refrigerator, two burner stove, microwave, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans, dishwasher, a full living area with sofa, chair and coffee table, etc. They have a pool, jacuzzi, guest laundry room, and sportcourt with basketball hoop.

They have the contract employee/consultant guest (usually a software programmer or consultant) and they have familes on vacations. Like their competitors, they offer a free breakfast and a happy hour. The breakfast has usually 2 or 3 hot items, like eggs and potatoes, and continental usuals like cereal, juice, pastries. They usually have very limited cooking capabilities, so 24 hour room service is not found here. However, a consultant can feel a little like home, or a family can have a good value while easily sleeping 4 in a 1 bedroom. They are usually designed like an apartment complex.

This Residence Inn is out in nowhere, about 5 miles from the quaint Village of downtown Carlsbad. It is in a new industrial park that features technology and biotech firms, like the HQ for the $1.3 billion InvitroGen. It is near El Camino Real, but unfortunately, unlike most segments of The King's Highway in northern California, the entire 21 mission linking road establish by Father Junipero Serra, there is hardly any businesses on El Camino Real here. There is a small shopping strip mall next door, but the businesses are struggling and most are closed after lunch. So you have to drive a bit to get something to eat, like downtown Carlsbad.

Otherwise the building is new (but looks more Industrial than the typical Residence Inn apartment like construction), the staff is friendly and the rooms are pretty nice. (Mine had two brand new LG 32 inch LCD TVs, one in the living room and one in the bedroom.) Most Residence Inns are about $175 - $200, but this one was $150.

If you are a consultant or programmer for InvitroGen or other nearby hi-tech firms, stay here. Note: I am not a consultant to InvitroGen, or any other biotech firm. I just noticed the big building nearby.

Recommended for:Family Travellers
Los Angeles

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Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
Dining & Drinks
  • Free breakfast
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Coffee/tea in common areas
  • Free grocery shopping service
Fitness & Recreation
  • Concierge services
  • Barbecue grill(s)
  • Outdoor pool
  • Fitness facilities
  • Spa tub
  • Free train station pickup
  • Free self parking
  • In-room accessibility
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
Traveling with Children
  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Pets allowed
Services & Conveniences
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Smoke-free property
  • Elevator/lift
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Business center
  • Conference space
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Free reception
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Partially open bathroom
  • Premium bedding
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • Sofa bed
In-Room Dining
  • Microwave
  • Kitchen
  • Cookware, dishware, and utensils
  • Stovetop
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Full-sized refrigerator/freezer
Media & Technology
  • Phone
  • Television in common areas
  • Cable TV service
  • Flat-panel TV
  • Premium TV channels
  • Daily housekeeping
Other Room Amenities
  • Air conditioning
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Separate sitting area
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Desk
  • Free weekday newspaper
Property Info
  • Total number of rooms - 121
  • Number of floors - 3
  • Express check-out
Residence Inn San Diego Carlsbad

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