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My picks for hotels near LEGOLAND California include some of San Diego’s best luxury hotels, the LEGOLAND California hotels onsite for diehard fans, a few Carlsbad beach hotels, accommodations with space for large families, and a handful of value options.

Families with young children base their vacations in Carlsbad because you can spend multiple days enjoying the LEGOLAND park, water park (when it’s open during the summer), and SEA LIFE Aquarium. Pretty Carlsbad beaches are nearby and the rates can be a bit more wallet-friendly than other resorts across the county.

So, without further ado, here are the best hotels near LEGOLAND California Resort (one of the best things to do in San Diego with kids).

Note from Katie: I mention hotel booking resources I know offer the best prices via membership programs or ones that are popular with readers. Check with the hotel for updated safety measures, travel restrictions, and a list of any modified amenities. If you book through links on this page, I may earn a small commission.

1. LEGOLAND Hotel

Address: One LEGOLAND Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Distance to LEGOLAND California: It’s adjacent to the park (you can’t get any closer)

Top pick for: Families who want to immerse in the LEGO experience.

Why go: You have the ultimate LEGO enthusiast in tow who wants to immerse in all things LEGO. Or, you’re going during peak season and want to avoid crowds. A stay at the LEGOLAND Hotel provides exclusive early entry to the park up to an hour before it opens to the public (it’s usually 30 minutes).

You can also book VIP experiences with your hotel stay, including VIP dining, character escorts around the hotel and in the park, priority ride access, and more. It is the ultimate LEGO experience.

Hotel amenities:

  • Your choice of LEGO-themed rooms – Pirate, Kingdom, Adventure, LEGO Friends, and NINJAGO
  • Free breakfast buffet
  • Nightly children’s entertainment
  • Free WiFi (included in $30 nightly resort fee)
  • Free 24-hour fitness center
  • Outdoor pool (heated) with pool cabanas
  • Free parking (included in $30 nightly resort fee)
  • Valet parking $25/stay
  • Hotel restaurant (“Bricks”)
  • Hotel bar and lounge
  • Room service
  • Concierge
  • Cribs available
  • Gift shop (filled with plenty of LEGOs)
  • In-room treasure hunt with LEGO surprises for kids.

Good to know: This is a busy hotel with lots and lots of kids.

Awards: TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Award 2020

Reservations: You can book directly through the resort or check TripAdvisor for reviews and other sources. It’s not available for booking through a lot of online travel agencies otherwise. No bookings for either of the LEGOLAND hotels are available until March 28, 2021, but I’m finding this hotel unavailable for most dates in 2021.

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2. LEGOLAND Castle Hotel

Address: One LEGOLAND Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Distance to LEGOLAND California: It’s adjacent to the park (you can’t get any closer)

Top pick for: Families who want to immerse in the LEGO experience centered around LEGO Kingdoms.

Why go: This LEGOLAND California hotel has 250 premium themed rooms, including 20 suites. Upon entering LEGOLAND Castle Hotel, guests first step into a grand hall where a LEGO wizard meets them before taking a magical levitating lift (elevator) that will take them to one of three different floors where adventures await.

In the Knight rooms, guests are surrounded by dragons and knights as they prepare to go into battle to defend the king’s castle and protect the king’s treasure.

In the Princess rooms, woodland animals such as butterflies, squirrels, owls, and songbirds all made of LEGO, of course, are found.

In the Wizard rooms, guests discover how magic is used to protect the king’s treasure with the use of giggling potions and spells.

Hotel amenities:

  • LEGO fully themed rooms – Knights & Dragons, Royal Princess or Magic Wizard
  • Building station in each children’s room
  • Nightly children’s entertainment
  • In-room treasure hunt with LEGO surprises for the kids
  • Separate park entrance for hotel guests
  • Zero-entry pool with water play features
  • Laundry onsite

Good to know: Deluxe rooms sleep 5 people (king, bunk, and trundle beds). Deluxe Suites sleep 7 people (king, bunk, trundle and sofa beds).

Reservations: You can book directly through the resort or check TripAdvisor for reviews and other sources. It’s not available for booking through a lot of online travel agencies otherwise.

For all stays in 2021, no breakfast is included and no nightly Resort Fee is being charged because of limited offerings. However, when the theme park reopens, the $30/night resort charge will again be levied with breakfast at an additional charge.

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3. Four Seasons Residences Club Aviara, North San Diego (Top Pick)

Address: 7210 Blue Heron Place, Carlsbad, CA 92011
Distance to LEGOLAND California: 5.9 miles

Top pick for: Families who adore Four Seasons style service, residence-style accommodations with living rooms and kitchens, and quieter luxury.

Why go: You’d like to visit LEGOLAND California but are most comfortable with exquisite Four Seasons service (as frequent guests like me are). You’d prefer a quieter, more exclusive five-star property with space to suit large families and multigenerational travel.

Most of the villas at Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara have kitchens or kitchenettes and separate bedrooms from the living area feel like a home away from home.

Hotel amenities:

  • Kids Club 760 with fun activities such as arts and crafts, ping pong, video games and dive-in movies (unstaffed)
  • Board games to check out and use in the villa
  • Child-sized bathrobes and slippers and special children’s bath amenities
  • Two swimming pools and a special children’s pool
  • Childproofing, high chairs and other amenities available upon request
  • Full-service spa and fitness center
  • Babysitting services
  • Free parking (self-parking) included with the hotel fee
  • Signature Beachtown Tours (the kids can come, too) in a vintage Woodie, by reservation
  • Seasons barista bar for gourmet coffee drinks and to-go items
  • Unique dining experience like the chef’s table and kitchen counter where guests pull up a stool to interact with chefs and taste bites in the open kitchen

Good to know: Aviara is inland from the beach and you will need a rental car. I truly love this resort and think it’s somewhat of a hidden gem. I also feel that you get what you pay for (which sometimes might just be less than you think for a Four Seasons).

Reservations: I can add Four Seasons Preferred Partner benefits to your booking that include:

  • Daily full American breakfast for two people per bedroom, served through In-Room Dining or in the hotel restaurant (including buffets)
  • USD 100 Resort credit
  • Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (excluding signature suites, villas, and private residences)
  • Complimentary basic Internet in all guest rooms; complimentary premium Internet in all suites
  • Welcome note at check-in acknowledging you and your travel agency and the amenities that are being extended

4. Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa

Address: 7100 Aviara Resort Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92011
Distance to LEGOLAND California: 6.8 miles

Top pick for: World of Hyatt members, families traveling to LEGOLAND who prefer larger luxury resorts, large groups, families who like suites.

Why go: You are a World of Hyatt member and want to base the family in a North County San Diego luxury hotel with excellent service, excellent golf, and an award-winning spa.

The hotel has just been renovated to a beautiful standard. I find that Park Hyatt Aviara can price very well during certain times of the year, and they do (usually) have reasonably priced suites with separate living areas, which young families tend to enjoy. I’ve also been particularly happy with their behind-the-scenes service.

Hotel amenities:

  • Aviara Kids Academy by Camp Hyatt for ages 4–12 during the summer
  • Lessons at Aviara Golf Academy for all ages
  • Bird watching over the wetlands
  • Seasonal junior tennis clinics
  • Outdoor family resort style pool with a splash pad and water slide
  • Shallow wading pool and water play area
  • Poolside cafe with kid-sized picnic tables
  • Surf concierge including transportation to Ponto Beach and 2 hours of boogie board or surf lessons for ages 6 and above
  • Kids DVD library
  • Arnold Palmer designed golf course
  • Six state-of-the-art lighted tennis courts
  • Adults-only outdoor pool with panoramic views
  • An impressive 15,000-square-foot spa with solarium lounge area, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, couples treatment areas, and locker and dressing areas
  • TaylorMade Performance Lab for a 2-hour custom club fitting experience
  • Exquisite, varied dining across multiple restaurants
  • Frette robes, pillow-top beds, rooms with a private balcony
  • Seasonal shuttle service to Moonlight State Beach and other Carlsbad Beaches

Good to know: This incredibly beautiful part of Carlsbad is inland of the I-5 freeway so you’ll need to drive to the beach. You can read about our recent stay at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort.

Awards: AAA Five Diamonds

Reservations: You can book Park Hyatt Aviara Virtuoso amenities that include breakfast for two, a resort credit, and more.

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability.
  • Daily full breakfast, for two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD Resort credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Complimentary daily Aviara Spa access for two guests including sauna, whirlpool, steam room, and indoor solarium lounge.
  • Locally-inspired culinary welcome amenity
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

*The desktop version of Virtuoso.com is where you’ll search rates and book online. If you don’t know how to enable this on a mobile device (tap the “AA” in the search bar on Safari or three dots on the bottom of a Chrome screen), send me your dates. When searching rates on Virtuoso, do not input children ages 17 and under as they will be priced as adults. I’m notified when you book and will add them when I contact you about your reservation.

5. Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach, a Hilton Resort (Top Pick for Beach)

Address: 1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011
Distance to LEGOLAND California: 5 miles

Top pick for: Families who want to spend a decent amount of time at the beach in addition to LEGOLAND.

Why go: If you’d like to enjoy the best of both worlds (beach and LEGOLAND), Cape Rey Carlsbad Becah is your best choice. They are an official LEGOLAND California partner hotel with an onsite concierge to help structure your day in LEGO heaven.

It’s also not your average Hilton property. Cape Rey has an upbeat, family-friendly vibe catered to those who are adventurous at heart and a long list of activities. They also have a courtesy shuttle to LEGOLAND California that also goes to nearby restaurants and shopping (including Carlsbad Premium Outlets).

Hotel amenities:

  • A robust events calendar that even locals take advantage of
  • A beach pack available for purchase with an umbrella, two chairs, two towels, and bottled water.
  • Surf excursions available for booking through the onsite Director of Adventure (the famous South Ponto surf break on Carlsbad State Beach is across the street)
  • Chandler’s restaurant, which serves California cuisine
  • Some rooms have partial or full ocean views.
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Rooms have 42″ TVs with premium channels, Paul Mitchell bath amenities, Hilton Serenity Beds, microwaves, mini-fridges, in-room coffee
  • Full-service Ocean Crest Spa
  • Oceanview pool with jacuzzi and cabanas
  • Bike rentals
  • Complimentary shuttle within a 10-mile radius (including LEGOLAND)
  • Complimentary morning coffee and tea in the lobby

Good to know: They check their packages where the room rate bundles discounts on dining, beach activities, and some local attractions.

Awards: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, AAA Four Diamond Award

Reservations: Book using the Hilton Honors discount. If you’re not a member, it’s free to join and then you can use the app, including Digital Key entry to your room or suite.

See also: Guide to Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort


6. Omni La Costa Resort and Spa

Address: 2100 Costa Del Mar Rd, Carlsbad, CA 92009
Distance to LEGOLAND California: 7.9 miles

Top pick for: Multigenerational trips (villas from studios to three-bedrooms with kitchens plus connecting rooms and suites), parents who enjoy world-class spas, and people who like resorts with an abundance of kids’ offerings.

Why go: What is widely regarded as San Diego’s most family-friendly resort, Omni La Costa Resort & Spa happens to also be a hotel near LEGOLAND California.

It’s an excellent option for people who like to spend time on a resort because between the famous golf course, award-winning spa, resort style pool, kids’ club, and activities calendar there is undoubtedly a lot to do here.

They also have gorgeous villas with designer kitchens that happen to be seriously great value for larger families and multigenerational trips.

Hotel amenities:

  • Kidtopia kid’s club, designed by an architect that specializes in theme parks and museums, offers supervised play for infants and toddlers, potty-trained kids ages 3-5 and kids ages 6-12 (each age group enjoys different programming)
  • Splash Landing pools with a water play area and water slides
  • Sandy Beach Family Pool with sand to play in
  • Vibz game lounge offering pay-per-play high-tech games and activities for ages 10 and up
  • A pretty impressive daily activity schedule that can include anything from reptile shows to s’more roasting
  • Kids fitness boot camp
  • The adults-only Edge Pool
  • Lifestyle boutiques for golf, yoga and beach gear among other finds
  • Diversions sports lounge to catch a game, smoke a cigar or read the paper; all-day dining with a view at VUE
  • Two world-renowned golf courses
  • Spa at La Costa’s awesome lounging facilities and nature-inspired treatments
  • One-, two- and three-bedroom villas of which most have full kitchens blend vacation and home

Good to know: Many first floor rooms have French doors that open to a nice patio. La Costa suites (one of the most popular room types because the living room closes off to the bedroom and they are reasonably priced) are closest to the family pool.

Awards: Southern California’s only Gold Medal Golf Resort (Golf Magazine), #1 Wellness Spa in the nation by Spa Magazine, Travel + Leisure’s #4 Spa in North America

Reservations: Omni La Costa often runs direct promotions and sale rates that are worth checking out. If there are none, the Travel Leader Select benefits I can add to their Best Available Rate are likely the next best way to go. They include:

  • $100 Resort credit per stay
  • Complimentary full breakfast for two at VUE (this temporarily is grab-and-go at Marketplace)
  • Early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability)
  • Room upgrade at time of check-in (subject to availability)

You’ll need to contact me with your dates and preferred room type to access these benefits.


7. West Inn & Suites

Address: 4970 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Distance to LEGOLAND California: 2.1 miles

Top pick for: Families who are value-oriented and don’t mind paying a bit more for larger suite accommodations, but don’t need the amenities of a five-star resort.

Why go: You are a value-oriented traveler. West Inn and Suites is a charming boutique hotel that includes excellent amenities without a lot of upcharges.

Located about a 5-minute drive from LEGOLAND and just three blocks (a 10-minute walk) to the beach and the Museum of Making Music, this pet-friendly, 86-room hotel’s relaxed yet sophisticated setting may be perfect for a family vacation, a romantic weekend getaway, or for business travelers. 

There are 35 suites among the hotel’s 86 rooms. We have enjoyed staying here in a spacious suite with our rescued pitbull in tow (dogs can’t be left alone in the rooms).

See also: Even Our Dog Enjoyed Room Service at West Inn & Suites

Hotel amenities:

  • Complimentary water (2 bottles in your room) upon arrival
  • Refrigerator and microwave
  • In-room, one-cup coffee maker
  • High-speed wired and wireless Internet
  • Day use of beach chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards & beach toys
  • Dog/cat-friendly rooms ($75 extra for one night, $150 extra for two or more nights)
  • Fitness center
  • Heated pool and Jacuzzi
  • Casual & fine dining on-site supported by the hotel’s own West Farm
  • Room service by Bistro to Go
  • Included buffet breakfast (temporarily unavailable)
  • Complimentary self-parking
  • Complimentary shuttle service within Carlsbad (based on LEGOLAND hours)
  • Cribs and pack and plays
  • Weekday newspapers
  • Rollaways ($10 fee per night) and turn down service upon request

Good to know: The West Inn & Suites does not have a resort fee. This hotel near LEGOLAND California Resort offers a special LEGOLAND Package (in addition to other special packages) providing admission tickets and a shuttle to and from the park.

Awards: TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Award 2020

Reservations:

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8. Grand Pacific Palisades

Address: 5805 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Distance to LEGOLAND California: Located across the street from the theme park. Walking distance to the turnstiles is probably 10 minutes.

Why go: This is a good pick for families who need accommodations with kitchens because they like to cook meals (there is a nearby Costco). These are timeshare accommodations that anyone can book. Condos can be one, two or three bedrooms.

This well-located resort on 12 landscaped acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean has a pedestrian entrance to LEGOLAND, a separate adult, Olympic-sized pool with a sunset view and cabanas, and a family-friendly kid pool. It’s also close to the outlet mall, beaches, and Carlsbad Village.

See also: Hotels Near LEGOLAND: Grand Pacific Palisades Resort

Hotel amenities:

  • Free WiFi
  • Olympic-sized adult pool and cabanas
  • Family pool with kids interactive splash pad
  • State-of-the-art fitness center and steam room
  • Activity center and weekly resort events for all
  • Video and game room
  • Pedestrian entrance to LEGOLAND California Resort
  • Karl Strauss Brewery and Restaurant nearby for breakfast and room service
  • Just a free shuttle away is luxurious Ocean Pearl Spa at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort
  • In-room massage treatments
  • Business center
  • Grand Concierge services to meet all your resort needs
  • Resort shuttle available within a 5-mile radius
  • Rollaway beds

Good to know: The complimentary Tide Trolley is a fun-filled way to be transported to Carlsbad’s pristine Tamarack Beach and is available on Saturday and Sunday, daily Memorial Day through Labor Day, and various holidays throughout the year.

Reservations: I think it’s a little easier to understand which condo you’re reserving when booking direct but you can check rates across top sites.

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9. The Cassara Carlsbad, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Address: 5805 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Distance to LEGOLAND California: Across the street with the same pedestrian entrance as Grand Pacific Palisades

Why go: You want to stay in a brand new boutique hotel near LEGOLAND California. It’s part of the Grand Pacific Palisades complex so some amenities like the Olympic-sized pool and splash pad are shared, but the accommodations are very different.

At The Cassara Carlsbad, you’ll find fresh Mediterranean style decor and menus. but also 29 family suites in addition to the 90 guest rooms. “Karlsbad” Family Suites and Corner Suites have a king bed in the parlor and two twin beds in a separate room. They also are very reasonably priced. Of course, there are king and two queen rooms for couples, business, travelers, and friends.

Hotel amenities:

  • Family suites with Keurig coffee makers and mini-refrigerators
  • Pet-friendly rooms (small dogs — additional fees apply)
  • 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center
  • Access to nearby Ocean Pearl Spa
  • Two swimming pools (the adults-only Olympic-sized pool and family pool with splash pad)
  • Digital Key room access (via the Hilton app)
  • The Cassara Kitchen & Bar for craft cocktails, sangria, and coastal comfort food
  • Resort shuttle available within a 5-mile radius

Reservations: Join Hilton Honors (free) and book the discounted member rate.


10. Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa

Address: 5420 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Distance to LEGOLAND California: Next door with a private entrance to the park

Why go: The Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa is located adjacent to the Crossings Carlsbad golf course, and has a private entrance to the LEGOLAND California Resort, a large outdoor patio, and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. The resort shares some amenities with its sister property, The Westin Carlsbad where the Ocean Pearl Spa is located.

This resort also offers California coastal cuisine at its onsite 7 Mile Kitchen. It’s for people who want to be close to LEGOLAND, stay in a larger family-friendly resort, but not immerse entirely in all things LEGO.

Hotel amenities:

  • Free WiFi
  • 48 Studio Ponto Suites (one king bed and two twin beds)
  • Adjacent to The Crossings golf course
  • Mini refrigerator
  • You can put rollaway beds, microwaves, and DVD players in the room for an extra fee.
  • 24-hour heated swimming pool, water slide, and Jacuzzi
  • 24-hour Sheraton fitness center
  • Convenience store for sundries and snacks
  • Private entrance to LEGOLAND® California Resort
  • In-room Starbucks coffee
  • One bottled water in-room
  • Complimentary shuttle service within a five-mile radius
  • Complimentary beach trolley during the summer months

Good to know: The private entrance to LEGOLAND opens exactly at 10 a.m. (or when the park opens to the public).

Reservations: It’s free to join Marriott Bonvoy. You’ll earn points and be able to book at their discounted rate.


11. Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach

Address: 6450 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92011
Distance to LEGOLAND California: 3.2 miles

Why go: You’d like to be located across the street from the beach and have a few more home comforts like a refrigerator and microwave or a (usually) reasonably-priced suite.

Situated near LEGOLAND California Resort, the Carlsbad State Beach, and the Flower Fields, with many ocean-view hotel rooms and suites. Every room in the hotel has free high-speed internet access, a writing desk, and cable television.

Several on-site dining and lounge options are also available, including a 24-hour convenience store called the Pavilion Pantry, the Pavilion Lounge for late-night drinks, or breakfast and dinner at The Carlsbad Beach Bistro.

Hotel amenities:

  • High-speed internet
  • 24-hour front desk
  • ATM
  • Business center
  • Fitness center
  • Game room
  • Gift shop
  • Pool with Jacuzzi
  • Laundry
  • Self-parking
  • Bike rentals

Reservations: Be sure to join Hilton Honors as occasionally, their member rate rate through Hilton is usually lower.


11. Fairfield Inn and Suites Carlsbad

Address: 1929 Palomar Oaks Way, Carlsbad, CA 92011
Distance to LEGOLAND: 3.4 miles

King guest room at Fairfield Inn and Suites Carlsbad near Legoland California.
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Why go: Fairfield Inn and Suites Carlsbad has the quality and consistency of a Marriott property. It’s located just minutes from Carlsbad State Beach, LEGOLAND, world-class golf, and shopping at the Carlsbad Premium. A free hot breakfast is normally included as well and guests give the hotel glowing reviews for what you get.

Hotel amenities:

  • Free hot breakfast, WiFi, and parking
  • Fitness center
  • 24/7 business center
  • 48″ flat screen TV’s in each room.
  • A 24-hour market
  • Heated outdoor pool
  • Marriott Rewards points
  • Each room features a coffee maker, refrigerator, microwave
  • Complimentary high-speed Internet access in all guest rooms

Reservations: This is also a Marriott property, so join Marriott Bonvoy for free and book at the discounted member rate.


Important Tips for Visiting LEGOLAND California

When planning a LEGOLAND California Carlsbad family getaway, it is critical to check park hours. This San Diego attraction is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the off-peak season.

The LEGOLAND Water Park is only open on weekends during off-peak season and not at all from November–February.

You may skip the lines at LEGOLAND California with a VIP tour which comes in handy during peak season.

The park is geared mostly toward children who are under 12 years old.


Buy LEGOLAND Discount Tickets

There are several ways to save money on LEGOLAND tickets:

  • Straight-to-the-gate LEGOLAND discount tickets from San Diego based aRes Travel are great for when you just need LEGOLAND California tickets. They also can package LEGOLAND tickets with hotel bookings.
  • LEGOLAND is part of the Go San Diego pass (click to apply my exclusive 10% discount on All-Inclusive passes) discounted attractions pass which is the most popular sightseeing pass in San Diego.
  • LEGOLAND is part of the California Explorer Pass (Use code LJMCAL10 to apply my exclusive 10% discount) which may be more appropriate for people visiting multiple attractions across California (temporarily unavailable).

See also: How to Buy Discounted LEGOLAND California Tickets

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