Hotel Spotlight: The Cassara Carlsbad in North County, San Diego

“Fall” in San Diego means “a second summer” in my book which is why we decided to spend a weekend for a San Diego Staycation at the Cassara Carlsbad to really enjoy the last bit of summer weather. Located only about 35 minutes North of San Diego, this resort in Carlsbad is the perfect place to getaway from your everyday life, yet give you the close drive for a fun staycation and embrace that SoCal laid-back lifestyle. Here’s my review of the new The Cassara Carlsbad hotel in San Diego.

The Cassara Carlsbad

Beautiful hotel lobby in Carlsbad, CA

Arrival at the lobby at The Cassara Carlsbad


Hotel Coastal Inspired Bar

Comfy Hotel bed in San Diego

The perfect pool at The Cassara Carlsbad

The hotel chairs outside The Cassara Carlsbad

Lobby Restaurant & Bar seating at The Cassara Carlsbad

Hotel lobby at The Cassara Carlsbad

From the moment you walk into the lobby, you will feel like you are vacationing in a luxurious seaside European town with their coastal-inspired decor, yet holds a Mediterranean spirit. The hotel has views of the Pacific Ocean and the iconic Carlsbad flower fields. We can’t forget how they have not one, but two pools! A quiet pool and a family pool complete with a splash pad.

They have socially distanced BBQs and firepits throughout the walkway of the hotel for guests to enjoy. From the quiet pool, the firepits, and the BBQ’s you will have 180-degree coastal views.

I’m happy to report that all of the proper health, safety, and social distancing guidelines are being implemented throughout every part of the hotel – room attendants, lobby, and pool. If you’d like you can also have a contactless check-in available through Hilton Honors App.

The Cassara Carlsbad belongs to the Tapestry Collection by Hilton, and if you are a local San Diego resident, you may have known it previously as the Grand Pacific Palisades Hotel until it officially joined the Tapestry Collection by Hilton portfolio in December 2019. The Tapestry Collection is a portfolio of upscale, original hotels that is known for its unique style and vibrant personality, and encourages guests to explore the local destination…which are my kind of hotels!

I gave an entire suite tour over on Instagram stories, but in case you missed it….our suite was completely renovated and featured a king room with a parlor, a separate guest room with two twin beds and three flat-screen televisions – creating the perfect home away from home for our weekend getaway.

They typically do have The Cassara Kitchen & Bar onsite which has sourced libations and small bites, this was closed during our stay. And because of this – we were able to bring in our own food and drinks to the pool. Before you go, make sure to call and confirm if the kitchen & bar is open or if you should plan to make a cooler.

What to know About Carlsbad, CA

Pool day at my staycation at The Cassara Carlsbad

Carlsbad, CA is a quaint little beach town in Northern, San Diego, just over 30 miles North from San Diego International Airport. Carlsbad has something for everyone! For the active and people who want to get outside, head to the Carlsbad lagoon for kayaking, jet skiing, and paddle boarding. There’s also scenic running and biking paths, golfing at The Carlsbad Crossings. If you are more interested in shopping/dining you have both Carlsbad Village known as Downtown by the Sea and lots of outdoor shopping at the Carlsbad Premium Outlets. Both areas have plenty of restaurants/shops to choose from.

If you’re staying at The Cassara Carlsbad you can also Ride the Tide open-air beach trolley with daily service to Tamarack Beach. You are also steps away from Legoland and Sea Life aquarium, where you the hotel has a private pedestrian entrance

All of this makes Carlsbad, CA the perfect destination for both locals and travelers to really embrace the Southern California lifestyle, and relax! The Cassara Carlsbad also has a lot of current promotions that they are offering right now, including a long weekender where you can get 50% off a Sunday night with a stay of Friday and Saturday…how do you resist?

PRO TIP: Make sure your room has a patio or balcony so you can enjoy the Southern California weather with a glass of wine for sunset or a cup of coffee in the morning.

If you’ve stayed in Carlsbad, CA let me know your favorite things to do!

~ XOXO, the coastal-inspired, Amanda // Blonde out of Water

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