Last November I needed 2 more hotel night stays to earn 5,000 points in Hyatt’s Discover New Possibilities promotion. But I only had two weeks and the price had to be right. The Hyatt Place San Diego-Vista/Carlsbad was priced right and a short drive.
I also stayed there in January and February 2013 to pick up a few nights to requalify for Hyatt Diamond status.
This review will be based on my stays at the Hyatt Place San Diego-Vista/Carlsbad in November 2012, January 2013, and February 2013. The only differences in the stays were the rooms and views.
Hyatt Place San Diego-Vista/Carlsbad
I chose the Hyatt Place San Diego-Vista/Carlsbad because:
- The hotel is a Hyatt property and I would get a stay credit
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Complimentary breakfast buffet
- Driving distance from home
The Hyatt Place San Diego/Vista-Carlsbad is in a residential area of North San Diego County.
You can fly into Carlsbad (McClellan-Palomar) airport on United Airlines and rent a car from Hertz or Avis and be at the hotel in 5 minutes (depending on traffic).
Several craft breweries are nearby so the hotel is the perfect base for beer hopping.
The Hyatt Place San Diego-Vista/Carlsbad does not offer an airport shuttle.
The Carlsbad airport is 2 1/2 miles away. And the San Diego airport is 37 miles.
The hotel has a firm 3 p.m. check-in unless you’re a Hyatt Diamond member. As a Diamond guest, you can check in as early as noon, if there’s a room available.
The majority of guests at the Hyatt Place San Diego-Vista/Carlsbad are business travelers (Calloway Golf, Taylormade, DJO, and ViaSat are a few miles away)except during the holidays when families stay here because it’s near Legoland and a convenient drive to Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, and the San Diego Safari Park.
I booked a Standard King room for each stay, but a couple times I was given a Studio King room instead.
Check-in is quick and easy.
The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. You are greeted with a smile. And everyone is happy. Which says a lot because it means they like their jobs and are treated well.
I think it stems from having a great boss. Wes Lavender, General Manager, is friendly and engaging as well.
Hyatt Diamonds are acknowledged and recognized. Since it’s a Hyatt Place, Diamonds have a choice of 500 points or a welcome drink from the bar.
I always choose the points, but I know some Diamonds go for the drink. Since there are 10 craft breweries within 4 miles from the hotel, if you’re a Diamond, you might want to skip the drink.
The desk clerks offer to show you around the hotel, not that you’ll get lost, but it’s part of the great customer service at the Hyatt Place San Diego-Vista/Carlsbad.
November 2012 Stay #1, January 2013 Stay # 5 and February 2103 Stay # 6:
This is the view from the bedroom window for rooms on the south side of the hotel.
Each room has a small refrigerator, coffee maker, and work desk. I love how the desk, while not very deep, is long enough to work on a laptop and spread out papers. Or eat a meal while working.
There’s a great New York style pizza place, Flippin’ Pizza, down the street, about a 1-minute drive or 5 to 10-minute walk. You can get 2 slices and a drink for $6. They even serve beer.
Every room has a 42-inch flat screen TV. The stand swivels so you can watch from the couch or bed.
The beds are extremely comfortable.
Having the sink and counter outside the bathroom keeps your mirror from fogging up post-shower.
Kenet MD branded toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, soap, and lotion) along with Aquafresh toothpaste are provided.
If I remember correctly, none of the rooms have a tub.
The closet in the Standard King room is very small. The door is only about 2 feet wide but the closet extends past the opening.
November 2012 Stay # 2:
I was given a Studio King room.
The differences between a Standard King and a Studio King:
- Smaller work desk
- Open floor plan
- Larger closet
If you need a large workspace, be sure to get a Standard King vs a Studio King.
You have more closet space in a Studio King room.
January 2013 Stay #3:
The only difference between this room and the other two rooms I previously stayed in was the view.
January 2013 Stay # 4:
Another Standard King room but on the north side of the building.
The Hyatt Place San Dieg0-Vista/Carlsbad has 3 computers and a shared printer for guest use. There’s free wifi throughout the hotel so you can use your wifi enabled laptop.
There’s a decent sized pool and jacuzzi.
The fitness center has two treadmills, an elliptical machine, and a bike.
There’s also free weights and a bench. The fitness center is open 24 hours.
There is no valet parking at the Hyatt Place San Diego-Vista/Carlsbad.
There is complimentary self-parking.
The Kitchen Skillet breakfast buffet is included in your room rate.
You can choose from a selection of dry cereal and oatmeal.
The hotel offers two types of breakfast sandwiches and waffles.
A little healthy option and a little sinful option.
A cold plate keeps the fruit, cottage cheese, and yogurt chilled.
More breakfast options.
There’s a self-serve beverage section.
The hotel has a small bar. I didn’t order anything since I only live a few miles away, I could bring my own alcohol.
I enjoyed my stays at the Hyatt Place San Diego-Vista/Carlsbad.
The rooms are clean and comfortable. And the staff is helpful and friendly.
It’s close to the beach and attractions and is a great base for visiting all the craft breweries in the area.
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