by Lissa Poirot
This wonderful gem of a hotel proudly displays its awards in the lobby, and they are well deserved. From the moment your family enters this family-owned boutique hotel, you are greeted by an enthusiastic and helpful staff. From the lovely lobby to the comfortable and stylish hotel rooms to the inn’s living room with oversized fireplace and games, your family will feel right at home when settling into the West Inn & Suites.
Located just off of the highway, the hotel’s triple-paned windows shut out all noise and you’d never guess you were so close to the road that gets your family to the best attractions in Carlsbad, San Diego and Anaheim. Just minutes from Carlsbad’s beaches and LEGOLAND California, the hotel provides a free shuttle within 5 miles of the hotel, including the aforementioned family-friendly destinations. Two onsite restaurants provide breakfast, lunch and dinner options, including fine dining, casual dining, outdoor dining and in-room dining — each featuring seasonal produce from the inn’s own 3-acre farm.
The West Inn & Suites welcomes all members of your family, including pets. Pets enjoy a pet park and dog run, as well as canine cuisine — farm-to-table meals even for dogs and cats!
Our Editor Loves
- Accommodations for large families
- Free hotel shuttle to attractions
- 5 minutes from the beach
- Theme Park
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
Rooms & Rates
The boutique inn offers 86 rooms, including 36 suites. The largest rooms feature two king beds and a queen sofa bed to accommodate up to six in one room. Rooms all feature king beds (one or two), and are outfitted with down duvets and blankets, flat-screen TVs with DVD players, mini-fridges, microwaves, and free Wi-Fi.
Dog- and cat-friendly rooms are available for guests bringing pets for $75 for one night or $150 for two or more nights.
Complimentary cribs and Pack n' Plays are available upon request. Rollaway beds are $10 per night.
King Deluxe Rooms
At 245 square feet, King Deluxe Rooms are the smallest with one king bed and all of the standard amenities.
At 282 square feet, Executive King rooms are slightly larger than the former and have a separate living space with room for cribs.
Double King Deluxe
Enjoy two king beds in Double King Deluxe Rooms, which are 304 square feet in size, and feature all of the standard amenities.
Enjoy 390 square feet of space with one king bed and a sofa bed.
Double King Suites
At 517 square feet, Double King Suites are the largest accommodations available. With a sofa bed in the living area and two king beds, these suites can sleep up to six.
Starting with Sylvia, the amazing employee that made my reservation.... I was impressed with her professionalism, and was just "shopping around". She was so helpful, and being in the hotel business in my past, I just decided to go ahead and book it without looking at other hotels in the area. So, THANK YOU Sylvia, we had the best stay and were so excited when we arrived. Great steakhouse right next door, so we did not even leave! Extremely clean room, spacious and the beds were awesome!
Next, we met Juan and Tara, who made my dog feel SO EXTRA SPECIAL from the moment we arrived. It was worth the extra cost to bring a dog! Juan and Tara had outgoing personalities and were very helpful with us deciding what to do in the area for the night.
Overall, we only stayed 1 night, and wanted to stay longer!! We highly recommend this hotel (we are from Phoenix), and are looking forward to our next visit at the West Inn. We may have to come up with a reason just for fun to go there and visit the Carlsbad area!!
Best friends, Callie and Janie, Phoenix, AZ
Just a great hotel. Amazing service. Rooms are big and quiet. The most relaxing hotel to stay at. Cookie hour for the kids or adults. Parking is outside or covered. They keep it clean and not dated. Fresh coffee and tea. Area to play family games. My wife’s favorite place to stay in California.
The West Inn & Suites features a heated outdoor pool and hot tub with ample seating for families to enjoy. The inn also provides complimentary sunscreen and swim diapers. Just minutes from the beach, the inn offers a free shuttle that will drop you off and pick you up at your requested times. The hotel's staff will even set up beach chairs, toys and umbrellas needed for a fun day at the beach.
The inn's library, just off of the lobby, features complimentary games and books available for guests to enjoy. DVDs are available to take back to rooms, which feature DVD players.
The inn's shuttle will drop your family off at any attraction within 5 miles of the inn, including LEGOLAND California, saving your family the parking fees associated with the attractions. The shuttle will also pick you up at a scheduled time that suits your family.
During the evenings, the inn often hosts a special complimentary wine Seasonal Pour, and provides free milk and cookies at bedtime.
The inn features two onsite restaurants with both casual and fine dining options, as well as complimentary breakfast in the main inn, and a 24-hour pantry with snacks and beverages. The inn's two restaurants both serve locally sourced produce from the West Farm, the inn's private 3-acre farm.
Breakfast is available between 6:30 and 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, and until 10 a.m. on weekends. Grab-and-go breakfasts are also available, at no charge. Coffee and tea are available in the breakfast room 24 hours a day.
For casual indoor or outdoor dining, Bistro West is adjacent to the inn and serves lunch, dinner, to-go meals and in-room dining. The restaurant is open 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays, noon to 10 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sundays. Popular with guests and locals alike, the menu features an array of traditional American and California fare. A gluten-free menu is also available.
West Steak and Seafood
The inn's fine-dining restaurant, located in front of the inn and popular with locals, also serves a menu complete with locally sourced ingredients from the West Farm. Zagat-rated and a winner of a number of awards, the dinner-only steak and seafood restaurant is open daily at 5 p.m., closing at 9 p.m. on Sundays and Monday, 10 p.m. on weekends, and 9:30 p.m. on the remaining weeknights.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Completely family-friendly, it's the small touches that make the inn feel like home. Step stools in the bathrooms for children to reach the sink, bathroom scales to watch vacation weight, free bottled water, pet play areas, covered parking -- at every turn there is a little surprise.
No Resort Fees
The West Inn & Suites prides itself on not having any additional fees or charges. Guests receive free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free coffee and tea 24 hours a day, free parking, free evening milk and cookies and wine pours, and more.
The inn offers onsite coin-operated laundry facilities.
A small fitness center is also located at the inn.
Parking is free and a covered garage is available.
Even pets enjoy the inn with a special pet park and dog walk located on the property.
The Art of Smart Timing
Carlsbad is just north of San Diego and features Southern California's sunny and mild year-round temperatures, making it a year-round destination. During the summer months, the area becomes busier with traveling families, so visit in the off-season if you'd prefer less crowds and more privacy.
The inn is located just off of the San Diego Freeway (I-5) and is about 30 minutes from San Diego International Airport, 50 minutes from John Wayne Airport in Orange County, and 1.5 hours from Los Angeles International Airport.
The inn provides a complimentary shuttle around Carlsbad within a 5-mile limit. It can be scheduled to accommodate your family. Guests can park for free in the inn's outdoor or covered parking garage. Just two turns from the highway, guests can easily head north to Anaheim or south to San Diego for additional family attractions.
For Mom and Dad
Make time to enjoy a date at the inn's West Steak and Seafood, which features an award-winning wine list and an array of cocktails. Enjoy Martini Mondays, daily happy hour or West Garden cocktails, which are drinks using fresh ingredients from the inn's private farm.