Review Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, California


It’s no secret that we love Hyatt Hotels. We also love the Park Hyatt brand of Hyatt Hotels. Jess has raved about the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, California, so when Alex was looking for a Spring Break location, this was a no-brainer. Luckily, she often invites my husband and me along for those trips. We love to spend time with our grandkids, so this is one of our favorite trips.


Booking Park Hyatt Aviara

This is a Category 7 hotel; we paid 30K/night to stay there. We both applied SUA (Suite Upgrade Awards) to our rooms and got upgraded to a Courtyard Suite (Alex) and a Coastal Premium Suite (me).  We always have one of Alex’s boys in our rooms (Kai thinks it’s normal for him to be with us). The others wake up each morning and usually come running down to see us (I secretly love hearing their steps running and waiting for the knock at the door).


Screenshot of Hyatt Hotel

The cash price of our suite.


Location of the Park Hyatt

The Park Hyatt Aviara is about 30 minutes north of San Diego Airport. We each rented a car to drive there. (Autoslash and Costco are our favorite rental car choices). There are many places to eat offsite in Carlsbad and plenty to do in the area.


Our Rooms at the Park Hyatt Aviara

I must admit that I love getting suites with our SUAs (suite upgrade awards). Our suites were huge and had nice terraces. Ours had two bathrooms and a larger living area because we got an upgrade to a premium suite. It was almost as large as our first house!


The living area of our suite. There was a full bathroom attached.


Our bedroom had a large bathroom and a walk-in closet attached.


Amenities and Service at the Park Hyatt Aviara

A great golf course was visible from our room. My husband was interested in golfing there until he learned the fee was a whopping $300, and he would need to rent clubs, too!

They had a list of daily activities, many of which were free and kid-friendly. When you checked in, you also received a list of the weekly activities.

Service throughout the hotel was spot-on. Just as I’d expect from a Park Hyatt.


Pool Area at the Hotel

There is one main pool area with a zero-entry section that is perfect for children, and it has an adults-only area, too. The water slides are connected, and the boys loved them. The splash pad was closed. We were there during spring break, and I 100% can attest that this is a kid-friendly hotel. I honestly think that the kids outnumbered the adults by at least double or triple. There was a ton of splashing and laughter going on!


Hotel pool area

The main pool area of the hotel with the water slides in the background.


Eating at the Park Hyatt Aviara

The main restaurant is Ponte Lago. As Globalists, we got $120 per room for breakfast. You can order off the menu or get the buffet breakfast, which is $40/person and $20/per child. It included a beverage. The buffet was a little smaller than some I’ve been at but had the highest quality of food I’ve ever had at breakfast. We got it daily, and my husband anxiously awaited it.

The omelet station was a huge hit (the best omelets ever). There were pastries, fruit, pancakes, cheese blintzes, and many other choices. Alex’s boys had all the bacon their stomachs could hold and were in heaven.

There wasn’t a buffet on the last day, and we found out it is usually only on the weekends. Normally, you order off the menu, but they had the buffet on more days because it was Spring Break.


Breakfast buffet at a hotel

The variety of food at the Park Hyatt Aviara buffet was impressive, but we enjoyed the quality of the food the most!


Bottom Line

We love Park Hyatts, and the Park Hyatt Aviara was just another reason why. The ability to stay in luxury for only 30K a night is mind-blowing. That is the reason we love Hyatt stays so much – oversized value! The Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, California, was a success for both adults and children!

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  1. WR says:

    I am brand new to all of this. I’d love to try something like this with my family of 6. However, does the Hyatt offer suites that accommodate a family of that size? I have looked at booking this hotel through the Chase portal or on the website link you provided and it shows that there is not availability at this hotel for any of the dates I have tried. Also, how do you apply suite upgrade awards? Thanks for your help.

    • Pam says:

      You have to call your concierge and ask that a SUA be applied (or email them). We were able to do that before we went to make sure we got a large enough room. The problem is trying to get 6 in a room. Most suites do not have 2 queens, only a king plus a king sofa bed. It will vary from hotel what will work for a family of 6. That is why we get invited to go with Alex’s family as 1-2 of her kids can stay with us!

      • WR says:

        Thank you for the reply! I’ll definitely be watching for more info on traveling with a party of 6. Thanks!

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