The recently opened Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa placed among the top 10 new luxury hotels in a recent ranking by the travel site based on user reviews.

The 215-room property was the only Southern California resort to make the top 10, placing sixth among U.S. properties that have opened during 2012, according to TripAdvisor.

The $80 million resort opened in June in Carlsbad’s Ponto Beach neighborhood and is operated by locally based Wave Crest Hotels and Resorts. The property includes the upscale Chandler’s Restaurant and Lounge, a fitness center and ocean-view swimming pool. also recently ranked Carlsbad among the top 10 U.S. destinations for family activities. The website is among 19 travel media brands operated by Massachusetts-based TripAdvisor Inc.

— SDBJ Staff Report