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Moonlight Beach Motel

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Dorset England
Reviewed 9 February 2014

Stayed one night with my wife in February on a coastal trip. Encinitas is a neat little town with a good range of bars and eateries. It is easy to miss this motel as it is set back from the highway in a residential area at the Northern end of town. Very welcoming managers, sparkling clean rooms all well set-up...

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Thank you Bridboy ! We wish you had more time to spend with us longer also, but thank you for taking the path less traveled and finding us ! The Humming Birds left their nest this week and I wish you could have seen their first flights of them leaving the nest ! We have jpgs and some video ......

sedona
Reviewed 28 January 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Moonlight Beach Motel for a second time just after the Christmas Holiday in 2013. We were SO looking forward to some beach time, as we live in AZ. Unfortunately, my boyfriend came down with the flu. While I was able to walk the beach and have dinner with a friend that lives in...

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

LoisSedona, Thank you again for your kind words about the Moonlight Beach Motel, but you give us way to much credit ... We are able to do what we do because Encinitas and the MBM are our home, and we feel that when guests are here they should feel the same way ... you give us far to much credit...

Arlington VA
Reviewed 11 January 2014

We used Trip Advisor to find the Moonlight Beach Motel and weren't disappointed. We checked in just in time to enjoy the sunset from our balcony. The room, quite large with fully equipped kitchen (stove, fridge, microwave), was very comfortable. We weren't sure we'd be staying one night or two, but George convinced us we were close enough to the...

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

John B Thank you for taking the time to review us on TA. As I've always said it means even more when a "Senior Contributor" reviews us because we know you are a seasoned traveler, and Trip Advisor has become so important to letting guests know what to expect at The Moonlight Beach Motel ... We look forward to your...

TOKYO
Reviewed 8 January 2014

Dear George and Deb Thank you for your kindness and taking care of me. Although I visited by myself, since you were very kind to me and much took care of me, I enjoyed my holiday in Encinitas. I was able to relax at your room, enough space, convenient kitchen, nice view of ocean and location was also good! Your...

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Michiko, Thank you ! Your visit was a breath of fresh air and sunshine at the motel. We were so happy to help you use all the public transportation ... it was a very good learning experience for us also ... your adventurous nature made it all work ! We always try and make our single travelers feel comfortable and...

Fort Saskatchewan, Canada
Reviewed 18 November 2013

We had a 2 night stay. Very clean with all the basics in the kitchenette! We were surprised and how quiet it was for a weekend. Great restaurants around so we didn't use the kitchen area only for breakfast and to make some tea. If you like a clean older motel this is it, the management are pleasant and helpful!...

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

David S, Thank you ... Deb has been really busy making sure the kitchens are stocked with the "basics in the kitchenette!" so that guests can $ave a bit when visiting Encinitas. The "Bird of Paradise" made to travel so you can enjoy it a bit longer is one of debs favorite times of day in the garden ... The...

El Cajon, California
Reviewed 17 November 2013

The rates for winter at this motel are very reasonable, especially when you consider it is less than 2 blocks from the beach. All rooms on the third floor have a very good view of the water. We were in a studio. The room was clean and well maintained. Although the furnishing were sparse and the place needed a coffee...

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

PatH2469, Thank you for taking the time to review the MBM and your stay .... I think this was the fastest review we every received after a guest left ! Even after booking a month in advance you did get the smaller studio on the third floor, but with only 24 rooms they do get booked well in advance on...

Reviewed 15 November 2013 via mobile

Perfect location. Very comfortable. We stayed in room 305 and the view from the balcony is the best. Encinitas has been a favorite of ours since we met 26 years ago. Moonlight Beach Motel is the best place to stay!

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Jill K See you for your 26th Anniversary or sooner we hope ! The third floor (any room's) do have great views, but everyone should know no matter what room your able to get, the most important thing is your at the beach and in Encinitas ! Thank you for your review ... cheers, geo & deb

North Hollywood
Reviewed 10 November 2013

Just wanted to say we're back again and like always, love staying here! Thanks George and Deb for always making our stay pleasurable. My daughter says its like her home away from home. She and her friend enjoyed walking to the beach and hanging out, going to surf camp and enjoying the area. We'll be back, but its getting harder,...

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

R M “We're Back” and we are glad ! It's always special to get reviews from Senior Reviewer's ... Yes, new guests are finding the jewel of Moonlight Beach, but just try to make your plans as far in advance as possible, but even last min, we seem to always squeeze most guests in ... See you soon ... geo...

Garden Grove, California
Reviewed 10 November 2013

We were in the nearby city for a marriage conference. We had stayed at this location years before and enjoyed ourselves. We were not disappointed this time either. Simple accomodations at a simply lovely location. The management were very welcoming, making our stay personal, as if we were at home.

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

R and L S “Location,location,location” As they always say ! and yes The MBM is in a wonderful residential area just north of down town ... walkable to most everything you will want or need during your stay ... Thank you ... We look forward to your return visit ... cheers, geo & deb

Rockville, Maryland
Reviewed 10 November 2013

*If you're lucky enough to live 2 blocks from the Pacific Ocean and hear the waves lull you to sleep! This is not a fancy hotel, but incredible for value, location and comfort. My husband and I, as well as my brother from England, have stayed here many times over the years and always look forward to coming back. The...

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Sarah N Thank you for yet another great description of Encinitas and the MBM ... We look forward to your return also ! The MBM has always been "a special place" way before we got here, but we do love keeping the magic lamp polished ... Cheers ... geo & deb ...

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Moonlight Beach Motel, located two blocks from Moonlight Beach in scenic Encinitas, California, is one of the few true "beach motels" left in Southern California … Referred to as the "American Rivera”, Encinitas has the charm of the past but all the amenities today’s travelers are looking for. There are so many wonderful restaurants, Whole Foods Market and boutiques within walking distance of the motel that you may want to leave your car behind … Locals refer more family and friends to this motel than any other hotel or motel in Encinitas. Its quaint 1970’s charm brings guests back year after year. Some things were just not meant to be changed … All of the rooms have kitchenettes. Whether a romantic getaway, a quiet retreat, or family vacation, make reservations early, we book rooms three months in advance, so you get a room that is best suited for your needs. We try and honor all requests for certain rooms and floors when making reservations, but we cannot guarantee ANY room or number. We will do the best to accommodate your requests … This is a “NO PETS” and "NON SMOKING PROPERTY" In all of the Rooms - Front & Back balconies, walk ways and the patio barbeque area … The office and patio barbeque area closes at 9:00 pm … Quiet hours are from 9:00 pm to 9:00 am in consideration of all the guests … We have the “Good Neighbor Hotel Policy” and do not allow gatherings or parties in the Motel after 9:00 pm. If we receive noise complaints you could be asked to leave and responsible for the room charges of neighboring guest. We look forward to you experiencing The Moonlight Beach Motel, in Encinitas California. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Moonlight Beach Motel

Address: 233 2nd St, Encinitas, CA 92024-3272
Region: United States > California > Encinitas
Price Range: $106 - $225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 24
Also Known As:
Moonlight Beach Hotel Encinitas
Moonlight Beach Encinitas
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“First floor with three queen beds and a full kitchen.”
 of 5 bubbles I583OWlisam, 23 Oct 2016 | Read review
“High rooms for view, low rooms for courtyard use.”
 of 5 bubbles invertpaleo, 7 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Rooms on the third floor have the best views of the beach.”
  • lovely courtyard area with grills and views of the beach
 of 5 bubbles E674AXmargaretc, 1 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Best rooms are on the 3rd floor, they have a view, 2nd floor has part of a view.”
 of 5 bubbles PatH507, 22 Jun 2016 | Read review
“As always the 2nd floor quieter. Parking is limited soj if you arrive later you may be parking in a distancefrom your room.”
 of 5 bubbles DGC47, 15 May 2016 | Read review
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