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Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area

2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1661 Villa Cardiff Drive, Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Riverside, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
5 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Even though this hotel is in a popular area for family recreation - the actual location is not very pleasant for the price ($300 for one night for 2 people - special rate!). The hotel is set right next to the busy #5 freeway. The beach is at least a 1/2 mile away. Our room overlooked the parking lot and... More

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Andrew N, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area, responded to this review

I am really sorry for the experience you had with us this summer. There is no excuse for being bothered with noise issues during your stay. We will immediately look into why the A/C was so loud. Our breakfast area does get very busy during certain hours. I apologize for the noise and inconvenience during your breakfast. We do hope... More

Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed there recently for one night to attend a local concert. Friendly nice helpful staff! Was originally placed in a quiet Queen sized room in the back of the hotel -- very clean and comfortable. Wanted a little more space so the manager moved me to a King sized room. Very accommodating. Again, room was very clean and comfortable.... More

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Andrew N, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area, responded to this review

Very cool review! Yes, our hotel is located close to some really fantastic destinations, including some the finest beaches in Southern California. I do recall moving you from the Queen bed room to the King sized room, and I am so pleased it worked out! Really look forward to welcoming you back the next time you are in Encinitas! Best,... More

Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here after a visit to Disney and everything was so good,The check-in was smooth with very friendly staff, the rooms were clean and large with a clean feeling and renovated. The breakfast was good internet was not good

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Andrew N, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area, responded to this review

Thank you for thinking of us after your Disneyland trip! Also, thank you for the feedback about the room. I do apologize for the internet issues you experienced during your stay. Given your feedback, I will contact our internet support team to make sure the network is working properly. Best, Andrew Nintzel, GM More

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My girlfriend and I stayed there when attending a Good Guys car event. The staff was incredible and helpful. My custom car had a issue where the battery needed to be charged each night. The clerk went out of her way to not only park me near an outlet near their pool building, but found a extension cord to run... More

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Andrew N, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area, responded to this review

What an awesome review! It's so great to know our staff was able to get you situated with the electrical outlet, and you were able to get your car charged. We are looking forward to welcoming you back for next year's car show! Best, Andrew Nintzel, GM More

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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105 reviews 105 reviews
24 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here after a visit to Legoland and were pleasantly surprised by every aspect of the stay. The check-in was smooth with very friendly staff, the rooms were clean and large with a clean feeling. The breakfast was slightly better than your run of the mill breakfast buffet. We haven't stayed at an HI Express in a while but... More

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Andrew N, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area, responded to this review

With LEGOLAND being so close by, we are so pleased you were able to stay with us this summer. We are very proud of our breakfast, especially the pancake machine, and it is so great your daughter had a fun time making pancakes. We look forward to seeing you soon! Best, Andrew Nintzel, GM More

Port orange
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed as a family for 2 nights in the beginning of June as a stopover on summer vacation. The bed was very comfortable, the room seemed clean, breakfast was great both mornings, and the front desk employees were very courteous. The location was great, close to the beach and a fairly short drive to The major tourist attractions in... More

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Andrew N, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area, responded to this review

Thank you for staying with us this summer! I am sorry about the mustiness in the room, especially related to the shower steam. We will look into ways to make sure our guestrooms smell fresh, and we hope you will give us another chance in the future. Best, Andrew Nintzel, GM More

Sao Jose Dos Campos, SP
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The location is really good. It is close to Carlsbad, to San Diego, Encinitas,... The hotel is nice, the bedrooms are ok, well equipped and the staff is really helpful. The only aspect I think deserves improvement is the cleaningness of the windows in the breakfast area. The breakfast is good, but during the week I was there, the window... More

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Andrew N, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area, responded to this review

Hi Jairo_Scherrer, We will start right away on working on the cleanliness of the breakfast area. There is no excuse to have dirty windows in the breakfast area. We created a cleaning routine and have added more staff to help in our breakfast. I'm very pleased our staff took good care of you, and I look forward to welcoming you... More

Valencia, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

While we were on business in northern San Diego we needed a place to stay for the night and found the Holiday Inn Express with a great rate. The staff at the hotel was exceptional and very accommodating. We needed a late check out and they helped us out with this without question. The breakfast was great and the rooms... More

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Andrew N, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area, responded to this review

You never know when business matters may hold you over the check-out time, and I am so pleased we could help you out this May with a late-check-out. There is nothing worse than rushing around, not knowing where to leave your luggage. We are always here to offer a helping hand the next time you are in San Diego! Best,... More

Marlow
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
18 hotel reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

We stopped off here just as a night-stop on our way to San Diego. We arrived after dark and left after breakfast so we saw nothing of the area but it was certainly convenient for the Highway. The room was spacious and comfortable and the staff were friendly and helpful. The breakfast was the typical 'chain' fare and was fine... More

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Andrew N, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area, responded to this review

Being right off the I-5 freeway, our hotel does make for an easy option, if maybe you forgot to reserve a room. Thank you for such a great review! We are glad we met your expectations and hope you will keep us in mind the next time you are stopping off for the night. Best, Andrew Nintzel, GM More

Las Vegas, Nevada
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
13 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Stayed here for the night after a long day at Legoland. It is very convenient to all locations. The room was clean, and it was quiet during the night. This is my 2nd time here, and would still come back again.

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Andrew N, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area, responded to this review

LEGOLAND is always fun, yet it can lead to one tiresome day! It's great to know our hotel provided comfort. Thank you for your comments regarding the guest room. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Best, Andrew Nintzel, GM More

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Address: 1661 Villa Cardiff Drive, Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007
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Location: United States > California > Cardiff by the Sea
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area 2.5*
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Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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If you are looking for hotels near San Diego, make sure you check out our property located right off I-5 at exit 40. We are located less than a half-mile from the beach, and we provide our guests with the best in quality amenities, making us the smart choice. ... more   less 
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