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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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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Palm Desert, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was very pleasantly surprised by this hotel. The staff were polite, the room was clean and we had a very good nights rest! We found it family friendly and my hubby loved his breakfast. We will be back.

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Orange, Ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at the property because if it's convenient location in between Oceanside and San Diego. The complimentary breakfast offered something for everyone. There was plenty of room in our room for our family of four. We did not visit the pool because we spent the day at the beach, so I could not say what it looked like.

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

Hi Wimerhouse, We know when traveling with family value is everything. Based on your feedback, hopefully you've found your new "go-to" when staying in North San Diego! So glad you enjoyed our pool and maybe next time you'll have time to head down to the beach. We are very much looking forward to welcoming your family back soon! Best, Andrew... More

Winnipeg, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
51 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed here a few days for a surfing trip, and although I got the hotel randomly through Hotwire I liked it enough that I immediately booked it again for my next stay. The staff is friendly, the manager is friendly, the hotel is attractive and my room was comfortable. The breakfast is wonderful (includes eggs) and next door, there's... More

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

mountain820, As a fellow surfer, it's great to know you were able to hit the summer swell during your trip here in Encinitas! We make sure we are providing a full, enjoyable breakfast, and I am very pleased you had a chance to partake! There are a lot of the hotels in the area, but it's great to know you... More

San Antonio, Texas
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After dealing with an awful situation where our condo rental fell apart, we found ourselves needing a nice, safe hotel. Our kids were already asleep in the car and we were about to fall asleep - desperately needed a place to crash. By some miracle, the very kind and friendly folks at Travelocity were able to find us a hotel... More

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

MamaEncantada, First of all, I am so happy we could help you out, especially in a time of crisis. However, I am sorry we were not able to come through completely, especially when it came to the condition of the guestroom. Given your feedback, we have begun a carpet cleaning program, as well as a full replacement of the sofa... More

Los Angeles, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Myself, my daughter, and my mom stay at this hotel at least once every few months for my little one's appointments at Rady Children's Hospital. The hotel is always clean, the staff is extremely helpful (Hollie is great!), and the breakfast is decent. This little Holiday Inn provides the best value in North County San Diego and I recommend this... More

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

Hi SD Girl at Heart, It means a lot to know you repeatedly use our hotel when coming to visit the Rady's Children's Hospital. Thank you for your wonderful feedback. It will always be a pleasure to take care of your family. We look forward to seeing you soon! Best, Andrew Nintzel and Staff. More

Las Vegas
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

this place in unbelievable. great staff- GM Andrew, Hollie,Jason, Edilie,Milik. Best hotel breakfast-clean and good. also a great staff: friendly, helpful and always cleaning. Stayed 8 days and could not find one thing to complain about.WOW! can't wait to go back next year.

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

Doesn't get much better than that! We are so glad we could make your vacation a success, Ron S. I am looking forward to passing on your feedback to my staff. Thank you for the great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Best, Andrew Nintzel, GM More

Ooltewah, Tennessee
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We really enjoyed our stay, staff was responsive to our needs, room was big and very clean. The best part is breakfast which has a huge selection including eggs with cheese stuffed in the middle which is absolutely delicious, also the quality of flat screen is absolutely wonderful, overall a great stay.

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

Hi dg463, Nothing better than starting off the day with a full, delicious breakfast, and I am very pleased you enjoyed all the items we have to offer. We are very pleased you were able to enjoy the flat screen TV in your room. On behalf of the staff, thank you for staying with us this summer and we look... More

Fishers, Indiana
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

My 3 teenage children and I stayed here for the past 8 days. The hotel was excellent! Staff was very friendly , especially Jason on the night shift- he spent an hour helping me print out my boarding passes. Our room was large and very clean. Breakfast was good- sit down or take to the room. Easy drive to many... More

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

Jason does a fantastic job on our front desk and I look forward to sharing your feedback with him! Even though it was quite an arduous task, I am pleased you were able to get the boarding passes printed out. Thank you for your wonderful feedback, and we look forward to seeing you again soon! Sincerely, Andrew Nintzel, GM More

El Paso, Texas
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
17 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

After driving for twelve hours from Texas we arrived and I walked in to the lobby to check in at about nine o'clock at night. The night clerk was a little startled by me since i am a bald Mexican he probably thought I was going to jack him for some money or something. But when he saw I had... More

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

Hi Richard G, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about your stay this summer. I am sorry about the noise from the other guestrooms around yours. It is our goal to make sure noise does not disrupt your vacation, and I am sorry this did not happen during your visit. We are very pleased to hear about... More

Santa Barbara, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We arrived at the hotel for a one night's stay just before midnight after driving several hours. Stayed up for a couple hours unwinding from the drive. At 8:30 in the morning we're awakened by a tapping at the door, pause, more tapping, pause, more tapping. Even though the nice complementary newspaper was still outside our door, the maid felt... More

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

I do sincerely apologize for our housekeeping staff disturbing you during your stay with us this summer. There was no reason to disturb your sleep, especially after a long road trip, and we will certainly use this as chance to conduct some re-training about when it is appropriate to address rooms that are staying over additional nights. Great to hear... 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
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area 2.5*
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