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Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area

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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lauren R Fullerton, California
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Fullerton, California
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56 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hotel is great! I was really surprised at how nice it is- I guess I didn't expect that for a Quality Inn. I was highly impressed with how fresh, clean and new everything was. Super comfortable, big King bed, lots of movies on TV, free WIFI, really big rooms with a loveseat and mini fridge. No noise (we had... More 

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

Hi Lauren R, So glad you found your new "go-to" when you come to visit your favorite coffee shop! I'm glad you enjoyed the breakfast, as we know how important it is to start the day off right with a full breakfast. We do have a lot of families staying with us during the summer, due to our location to... More 

Scottsdale, Arizona
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61 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have stayed here twice while visiting an elderly friend. It's located close to the ocean but you can't see or walk to the ocean. You must drive. Knowing that, the rooms were always clean and neat. The staff is very friendly. The location is excellent, right off Rt 5. I have never heard any highway noise. Andrew Nintzel is... More 

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

Hi happytoberetired, First of all, I really like that name! Hope you are enjoying your retirement, and I am so pleased you were able to find comfort in our hotel during your summer trip. Our staff strives to keep the hotel as clean as possible, so thank you for your praise! We hope to have you back soon! Best, Andrew... More 

Dallas, Texas
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for 3 nights. Paid $110 per night thru hotwire. It is about 2 miles to the Encinitas area beaches and right on Hwy 5 - which makes it completely convenient for all locations in San Diego and especially convenient for Legoland. Downtown San Diego is less than 40 mins during non-peak hours. We occupied rooms 108 and... More 

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

Hi PaddyE24, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about your stay. Our hotel is centrally located in North County, so that getting around from Downtown SD to LEGOLAND can be really convenient. I appreciate you mentioning this in your review. I am also glad you were not bothered by the freeway noise, and that you enjoyed breakfast!... More 

San Diego, California
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed here for one night as my wife had an early appointment nearby and we decided the cost of a hotel was worth not having to hit early morning traffic. So we weren't looking for anything with a great view of ocean or vacation ambiance in this seaside community, just a quite clean place at a reasonable rate to spend... More 

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

Hi JohnP1950, Yes, that early morning traffic on the I-5 can be really slow, so thanks for thinking about our hotel, instead of sitting in that traffic. Also, thank you for your wonderful feedback on the guest room, as our staff works very hard to provide clean, comfortable accommodations. We are in the process of replacing our older A/C units,... More 

California
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59 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So I haven't completed my stay here because I just checked into the room but so far, so good. The lobby is very contemporary and there is a place to eat breakfast in the morning for free. When we checked in The front desk person was very friendly and helpful. I asked him for a room away from the freeway... More 

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

Hi boots279, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about your stay this June. Sounds like you had a great time visiting the Del Mar Fairgrounds, and it is very pleasing to know our hotel made it more convenient for your commute. I do apologize for some of the housing behind the hotel, but we have been working... More 

Moorestown, New Jersey
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34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

I asked for a room near the fitness center and they did accommodate me on this request. However the fitness center consisted of 1 broken treadmill and a bike that had great difficulty figuring out (tho I admit I am not good at figuring out machines). I had 3 devices that I wanted to plug in, but the only plug... More 

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

Dear Sue T, Thank you very much for taking the time to comment on your recent stay with us. We apologize for the difficulties you encountered with the hotel, especially the exercise room. Thank you for providing your room number, so that we can repair the outlets and A/C unit in question. We hope you can give us another chance... More 

Kansas City, Missouri
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55 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

After a long drive from Phoenix to San Diego, and a day of goofing off around San Diego we stopped at the Holiday Inn Encinitas. A lot of hotels were booked and we are glad we found a place to stay. Hotel is right next to the highway for quick access. Bed was comfy, room was clean, bathroom was fine.... More 

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

Hi branskim, It's always important to find a comfortable hotel, where you can rest your head after a long day of traveling through the desert. So glad you found that comfort with us this April! Glad you enjoyed the freshly baked cookies! We look forward to your return! Sincerely, Andrew Nintzel, GM More 

Indianapolis, Indiana
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44 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Room was clean. Bed was comfortable. Shower head worked. Breakfast was perfect for our group each morning. We were up early (6:15) each morning but food was fresh and coffee hot. Cinnamon rolls were delicious like always. Front desk staff was helpful on local places to eat. Now my view from first floor room.....there wasn't one! See attached picture. And... More 

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

Hi Tom W, We appreciate your feedback, regarding your stay this April. While our hotel is not beachfront, we do feel fortunate that we are within a mile from the Cardiff State Beach. I do apologize if our website made it feel like we were on the ocean. I will certainly look into this. I am pleased your room was... More 

Southlake, Texas
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39 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This is my go to hotel in the San Diego area. Always clean and quiet. Front desk so friendly and helpful. She gave great restaurant recimmendations too! Will book again! Breakfast fresh and filling. Surprisingly good coffee.

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

Hi GinnyEE, It's so awesome to know that we are the hotel you choose when you travel to North County SD! Our staff will very much enjoy reading your feedback and I thank you for taking the time to write a review, via Tripadvisor. We are already looking forward to your next visit! Best, AWN and Staff. More 

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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My hubby and I needed to stay close by the hospital as our daughter had surgery, she had to stay overnight. We enjoyed our stay in the roomy king size room on 2nd floor. It was very clean and quite. The breakfast included was good. I did not c a micro wave as to warm the muffins. Also did not... More 

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

Hi Vicky Sue A, Sounds like you had a nice "break from it all" this March! Thank you for your compliments regarding your guestroom and our complimentary breakfast. My staff and I are very pleased we could meet your needs and look forward to seeing you again soon! Sincerely, AWN More 

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