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Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area

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1661 Villa Cardiff Drive, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007
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Tucson, Arizona
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81 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love this property! Very friendly and helpful front desk staff. They take pride in the property, and are upgrading the rooms regularly. This time, I saw that they were renovating 2 rooms on the second floor. The breakfast room is sized just right...I have not seen people waiting for a table. And they keep hot water going all night!... More 

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

Hi Ambul, Thank you for posting another fantastic review! I also appreciate you taking the time to point out our amenities and location. The staff and I very much look forward to your visits and we can't wait to see you again! Best, AWN More 

2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

I'd say this hotel was pretty average. It was the price range I was looking for. The staff was great in welcoming me and getting me into my room and for general questions about the area. They had a well stocked breakfast area. Again with great service. The hotel is right off the freeway for great access.

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Thank 691danad
Edilie D, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area, responded to this review

Hi 691danad, I sincerely thank you for this positive evaluation of your recent stay with us. We thank you for your kind words about our staff - we are very fortunate to have such exceptional staff members. We look forward to welcoming you again in the near future! Kind Regards, Edilie D. Director of Sales More 

garden grove, ca
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015 via mobile

My recent three night stay at the Holiday Inn Express hotel in Cardiff, CA was a pleasant surprise. After a long drive the staff greeted us with a smile and a chocolate chip cookie. Our room was large enough to stash a bicycle and a longboard and we still had plenty of living space. If there is anything negative it... More 

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

Hi badlinda, Thanks for the review! I'm pleased you had a great time at the San Elijo Campground! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Best, AWN, GM More 

tucson
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

We have stayed at this hotel off and on over the years but had not been back in at least 3 years. I think they changed management, because the people at the desk were not who I remembered before. I think it was Brooke who checked us in and I asked for an upstairs room but relatively close to the... More 

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Thank califdrm
Holiday Inn C, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area, responded to this review

califdrm, Thanks for coming back to visit! I’m happy to see you enjoyed your stay. Your review was very thorough and I must say thank you for taking the time to describe your experience. I’m glad we were able to provide you with the same exceptional service you are used to when staying with us. I will take note of... More 

Ventura, California
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100 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

I've stayed in a few Holiday Inn Express properties, and this one is below par for what I've experienced at others. The staff were very friendly at check-in and the chocolate chip cookie was a nice touch, but the property itself is seriously in need of renovation. First, there was a musty/mildewy smell in the hallways and in my room.... More 

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Thank VtaTraveler
Holiday Inn C, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area, responded to this review

VtaTraveler, Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts with us regarding your stay. I’m glad to see the front desk staff was helpful in providing you with a good experience at check-in. I’m disappointed to see you found the property underwhelming. Renovations to the property may take some time but, rest assured, I am currently working on improving the... More 

Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

I came up from Santa Monica for the Weekend of October 25th, 2015. After booking a room in Pacific Beach site unseen, I was disgusted and mortified, and so being stranded I saw this Hotel on all the major sites for a fair price and I checked in at 11 pm on a busy Sat. night. I told the guy,... More 

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3 Thank Canadian07717
Holiday Inn C, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area, responded to this review

Dear Canadian07717, I’m incredibly happy to hear Brook was able to turn your day around after that mishap with the wake-up call. I completely empathize with you and can understand your frustration. Rest assured, I have spoken to the associate who was responsible for setting that wake-up call to make sure the same mistake does not happen again. Overall, though,... More 

oregon
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209 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

We wanted an inexpensive place to stay convenient to Moonlight Theater in Vista, Cal State San Marcos and SDSU. We decided to stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Encinitas. The parking lot entrance is a little weird. You go around a wall to get into the main parking lot. The spots are really small and SUVs were parked over... More 

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Holiday Inn C, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area, responded to this review

Dear nkwins, First off, I want to thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. As you may know, renovations to the hotel may take a bit of time before changes to the property can be made. But, of course, that’s not to say that simple fixture repairs can’t be made in the meantime. I can see here you were... More 

Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Nice continental breakfast. Has a nice little pool and hot tub outside. Plenty of parking. Rooms seem to be in need of updating, but they were nice and clean. Everyone was very pleasant there. Had some sort of problem with our key everyday so we keep had to go get new ones which was a bit annoying but no big... More 

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Thank Becky C
Holiday Inn C, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area, responded to this review

Dear Becky, I’m glad to hear you enjoyed our breakfast options! I should be clear that in addition to our continental sides, we also have a variety of cooked selections from our hot breakfast buffet – every day from 6 am to 10 am. I’m sorry to hear you had difficulties with our room keys. I’ve reviewed with our staff... More 

Mission Viejo, California
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57 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

We stayed here, with two teens, while visiting friends nearby. The staff was great. Very helpful, super courteous. Check in was fast and they were eager to make sure we were informed and comfortable. The room was nice, not perfect, but fine for an overnight or two. Even though the property sits near the freeway onramp, it was quiet all... More 

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Thank Deborah M
Holiday Inn C, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area, responded to this review

Deborah, I’m overjoyed to hear you enjoyed your time with us! I’m glad to see the triple-pane windows did their job in keeping the noise from the freeway out and that you were able to awake to our fantastic hot breakfast buffet selections. I can tell by your review that, as a frequent traveler, you know the Holiday Inn Express... More 

Tri-Cities, Washington
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101 reviews
82 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Nothing spectacular about this motel. The first room we checked into had some damp carpet, but the second was okay. The building seems to be flimsy - when you walk on the floor, the stuff on the desk shakes. Rooms are old, but not decrepit. Beds are okay, average. But, if you end up there for $78/night (tax included) through... More 

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Thank rtw123
Andrew N, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area, responded to this review

Hi rtw123, I appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback about your stay. I want to apologize for the condition of the guestroom carpet in your first room, as that is not at all the first impression we want to make. I can assure you that our building is very durable, so I am not clear on why the... More 

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