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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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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Encinitas, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 hotel reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We live just up the road & have stayed here a few times for various reasons, & have had visiting family stay here as well. This is a very nice property that is well taken care of. The rooms are modern & always spotless with nice fixtures, comfortable beds, fridge, micro etc etc.. VG breakfast room with plenty to choose... More 

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

Hi Geronimo248, Thank you for your wonderful feedback! It's always so great to hear when we are meeting the needs of our local community here in Cardiff! Edilie does a great job at our front desk and I look forward to passing on your comments. We look forward to seeing you and your family back soon! Sincerely, Andrew Nintzel and... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

W went down to San Diego to visit friends and hang out for the night. After being out at brewery's all day, we came back to the hotel. It is easy to find, right off the freeway, right next to a gas station, and a 24 hour mexican food spot. I did not try it. :) This place was not... More 

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

Hi James S, Being comfortable, especially after a long day of traversing San Diego, is very important --- so glad we could provide stellar accommodations! Our breakfast staff takes great pride in being able to provide helpful, attentive service, so they will very much enjoy hearing your feedback! Already looking forward to your next trip to Cardiff! Best, AWN and... More 

San Diego
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

right on the freeway so ask for room in back and then super quiet. Old property that has been all redone with some items still needing updated but bed super comfortable, overall appearance good. because older rooms are large. Lobby nice and front desk friendly and helpful and plenty of free parking. I think its a nice alternative if you... More 

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

Hi Baxterp, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about your stay! Given our proximity to the I-5 freeway, there are instances where noise can be bothersome, but I am very pleased you did not experience any issues during your visit. We very much look forward to seeing you again the next time you are up in North... More 

Simi Valley, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our stay at the Holiday Inn Express. It is very close to Lego Land and the state Beach down the road is great! The hotel staff was super friendly and super efficient. Any request we had was fulfilled promptly. The breakfast was good food and a great variety. They also had fresh cookies at the front desk.... More 

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

Hi TravelingJana, Thanks for the great feedback! And, thank you for pointing out how great the Cardiff State Beach is, as sometimes it can be a bit of a secret. Sounds like you had a busy time here in Encinitas this February, but I am so pleased we could make your time at the hotel easy and relaxing. We are... More 

California
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98 reviews 98 reviews
38 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We rent a hotel room so we can sleep -- hopefully peacefully and comfortably. This room (Rm 262) had a rattle which woke me up 4 times during the night; I also heard it once while awake. I guess it was wind against the window which rattled the whole thing (although it was not a windy or stormy night). Quite... More 

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

Dear HistoryNutCalifornia, You deserve a comfortable, restful night of sleep and I am deeply sorry we were not able to provide this. I want to apologize for the bathroom door hanger that broke during your stay, as that is totally unacceptable. I have not had any other reports of foul smelling water or low water pressure for that guestroom, so... More 

Langenbach, Germany
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

This hotel was located conveniently just north of San Diego, right off the highway, can't miss it. I spent 2 nights there. The bed was comfortable, bathroom was fine. My expectations weren't that high. The jacuzzi was allegedly broken, but steaming along ... I was disappointed. But these things happen. Typical Holiday Inn Express breakfast, everything I wanted or needed.... More 

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

Hi DS64, I am sorry for the experience you had with us. First and foremost, I apologize for the jacuzzi. The heater had unexpectedly stopped working and we had to order a new part during that weekend. I can assure that it has been repaired. It's very unfortunate there are not more restaurants next to the hotel, as that does... More 

Boulder Colorado
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

My husband was disappointed that the only hotel (not Inn, not vacay rental) near Cardiff was a Holiday Inn Express. He thought that meant cold stale cereal for breakfast and a sparse room. WRONG!!! What a pretty and well-staffed hotel with what I consider a luxurious continental breakfast! There were two choices of hot entrees, which pleases him, plus warm... More 

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

Hi Houssie, Your review reveals how important the first impression is... we take great pride in providing a delicious, full breakfast, and I am so pleased we were able to exceed your expectations. And yes, thank you for pointing out how close the Botanical Gardens and beaches are in proximity to the hotel. We are very excited to know we... More 

Southlake, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This is the second time staying here. Consistency is their high mark. Clean quite rooms, excellent breakfast and excellent staff. Room was ready early. Will stay here again. Good value! Easy to get to from San Diego airport - about a 25 minute drive.

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

Hi GinnyEE, It's always great to hear about how a second visit to our hotel was just as comfortable as the first! Our staff takes pride in being able to provide solid, consistent service, and we very much thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about your stay on Tripadvisor. Also, thank you for pointing out that while... More 

Brussels, Belgium
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This hotel is a gem near the sea. The staff is great- from the front desk to breakfast servers, housekeeping and maintenance. I really appreciate the care and service they provide. The quality and value are obvious, but I would like to point out that the manager, Andrew has accomplished something amazing- he has taken a run of the mill... More 

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

Hi Cynthia H, Thank you for writing such a wonderful review! I really appreciate your comments, as we very much enjoy hearing about how welcoming our hotel is. Our location in the Cardiff neighborhood is ideal for families visiting during Holidays, medical procedures, or even when there is a need to tent for termites. Thank you for again for pointing... More 

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