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Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area

2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1661 Villa Cardiff Drive, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007
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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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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San Diego
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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Simi Valley, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 4 weeks ago

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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28 reviews 28 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 

San Rafael, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This motel was extremely well run. Roomy and comfortable and at a very reasonable price of about $100 per day. The complimentary breakfast was over-the-top including warm just-out-of-the-oven cinnamon rolls and a wide variety of other foods, beverages etc. Andrew Nintzel, the manager couldn't be nicer! Highly recommend this place as a great value!

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

Hi John J, So glad we could make your trip to Cardiff memorable! We strive to make sure we are providing a full, delicious breakfast each morning, and I am so glad you could partake! Thank you for the personal praise! My staff and I take great pride in delivering superior service and I really appreciate you providing your feedback,... More 

California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We stayed at this hotel for 5 nights. The room was clean and spacious. There's a big flat screen TV with lots of good channels. The free breakfast was very good. The lobby is nice and clean. It's only about 1 mile from the beach. We never had a problem during our stay. Will definitely return to this hotel when... More 

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

Dear htc001, What a fantastic review about our hotel! Thank you! I am really happy you enjoyed your time in Encinitas this Fall! I do want to apologize for the noisy A/C unit. We are in the process of upgrading the older air conditioners. Please do not hesitate to contact me further, so that I can know the room number... More 

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Address: 1661 Villa Cardiff Drive, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007
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Location: United States > California > Encinitas > Cardiff-by-the-Sea
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area 2.5*
Number of rooms: 101
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