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Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area

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  • 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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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Andrew N. the general manager and staff went above and beyond in customer service. We were originally booked to stay at this property for 8 nights but due to the online reservation limit we had to book at another holiday inn property across the county for the remainder of the stay. I informed Andrew of this and he insisted on... More 

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

Hi Paul T, Our goal as a staff is to ensure your vacation is as comfortable as possible, so when you mentioned that you would need to check out and switch to a different hotel on the other side of town, I wanted to help out and extend your stay here, so that you could have more fun at the... More 

Encinitas, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were forced out of our home due to plumbing issues and found this place for a great rate and one of the only places that accepts dogs-reasonable fee of $25. Jason and Brooke at the front desk were so helpful! Due to problems with our key, Jason actually walked us to our room to make sure that they worked.... More 

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

Hi Elizabeth S, We know how frustrating it can be when a plumbing leak forces you out of your home, so it's great to know we were able to provide a comfortable, relaxing stay! Jason and Brook are doing a fantastic job on the front desk, so thanks for mentioning their outstanding efforts. Since you're close by, we look forward... More 

California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is girlfriends favorite hotel to stay at when we stay someplace. VERY CLEAN. The lobby, the rooms, the front desk area as well. Close to the beach. And very convenient pool and hot tub location as well. An added bonus is a well working computer center AND free HOT breakfast. This place has a better complimentary breakfast than any... More 

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

Hi AlanProSD, Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback about your stay with us this summer! Our complimentary breakfast is perfect for starting the day off right! We look forward to seeing you again the next time you make it over to Encinitas! Best, AWN and Staff More 

Torrance, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015 via mobile

Too thek the wife and kids to this hidden little Holiday Inn Express and we were very satisfied with our choice, we normally go to Carlsbad but this time was a quick spur-of-the-moment weekend trip and the price was very good, Cardiff is still kinda close to Carlsbad so we booked it. Finding the hotel was easy right off the... More 

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

Hi alexg1227, With a lot of hotel options in North County, I want to thank you for staying with us during your summer trip. It's always a good sign that we are doing things right when you can't get the kids back in the car and back home on a Monday! Thanks for your feedback, and hopefully we will see... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015 via mobile

Staff was friendly and helpful. Location was a next to freeway making it easy access to get to the destination. Quality of room was clean. breakfast menu was not good. Due to the fact it repeated everyday and became tiring to eat the same thing again.

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

Hi Jose G, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about your stay with us this July. Great to hear that our staff met your needs, and that your guestroom was comfy. However, I'm sorry our breakfast did not meet your expectations. We do try to alternate cheese omelets with scrambled eggs, as well as bacon and sausage.... More 

Fullerton, California
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

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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80 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

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 

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