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Moonlight Beach Motel

Certificate of Excellence
233 2nd Street, Encinitas, CA 92024
Moonlight Beach Motel
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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New York City, New York
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77 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The location alone, central to a great beach and to the very best part of old-town Encinitas, is worth raving about. The hotel is homey, and is super convenient. The studio rooms are large; the beds are good; and there is an adequate kitchen area and equipment, as well as a nice balcony. Many of the upper-level balconies have a... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

When we called to book, the manager was extremely helpful. Even called us back with a better room (and price). He also reserved a parking space for our son's large van and provided power for the van's fridge. Our room was roomy and clean and had a fairly good view of the ocean. The evenings featured a nice cool breeze... More 

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Susan T Thank you for you nice words ... When you called and told me your story of helping your son build his van and have him traveling the country at a young age brought back fond memories of what my mom had done for me. But the service we provided was as I always say, "we are on beach... More 

Amherst, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Spacious and comfortable rooms and balcony, really nice people who run it, wonderful spot, just a very positive experience. There was sometimes a lot of noise, especially during the days. We enjoyed hearing the trains go through, not so much the sirens, construction noise, loud air conditioner, etc. Fantastic location for walking to beach or into town, or to catch... More 

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Kel Y Thank you for your review of the MBM. It's been another wonderful summer, but a very busy one as always, so It's taken me a bit longer to reply. I can't really address the "sometimes a lot of noise, especially during the days" because like you we live on the property, and the construction on the property next... More 

Wales
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22 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

We have been regulars at the Moonlight Beach for more than 10 years and have recommended it to many of our Welsh friends, who have all been equally impressed. Our last visit was in July 2014, with our 12 year old son who has been a visitor since the age of 2! I have always been reluctant to let people... More 

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

longboarders ... As always, it tops the list when a "Senior Contributor" takes the time to review the MBM, but we understand why ... As a guest since 1991 I too found the magic in the MBM lamp that we try and continue to polish and continue the legacy as the "keeper of the keys" We are not the owners... More 

Evanston, IL
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93 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Unassuming comfortable motel centrally located and a short walk to the beach and restaurants, bars and shops. No need to go to fancy hotels for a room that you are not supposed to spend too much time in anyway, not with the great weather of Encinitas and the surroundings. Courteous management, clean rooms with kitchenettes and grills at the patio... More 

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Farenzy, As I have always said "It's always an honor when a "Top Contributor" leaves a review." Thanks for taking the time and giving other travelers an updated opinion and information of the motel and Encinitas ... As far as your other reviews of Encinitas, you seemed to have hit most of the best places in town, and I encourage... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

My husband and I have been staying at MBM for the last 25 years. We were there last August and had a great time. The motel itself is incredibly outdated, but the location is great. When I called yesterday to make reservations for our annual 4-day stay, George, the motel manager, said he could not accept my reservation unless I... More 

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Holly M Of course we are always sad when return guests seem upset with policies of the Motel that over time, do sometimes change. But to say it's "incredibly outdated" is rather harsh, and although the motel was built in 1976 and is dated, this is what most guests enjoy, and expect for the price you pay for the motel.... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Wow - not what I expected. On the plus side - pleasant, helpful staff, well equipped kitchenette, clean bathroom, walking distance to the beach, BBQ patio open to the guests, posted quiet hours. Probably a good choice for a traveling family. Downsides - one of the noisiest motel experiences ever - frequent trains, sirens(only a short distance from the Encinitas... More 

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Sonya, Thank you for taking the time to review the MBM It's always nice to remind the future MBM guests things that might not be right for them here. Yes as you stated ... "Our main complaint was with the noise, over which the motel has little or no control." Yes, there are days when the little town of Encinitas... More 

Phoenix AZ
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196 reviews
84 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We enjoyed our stay at the Moonlight Beach Motel because location is very important to us. It really is fabulous to be that close to the beach - not having to find a parking space, or being able to run back to the room for forgotten items really is priceless. The beach itself is lovely - a great size, clean,... More 

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

DesertDweller32, WOW ! As they say "You hit the nail on the head!" I could have never said it any better, or described The Moonlight Beach Motel as well as your review. We are honored to have a "Top Contributor" give such a nice informative review ... Thank You ... cheers geo & deb ... More 

Carol Stream, Illinois, United States
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17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

My daughter & I came for 4 days after a hectic convention in Anaheim. Moonlight Beach Motel was the anecdote for that-great service, walk to a beautiful beach, food, coffee houses, "Self Realization" garden & all. A retro motel with all you need- cozy & clean room, kitchenette, shower - but nothing fancy. Thanks for the hospitality!

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Sharon R, Thank you for taking the time to review and share your experience and pictures with Trip Advisor. Yes, Encinitas and the MBM are just what the Dr ordered when it comes to an "anecdote" for peace and fun ... we hope you and your daughter get to return someday soon ... cheers ... geo & deb ... More 

San Clemente, California
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48 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I loved this place! But you've got to know what it is, and what it isn't before you book it. First, what it isn't - modern, fancy, upscale, pampering, etc. Wrong place for that. Now what it is - friendly, quiet (winter), clean, neat, tidy, comfortable, etc. It's a great value. It's a couple hundred yards walk to a great... More 

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

SCTraveler2011, It's always nice when local CA neighbors and locals visit Encinitas and the MBM and enjoy it ... "immaculately maintained" is something that makes all the other things ("modern, fancy, upscale, pampering") unimportant wile staying at the MBM ... Thank You ... cheers geo& deb More 

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