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Moonlight Beach Motel

233 2nd Street, Encinitas, CA 92024
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Moonlight Beach Motel
Ranked #1 of 7 hotels in Encinitas
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Rating summary
  • 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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Flagstaff, Arizona
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We originally decided to stay here because of 'bad' reviews by guests who stayed here and were upset about being asked to be quiet after 9 pm! We immediately booked and have returned every year for 5 years. The spacious room with a simple kitchen arrangement and a view of the ocean makes us feel as if it is our... More

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

Flagsteve, Thank you for taking the time to review the MBM and your visit to Encinitas. Deb and I have only been the keeper of the keys for 3 of your 5 year visits, but we have continued to policy that we have guiet hours from 9:00 pm to 9:00 am with no gatherings in the rooms during those hours.... More

Encinitas, California
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Traveling along the California coast far from home in coastal Florida, our Roadtrek's passenger window suddenly needed a motor--a kind of blessing as it turns out because we discovered Keith's Auto in Encinitas (emphatic 5 stars btw) and our new favorite southern California hotel. This place is the real thing: genuinely enjoyable amenities in elegantly homey condition, real people managing... More

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

Don D AKA "Robin Hood" I wish I had a jpg to post ! Thank you for taking the time to post your first review on "TRIP ADVISOR" I know you will use it more as your travels continue ... I'm so glad you found us, Encinitas and Keith's Auto ! Yes, Encinitas and Moonlight Beach are special ... You... More

Denver, Colorado
1 review
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

I have been staying here for several years and I always feel like I am coming home on every visit. I love to walk, bike and take the train when I travel and staying at the MBM makes all 3 so easy to do. The motel is perfect for a solo traveler. Walking distance to the beach, good restaurants and... More

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

SGM60, Well ... I have nothing to say except "Thank You ! " You nailed what Encinitas and the MBM has to offer ... Yes ... Any room on the third floor has great views ... But again I have to say ... we only have 24 rooms, (8 on the third floor) and we are in a quiet residential... More

Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Great place to stay for travelers with simple needs. Wonderful owners and staff, very accommodating and friendly. Clean and well kept rooms, nothing fancy, but all functional. Great little kitchenette for those who don't always want to dine out. Just two blocks to a great beach, and walkable to practical stores, boutiques, and restaurants. Really great coffee and tea just... More

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

jeanne8jones, "KISS" Productions "Keep It Simple Silly" Yes ! Simple we are at the MBM But we are not the owners, only the "keepers of the keys" Thanks for your kind words ... I would like to remind all of our Trip Advisor readers as we come into the busy summer season that everyone must realize with only 24 rooms... More

Beaufort, South Carolina
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014 via mobile

Read about this motel on Trip Advisor. Everything was just as written up! Great location! Close walk to the beach and downtown. Spacious suite. Dated inside but clean and gorgeous view of the ocean from the balcony. Train is close and whistle lets you know it is there, but didn't disturb our sleep and we are very light sleepers. Dollar... More

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

Pat G Yes, like I have always said ! Trip Advisor is our number one, and the ONLY Internet web site we use ... We are small and although it may seem dated like the TV's and furniture, we only book by phone and personal contact because we try and make everyone happy ... BUT PLEASE realize, we try to... More

Seattle
2 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

The owners are wonderful; they are so friendly and helpful. It's a bargain for the location. It is a motel - so no frills (older furniture, tv, and old school bedspread and blanket) but it is clean and has a kitchenette with a full size fridge. Highly recommend this place if you are looking for a simple place in a... More

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

Sls1104 Thank you for your review ... we always try and match up the review with past guests but it is always near impossible ... Deb and I are not the owners, we are just the "keepers of the keys". I was a guest since 1991 before the original owners that built it in 1976 and still operate it today... More

Dorset England
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
23 hotel reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Stayed one night with my wife in February on a coastal trip. Encinitas is a neat little town with a good range of bars and eateries. It is easy to miss this motel as it is set back from the highway in a residential area at the Northern end of town. Very welcoming managers, sparkling clean rooms all well set-up... More

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

Thank you Bridboy ! We wish you had more time to spend with us longer also, but thank you for taking the path less traveled and finding us ! The Humming Birds left their nest this week and I wish you could have seen their first flights of them leaving the nest ! We have jpgs and some video ...... More

sedona
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
32 hotel reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Moonlight Beach Motel for a second time just after the Christmas Holiday in 2013. We were SO looking forward to some beach time, as we live in AZ. Unfortunately, my boyfriend came down with the flu. While I was able to walk the beach and have dinner with a friend that lives in... More

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

LoisSedona, Thank you again for your kind words about the Moonlight Beach Motel, but you give us way to much credit ... We are able to do what we do because Encinitas and the MBM are our home, and we feel that when guests are here they should feel the same way ... you give us far to much credit... More

Arlington VA
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
14 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

We used Trip Advisor to find the Moonlight Beach Motel and weren't disappointed. We checked in just in time to enjoy the sunset from our balcony. The room, quite large with fully equipped kitchen (stove, fridge, microwave), was very comfortable. We weren't sure we'd be staying one night or two, but George convinced us we were close enough to the... More

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

John B Thank you for taking the time to review us on TA. As I've always said it means even more when a "Senior Contributor" reviews us because we know you are a seasoned traveler, and Trip Advisor has become so important to letting guests know what to expect at The Moonlight Beach Motel ... We look forward to your... More

TOKYO
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Dear George and Deb Thank you for your kindness and taking care of me. Although I visited by myself, since you were very kind to me and much took care of me, I enjoyed my holiday in Encinitas. I was able to relax at your room, enough space, convenient kitchen, nice view of ocean and location was also good! Your... More

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

Michiko, Thank you ! Your visit was a breath of fresh air and sunshine at the motel. We were so happy to help you use all the public transportation ... it was a very good learning experience for us also ... your adventurous nature made it all work ! We always try and make our single travelers feel comfortable and... More

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Additional Information about Moonlight Beach Motel

Also Known As:
Moonlight Beach Hotel Encinitas
Moonlight Beach Hotel
Moonlight Beach Encinitas
Address: 233 2nd Street, Encinitas, CA 92024
Location: United States > California > Encinitas
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 hotels in Encinitas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Moonlight Beach Motel, located two blocks from Moonlight Beach in scenic Encinitas, California, is one of the few true "beach motels" left in Southern California … Referred to as the "American Rivera”, Encinitas has the charm of the past but all the amenities today’s travelers are looking for. There are so many wonderful restaurants, Whole Foods Market and boutiques within walking distance of the motel that you may want to leave your car behind … Locals refer more family and friends to this motel than any other hotel or motel in Encinitas. Its quaint 1970’s charm brings guests back year after year. Some things were just not meant to be changed … All of the rooms have kitchenettes. Whether a romantic getaway, a quiet retreat, or family vacation, make reservations early, we book rooms three months in advance, so you get a room that is best suited for your needs. We try and honor all requests for certain rooms and floors when making reservations, but we cannot guarantee ANY room or number. We will do the best to accommodate your requests … This is a “NO PETS” and "NON SMOKING PROPERTY" In all of the Rooms - Front & Back balconies, walk ways and the patio barbeque area … The office and patio barbeque area closes at 9:00 pm … Quiet hours are from 9:00 pm to 9:00 am in consideration of all the guests … We have the “Good Neighbor Hotel Policy” and do not allow gatherings or parties in the Motel after 9:00 pm. If we receive noise complaints you could be asked to leave and responsible for the room charges of neighboring guest. We look forward to you experiencing The Moonlight Beach Motel, in Encinitas California. ... more   less 

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