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233 2nd Street, Encinitas, CA 92024
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Moonlight Beach Motel
Ranked #1 of 7 hotels in Encinitas
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Durango, CO
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is our third year staying at the Moonlight Beach Motel. The location is absolutely amazing. We honestly would not stay anywhere else n Encinitas. For families, this hotel offers convenience and affordability. it's a short walk to the beach, downtown and the train. The rooms have full kitchens and there are two big grills on the patio (great savings... More

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

Bethany67 Well I see you made it home safe and sound ! Long drive ! And yes, we have made some wonderful new friends over the last three years. It's three years ago today we came in as the new managers and have never had to look back ! So you were one of the first families we met. I... More

San Carlos, California
1 review
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This little motel is a gem of a place. We have been coming to the Moonlight Beach Motel for 3 years. We have had Christmas Eve happy times with our family, wonderful times on the patio of our room with our granddaughter and relaxing nights with our feet propped up looking as the stars and listening to the sound of... More

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

cnj1996, Well normally, 95% of the time I don't know who leaves the reviews, but you kind of gave that away by mentioning you mom, and signing your name LOL ... To have four generations of a family is always special. Yes you have the "Club 308" status, and are one of our most frequent guests, but you still realize... More

New York City, New York
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6 hotel reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love this little hotel, and I think the new managers are doing a great job. My husband and I have been coming to the Moonlight Beach Motel in Encinitas every year for three decades, and as far as we are concerned, it just keeps getting better and better, all of the time. We stay at this great little hotel... More

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

invertpaleo, Yes, The Moonlight Beach Motel is a "Jewel" in the "Crown" of wonderful Encinitas. Thank you for describing the Motel, Encinitas and the beach so people have a better idea of what the Motel and Encinitas are about ... We always look forward to your return ... cheers ... geo & deb More

Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been coming here to the Moonlight Beach Motel for over 2 decades now with my family. About 2-3 years ago they sadly changed management. It used to be be a lovely place well managed and easy to stay at. Unfortunately now, with the new management the last two years I have stayed here have always ended up in... More

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

Montoyay6, As always good or bad, thank you for taking the time to review the MBM. Trip Advisor is always very fair about posting both sides even if there may be discrepancies in what happened. I won’t defend or try to make excuses for this review, or waste your time with a long “who did what” Sometimes people can be... More

Palm Beach, Florida
1 review
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Let me start by saying that we have visited North County San Diego for several years now and we have to say that Moonlight Beach Motel has it all. This was our first stay and we stayed for a little over a week. We were very pleased with the room size it had a fantastic little kitchen in the room... More

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

Encinitas101, Well there is not much more I can say except Thanks ! for an informative and nice review ... Makes me want to book it for my next vacation ... Don't laugh ... We look forward to your return ... cheers geo & deb ... PS ... It's 08-01-2014 and we made it through our third July ! Thank... More

Tucson, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

What can I say about the location? If you want the beach climate, this one is for you. The hotel has been around for a long time, and part of the property needs some maintenance. The front door of our room had several visible vertical cracks and some sunlight could come thru the cracks. Not a major concern, but I... More

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

Skywalker, Thanks for taking the time to post your review on TA. We rely on these posts so people know what to expect and what not to expect when staying at the MBM ... Yes, The Moonlight Beach Motel has been around for a long time, and the cracks in the doors are on "the list" ... "We are on... More

1 review
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

This is THE BESTEST Motel EVER! My husband and I stay here for little mini STAYCATIONS all the time. We live in North County San Diego, but love love love staying here just to get away. It's quaint, comfortable and cozy. Close to everything! Some of our favorite places are within walking distance. Not to mention, the beach is right... More

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

Sondee O, "We will continue to stay here until we're not able!!!" I'm sure that will be many years to come !!! Thank you for your review of the motel, and Encinitas ! Yes Encinitas is the American Riviera cheers ... geo & deb More

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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We enjoyed the family-run ambiance of this well situated and nicely maintained motel! Definitely non-corporate, it's managed by friendly folks who obviously care a great deal about the property and their guests. I think at one time most motels were managed like this one, but sadly they are getting harder and harder to find. The location is great, just a... More

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

DonGregorio, Yes, "at one time most motels were managed like this one, " And we wouldn't be here if it were corporate ... It just wouldn't be us ... Being the "keepers of the keys" deb and I enjoy our job, and to live in Encinitas is the icing on the cake ... We look forward to your return ...... More

Manhasset, New York
1 review
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014 via mobile

My first trip to Encinitas was made that much nicer by the lovely couple who greeted me as I arrived. Thank you, Deb & George, for having flowers in the room, a coffee maker & toaster at our disposal and towels galore. All this plus directions, restaurant suggestions and shopping tips. Our view from the balcony was heavenly and the... More

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

Dear Margo, AKA "Tiny116", Thank you for your kind words about Deb and I. Yes, we also enjoy the flower gardens the owners have planted around the property. The "no ruckus" atmosphere is a must in the residential area where the motel is located. As the summer of 2014 approaches we always want all guests to know we have and... More

New York City, New York
2 reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

I love to travel to Encinitas CA to visit my brother Jay and stay at the Moonlight Beach Motel. Since I discovered this 'jewel' about 6 years ago, I have traveled from the East to West Coast annually and stayed there for at least one full week and enjoyed 'every moment'.... I love the proximity to Moonlight Beach, the comfortable... More

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

Fay K, Thanks for your very informative description of Encinitas and the MBM! But be careful what you wish for ... "co-ops or condos" Motels like the MBM are harder to come by year after year, and so many people enjoy their stays here I hope your wish does not come true ... :^) But I understand why you would... More

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Address: 233 2nd Street, Encinitas, CA 92024
Location: United States > California > Encinitas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Moonlight Beach Hotel Encinitas
Moonlight Beach Encinitas

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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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