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Moonlight Beach Motel

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233 2nd Street, Encinitas, CA 92024
Moonlight Beach Motel
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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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Carol Stream, Illinois, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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San Clemente, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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 

1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

My wife and I live in Kansas and have gone to Encinitas for our extended anniversary vacation every summer since 2006. MBM is the only motel/hotel we have stayed at...for good reason! I would like to concur with ALL of the glowing comments in the previous posts. Like one of the previous posters, I was reluctant to tell the world... More 

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

Rob and Pam K, "Welcome to paradise" is truly an understatment about Encinitas, the MBM and Moonlight Beach ... as a previous guest from 1991 till 2011 (20 years) the motel will always be a wonderful place to stay long after we leave and we are humbled by your complements ... Thank you ... Cheers geo & deb More 

Caldwell, Idaho
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Spent four nights (01/05/15 through 01/08/15) at the Moonlight Beach Motel in Encinitas. Although a little dated (don't expect HDTV and an infinite number of channels), the place was scrupulously clean and comfortable, the kitchenette well equipped, the owners friendly and helpful, and the price is more than reasonable. But the BIG deal is the proximity to Moonlight Beach (maybe... More 

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

John H, Thank you for your kind review ... Yes the location of the MBM to the beach and down town Encinitas is very special ... and "the place was scrupulously clean" is due to our dedicated college crew ... Thank You, we look forward to your return ... cheers ... geo & deb ... More 

San Francisco
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45 reviews 45 reviews
21 hotel reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

You know how people say they are reluctant to review a place because they do not want anyone else to know about their "hidden gem"? Well, this amazing place is hardly hidden, it is the top rated hotel in town, but I still waited overly long to review it, because I have a very particular fondness for the place. Then... More 

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

SFTraveler009 I hate to repeat my self, but "Somethings were not meant to be changed", and we appreciate your review because it gives travelers a good idea what the MBM and Encinitas is all about … As always, we look forward to your many returns and all of the guests you bring here wile working in your Encinitas office …... More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Stayed here for a weekend while my boyfriend and I were in town for a wedding. The location was amazing and the owners were SO friendly the helpful. I can't believe the view we had for the price. Definitely would stay here again and recommend! It's not overly fancy but it's nice and clean. Bathroom looked like it had recently... More 

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

Amanda B, Thank you for your review ... Deb and I are only the "keeper of the keys" and not the owners, but we enjoy Encinitas and the motel as much as you ... We hope you will be able to return in the future ... cheers ... geo & deb More 

union wv
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

My wife and I first stayed here in 1980 for 3 months. 2 blocks from the surf at Moonlight Beach with an incredible ocean view, caring staff, very clean rooms and surroundings, and walking distance to Swami's and all Encinitas has to offer. 34 years later, we again stayed in November for 2 weeks, and our experience was super in... More 

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

jim j ... So often we never know the guest's that take the time to review us on Trip Advisor, but in this case the "WV" gave it away ... and we want to say Thanks ... So many people trust and use Trip Advisor and it's our only Internet web site we use because like you "after 30 years"... More 

Chandler, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We were looking for a nice, relaxing place to get away for a few days. After researching nearby towns and lodging options, we decided to give Encinitas and the Moonlight Beach Motel a try. What a great decision! We arrived at night, were greeted warmly, and after checking into our room took a stroll down to the beach. It was... More 

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

Momarama, Thank you for your review ... Encinitas never seems to let anyone down ... Truly as they say, "The America Rivera" We look forward to your return ... Cheers ... geo & deb More 

Asheville
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The friendly staff went out of their way to make us comfortable. The room was great and we enjoyed the view. Nothing too fancy, but a great little room at a great price in a great location. We will be coming back.

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

MJase10, Thank You for taking the time to review the MBM on Trip Advisor ! We look forward to your return visit ! Cheers ... geo & deb ... More 

Peoria, Arizona
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

After doing a fair amount of research in the search for a great beach getaway from Phoenix, I was ready to experience Encinitas and The Moonlight Beach Motel. You know how you are afraid you will be disappointed and you prepare for that possibility? Well, no problem, did not happen. We were absolutely thrilled with this little gem. Note -... More 

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

ilona s, You are very funny, and we knew at check in you were going to be guests that get what the Moonlight Beach Motel is all about ... Thank you for your very descriptive review of the MBM and Encinitas ... We look forward to your return now that you have found us ... Cheers geo & deb ... More 

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