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Moonlight Beach Motel

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233 2nd Street, Encinitas, CA 92024
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Atlanta, Georgia
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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Two week stay in late October. With tax $100 a night. In area for R&R and house hunting. As others have said, it is basic with decor 20+ years old and clean. Main positive features are its location, equiped kitchen and view to ocean. I didnt cook but had frig stocked with good stuff. Third floor seems best. Ten minute... More 

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2 Thank dolphin112016
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

dolphin112016, As always we thank our quests for taking the time to give their feedback and descriptions of the wonderful town of Encinitas and the Motel ... Your review opened up some points that some people miss when visiting Encinitas ... Thanks ... cheers, geo & deb ... More 

Fayetteville, North Carolina
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11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing stay at an amazing property! The property is incredibly clean, as was the room I stayed in. The rooms have a cozy, "at-home" feel that quite literally gives it a "home away from home" feel with the convenience of being about a 3-4 minute walk to the beach! There are an incredible number of restaurants, coffee shops, and other... More 

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Thank Daniel R
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Daniel R, Thank you for you kind and positive review of the MBM. As I always say, we try to keep the "magic lamp" polished the best we can, but "incredibly clean" / "rooms have a cozy, "at-home" feel that quite literally gives it a "home away from home feel " says it all ! Thank You ! cheers geo&... More 

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37 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Only flaws was no elevator, and limited 5 TV Stations and no clock or radio in the room. I also notice no coffee maker. otherwise perfect, you can hear the ocean from your room, room clean and simple, good walking on beach, good local atmosphere, a lot of good restaurants in walking distance. We will be back.

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Thank Rosemary R
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Rosemary R, As always, a review from a Level 5 Contributor means a lot to the industry. Thank you for taking the time ... To address the "flaws" helps other guests know, and what to expect when staying at the Moonlight Beach Motel ... We don't have clocks or radio's in the rooms because we are on "Beach Time" LOL... More 

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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

We stayed here so my boyfriend could take part in the Sealfit experience in Encinitas. We got a fabulous room with a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. This was our first time to California and thanks to the lovely people and the great room at the Moonlight, it was a great experience!! I would recommend this hotel to anyone... More 

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2 Thank Tanya B
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Tanya B, Thank you for taking the time to review the MBM ... We are so happy that you enjoyed your first visit to CA, and hope it won't be the last ... We look forward to your return ... Cheers ... geo & deb More 

Desert Hot Springs, California
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34 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Last year we did a San Diego vacation & took the Coaster train to explore beaches up the coast. Stopped in Encinitas, checked it out, lovely...Moonlight Beach. This year we wanted to end the summer @ the Beach. We looked into Oceanside too but decided on Moonlight beach. Found this motel on tripadvisor, read the reviews, and booked 3 nights.... More 

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2 Thank Russell A
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Russell A, What a pleasant pleasure meeting you ... "Courtyard gardens, birds, quiet, and then a short walk to the beach." as you said ... These are just a few of the many things the Moonlight Beach Motel is all about, that we really want guests to know ... We are not a party motel, a non smoking property and... More 

Nevada
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

I was going to write this in Nov/Dec this year, but I couldn't wait! We stayed at the Moonlight Beach Motel, this May for our anniversary (32 years!). You need to know we LOVE Encinitas and to be able to get a room here (Rm. 304) at the last minute, well, it was a dream come true. We had reservations... More 

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

NevadaMarcia, Well now we expect you to come here every year for your 33 ... 34 ... 35 ... anniversary after that review ... Yes, although we have the 3 month booking policy, we never mind return calls, because although we don't have a wait list for dates, things can change at the last min ... We will be looking... More 

New York City, New York
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92 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

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

Dear invertpaleo, As always we can't thank you enough for your review knowing you are one of many of our seasoned travelers, and being a "Level 6 Contributor", that know what the Moonlight Beach Motel has to offer as a motel ... As far as the"kitchen equipment", knowing who you are, and how you and your traveling partner take your... More 

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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Thank Susan T
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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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 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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Thank Kel Y
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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27 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 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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3 Thank longboarders
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 

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