We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Moonlight Beach Motel

Certificate of Excellence
233 2nd Street, Encinitas, CA 92024
Hotel amenities
Book on
TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Prices from our online travel partners are not available
We can't find prices for this hotel
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Encinitas
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Management photos
Moonlight Beach Motel
View Map
Add Photo Write a Review

167 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
There are newer reviews for Moonlight Beach Motel
See the most recent reviews
Evanston, IL
Level Contributor
107 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 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 

Helpful?
1 Thank Farenzy
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 

1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 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 The motel itself is incredibly outdated, but the location is great.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 

Helpful?
8 Thank Holly M
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 

Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 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 

Helpful?
7 Thank Sonya E
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
Level Contributor
220 reviews
89 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 247 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 

Helpful?
5 Thank DesertDweller32
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
Level Contributor
18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

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!

Helpful?
3 Thank Sharon R
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
Level Contributor
60 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 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 

Helpful?
5 Thank SCTraveler2011
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
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 via mobile

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 

Helpful?
4 Thank Rob and Pam K
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
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 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 

Helpful?
4 Thank John H
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
Level Contributor
56 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 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 

Helpful?
8 Thank SFTraveler009
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
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 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 

Helpful?
4 Thank Amanda B
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 

Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

86 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (61)
Viewed
Room/suite (12)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (9)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (11)
Viewed
View from room (5)
Viewed
Bathroom (1)
Viewed
Other (23)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All management photos (25)
Viewed
Room/suite (12)
Viewed
View from room (9)
Viewed
Other (4)
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Encinitas
2.2 mi away
Cardiff by the Sea Lodge
Cardiff by the Sea Lodge
#1 of 2 in Cardiff-by-the-Sea
4.0 of 5 stars 71 reviews
0.2 mi away
BEST WESTERN Encinitas Inn & Suites at Moonlight Beach
0.2 mi away
Portofino Beach Inn
Portofino Beach Inn
#7 of 9 in Encinitas
3.5 of 5 stars 25 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.4 mi away
Days Inn Encinitas Moonlight Beach near Legoland
1.9 mi away
Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area
Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - ...
#2 of 2 in Cardiff-by-the-Sea
4.0 of 5 stars 198 reviews
3.6 mi away
Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

Amenities