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Moonlight Beach Motel

Certificate of Excellence
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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Plymouth, Minnesota
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

I stayed at Moonlight Beach motel once, last August (2011). I stayed the year before in a different motel a bit farther from Moonlight Beach. I am aching to get back to moonlight Beach, and to stay at Moonlight motel. What more can you ask for? The location is amazing, very short walk to the beach. It is also a... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
Management response:

"Location Location Location" Yes, The Moonlight Beach Motel has all three ... "Whole Foods" is .4 miles, and a 9 min. walk ... so many guests just walk to get most everything they need wile here ... we use and recycle so many of their bags at the hotel :^) Yes ! The "Seaside bazaar" is on coast 101 between... More 

1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

This was a wonderful place to stay. Less than a block from the beach and walking distance to places to eat, loved the little coffee shop at the end of the block. We could even here the waves crashing from our balcony. We will stay here again on our next visit.

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Mari0921 Yes ! Encinitas has soooo many great and interesting places to dine ... And YES ! The Lofty Bean on "A" street has become one of our guests favorite places ... When Deb and I lived in 104 for three months, even though it was behind the office on the first floor the "crashing waves, and tree frogs" still... More 

Santa Fe, New Mexico
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

-Rooms are big (probably 30-40% bigger than a Motel 6 room) -Location can't be beat (literally a 1 minute walk to the beach) -Owners are friendly -Plenty of restaurants/shopping within walking distance -Great place for kids (Owners make sand toys/ boogie boards available to borrow) If I had one complaint (it's not much of a complaint): I wish the free... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

JoshM, Thanks for the positive feed back of the rooms and your stay at The Moonlight Beach Motel. I wish we were the owners ! But Deb and I are only the keeper of the keys ... The local family that built the Motel in 1976 still own and operate it today ... Like I have said many times before... More 

massachusetts
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52 reviews 52 reviews
18 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

Recently stayed here for a week. If I didn't have other obligations, I'd stay for a month! Close to the beach, quiet, nice town (not too busy like the cities). Great restaurants nearby. The room is a little dated (but not a problem at all for the price), very clean, with plenty of space--kitchenette, patio/balcony. George & Deb were so... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Dear bghky, I see you are a seasoned "Senior Contributor" with TA! That means a lot to us. Your review seems to have been the one that gave us the "2012 Certificate of Excellence award." on May 23rd 2012 that we are very proud of ! "TripAdvisor is proud to congratulate Moonlight Beach Motel on earning the prestigious 2012 Certificate... More 

Monument, Colorado
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

We have been making the Moonlight Beach Hotel our choice for our north county San Diego getaways for around seven years now. We come out from Colorado 2 - 3 times a year to escape the cold and do some surfing. Moonlight Beach's value priced, clean rooms with kitchenettes are perfect for our family. It is also walking distance to... More 

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

Chris R, Again I want to thank you and all out TripAdvisor traveling friends for taking the time to post your review on TA ... It always seems to make other guests feel comfortable that we try and do our best ... How could I forget anyones name that travels with two and three boards and such a wonderful family.... More 

San Rafael
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Hats off to George and his wife for creating a safe get-away walking distance from the beach! They gave us great tips for surf lessons and spots, lent us boogie boards and made sure we felt safe and comfortable our entire stay! We will definitely be back!

Was this review helpful? Yes 6
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Hats off to you for Helping your son experience "The Endless Summer" "in search of the perfect wave" ... You seem to enjoy it also !!! :^) Thanks for taking the time to post your review on TripAdvisor ... We hope to see you both again soon ... cheers geo & deb ... PS ... As you know we closed... More 

Los Angeles
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

We recently moved to CA and were checking out Encinitas as a place to purchase a home. We had been to Encinitas before and really liked it. We picked this hotel because of it's location and the price was really reasonable. We have two young children 6 and 4 which loved being able to walk to the awesome playground and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 8
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Amanda G, Great seeing you and the family again this wekend, and the great news you didn't know when you did this post. It's bitter sweet ... we lose a great family as guests, but gain great neighbor's ... See you again soon ... cheers, geo & deb More 

Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

My girlfriend and I stayed for four nights in March 2012. The owners could not have been more helpfull. They went out of their way to make sure that our holiday and stay at the motel was perfect. We had a two bedroom apartment on the second floor, with a verandah to sit and watch the beach and the sunsets.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 7
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Alisha, Glad you had a safe trip home ... It's a long one to Australia! Also, as always, Thanks for taking the time to post your review on TripAdvisor. It's always good to hear what international guests think of Encinitas and The Moonlight Beach Motel on their first visit. Save your $$$ and come back soon ... cheers geo &... More 

Copenhagen
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

I had a GREAT stay at The Moonlight Beach Motel!! Its a very cosy place in a great location and the managers Debra and George are extremely nice. I was surprised to see how big the rooms were - the size of a 2 room apartment with fully equipped kitchen, a big balcony with a fantastic ocean view, nice bathrooms... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 7
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Laerke N, Thanks so much for finding us in your journey and sharing your wonderful energy as you dashed off each day to another local Encinitas adventure. You did the game "room dance" of changing rooms and staying extra days like a MBM pro ... another great international traveler ... I hope you are able to return before you return... More 

San Diego, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012 via mobile

Room have no security chains. George the manager made sexually suggestive comments to me.  When I rebuffed him he became angry and screamed at me to get out of the room.  He even offered not to charge me.  The rooms have no security chains so I blocked the door with a chair.   I specifically asked for NO MAID SERVICE... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 11
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

FOR THE Forth TIME !!! I state … Please be advised that this review was posted on different sites, now four different times, FLAGGED and taken down but under a different names. I have been in touch with TripAdvisor and FLAGGED this review also and told them the truth about the situation and the kind of person we were dealing... More 

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