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“The first place we saw” 3 of 5 stars
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Cardiff by the Sea Lodge
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   142 Chesterfield, Cardiff, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007   |  
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“The first place we saw”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Was partying with some friends one partied a little to hard and could not ride her motorcycle back down to San Diego. This was the first place we came across to pour her into a bed, no pun intended. The room was clean but really needs to be updated. I wanted to write a note for her to see when she woke up but there was no paper! Wow.

  • Stayed May 2015, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Really great stay, breakfest was yummy and front desk friendly. Helped me find my jacket didn't remember her name but was a redhead will be coming again. Room is vintage and charming though I was told they will be doing renvoations soon. Perfect for a little getaway!!!

Stayed May 2015, traveled as a couple
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Spokane, Washington
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Spotlessly clean room, at super high quality bed that was extremely comfortable, and very nice staff. Highly recommended. Adjacent to great beaches and restaurants. Beautiful rooftop lounging area with a hot tub and beautiful views of the coast. I WILL stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2015, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CardiffLodge, General Manager at Cardiff by the Sea Lodge, responded to this review, 5 days ago
Dear Gregh98136,


Knowing that you were comfortable and enjoyed your stay is music to our ears! We are extremely happy you were pleased with our service and would be happy to do so for you again in the future. We appreciate your review and thank you for the time it took to review us. Our Front Desk Staff are very happy to reflect on their customer service through reviews like yours!


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Las Vegas, Nevada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

The only reason I gave this property a 3 is because it really is outdated but they are working on that as we speak. I loved being there with lattice on my room's ceiling, flowers on my bedspread and shutters for my bathroom door. I am a nostalgic girl so I enjoyed the old fashioned allure of everything on the site.

Breakfast was served in the glass room where reception is located and it was equally adorable. I will continue to stay here as the customer service is magnificent and the location can't be beat!

  • Stayed February 2015, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CardiffLodge, General Manager at Cardiff by the Sea Lodge, responded to this review, 5 days ago
Dear DesertRhayne,

We appreciate the time you spent reviewing us and are planning to update the Hotel. We are currently in a permit stage to grant us the ability to provide a wider spanned breakfast, updated rooms and elevators. However in the mean time, our Front Desk staff attempt to provide the absolute best customer service possible, and we are pleased to have serviced you well. Thank you again for your feedback, and we hope to see you again.


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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The staff was outstanding & so was the location. A block from the beach, cute themed rooms & a roof top fire pit. Rooms need a bit of work. Close to a great market & some pretty good restaurants. Under new ownership that wants to do renovations. Hopefully it doesn't change too much.

Stayed February 2015, traveled as a couple
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CardiffLodge, General Manager at Cardiff by the Sea Lodge, responded to this review, 5 days ago
Dear LikRLady,


We are glad you enjoyed our vintage styled rooms and are even more pleased with your review of our staff. We take particular time in taking extra steps for our guest's comfort and enjoyment, and hope you will join us again. As it currently stands, the Hotel will have a similar boutique style, each room will be individual as well as elevators, a hot breakfast, and more once our permits are complete. Thank you very much for taking the time to review us and we hope you stay with us again soon!

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Indian Wells, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We stayed at the Cardiff by the Sea Lodge in early February for our 59th Anniversary. The Lodge is unique, the rooms are spacious and clean, the view of the ocean is great, especially the sunsets. The staff is very friendly and helpful.. On the downside, there are numerous steps to negotiate...from the rear parking lot to the rooms on the second (top)floor, there are 30 steps. There are an additional 15 steps to the rooftop view area. There is no elevator. There is also the coastal passenger trains which run every 20 minutes and blow their air horns for the Chesterfield crossing a block away. They stop after 10:30pm.

The good news is there are new owners since May 2014 who ae in toe permit stage of a major remodel and update which will include an elevator. Permits have not yet been obtained so a construction date is yet uncertain. This will make the lodge much more enjoyable.

Room Tip: Corner suites are large and good ocean views. Sweetheart and Captains rooms are wonderful.
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  • Stayed February 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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CardiffLodge, General Manager at Cardiff by the Sea Lodge, responded to this review, 5 days ago
Dear Pattisface,

We are extremely overjoyed that you spent your 59th Anniversary with us! Our Front Desk staff particularly enjoys being a part of special occasions such as yours. Our lack of an elevator has been addressed by upper management and in fact is going to be remedied with our upcoming renovations. As you know, we are in the process of receiving permits to allow these changes to happen. Nevertheless we are very pleased you enjoyed our stay and would be just as happy to provide our service to you again.

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Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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3 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Well, first I would like to say the night staff member was very nice. She was conversational and personable. She offered tea, coffee and lemon cake. I had tea. The rate for the room was reasonable for a boutique hotel. We stayed in the mediterranean room. All the rooms have different themes, it was explained to us. There was parking under the lodge for the guest to park their car. There is a fire pit on the roof with chair and we were told if it wasn't raining they served s'mores up there. The hot tub was out of order when we were there, it is also on a roof section. The view of the sunset was lovely from the roof looking over the ocean. Now the room was moldy in its smell. There were no door to the large bathroom with a large tub. The bathroom itself was nice but a door or curtain would have been nice. The bed was a old wrought iron bed. The "breakfast" was coffee and warm bread as they had no toaster just a toaster oven with a covered tack so it didn't toast any thing. The manger said that someone forgot to take the bagels out of the freezer the night before so... This is a hybrid place to stay not a B&B nor a boutique.

  • Stayed January 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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CardiffLodge, General Manager at Cardiff by the Sea Lodge, responded to this review, 5 days ago
Dear CMuffy,

Thank you for taking the time to review our establishment. Reviews like yours help us improve our service for future guests and we appreciate your feedback. Our Hotel has been in the transition of ownership for the past year, adapting to the style and image of our new owners and finding our identity as a welcoming boutique service. Steps are being taken to improve our rooms and breakfast for the future, and hope to see you again soon upon these improvements. Thank you again for your review.

Chris Johnson
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Additional Information about Cardiff by the Sea Lodge

Address: 142 Chesterfield, Cardiff, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007
Location: United States > California > Encinitas > Cardiff-by-the-Sea
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Cardiff-by-the-Sea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Cardiff by the Sea Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A block from the beach in a laid back beach community, fire pit & Jacuzzi in roof garden lounge, breakfast included, all rooms unique decor, many restaurants nearby ... more   less 
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