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Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1661 Villa Cardiff Drive, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007   |  
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“I Love This Place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

My favorite hotel in the area. We’ve stayed here five times in the last couple of years. Good location, set back off the freeway, one mile from the beach, one mile from Scripps Hospital, less than five miles from the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The service was excellent – desk staff was very kind, attentive, responsive to all of our needs and eager to accommodate. The rooms themselves were great – spacious, clean, well laid out, comfortable beds, recently remodeled and pleasantly decorated. A generous bathtub and big sink area, flat screen tv, coffee pot, mini-fridge, blow dryer, wonderful free breakfast buffet with nice selection (- including a pancake machine!), free internet in the lobby (one computer with printer) were all definite pluses. There was a gym, pool and jacuzzi (which we didn’t use) and a conference room. There are less expensive hotels in the area, but this hotel is a bargain and easily offers the best quality for the money. We will definitely stay here again and again.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 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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Henderson, Nevada
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

We took three amateur boxers from Las VEgas to a bout in Encinitas and headquartered in the Holiday Inn Express at nearby Cardiff By the Sea. It was an outstanding experience all the way around. Price was right, service was excellent, rooms were clean, roomy, and new. Athletes used the hot tub, the breakfast was better than any price included breakfast I've ever stayed in. We'll always go to this hotel when in the San Diego area.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sacramento, CA
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

We stayed at the HIE Encinitas-Cardiff area for three nights. The room was wonderfully comfortable, and the bed was as good as our bed at home. Another plus was that the room was really quiet, good insulation in the walls I guess.Being vegans, we brought breakfast food and ate their cereal, but any mainstream eater would be satisfied. We used the treadmill (they have two of them) every day, as the area is a little too hilly for walking. We'd definitely stay at this reasonable hotel again.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oakland, CA
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

The room here are very large. The wireless is not too dependable. It can be quite a walk from parking to your room.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Seoul, South Korea
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2012

This hotel is in the great condition! The pool, especially, was very relaxing after a long day of work. My room seemed like it was a brand new room, with a very comfortable bed and it was easy to work at the desk when I had work to get done. The staff at this hotel is amazing, each time I wanted to go out to the pool with my other friends staying at the hotel, they were always prepared to give me a pool towel and wish me a wonderful day! The breakfast at this hotel is very filling, and the breakfast attendant was extremely attentive to what we wanted to eat. This hotel is very close to ocean, so it was nice to go down to Cardiff state beach with my buddies during the weekend. Stay here!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brentwood, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

I recently stayed at this Hotel for a big CFA Cat Show that was at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. It took less than 5 min. to get to the Fairgrounds from Hotel. Lots of Restaurants close by, easy Freeway access. The Breakfast that was provided every morning was great, good food and a clean enviroment. All of the staff were very friendly and willing to do anything that was needed.
Had to get up early both mornings so went to bed early at night and was not a problem, this was a very quiet Hotel, the outside area seemed like a safe enviroment. Will stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gwang Ju
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

This hotel was able to meet all of my needs! The breakfast was fantastic and the service at the front desk was wonderful! I was attending classes at one of the local universities in the area, and everytime I needed help with the internet, the front desk was able to guide me through the steps. The room was clean, looked brand new, and the bed was very comfortable! Because I was traveling from a different country, it was nice to know that this hotel was so willing to take care of my needs. I hope to return again soon!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area

Address: 1661 Villa Cardiff Drive, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007
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Location: United States > California > Encinitas > Cardiff-by-the-Sea
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Cardiff-by-the-Sea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area 2.5*
Number of rooms: 101
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you are looking for hotels near San Diego, make sure you check out our property located right off I-5 at exit 40. We are located less than a half-mile from the beach, and we provide our guests with the best in quality amenities, making us the smart choice. ... more   less 
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