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“Great location, Wonderful Staff” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area

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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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Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
46 hotel reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Great location, Wonderful Staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

We needed a quick, easy, affordable stay in San Diego's North County. This hotel turned out to be a gem! Rooms were very clean and the beds were comfortable. Staff was friendly and accommodating. Breakfast was wonderful--make sure to try the pancake machine. (Although I recommend the short drive to VG's donuts!) Hotel is very close to the freeway and not too far from the beach.

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  • Stayed September 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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Thousand Oaks, California
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53 hotel reviews
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89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

The hotel is very clean and well maintained. Our room was very large and pleasantly furnished and clean. we had a refrigerator and microwave in our room. The help was very friendly and responsive. We had a few light bulbs out which they replaced immediately upon calling them. While the hotel is at a freeway off ramp, our room was very quiet and we did not hear any freeway noise. Continental breakfast was served in a pleasant room, Nothing exceptional about the food, but more than adequate for our needs.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Los Angeles, California
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30 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012 via mobile

San Diego area can be expensive so I enjoyed the good value found here. The location is great if you have a car to travel to the nearby attractions. Very quiet area. The rooms are nice and the lobby is spacious. Free wifi although I wish they had a refrigerator in the room. Breakfast is free and ok. Parking is free. I like that. Great value

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Encinitas, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

My home in Encinitas Ca. had major water damage! We stayed at this hotel for 7 weeks. There is no place like home, but they made us feel right at home. I and my family highly reccomend you staying there. You are very close to beach and easy access to Highway 5 which runs all the way up the west coast! You are only about a mile from historic hwy 101 also. Lots of nice restaurants very close by!

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  • Stayed August 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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Columbus, OH
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

I'm pretty sure you won't be disappointed with your stay here...

Clean, spacious rooms (I had a king bed with computer desk and side chair/ottoman)...

The hallway carpet was being replaced during our stay (Sep 2012)... Minor inconvenience...

Bountiful hot breakfast... Scrambled eggs or omelets (depending on the day), sausage patties or bacon (again depending on the day), waffles, pancakes, breads, cereals, fruit, yogurt, etc...

Refrigerators are standard in most rooms. Microwave available in the breakfast area during off hours.

Super friendly staff...

Recommended...

Room Tip: The king bed rooms are recommended....
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hilo, Hawaii
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

I can't say enough how much we enjoyed our Labor Day weekend trip at the Holiday Inn! From the moment we walked into the hotel, we were just pleased with the service and accomodating welcoming of the two gentleman at the front desk, one of which asked us why we came in for the weekend, and other making our keys and telling us about the complimentary breakfast... I just wonder why more hotels can't offer this same service? Our room was the best, clean towels every day of our stay, very comfy beds, very clean carpet, and the most attentive housekeeping staff... everytime we left our room, she would wish us a good day and smile. I can't wait to come back next year! Thank you for making our weekend!

Room Tip: Our room was in the back of the hotel and very quiet.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Santa Clarita
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

Would rather have slept in car on the side of the road.
Hotel and room were extremely musty. Carpet was damp to to the bare foot, tub/shower was not wiped down (which i found out after leaving by my girlfriend who got ready for an event earlier in the day of check in),and mold was found at bottom of shower curtain while in the shower the next morning. Thinking the spots on the hand towel might have been mold as well and the spots and poor touch up paint work might be holding secrets also.
Couldn't get out of there fast enough.

Room Tip: Go to the hilton a few miles down the road
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area, responded to this review, September 18, 2012
Dear David C,

Thank you for taking the time to post a review of our property. I'm deeply sorry for the overall issues you had with your room accommodations. I want to assure you that our hotel is very proud of its level of service, cleanliness and quality of its product. For that reason, the comments are troubling and will certainly be looked into. I have sent you a private message to obtain some additional details regarding your stay. Thank you for staying with us and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

Anthony M
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IHGCare
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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:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool 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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