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“A gem” 5 of 5 stars
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233 2nd Street, Encinitas, CA 92024   |  
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Encinitas
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Honor,MI
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“A gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

The Moonlight Beach Motel is a little gem with views of the beach two blocks away. Debra & George treated us like family. When I broke my knee they transferred us to a handicap-equipped room. They made sure we had everything we needed. This was our second stay there, and other family members have stayed there in the past. The place is very clean, tastefully furnished, and quiet. Rates are very reasonable, too. I highly recommend it!

Room Tip: Rooms on the South end have the best views (2nd & 3rd floor)
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  • Stayed December 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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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
Susan G,

So glad you made it home safe and sound, we know it was not an easy journey. We miss you, "D" and the bacon :^)

Stay warm, get well and come back soon ...

Thanks for the kind words and taking the time to review the Moonlight Beach Motel on TripAdvisor ...

cheers, geo & deb
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  • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

Arrived late after a delay in our flight over from London..but George was waiting up for us even on a Sunday evening..!!

Rooms are a good size, clean and comfortable and the rates very reasonable..small kitchen area should you need it..and plenty of fresh towels in the bathroom always welcome.

Plenty of great recommendations from George and Debbie as to where to shop and eat..hopefully see you again next year.

Room Tip: get a sea view or glimpse of it from a room on the third floor
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, December 20, 2012
markandgina,

Thanks for taking the time to review us on Trip Advisor. Although the office is only open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm we always make arrangements for late arrivals especially for international guests knowing delays are always possible.

We look forward to your return ... cheers geo & deb
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

A bit hard to find as it on a hill and a steep little incline.
We drove right by it the first time.
I stayed in early December and found the $95.00 rate reasonable.
The view from the room was great and the layout was good
The continental breakfast (packaged muffins and pastry) did not start til 9AM
If I needed I could have booked a week or so stay as the room was an efficiency unit.

Room Tip: Book a room with a ocean view if available
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, December 16, 2012
hotimeray,

“Out of the way place”, yes, we are a bit off the beaten path being west of the "Coast 101 hwy" and the streets change names that near to the beach so it can be confusing. I hope you are able to return for a week on your next trip and enjoy the benefits of the "efficiency" type rooms.

Deb & I have long 12 hr + days, and as much as we would like to offer earlier access to the coffee and packaged treats, we just can't change that. We do provide coffee pots upon request, but for short one night stays most guests seem to like walking down to "A" street to the "Lofty Bean" coffee shop if they rise before 9:00 AM. We will set you up the night before next time so you don't have to wait ...

cheers, geo & deb
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Vancouver, Canada
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

This was our second stay here. The first was about 10 years ago on a trip down the coast and it was our favorite place then so we decided to book again this August when we were going to be in L.A for a wedding. It did not disappoint. It was exactly the same...comfortable, friendly and relaxing. George and Deborah were welcoming and helpful. We really enjoyed chatting with them.
The town is great, still kind of laid-back, not pretentious, full of good restaurants and funky shops.
Fabulous beach and the motel is so close to it. It was great having the kitchenette to prepare breakfast in. Will certainly return next time we're down that way.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, December 14, 2012
Kate G

I hope it's not another 10 years before we see you again
" It was exactly the same...comfortable, friendly and relaxing."
Yes, as deb and I have always said,
"Some things were just not meant to be changed"
And I can't describe Encinitas any better than you ...
"kind of laid-back, not pretentious, full of good restaurants and funky shops"

cheers, geo & deb
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Coolangatta, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We really enjoyed our stay there. Great spot for beaches and town. Nice outlook. George and Debbie are natural hosts. They make sure that you feel welcome and go out of their way to accommodate. Would top my list for Encinitas lodging! Thanks Guys!

  • Stayed November 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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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
63JulieL,

Thank you for your review, and your kind words ...
Deb and I enjoy our work and the guests at the motel are so nice,
it's easy to be "natural hosts" ...
We look forward to your return ...
cheers, geo & deb
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012 via mobile

We enjoyed the view of the ocean from our room on the third floor. We felt so welcomed having arrived from Sweden. The motel is walking distance to the beach and restaurants. The Moonlight Beach is a wonderful beach to take long walks along, bare feet in the water...Encinitas is a good place to come to to recharge your body, mind and spirit.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, November 1, 2012
Rbfearon,

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay on Trip Advisor. I've said this before, but once again, "we have met so many new and wonderful people as guests" and we treat people like they treat us, so the family attitude seems to go both ways. This is why we consider The Moonlight Beach Motel a unique property that so many new and return guests have come to expect with there stay here. Your description of Encinitas can't be put any better.

We look forward to your return ... cheers, geo & deb ...
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

I surprised my husband for our 20th wedding anniversary. It was a amazing stay, close to everything. Great Bakery and Bubby's gelato was outstanding. The best mexican restaurant was a little hole in the wall La Especial Norte also walking distance. Also walked in the morning to the beach with coffee in hand. If you want to take a drive there is Carlsbad outlets, La Jolla and Belly Up Tavern. We are from California but it's nice to play tourists every now and than. We stayed in room 307 what a beautiful view of a full moon at night. My husband made us breakfast in the morning. Would love to stay there again. Thank you for the flower left in our room, sweet touch.
Thank you Debra

Room Tip: 3rd level great view:)
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, October 4, 2012
Purplelevis,

Happy Anniversary ... may you have many more at the Moonlight Beach Motel ...

"We are from California" Yes being a local and a tourist can be very fun! It makes you realize how lucky we are in Southern California and how many things there are to do in the Encinitas and North San Diego County area ... The Birds of Paradise are back in bloom, and Deb knows how to put that little extra touch into a first impression so naturally.

See you next year for 21 ? We hope so ...

cheers geo & deb ...
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Address: 233 2nd Street, Encinitas, CA 92024
Location: United States > California > Encinitas
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Encinitas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Moonlight Beach Motel, located two blocks from Moonlight Beach in scenic Encinitas, California, is one of the few true "beach motels" left in Southern California … Referred to as the "American Rivera”, Encinitas has the charm of the past but all the amenities today’s travelers are looking for. There are so many wonderful restaurants, Whole Foods Market and boutiques within walking distance of the motel that you may want to leave your car behind … Locals refer more family and friends to this motel than any other hotel or motel in Encinitas. Its quaint 1970’s charm brings guests back year after year. Some things were just not meant to be changed … All of the rooms have kitchenettes. Whether a romantic getaway, a quiet retreat, or family vacation, make reservations early, we book rooms three months in advance, so you get a room that is best suited for your needs. We try and honor all requests for certain rooms and floors when making reservations, but we cannot guarantee ANY room or number. We will do the best to accommodate your requests … This is a “NO PETS” and "NON SMOKING PROPERTY" In all of the Rooms - Front & Back balconies, walk ways and the patio barbeque area … The office and patio barbeque area closes at 9:00 pm … Quiet hours are from 9:00 pm to 9:00 am in consideration of all the guests … We have the “Good Neighbor Hotel Policy” and do not allow gatherings or parties in the Motel after 9:00 pm. If we receive noise complaints you could be asked to leave and responsible for the room charges of neighboring guest. We look forward to you experiencing The Moonlight Beach Motel, in Encinitas California. ... more   less 
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