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“Basic, comfortable lodging with access to everything.” 4 of 5 stars
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233 2nd Street, Encinitas, CA 92024   |  
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Encinitas
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Ventura, CA
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65 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Basic, comfortable lodging with access to everything.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Don't expect plush at this motel, but it is clean and comfortable. Close to the beach and easy walking distance to many restaurants and shops as well as the Coaster trains and bus service. It is quiet even though ear the train station. A couple of minor things would have made this a better experience. A coffee maker (!) and paper towels for the kitchenette would be nice. They have coffee in the office but it doesn't open until 9:00 - that too late for us early hires. Thank goodness for Lofty Coffee at the next door live/work condos

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
MGA57GAL,

Plush we are not ... but thank you for your positive description of the motel and area. We do have coffee makers upon request, and I'm sorry you were not told. YES ! "The Lofty Coffee Co." is a real score ! We try and tell guests when making reservations to "bring it on with anything you will need in the kitchens" if driving, or where local supermarkets are to stock the kitchens once you get here. We do stock the kitchens with hand towels daily for the kitchen but we don't supply expendables, but if you ever need something extra we will always try and accommodate your requests ...

cheers, geo & deb
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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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Tucson,AZ
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91 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Just adding to the very positive reviews this property has received over the years. There really isn't much more to add. The location is near perfect......a short steep hill for walkers is all that stands between the motel and perfection. The rooms are large, airy and clean with a well supplied kitchenette. The upper story balconies have a good ocean view. The Pacific is three short blocks away. It is in a quiet neighborhood. Although you can hear the occasional train horn, the noise is not loud enough and does not last long enough to bother sleep. The managers are delightful people who treat their clientele as valued customers.

The one issue that causes me not to rate the property as excellent is the WiFi service. It goes from good to bad to non-existent all in the space of a few minutes. It is better than no service but not much. Solely for that reason, I rate Moonlight Beach Motel as very good. We will return again soon!!!!!!

Room Tip: Rooms on the third floor have the best views but are up one and a half flights of steep outside stai...
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  • Stayed October 2013, 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, October 30, 2013
maranasam,

Thank you for taking the time to review the MBM ! As a "Top Contributor" we are honored knowing you have seen it all ... Like you "There really isn't much more to add" except I know and feel your pain about the WiFi service ... It has been one of our most frustrating issues at the motel ... We have increased our bandwidth that helped a little, and researched options to make it better ... With "NETFLIX" and the "Online Games" of today it can be a loosing battle ... We have been told we need to get a device to limit the usage of bandwidth for each guest ... An example was when one family told me they had Three computers, two iPads, and four iPhones and they were having problems ... I hope we can resolve this problem before your next visit ...

cheers, geo & deb
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Atlanta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Friendly owners, large rooms with small kitchenette including cooker and fridge. Pleasant private balcony with sun umbrellas. Couple of minutes walk to the beach and not much further into town. Really hard to fault unless you want glamour in which case stay away !

Room Tip: Best views of the beach from the top floor
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, October 12, 2013
UKSarahAtlanta,
Thank you for your review ... You hit the nail on the head as to "Basic" and "Clean" and we want guests to know that ... It's a beach motel and that's what people like and expect ...
cheers ... geo & deb
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

I love this place - so warm & welcoming. Could not have had a nicer stay - love the location! Beautiful view from my room . The couple that manages it are so friendly and kind. Looking forward to my rerun visit!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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 7, 2013
ElsieBayou,
Thank you for your kind words about the MBM ... As we always say, "Some things were just not meant to be changed" We are so lucky to be so close to the beach and down-town Encinitas ... We look forward to your return ... cheers geo & deb ...
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Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

We were travelling down Route 1 and just happened to stop by Encinitas and checked if the MBM had rooms.As most will say the rooms are a little dated but they are unbelieveably clean and everything is extremely well look after.

George and Debs who run the MBM are fantastic welcoming people who know how to make you feel right at home and have that rare ability to understand exactly what their guests want.

George gave us a suggested itinerary for our stay in California and his was "spot-on" both in terms of recommendations and advice on various places,everything from surfing, to going to the Joshua Tree and a cool place to stay in Venice Beach(Thanks for the tip)- The casual way with which they deal with people is very refreshing.

George and Debs were wrong about one thing though - they said we would stay extra nights as soon as we saw the room - we stayed the extra nights not because of the room but because of this very cool couple.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 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, September 26, 2013
LiamDarlin70,

Thank you for taking the time to express your feelings on Trip Advisor. You kind words about deb & I are appreciated ... To be able to share things that we have done over the years seems to help people not miss some of the little things that mean so much sometimes when traveling in new places ... I'm sure the room had a bit more to do with your stay than us :^) and we are happy that going to Joshua Tree and Venice worked out for the end of your trip ... Please tell your international friends to try and make reservations, we hate when we don't have rooms for walk in guests ... We look forward to your return ...

Cheers geo & deb
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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137 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

This hotel was a great find. Location Location Location!!!! Minutes from the beach. Had view of the ocean from our room. The rooms are HUGE compared to regular hotel rooms. Mini-stove and refrigerator and quiet. Slept with the door open for an ocean breeze. Owners very accommodating - no problems with checking in/out. Rooms are a little dated but are very clean and you are there for the beach and surfing. No coffee pot in the room but we always bring our own when traveling. What was really great is that it is PET FREE!!!!! Close to shops/restaurants/bar.

  • Stayed September 2013, 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, September 19, 2013
LVRoadWarrior,

"Location Location Location!!!! " and guests like you that find us and appreciate what the MBM is about make the Moonlight Beach Motel what is is today ... we are just the keeper of the keys of the magic lamp, and not the owners ... but thank you for you kind words ... we look forward to your return ...

cheers ... geo & deb
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Ramona
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18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

After reading all the reviews on the motel my wife and I booked a room for a Saturday. As all the reviews stated it's not ellegant and it is dated but we would love to stay again. It's location is fantastic, we walked everywhere we wanted to go, the beach, shopping and resurants. The room was super clean, just make sure you like a firm bed ( I don't ) and book rooms from 205 and up on the second floor or the third floor to get the best ocean views.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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, September 17, 2013
Tmoss1,
I'm glad you found us on TripAdvisor.com. TA has been very helpful giving guests information and description's of what the motel is like and what to expect. Yes if you are a seasoned business traveler and expect those kinds of amenities of big chain hotels you may not be happy here, but it seems our guests like the "beach" motel experience that the motel provides ... Thank you for saying "The room was super clean" that means more to us than anything ... It is an older, as you said "dated" motel and being three blocks from the beach it is not always easy to do ... The ocean is very hard on properties ...
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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