We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!

Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area

Show Prices
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for best prices
powered by PriceFinder
1 room
Check In Check Out
Please enter your travel dates to continue
Check Availability
Book on
or compare prices from up to 200 sites including:
Professional photos
Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"moduleList":["handlers","shims"],"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))","shims":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'shims'))"}},"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

225 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Showing 223: English reviews
Buckeye, Arizona
Level Contributor
4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am staying at this holiday in express working in the area. Walked in one Sunday need a room for 3 to 4 weeks the nice girl at the front desk and explain to her what I needed. And what my budget was she contacted her manager and they set me up on a fantastic price for four weeks day.... More 

Helpful?
Thank sbaran45
Andrew N, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area, responded to this review

Hi sbaran45, Thank you for such an awesome review! Our staff works tremendously hard to provide superior service and it is really great to know you had a pleasant four weeks here at the hotel. We look forward to seeing you again the next time you are in Encinitas. Best, Andrew Nintzel, GM More 

Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On September 10th while I was cleaning out and loading my car, a man approached and started shouting and threatening me. When I moved away to avoid him he turned on the ignition and tried driving off. Out of shock I got on the passenger side and tried to stop him but he pulled out a knife and started swinging... More 

Helpful?
Thank Joonny L
Andrew N, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area, responded to this review

Dear Joonny, I am sorry you experienced this awful situation in the parking lot. We have never had this happen before in our parking lot, and feel extremely sorry it had to happen to you and your family. I can assure you we have contacted the local authorities and they will be checking in with us on a routine basis.... More 

Livermore, California
Level Contributor
40 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

Last minute reservation, wasn't 100% sure based on other photos but was pleasantly surprised with accommodations. Bath soup was great, towels were comfortable, refrigerator was ice cold, room was modern. Friendly greeting at front desk, was given a choice on 1st or 2nd floor, enjoyed cookies available at front desk, breakfast looks to be amazing have not had it yet.... More 

Helpful?
Thank love2snorkel17
Andrew N, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area, responded to this review

Hi love2snorkel17, To know that we came through 100 percent during your vacation is just sensational. It's always important, when on vacation, to find a hotel that will meet your needs and the staff will be so excited to read your review! Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback and we look forward to seeing you again in... More 

Vista, California
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

Good price, and good service. Jason, the overnight front desk agent was very nice and accommodating to change our last minute request of changing to a king instead of 2 queen room. Booked on hoteltonight an hour before arrival. Hot complimentary breakfast is a nice addition! Only down side was there was an odd smell which is why I gave... More 

Helpful?
Thank Charlene-james M
Andrew N, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area, responded to this review

Dear Charlene-james M, Thanks for such a wonderful review! Jason does a fantastic job in our front office and I will certainly pas along your feedback. I am sorry that you experienced an odd smell... it's likely that due to the warmer weather and high humidity there were some unappealing smells during July. I'm sorry about this. We do hope... More 

1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

I frequently would need to go to San Diego for work, and this hotel is on top of the list for me. Some of my positives are: *Friendly staff - Everyone there is very nice and helpful! *Included breakfast - I leave for work up to an hour before their posted breakfast time, so its great that we can grab... More 

Helpful?
Thank 376drewv
Edilie D, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area, responded to this review

Dear 376drewv, We are very appreciative of your kind review. It is rewarding to know that you enjoyed our friendly staff and sufficient amenities, including our breakfast. Your remarks serve as encouragement to our team who strive to provide a pleasant stay. We look forward to your next stay with us! Kind Regards, Edilie D. More 

Las Vegas, Nevada
Level Contributor
151 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

I have stayed here on and off for over the past 25 years and it has never let me down. ( it was the Country Inn or something before Holiday inn bought it out) The location is perfect as it is just 30 minutes from Sea World ( see my review on this disappointing place) and 12 minutes from LEGOLAND... More 

Helpful?
Thank Mauisron
Edilie D, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area, responded to this review

Dear Mauisron, Thank you for your kind review! We appreciate you choosing us and we are very delighted to know your stay was pleasant. It's always very important to find a comfortable, reliable hotel and I am pleased we could serve as that option for you for over 25 years! We appreciate your review and look forward to your return.... More 

Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
95 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

For its name n fame its is by far the best for someone looking at $130-$150 a night spend for travellers to Legoland, Carlsbad, San Diego, and by Road to Mexico. Whereas others around would charge much higher. Comfortable bed complimented with a wow hot breakfast. Off I5 it's a cozy paradise.

Helpful?
Thank crdebata
Edilie D, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area, responded to this review

Dear crdebata, Wow! We are so appreciative of your kind review. It is rewarding to know that you enjoyed our amenities, including our complimentary breakfast! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and we are excited to welcome you back in the near future! Kind Regards, Edilie D. More 

Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

This hotel is located very close to Legoland which was very convenient. They have a good breakfast. The rooms were clean. The beach is a short drive away. The jacuzzi in the pool area was under maintenance so we we were not able to use it

Helpful?
Thank Kashmira K
Edilie D, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area, responded to this review

Dear Kashmira K, We are very happy to hear from you and glad to know your stay was clean and convenient. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and hope you visit us again soon! Kind Regards, Edilie D. More 

Bakersfield, California
Level Contributor
12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

Nice place to book a room if traveling to Legoland. The Hotel is located in a nice area only two stories high, nice clean room for business or just a place to rest after a long day at Legoland. The Hotel offers complimentary breakfast, “grab a fruit before going to Legoland.”

Helpful?
Thank N G
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

I had first booked our stay at the Ramada which was closer to Legoland (family of 5 with 3 kids). The kids eagerly wait for this time of the year because they love staying at a hotel n taking advantage of the pool amenity. However, we were not aware that the Ramada was under construction and their swimming pool was... More 

Helpful?
Thank Gizbri4
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

103 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveler Photos (32)
Viewed
Bathroom (4)
Viewed
Room/Suite (8)
Viewed
View from Room (1)
Viewed
Other (19)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (71)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (22)
Viewed
Room/Suite (22)
Viewed
Bathroom (6)
Viewed
Dining (4)
Viewed
Business Center/Function Rooms (2)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (2)
Viewed
View from Room (1)
Viewed
Other (12)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Cardiff-by-the-Sea
1.8 mi away
BEST WESTERN Encinitas Inn & Suites at Moonlight Beach
0.7 mi away
Cardiff by the Sea Lodge
Cardiff by the Sea Lodge
#2 of 2 in Cardiff-by-the-Sea
4.0 of 5 stars 90 reviews
1.7 mi away
Days Inn Encinitas- Legoland Moonlight Beach
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
2.1 mi away
Portofino Beach Inn
Portofino Beach Inn
#9 of 9 in Encinitas
3.5 of 5 stars 30 reviews
5.5 mi away
Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
3.6 mi away
Rodeway Inn - Encinitas
Rodeway Inn - Encinitas
#8 of 9 in Encinitas
3.5 of 5 stars 164 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Free Breakfast
About the property
  • Wheelchair access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Hot Tub
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Free Breakfast
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
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 

Additional Information about Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area

Address: 1661 Villa Cardiff Dr, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-1153
Location: United States > California > Encinitas > Cardiff-by-the-Sea
Price Range: $115 - $313 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area 3*
Number of rooms: 101
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, IHG, Orbitz, TripOnline SA, Hotwire, Hotels.com, Priceline, Travelocity and Odigeo so you can book your Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area Hotel Cardiff By The Sea
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay