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.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Moonlight Beach Motel

Show Prices
Certificate of Excellence
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
Prices from our online travel partners are not available
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Encinitas
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Management photos
Moonlight Beach Motel
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"moduleList":["handlers"],"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

191 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
There are newer reviews for Moonlight Beach Motel
See the most recent reviews
Showing 184: English reviews
Tucson, Arizona
Reviewed May 24, 2013

My wife and I just had a most enjoyable 5 days at this quaint motel 2 short blocks from Moonlight Beach.Our third floor balcony (Rooms 307 and 308 are the rooms of choice) gave us a near commanding view of the ocean. The large room came with a fully equipped kitchen with all necessary utensils sans coffee maker in the...

 Report
Helpful?
2Thank lapotias
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Armand and Carolyn, We always appreciate it when guest take the time to review The Moonlight Beach Motel on Trip Advisor. We get many new guests from the descriptions of your stay and what the motel is all about. Yes, 307 and 308 have become the most requested rooms, but all the rooms have their charm in one way or...

Montreal, Canada
Reviewed April 26, 2013

Pefect location, great value, clean, nice unit with a full kitchen, Whole foods at 6 minutes walking, great restaurants and bars at 5-10 minutes walking and a great beach to walk, run, relax and swim. Take a surfing lesson! You have access to beach chairs, beach umbralla, beach toys for kids, barbecue and a full kitchen.

 Report
Helpful?
2Thank prob8020
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

prob8020, I see you made it home safe and sound ... :^) Yes " “Location, location, location” is one of our greatest assets. I just wish we had more than 24 rooms because it's so hard pleasing everyone, but no matter what room you get you are still where it counts the most, access to the Beach, and downtown Encinitas....

San Francisco, California
Reviewed April 18, 2013

George and Deb own and run this place and they are fabulous! My criteria were: be as close to the beach as possible, have a balcony facing the ocean, reasonable price, clean, clean, clean, excellent customer service, full kitchen, free parking, walking distance to downtown Encinitas, close to my yoga studio (it was a short, scenic drive). This place met...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank cleanairgal
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

cleanairgal, Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice and descriptive review. It gives readers a realistic idea of what The Moonlight Beach Motel is all about. The "Good Neighbor Hotel Policy" of quiet hours, and no gathering in the rooms with groups, is something our guests have grown to expect. I do have to correct you...

Palm Desert, California
Reviewed March 26, 2013 via mobile

Walking distance to beach and many restaurants and shops. I stayed in room 202 and had a partial beach view. Great balcony to sit out and enjoy the fresh breeze. Room is older and has "character". Room was a good size and clean. Friendly staff. Hope to be back again soon.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank melpd
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

melpd, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at the Moonlight Beach Motel. It is always great to hear from "Senior Contributor's" ! All the rooms on the second and third floor have ocean views, and your "partial beach view" explains it rather well for 202. Some views are better and we always try and do the...

Nelson, Canada
Reviewed March 3, 2013

Away from the noise of Hwy 101, and far from the horrendous noise of I-5. Short walk to the beach, which goes on for miles. Friendly service. Large clean well-maintained rooms. We had a 2-bed, but saw a 1-bed room with a separate bedroom and nice sitting area. Ours had no room for comfortable couch or chairs, but did have...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank CarPilot
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

CarPilot, Thanks for your review of The Moonlight Beach Motel. It sounds like you had one of the two bed suites on the third floor. Yes because everyone seemed to hate the old pull out couches the motel used to have, we put a queen size bed in that area for better sleeping, but it does cramp that area. There...

Reno, Nevada
Reviewed February 15, 2013

Located on a hillside with fab views of the majestic Pacific Ocean! Ask for a room on the south end of the motel, ideally 2nd or 3rd floor. George was very accommodating in helping us select a room when I called for a reservation. Beautiful sunset view was equally beautiful at sunrise. If you surf, this is the place to...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank skiwhenucan
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Skiwhenucan, Thanks for taking the time and your nice review ... You get what The Moonlight Beach Motel and the town of Encinitas is all about. But, I have never heard the "Trivia" about "The Hotel California ever being in Encinitas, and I thought I had heard all the local folklore's about Encinitas ? I would love to know what...

Huntington Beach, California
Reviewed January 14, 2013

My sister and I were in Encinitas to visit her daughter and needed a place to stay for a few days. Her daughter suggested the Moonlight Beach Motel as it was very close to her apartment. I am so happy she suggested this place. The room was exceptionally clean. The bed was the most comfortable mattress I have slept on...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank SSCooper
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

SSCooper WOW, thanks for the kind words ! I didn't realize you were sisters, I thought they were shooting another movie sequel of "Thelma and Louise". It's guests like you that make The Moonlight Beach Motel what it is today and fun for Deb and I. I have to take this opportunity to say "Thank You" ! As you realized...

Honor,MI
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...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Susana G
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

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

Cornwall
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...

 Report
Helpful?
2Thank markandgina
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

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

New York City, New York
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...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank hotimeray
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

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....

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

100 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveler Photos (75)
Viewed
Room/Suite (13)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (9)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (20)
Viewed
View from Room (9)
Viewed
Bathroom (1)
Viewed
Other (23)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (25)
Viewed
Room/Suite (12)
Viewed
View from Room (9)
Viewed
Other (4)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Encinitas
0.2 mi away
BEST WESTERN Encinitas Inn & Suites at Moonlight Beach
2.2 mi away
Cardiff by the Sea Lodge
Cardiff by the Sea Lodge
#1 of 2 in Cardiff-by-the-Sea
100 reviews
0.4 mi away
Days Inn Encinitas- Legoland Moonlight Beach
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.2 mi away
Portofino Beach Inn
Portofino Beach Inn
#9 of 9 in Encinitas
32 reviews
1.9 mi away
Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area
Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - ...
#2 of 2 in Cardiff-by-the-Sea
237 reviews
3.6 mi away
Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Parking
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 

Additional Information about Moonlight Beach Motel

Address: 233 2nd St, Encinitas, CA 92024-3272
Location: United States > California > Encinitas
Price Range: $80 - $170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 24
Also Known As:
Moonlight Beach Hotel Encinitas
Moonlight Beach Encinitas
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

Questions & Answers

Here's what travelers have asked, with answers from Moonlight Beach Motel staff and other travelers.
4 questions
Ask a question
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
over a year ago
Orem, Utah
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
over a year ago

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Moonlight Beach Motel staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travelers prefer

“See my review - top floor is great.”
 of 5 bubbles WestLAFamily, 1 week ago | Read review
“First floor with three queen beds and a full kitchen.”
 of 5 bubbles I583OWlisam, Oct 23, 2016 | Read review
“High rooms for view, low rooms for courtyard use.”
 of 5 bubbles invertpaleo, Oct 7, 2016 | Read review
“Rooms on the third floor have the best views of the beach.”
  • lovely courtyard area with grills and views of the beach
 of 5 bubbles E674AXmargaretc, Oct 1, 2016 | Read review
“Best rooms are on the 3rd floor, they have a view, 2nd floor has part of a view.”
 of 5 bubbles PatH507, Jun 22, 2016 | Read review
5 of 5
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question