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Moonlight Beach Motel

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Palm Desert, California
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Moonlight Beach Motel is a great find. It's location is ideal, within walking distance of restaurants, shops, and most importantly the beach. The hotel is not a luxury resort but it is clean, well maintained and your hosts treat you like family. They make you feel welcome and certainly go out of their way to make sure your stay is... More 

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1 Thank Michelle D
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Michelle D, Thank you ... I'm glad you found us also ! Yes our location being so close to beach, but still in a residential area makes it feel more like you are home when staying here. That is our #1 mission ... We are NOT a luxury resort or a business hotel. If guests are seasoned business travelers and... More 

sedona
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74 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

It is rare today to find people that run a motel/hotel with heart and kindness. This is what you will find when staying at the Moonlight Beach Motel from your hosts Debra and George. First, you will be speaking with them on the phone to make any/all accommodations. I am so used to using the internet for everything, I was... More 

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2 Thank LoisSedona
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Dear LoisSedona, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at the Motel. It is always special when a Senior Contributor from Trip Advisor takes the time. As I've said to other reviews, you give Deb and I to much credit ! You do get what the Motel is all about from the booking process, to the on... More 

Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

We have been coming here for approx. 20 years and this is the first time that the room(s) were as dirty - kitchen sink drawers very sticky, top of refrigerator had a cake of dust and food particle, refrigerator door handle sticky. TV holder from wall is filthy/dirty. There is a huge stain on carpet in bedroom. The mattress of... More 

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5 Thank vmnatzaganian
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

vmnatzaganian, As always I thank you for taking the time to review your stay at the Moonlight Beach Motel, good or bad ... I'm so sorry we did not talk about this when you were here so we could have addressed the problems immediately ... There is no excuse for the problems you pointed out, and I can't tell you... More 

East Lansing, Michigan, United States
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

First, I apologize for the delay in writing a review. I wanted to be sure I had ample time to write. My mom and I stayed at Moonlight Beach Motel for a total of 4 nights from May 17-21th, 2013. The forth night was based on that I was not feeling so well. George and Debra were beyond the call... More 

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2 Thank Lily C
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Lily C, Thank you for your kind review, but you give Deb and I to much credit. We enjoy our job as managers but it's guests like you that make our job fun. They have finished the "Moonlight Beach State Park" construction and the "port-a-potties" are all gone, and the new "Moonlight Beach Deli, bathrooms and showers are open. We... More 

Tucson, Arizona
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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... More 

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2 Thank 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... More 

Montreal, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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.

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2 Thank 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.... More 

San Francisco, California
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32 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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... More 

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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... More 

Palm Desert, California
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55 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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.

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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... More 

Nelson, Canada
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67 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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... More 

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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... More 

Reno, Nevada
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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... More 

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1 Thank 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... More 

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  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
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  • Kitchenette
  • Suites
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • 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
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