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Moonlight Beach Motel
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Encinitas
Certificate of Excellence
Garden Grove, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Location,location,location”
Reviewed November 10, 2013

We were in the nearby city for a marriage conference. We had stayed at this location years before and enjoyed ourselves. We were not disappointed this time either. Simple accomodations at a simply lovely location. The management were very welcoming, making our stay personal, as if we were at home.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank R and L S
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, November 17, 2013
R and L S
“Location,location,location” As they always say ! and yes The MBM is in a wonderful residential area just north of down town ... walkable to most everything you will want or need during your stay ... Thank you ... We look forward to your return visit ...
cheers, geo & deb
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Rockville, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 10, 2013

*If you're lucky enough to live 2 blocks from the Pacific Ocean and hear the waves lull you to sleep! This is not a fancy hotel, but incredible for value, location and comfort. My husband and I, as well as my brother from England, have stayed here many times over the years and always look forward to coming back. The rooms are large, comfy and clean and the upper floor balconies have great ocean sunset views. As others have mentioned, the location is super convenient -- walking distance to the beach and to the restaurants and bars, yoga studios, Whole Foods and other shops in Encinitas, as well as the Coaster train station. Managers George and Deb couldn't be friendlier or more helpful, and that personal touch really makes this a special place.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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1 Thank Sarah N
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, November 17, 2013
Sarah N
Thank you for yet another great description of Encinitas and the MBM ... We look forward to your return also ! The MBM has always been "a special place" way before we got here, but we do love keeping the magic lamp polished ...
Cheers ... geo & deb ...
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Henderson, Nevada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 5, 2013

My family and I have stayed here several times and have always enjoyed a fabulous vacation. You are within walking distance to EVERYTHING! Without a doubt the people that run this motel are its most valuable assets. The last time we visited we ran into car trouble and they were so helpful, concerned, and accommodating. They helped in every way that they could and even let my children and I stay long after check out so that my husband could go into San Diego and secure us transportation to get home. I have no reason to stay anywhere else. They have our business from now on.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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1 Thank Kristie G
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, November 6, 2013
Kristie G,

Thank you for your kind words of deb & I ... we love and enjoy what we do, and it's guests like you and your family that make it even better ... There is nothing worse than having car problems 320 miles from home after such a wonderful time the day you need to return home for work and school ! ... As always we look forward to your return ...

cheers, geo & deb
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Ventura, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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 29, 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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Tucson,AZ
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
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
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1 Thank maranasam
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, October 29, 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 20 helpful votes
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
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1 Thank UKSarahAtlanta
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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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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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
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2 Thank ElsieBayou
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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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Property: Moonlight Beach Motel
Address: 233 2nd St, Encinitas, CA 92024-3272
Location: United States > California > Encinitas
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 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 Riviera", Encinitas has the charm of the past but all the amenities today’s travelers are looking for. There are many wonderful restaurants and boutiques within walking distance. Its quaint 1970’s charm brings guests back year after year. Whether a romantic getaway, a quiet retreat, or family vacation, you will find a room that fits your needs. We try and honor all requests for special rooms when making reservations, but we can not guarantee ANY room in the event of changes that are beyond our control, but we will do the best to accommodate your requests. This is a entirely smoke-free and pet-free property. We open the office at 9:00 AM and close at 9:00 PM. We enforce quiet hours between 10:00 PM and 8:00 AM which include the Patio – Garden area and the rooms for the consideration of all the guests enjoying their stay. We look forward to seeing you at the Moonlight Beach Motel! ... more   less 
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