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“Wish I'd stayed longer” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Moonlight Beach Motel

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Moonlight Beach Motel
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Encinitas
Certificate of Excellence
Dorset England
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39 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Wish I'd stayed longer”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2014

Stayed one night with my wife in February on a coastal trip. Encinitas is a neat little town with a good range of bars and eateries. It is easy to miss this motel as it is set back from the highway in a residential area at the Northern end of town. Very welcoming managers, sparkling clean rooms all well set-up with full kitchen, all crockery, cutlery, glasses and utensils if you choose to eat on your own balcony. Moonlight Beach is well worth a short stroll down to its perfect sands. Moonlight Beach Motel is a little bit of old world. Quirkily charming and well worth a short stay.

Room Tip: Ask for balcony on third floor overlooking the ocean and the glorious sunsets
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Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
Helpful?
Thank Bridboy
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, February 9, 2014
Thank you Bridboy !
We wish you had more time to spend with us longer also, but thank you for taking the path less traveled and finding us ! The Humming Birds left their nest this week and I wish you could have seen their first flights of them leaving the nest ! We have jpgs and some video ... We look forward to your return ... and Thank You for taking the time to be a Senior Contributor on Trip Advisor ... It truly is our best outlet for guests that want to know what we are all about ... Better than our web site ...
cheers ... geo & deb ...
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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sedona
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74 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Moonlight Beach Motel for a second time just after the Christmas Holiday in 2013. We were SO looking forward to some beach time, as we live in AZ. Unfortunately, my boyfriend came down with the flu. While I was able to walk the beach and have dinner with a friend that lives in San Diego, my boyfriend remained in the room. :-(

I am taking the time to write my second review because Deb and George were SO gracious and kind in their care for us. My boyfriend was experiencing "chills" and they made sure we had extra blankets and even provided us with a small space heater for the room. We also went back/forth about whether to extend our trip (I kept praying my BF would feel better. . . .unfortunately he just needed to get HOME!). George provided information about rental car facilities. . .and tried to get us into another room for this extended stay (the room we were in (#301) was not available for an extended stay). We went back/forth about this, and finally decided to return home.

Bottom line: George and Deb make you feel valued and appreciated; they go out of their way to treat you like family while at the same time honoring your privacy. This is a delicate balance and one of their gifts. I travel a lot for business and pleasure and their customer service is truly the best; exceptional.

We are coming back in February for some more Ocean Time. This time we'll be able to really enjoy, in health!

George/Deb: Thanks for being so incredibly special. We look forward to seeing you again

Room Tip: Top Floor rooms do afford the best view but second floor rooms are great too!
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank LoisSedona
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
LoisSedona,

Thank you again for your kind words about the Moonlight Beach Motel, but you give us way to much credit ... We are able to do what we do because Encinitas and the MBM are our home, and we feel that when guests are here they should feel the same way ... you give us far to much credit ... we enjoy what we do, thank you ...

It's always hard when someone feels or gets sick when traveling, and we look forward to your "healthy" return ...

cheers geo & deb ...
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Arlington VA
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74 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2014

We used Trip Advisor to find the Moonlight Beach Motel and weren't disappointed. We checked in just in time to enjoy the sunset from our balcony. The room, quite large with fully equipped kitchen (stove, fridge, microwave), was very comfortable. We weren't sure we'd be staying one night or two, but George convinced us we were close enough to the San Diego airport to make our a.m. flight in plenty of time; it's about 1/2 hour south. Next time we're in the area, we'll be coming back.

Room Tip: I think the 3rd floor rooms have the best views.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank John B
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, January 12, 2014
John B
Thank you for taking the time to review us on TA. As I've always said it means even more when a "Senior Contributor" reviews us because we know you are a seasoned traveler, and Trip Advisor has become so important to letting guests know what to expect at The Moonlight Beach Motel ...
We look forward to your return ...
cheers ... geo & deb ...
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TOKYO
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014

Dear George and Deb

Thank you for your kindness and taking care of me.
Although I visited by myself, since you were very kind to me and much took care of me,
I enjoyed my holiday in Encinitas.
I was able to relax at your room, enough space, convenient kitchen, nice view of ocean
and location was also good! Your cleaning staffs were kind also. Because of your help,
I was able to go many places by myself and enjoyed a winery tour.
I really appreciate you.
Have a nice year, George and Deb!

Michiko in Japan

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank MicTokyo
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, January 11, 2014
Michiko,

Thank you ! Your visit was a breath of fresh air and sunshine at the motel. We were so happy to help you use all the public transportation ... it was a very good learning experience for us also ... your adventurous nature made it all work ! We always try and make our single travelers feel comfortable and safe in a new environment when traveling alone ... arigatou ...

moshi anzen na tabi wo kansha
watashitachi ha itsu no hi ka mata o a i shi masho u

i Phone "iTranslate" app I hope it is close ... LOL
cheers geo & deb
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Fort Saskatchewan, Canada
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13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2013 via mobile

We had a 2 night stay. Very clean with all the basics in the kitchenette! We were surprised and how quiet it was for a weekend. Great restaurants around so we didn't use the kitchen area only for breakfast and to make some tea. If you like a clean older motel this is it, the management are pleasant and helpful! Thanks for the Bird of Paradise flower! It made my wife's day!

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank David S
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, November 18, 2013
David S,
Thank you ... Deb has been really busy making sure the kitchens are stocked with the "basics in the kitchenette!" so that guests can $ave a bit when visiting Encinitas. The "Bird of Paradise" made to travel so you can enjoy it a bit longer is one of debs favorite times of day in the garden ... The flowers seem to make people happy ...
cheers, geo & deb ...
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El Cajon, California
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41 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2013

The rates for winter at this motel are very reasonable, especially when you consider it is less than 2 blocks from the beach. All rooms on the third floor have a very good view of the water. We were in a studio. The room was clean and well maintained. Although the furnishing were sparse and the place needed a coffee maker. We did have kitchenette and the room was very comfortable.

Room Tip: Try for the 3rd floor if you want to look at the ocean from your room and balcony.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank PatH2469
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, November 18, 2013
PatH2469,
Thank you for taking the time to review the MBM and your stay .... I think this was the fastest review we every received after a guest left ! Even after booking a month in advance you did get the smaller studio on the third floor, but with only 24 rooms they do get booked well in advance on weekends ... We do have 10 cup coffee pots upon request, and I'm sorry you didn't know that. Most people on short stays end up at "The Loffty Coffee Co." on A street or enjoy the fresh brew and muffins in the office at 9am when we open ... Next time remind us and you will have one in your room. We look forward to your return ...
cheers, geo & deb ...
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

Perfect location. Very comfortable. We stayed in room 305 and the view from the balcony is the best. Encinitas has been a favorite of ours since we met 26 years ago. Moonlight Beach Motel is the best place to stay!

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
Helpful?
1 Thank Jill K
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, November 17, 2013
Jill K
See you for your 26th Anniversary or sooner we hope !
The third floor (any room's) do have great views, but everyone should know no matter what room your able to get, the most important thing is your at the beach and in Encinitas ! Thank you for your review ...
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 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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