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“Over the Moon with our stay at Moonlight Beach Motel!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Moonlight Beach Motel
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Encinitas
Certificate of Excellence
Palm Beach, Florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Over the Moon with our stay at Moonlight Beach Motel!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2014

Let me start by saying that we have visited North County San Diego for several years now and we have to say that Moonlight Beach Motel has it all. This was our first stay and we stayed for a little over a week. We were very pleased with the room size it had a fantastic little kitchen in the room we stayed in and had everything you could possible need. There is a nice patio area with a couple gas grills. We grilled out a couple nights and had wonderful dinners. The bed was very comfortable and it was nice to sleep with the sliding glass door open to feel the ocean breezes. The balcony is a nice size with an umbrella table, a great place to have your morning coffee and evening cocktail. Encinitas is a super little coastal beach town with plenty of things to see and do. It was nice to take early morning walks on the beach or watch an evening sunsets too! I have to say one of the reasons our stay was so enjoyable was that George and his wife were the best, they work hard to keep this gem by the ocean running top notch. They insured that we had a comfortable and enjoyable stay. We appreciated that. We will return to Moonlight Beach Motel again, again, and again! Thank you Moonlight Beach Motel for our great vacation!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Encinitas101
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, August 1, 2014
Encinitas101,

Well there is not much more I can say except Thanks ! for an informative and nice review ... Makes me want to book it for my next vacation ... Don't laugh ...
We look forward to your return ...
cheers geo & deb ...

PS ... It's 08-01-2014 and we made it through our third July !
Thank you to all our return and new guests this summer ...
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  • 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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Tucson, Arizona
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2014

What can I say about the location? If you want the beach climate, this one is for you.

The hotel has been around for a long time, and part of the property needs some maintenance. The front door of our room had several visible vertical cracks and some sunlight could come thru the cracks. Not a major concern, but I have never stayed in a room with a cracked front door.

I had a real hard time with the wi-fi and had to go outside the room just to get connected. It was a surprise to me in that we only had one iPad, unlike some others who may have tried to connect several devices at once.

It would have been better if the coffee and muffins had been available during breakfast hours. Nine a.m. Is simply too late for such items. We adapted by cooking our own breakfast and making own coffee in the room.

The managers were friendly and professional. The beds were very comfortable and the room was clean and spacious.

Room Tip: Ocean view on second and third floor.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank SkywalkerAZ
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, July 21, 2014
Skywalker,

Thanks for taking the time to post your review on TA. We rely on these posts so people know what to expect and what not to expect when staying at the MBM ...
Yes, The Moonlight Beach Motel has been around for a long time, and the cracks in the doors are on "the list" ... "We are on Beach Time" and it's July. We fix them often, but the ocean winds blow thru the rooms all to often and slam the old wood doors so hard, the cracks keep coming back ... As our regular guests know from the rocks that we keep by the doors to try and not have this problem happen ...

Wi-Fi ... Yes, although we pay a lot for 100 m Download and 20 m upload seasoned travelers always know that when the motel or hotel is full it's not the number of devices you have, but how many total guests are on line. As far as "hot spots" The best rooms at the MBM motel often have the worse wi-fi hot spots because it's just the way the signals are. This is why we don't charge for this service ... This is not the Motel for a business traveler that needs this service.

Coffee and Muffins ... We don't advertise any sort of breakfast at all since all rooms have fully stocked kitchens, and coffee pots are available upon request. We have complementary coffee and packaged muffins in the office when we open at 9:00am for guests that just need a little get up and go until they get stocked. We are not a 24 hour motel, but more of a residential property...
I hope this helps you and other travelers know what the Moonlight Beach Motel is all about ... Thank you for you kind and informative review ...
cheers ... geo & deb ...
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2014

This is THE BESTEST Motel EVER! My husband and I stay here for little mini STAYCATIONS all the time. We live in North County San Diego, but love love love staying here just to get away. It's quaint, comfortable and cozy. Close to everything! Some of our favorite places are within walking distance. Not to mention, the beach is right down the street. We have all of our visitors stay here when they come to town. We will continue to stay here until we're not able!!!

  • Stayed September 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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3 Thank Sondee O
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, June 21, 2014
Sondee O,
"We will continue to stay here until we're not able!!!"
I'm sure that will be many years to come !!!
Thank you for your review of the motel, and Encinitas !
Yes Encinitas is the American Riviera
cheers ... geo & deb
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Austin
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14 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2014

We enjoyed the family-run ambiance of this well situated and nicely maintained motel! Definitely non-corporate, it's managed by friendly folks who obviously care a great deal about the property and their guests. I think at one time most motels were managed like this one, but sadly they are getting harder and harder to find.

The location is great, just a couple of blocks from Moonlight beach, and block off 101 so you can find stuff to eat or hit the little coffee place right around the corner in the morning. (There's also a fridge and stove in the room should you like to prepare your own!). Good wi-fi and cable, too. No complaints whatsoever about this wonderful little motel in one of Southern California's prettiest little towns. Highly recommended. We'll be back!

  • Stayed May 2014, 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
Helpful?
1 Thank DonGregorio
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, June 6, 2014
DonGregorio,
Yes, "at one time most motels were managed like this one, "
And we wouldn't be here if it were corporate ... It just wouldn't be us ...

Being the "keepers of the keys" deb and I enjoy our job, and to live in Encinitas is the icing on the cake ... We look forward to your return ...
cheers ... geo & deb ...
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Manhasset, New York
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2014

My first trip to Encinitas was made that much nicer by the lovely couple who greeted me as I arrived. Thank you, Deb & George, for having flowers in the room, a coffee maker & toaster at our disposal and towels galore. All this plus directions, restaurant suggestions and shopping tips.
Our view from the balcony was heavenly and the "no ruckus"
atmosphere quite peaceful.
It was a perfect location for beach, dining and shopping.
Regards from NY
Margo

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Tiny116
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, May 27, 2014
Dear Margo, AKA "Tiny116",
Thank you for your kind words about Deb and I. Yes, we also enjoy the flower gardens the owners have planted around the property. The "no ruckus" atmosphere is a must in the residential area where the motel is located. As the summer of 2014 approaches we always want all guests to know we have and enforce quiet hours from 9 PM to 9 AM each day with no gatherings or unregistered motel guests in the rooms and on the property after 9 PM.
Hopefully this will be your first of many trips to Encinitas and the MBM ...
We look forward to your return ...
cheers ... geo & deb ...
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New York City, New York
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2014

I love to travel to Encinitas CA to visit my brother Jay and stay at the Moonlight Beach Motel. Since I discovered this 'jewel' about 6 years ago, I have traveled from the East to West Coast annually and stayed there for at least one full week and enjoyed 'every moment'.... I love the proximity to Moonlight Beach, the comfortable lodging accommodations and kitchenette, the view, the coffee, logistics are ideal for me with Amtrak, San Diego and Palm Springs within easy access and MOST IMPORTANTLY, the TLC and responsiveness that George and Deb demonstrate to all their guests. I appreciate this so much! I wish the owners would convert this building to either co-ops or condos and I would buy in and live bi-coastally between CA, NYC and Virginia Beach. This would be a PERFECT lifestyle for me ! ............from Fay K......NYC and Virginia Beach....PS....Encinitas also has a terrific 'Y' with pools, updated fitness equipment, steam and sauna...can't beat it !.

  • Stayed January 2014, 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?
5 Thank Fay K
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, May 13, 2014
Fay K,
Thanks for your very informative description of Encinitas and the MBM!
But be careful what you wish for ... "co-ops or condos"
Motels like the MBM are harder to come by year after year, and so many people enjoy their stays here I hope your wish does not come true ... :^)
But I understand why you would wish for that, the location is ideal to beach,
and down town Encinitas is only a short walk away ...
Deb and I enjoy our job at the Moonlight Beach Motel, so the TLC is easy to do.
We look forward to your return ...
cheers geo & deb ...
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Mesa, Arizona
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2014

We have stayed here a few times. The hotel is wonderful. The rate for this hotel is extremely reasonable. All rooms have a kitchenette, Most rooms have a view of the ocean from your balcony. You are two blocks from the ocean and Moonlight Beach. There are many surfers in the water throughout the day. Very enjoyable hotel and the property owners are top notch.They really care about your stay.

Room Tip: There are many small restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank MeCorona
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, May 3, 2014
MeCorona
Thank you for the kind words and positive review.
Yes, being so close to down town and the beach are two of our best features! We are not the property owners, but they are "top notch" and we are so lucky to be the "keepers of the keys" at the MBM ...
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 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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