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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Ended our profile Desert Trip in sunny Encinitas. We parked the van when we arrived and didn't have to drive at all for four days! Walking distance to excellent food & drink. Fabulous Boutiques and Salons on 101. Check out happy hour. Beautiful clean Beach. Ocean views with an outdoor patio with grill. Modest comfortable rooms and friendly staff. Excellent... More 

1 Thank Lisa M
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Dear Lisa M, Thank you for endorsing all the fun things that make The Moonlight Beach Motel and Encinitas have have to offer for visitors. We look forward to your return ... cheers geo & deb More 

New York City, New York
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016

This charming small motel has been providing a terrific place to stay for beach-lovers since the 1970s. The decor of the rooms has not been substantially updated recently, but if you want a really quiet, restful place to stay, with fabulous amenities, in an absolutely stunning location, and at a price that is unbeatable considering the location, then this is... More 

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

Dear invertpaleo, As always thanks for taking the time and sharing all the wonderful things Encinitas and "The Moonlight Beach Motel" have to offer ... after 25 + years as a guest your nice words mean so much to us and and are very helpful to future 1st time quests ... cheers ... geo & deb More 

Orlando, Florida
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173 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016

You could find no place closer to the beach or better views from the balcony than Moonlight Beach Motel. The rooms were spacious and the fact that there is a kitchen is a definite bonus. The owner lives on sight and is extremely nice and helpful. The only reason I did to give it an even better rating is because... More 

1 Thank Margaret C
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Margaret C Thank you for taking the time to review the MBM ... Yes, it's always good to have a kitchen and have options other than just eating out when visiting Encinitas, with "Smart & Finial" & "Whole Foods" close by ... Thank you for your kind words, but we are the "Keepers of The Keys" and the owners are... More 

Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Stayed here only briefly but was a faultless visit. After a long drive we were greeted by a great smile at reception. It was stroll to the beach for refreshing afternoon swim then back to room before a short walk to the main street to find a big selection of places to eat. Coffee bar around the corner for breakfast... More 

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

alohadanhennessy so often i don't know who posts things to T/A, but you gave yourself away ... yes the town is neat and Lofty Coffee is quite cool ... yes we try yo get expensive things back to you asap ... but most of all you were happy ... cheers geo ... More 

Newbury Park, CA
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 August 2016

We stayed here with our family of five, kids ages 13, 11 and 9, for five nights in August. We didn't spend much time in our room but the beds were comfortable and the room was clean. So nice to have the kitchenette, mostly just used for storage of drinks and beach picnic items since we don't like to cook... More 

1 Thank Jennifer B
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Jennifer B Thank you for your fine writing ... very well said ... Thank you Now I remember why I love sooo Encinitas and the Moonlight each ... Some times i get distracted and forget all the new shops, bars and restaurants that are new in the last couple of years ... and the ocean ... It's always great when... More 

Los Angeles, California
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68 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2016

We came here for a quick weekend get away, knowing we wanted to spend most of our time at the beach, which is two blocks away. It was wonderful to wake up, put flip flops ad walk to the sand. The staff is helpful, rooms are no frills but comfortable, internet was spotty, but we didn't come to work. If... More 

1 Thank Laura N
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Laura N, Thank you for your honest review of the internet ... Bringing it up lets me be able to remind guests that the internet is basic but there are certain rooms that are better. If internet is a deal breaker talk it over before you book. Summer of 2016 almost 2/3rds gone ... cheers geo ... More 

Marina del Rey, California
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26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2016

First time here, place is vintage motor Motel! Had a little kitchen, a nice porch with table and chairs. Bed was very comfy! TV was at the foot of the bed, every thing was clean and comfortable. 1.5 blocks to Moonlight beach downhill, uphill coming back.. Great neighborhood. Restaurants close, nice downtown. Will be back.. Manager has coffee ready at... More 

1 Thank Pat H
MoonlightBeachMotel, Owner at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Pat H, Level 4 traveler, thank you for finding us (it's not easy) and taking the time to review and tell other guests about the MBM, Moonlight Beach and Encinitas ... " vintage motor Motel!" is a new one to me, but I like it and take it as a complaimet since the owners who built it and still own... More 

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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

We have stayed at this motel for many years. We always stay here when coming to Encinitas. The staff is very informative, helpful and courteous. The motel is close to many fine places to eat, shop, and sight see, and within walking distance down the hill to beach. There is a play area for kids, snack Shack and bathroom facilities... More 

4 Thank Fass100
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Fass100, Thank you for taking the time to tell TA about the MBM and Encinitas ... I would like to expand on your description of the "to be able to climb stairs" Only the third floor has no elevator, and you have to go up apx. 20 steps ... We always look forward to your return. Cheers ... geo &... More 

Denver, Colorado
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2016

This property is a short walk to the beach and a few restaurants. The rooms appear to have been recently remodeled and are very nice. The property is clean and far enough away from the train tracks and highway to minimize the noise. Rates seemed really reasonable.

3 Thank DGC47
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

DGC47 Short but sweet, kind and informative review ! The rooms have not been remodeled, but we have tried to keep the magic lamp polished. The Motel was built in 1976, So this is it's 40th anniversary. Still owned and operated by the family that built it ... cheers geo&deb ... More 

Buckeye, Arizona
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107 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2016

Our first time staying here we found to be very nice. Great views from the 3rd floor rooms. A block from Moonlight Beach. The room was clean but aged. No memory foam or flat screen TV's. The views are fantastic and it is located right in the middle of old Encinitas. Best bang for your buck in this area. Room... More 

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

Robert D Thank you ... I'm so glad your first visit, and hopefully many more to come, will continue to get such positive reviews from you and our other guests ... With reviews like yours, people know what to expect, and that is the most important thing "Trip Advisor can do for the traveling world ... cheers geo & deb... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • 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 Street, Encinitas, CA 92024
Region: United States > California > Encinitas
Price Range: $114 - $243 (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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“First floor with three queen beds and a full kitchen.”
 of 5 bubbles I583OWlisam, 23 Oct 2016 | Read review
“High rooms for view, low rooms for courtyard use.”
 of 5 bubbles invertpaleo, 7 Oct 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, 1 Oct 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, 22 Jun 2016 | Read review
“As always the 2nd floor quieter. Parking is limited soj if you arrive later you may be parking in a distancefrom your room.”
 of 5 bubbles DGC47, 15 May 2016 | Read review
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