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Moonlight Beach Motel

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Palm Beach, Florida
Reviewed 27 July 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...

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

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...

Tucson, Arizona
Reviewed 21 July 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...

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

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...

Reviewed 16 June 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...

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

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

Austin
Reviewed 3 June 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...

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

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 ......

Manhasset, New York
Reviewed 15 May 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...

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

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...

New York City, New York
Reviewed 9 May 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...

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

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...

Mesa, Arizona
Reviewed 28 April 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...

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

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 ......

Joliet, Illinois
Reviewed 27 April 2014

My wife stayed in this little gem of a motel in the quiet beach town of Encinitas a few years ago, and was delighted with it. So when we planned our family's weeklong vacation to San Diego this winter, we booked a room at the Moonlight Beach Motel's weekly rate and used it as our home base, rather than move...

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Mike B Thank you Mike for taking the time to review and describe your visit. It really helps other travelers know what Encinitas and the MBM motel is all about ! Yes, we agree ... the cat is out of the bag about Encinitas and the MBM, but we always seem to have something that works ... We look forward...

Flagstaff, Arizona
Reviewed 15 April 2014

We originally decided to stay here because of 'bad' reviews by guests who stayed here and were upset about being asked to be quiet after 9 pm! We immediately booked and have returned every year for 5 years. The spacious room with a simple kitchen arrangement and a view of the ocean makes us feel as if it is our...

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Flagsteve, Thank you for taking the time to review the MBM and your visit to Encinitas. Deb and I have only been the keeper of the keys for 3 of your 5 year visits, but we have continued to policy that we have guiet hours from 9:00 pm to 9:00 am with no gatherings in the rooms during those hours....

Vero Beach, Florida
Reviewed 3 April 2014

Traveling along the California coast far from home in coastal Florida, our Roadtrek's passenger window suddenly needed a motor--a kind of blessing as it turns out because we discovered Keith's Auto in Encinitas (emphatic 5 stars btw) and our new favorite southern California hotel. This place is the real thing: genuinely enjoyable amenities in elegantly homey condition, real people managing...

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Don D AKA "Robin Hood" I wish I had a jpg to post ! Thank you for taking the time to post your first review on "TRIP ADVISOR" I know you will use it more as your travels continue ... I'm so glad you found us, Encinitas and Keith's Auto ! Yes, Encinitas and Moonlight Beach are special ... You...

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • 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 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 

Additional Information about Moonlight Beach Motel

Address: 233 2nd St, Encinitas, CA 92024-3272
Region: United States > California > Encinitas
Price Range: $112 - $238 (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.”
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“High rooms for view, low rooms for courtyard use.”
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“Rooms on the third floor have the best views of the beach.”
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