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Moonlight Beach Motel

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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...

Denver, Colorado
Reviewed 25 February 2014

I have been staying here for several years and I always feel like I am coming home on every visit. I love to walk, bike and take the train when I travel and staying at the MBM makes all 3 so easy to do. The motel is perfect for a solo traveler. Walking distance to the beach, good restaurants and...

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

SGM60, Well ... I have nothing to say except "Thank You ! " You nailed what Encinitas and the MBM has to offer ... Yes ... Any room on the third floor has great views ... But again I have to say ... we only have 24 rooms, (8 on the third floor) and we are in a quiet residential...

Indianapolis, Indiana
Reviewed 18 February 2014

Great place to stay for travelers with simple needs. Wonderful owners and staff, very accommodating and friendly. Clean and well kept rooms, nothing fancy, but all functional. Great little kitchenette for those who don't always want to dine out. Just two blocks to a great beach, and walkable to practical stores, boutiques, and restaurants. Really great coffee and tea just...

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

jeanne8jones, "KISS" Productions "Keep It Simple Silly" Yes ! Simple we are at the MBM But we are not the owners, only the "keepers of the keys" Thanks for your kind words ... I would like to remind all of our Trip Advisor readers as we come into the busy summer season that everyone must realize with only 24 rooms...

Nokomis, Florida
Reviewed 14 February 2014

Read about this motel on Trip Advisor. Everything was just as written up! Great location! Close walk to the beach and downtown. Spacious suite. Dated inside but clean and gorgeous view of the ocean from the balcony. Train is close and whistle lets you know it is there, but didn't disturb our sleep and we are very light sleepers. Dollar...

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

Pat G Yes, like I have always said ! Trip Advisor is our number one, and the ONLY Internet web site we use ... We are small and although it may seem dated like the TV's and furniture, we only book by phone and personal contact because we try and make everyone happy ... BUT PLEASE realize, we try to...

Seattle
Reviewed 14 February 2014

The owners are wonderful; they are so friendly and helpful. It's a bargain for the location. It is a motel - so no frills (older furniture, tv, and old school bedspread and blanket) but it is clean and has a kitchenette with a full size fridge. Highly recommend this place if you are looking for a simple place in a...

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

Sls1104 Thank you for your review ... we always try and match up the review with past guests but it is always near impossible ... Deb and I are not the owners, we are just the "keepers of the keys". I was a guest since 1991 before the original owners that built it in 1976 and still operate it today...

Dorset England
Reviewed 9 February 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...

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

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 ......

sedona
Reviewed 29 January 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...

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

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...

Arlington VA
Reviewed 11 January 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...

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

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...

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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
Internet
  • 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: $111 - $236 (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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“Get the 3rd floor room. The view is nice to wake up to.”
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“3d floor rooms have view of the ocean.”
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