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Tucson, Arizona
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved the uniqueness of the rooms all being a different motif. I got a choice of rooms by the front desk clerk, Dawn. I had a partial view of the ocean and the room was very large and comfortable. I too am SAD about the planned renovations. The bathrooms need up-grading as well as electricity as some of the... More 

Thank jjb883
Woodland Hills, California, United States
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35 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the third time I stayed in this place. it is the BEST location if you are going to Del Mar or Solana Beach surfing or whatever. The hotel is SUPER charming and I LOVE the shingle look which REALLY goes with the name Cardiff, it reminds you of a cottage in England. BUT I understand they are going... More 

1 Thank ThemisZG
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16 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Great location by the beach, restaurants and bars. Clean, bright rooms. Friendly and helpful staff. Roof top patio with firepit. However, the rooms were old. And yes, I knew that going there, but I just wanted to mention it for others. Even though the rooms were old, it was still a nice stay. It will be much better after renovations!

1 Thank Linda F
1 review
Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We've came here to spend a night, but decided to stay for two. It's amazing place, very cozy and comfy. The beach is so close, we even get an ocean view number. On the top of the building there is a nice. Fire place to spend cold evenings. Decently check this place out.

Thank Alexey A
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Clean hotel with friendly,helpful staff,close to all amenities and 200 yards to the beach via the camper park and the railway crossing, Free parking and wi-fi. Great view from the upper deck which has a spa pool and fire pit lit in the evening.

Thank scott a
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15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2016

Ill make this short and sweet as this place is not worth my time. Heard this place was cool with its themed rooms and location by the ocean. this is a small inn with maybe 15 rooms that are all themed in some fashion. i was in the Mediterranean room # 105 in the back that looked out over the... More 

Thank vegas-vetran
Sedona, Arizona
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29 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

check in was easy. the southwest room has windows facing the ocean. this is a handmade boutique hotel with a fantastic roof garden to watch the sunset. yes, we heard the train go by with the loud whistles . across the street is the zumbar coffee shop with great coffee in the morning. easy to walk across the street and... More 

Thank Karen P
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Very quirky and extremely friendly. Rooms are individually named (we stayed in the Mediterranean). It has a roof top terrace where you can relax and enjoy the sunshine, or chill out in the hot tub. A firepit is lit after sun down. The terrace is a fantastic view point to watch the sun go down, but don't blink, its gone... More 

Thank Su R
Santa Clarita, California
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16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016

Lodge has great location overlooking the ocean. Each room theme is unique, some decorated better than others. We had the Hawaiian room which was nice for us considering we were going to a Jimmy Buffett concert. Some seemed a little gaudy. Rooftop jacuzzi and fire pit were nice. Good view for morning coffee and/or nice setting for roasting marshmallows (supplied... More 

Thank BJWendy
Murrieta, California
1 review
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Super location! Rooms are clean and roomy, not fancy but perfect for a little beach town. 2 block off the water, roof top with plenty of seating, spa & fire pit! Ocean view for miles!!! Great breakfast burritos around the corner, eating breakfast and drinking coffee on the roof is addicting. Only 17 rooms here, feels like you are staying... More 

Thank waterskimama

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • Beachfront
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
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  • Hot Tub
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A block from the beach in a laid back beach community, fire pit & Jacuzzi in roof garden lounge, breakfast included, all rooms unique decor, many restaurants nearby ... more   less 

Additional Information about Cardiff by the Sea Lodge

Address: 142 Chesterfield, Cardiff, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007
Region: United States > California > Encinitas > Cardiff-by-the-Sea
Price Range: £84 - £183 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Cardiff by the Sea Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“If you can't walk up stairs, get a room on first floor.”
 of 5 bubbles jjb883, 20 Nov 2016 | Read review
“My ALWAYS favorite is the Paradise Room”
 of 5 bubbles ThemisZG, 17 Nov 2016 | Read review
“ask for the second floor with ocean views”
 of 5 bubbles KarenP831, 28 Sep 2016 | Read review
“View decor and choices of each room online.”
 of 5 bubbles BJWendy, 20 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Ask ahead for the best room for your type of visit... they have something unique for everyone.”
 of 5 bubbles MGam9, 24 Aug 2016 | Read review
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