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“Safe haven for single mom and young son on Spring Break”

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Moonlight Beach Motel
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Encinitas
Certificate of Excellence
San Rafael
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Safe haven for single mom and young son on Spring Break”
Reviewed 23 April 2012

Hats off to George and his wife for creating a safe get-away walking distance from the beach! They gave us great tips for surf lessons and spots, lent us boogie boards and made sure we felt safe and comfortable our entire stay! We will definitely be back!

Room Tip: The third floor rooms have best view of the beach and least noise from neighboring rooms.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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2 Thank surfermamita
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, 28 April 2012
Hats off to you for Helping your son experience "The Endless Summer" "in search of the perfect wave" ... You seem to enjoy it also !!! :^)

Thanks for taking the time to post your review on TripAdvisor ...

We hope to see you both again soon ...

cheers geo & deb ...

PS ...

As you know we closed down the Motel just after you left to do some improvements , and I want to take this opportunity to tell all our TripAdvisor friends Deb and I have been working on the property and if you got the message machine wile we were not in the office we are sorry. Leave a message even during business hours, and we will return your call ASAP. Normal office hours will be back soon, And will reopen the weekend of Cinco de Mayo if all goes as planed ...
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Los Angeles
1 review
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Reviewed 13 April 2012

We recently moved to CA and were checking out Encinitas as a place to purchase a home. We had been to Encinitas before and really liked it. We picked this hotel because of it's location and the price was really reasonable. We have two young children 6 and 4 which loved being able to walk to the awesome playground and beach right down the street. We walked to restaurants and coffee shops. The staff was really friendly and went out of their way to point us in the direction of nice neighborhoods, good schools and local things to do. The room was clean and had a view. We are going back again this weekend and once we move to Encinitas we will recommend this place to our friends and family that come to visit!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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4 Thank Amanda G
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, 17 April 2012
Amanda G,

Great seeing you and the family again this wekend, and the great news you didn't know when you did this post.

It's bitter sweet ... we lose a great family as guests, but gain great neighbor's ...

See you again soon ...

cheers, geo & deb
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2012

My girlfriend and I stayed for four nights in March 2012. The owners could not have been more helpfull. They went out of their way to make sure that our holiday and stay at the motel was perfect.

We had a two bedroom apartment on the second floor, with a verandah to sit and watch the beach and the sunsets. The beds were extremely comfortable and the kitchenette was well stocked with all anyone could need. The cleanliness of the apartment was excellent also.

The owners were extremely friendly with fresh coffee every morning and bagels or croisants to go - who could ask for more and at no cost.

Would recommend this Motel to anyone

Two happy travellers in Encinitas, due to the hosts of the Moonlight Beach Motel. Will be back when budget permits.

Alisha Upton
Oyster Bay - Australia

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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3 Thank Alisha U
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, 16 April 2012
Alisha,

Glad you had a safe trip home ... It's a long one to Australia!

Also, as always, Thanks for taking the time to post your review on TripAdvisor. It's always good to hear what international guests think of Encinitas and The Moonlight Beach Motel on their first visit.

Save your $$$ and come back soon ...

cheers geo & deb ...
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Copenhagen
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2012

I had a GREAT stay at The Moonlight Beach Motel!! Its a very cosy place in a great location and the managers Debra and George are extremely nice. I was surprised to see how big the rooms were - the size of a 2 room apartment with fully equipped kitchen, a big balcony with a fantastic ocean view, nice bathrooms and a big bedroom. Everything you need is there (including wireless internet and tv), its clean and everyone in the staff are friendly. On top of that you have a cosy bbq area just outside the window and coffee and muffins in the morning are included in the rate.
Locationwise it couldnt be better! In just 2 minutes you are on the moonlight beach or on the coast highway 101 where you find lots of small and cosy shops, cafes and restaurants. The neighbourhood is so charming, with its small streets and beautyful creatively build houses. If you like surfing, this is the place. The Lofty Bean is just around the corner where you can get a 2$ cup of organic coffee, and very close is also the wholefoods market that offers very good food.
I stayed at the moonlight beach motel for 8 days - 6 of them alone, and I was as a woman not uncomfortable walking the streets alone after dark in this neighbourhood, its a friendly place.

I highly recommend this place, its a very, very good motel, the rates are better than other hotels/motels in this area and you dont want to miss having your own balcony with a pacific ocean view.

Room Tip: 2nd andf 3rd floor has the balcony with oceanview.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
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3 Thank Laerke N
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, 17 April 2012
Laerke N,
Thanks so much for finding us in your journey and sharing your wonderful energy as you dashed off each day to another local Encinitas adventure. You did the game "room dance" of changing rooms and staying extra days like a MBM pro ... another great international traveler ...

I hope you are able to return before you return to Copenhagen.

cheers ...

geo & deb
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San Diego, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2012 via mobile

Room have no security chains. George the manager made sexually suggestive comments to me.  When I rebuffed him he became angry and screamed at me to get out of the room.  He even offered not to charge me.  The rooms have no security chains so I blocked the door with a chair.  

I specifically asked for NO MAID SERVICE and posted the DO NOT DISTURB sign outside my door.  I was gone from the room for an hour.  When I returned it was obvious someone had been in my room.

Stayed March 2012
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12 Thank fioria13
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, 28 March 2012
FOR THE Forth TIME !!! I state …
Please be advised that this review was posted on different sites, now four different times, FLAGGED and taken down but under a different names. I have been in touch with TripAdvisor and FLAGGED this review also and told them the truth about the situation and the kind of person we were dealing with. Please read all the true and honest reviews on this site and others that so many travelers have posted about the motel, and you can make your own decisions. We pride our self on our reputation.

This situation was in no way as it was described by the guest in her so called review. I know these kind of issues are going to the supreme court for such problems with postings like this.

I hope this clears up any questions as to the truth of this matter.
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Kingman, Arizona
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2012

We stayed our kids and I for spring break and really had tons of FUN! listen this place is super comfy, wonderful staff, great area for bbq with OCEAN view and very nice 3 minute stroll from the room. there is a coffee shop around the corner the LOFTY BEAN that makes the best lattes and banana nut bread. Very nice, the location has good place to eat. The drive around if you need to run any where is all close and shopping is good. This is the place if you come to Encinitas you stay at the "Moonlight Beach Motel"!

We will be back here again! my children were comfortable here the beds were amazingly comfy and listen if your looking for a great price and great kind service? this is the place for you or for you and the family together!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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2 Thank Chrys H
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, 21 March 2012
chrysH,
Thank you for taking the time to review the Moonlight Beach Motel on TripAdvisor. It's always nice to hear what first time guests have to say about the motel ... I must give you 5 stars for being such a wonderful mom and your children were so polite and wonderful to have as guests ...

"definition of polite - 1. showing good manners toward others, as in behavior, speech, etc. 2. refined or cultured:"

We look forward to your return visit ... cheers geo & deb
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St Petersburg, Fl
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2012

With two friends, I stayed for six nights at the Moonlight Beach Motel. It is a great location for visiting the San Diego area. George and Deb were very helpful and went out of their way to make sure our needs were met--there was some confusion in the beginning which they jumped to put right. We enjoyed beach walks and sunsets and the convince of being able to walk to the downtown area with its funky shops and very good food. While it is true the rooms are a bit dated, they are clean, with plenty of space to spread out.

I would stay there again and recommend the accommodation to friends.

Room Tip: If you want a view of the Ocean ask for the second or third floor.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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2 Thank SunshineFL37
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Property: Moonlight Beach Motel
Address: 233 2nd Street, Encinitas, CA 92024
Region: United States > California > Encinitas
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 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 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 
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