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Moonlight Beach Motel
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Encinitas
Certificate of Excellence
Woodland, California
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32 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Best location in Encinitas”
Reviewed 26 June 2012

Loved my stay here. Perfect location. We celebrated our anniversary here and renewed our vows at the moonlight beach overlook. Our party was at the Leucadia Pizzeria and Italian restaurant. Photo shoot on the beach. Bonfire with s'mores in the evening at the fire pits. All were within a couple blocks walking distance. Rooms were clean and large. View of the ocean from our second floor balcony was great.Comfortable beds. Enjoyed the hospitality of our hosts. We will definitely be back. Beach umbrellas and boogie boards were very useful as well. Bring your own beach towels.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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5 Thank dentistmom
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, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, 26 June 2012
dentistmom,

It was fun ... When you ran in the door (dressed for the event) and did not even have time to check in, but we just handed you the keys so you could make the sunset, to your wonderful family and friends that joined you ... Were glad you picked the Moonlight Beach Motel for this special occasion and hope to see you for many more ...

cheers geo & deb ...
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Copenhagen
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2012

We were asking around for a place to stay in Encinitas, and the local coffee shop suggested we talk to the Moonlight Beach Inn. We wanted to stay a month, but they only had two nights available. We decided to take them, anyway, and it's now been 3 weeks and we're still here.

The view of the ocean is spectacular, the beach is so close there really is no excuse not to get in the water every day, the managers, George and Deb, are the most hospitable and helpful and kind and wonderful hosts ever, and the other guests are sweet and lively and not too noisy.

Our room faces the barbeque area where other guests frequently cook dinner and offer us a bite.

A great little gem of a place run by great people.

Definitely worth staying at.

Room Tip: 108 is excellent - tucked away in the corner, yet facing the BBQ area.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank CalvinConaway
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, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, 26 June 2012
CalvinConaway,

WOW ... "Senior Reviewer" on Trip Advisor ... I'm glad you were happy ... LOL It's always special when we get reviews from "Senior Reviewer's" on Trip Advisor ...

Yes ... Your Karma and the "breath of fresh air" you and P_ _ _ B_ _ (can't post names) brought to the Moonlight Beach Motel has been overwhelming ... From "Taking time to smell the fresh cut grass in the morning" to seeing you come and go to all the yoga classes, and just your general love you have for each day for life brought a sense of calmness to my sometime stressful day at work and helped me take time to also see the warm light ... Thank You ...

Deb and I will miss you both so much ! It's not over yet ... There is still time for another cancelation ... We hope that your travels and adventures in life bring you back to us soon ...

cheers geo & deb ...
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2012

Great for family and friends. We come here once a year with my wife and 2 kids 6years and 3 year old and usually we have other family join us. Love the patio and bbqs great place to hang out and have dinner. Beach less five minute walk. I hope to make this trip twice a year. Thanks for a great time.

  • Stayed June 2012
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2 Thank Rjsee32
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, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, 30 June 2012
Rjsee32,

Thanks for taking the time to review on Trip Advisor ...

We look forward to your return visits ...

cheers, ge & deb
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2012 via mobile

Recently stayed for a weekend at moonlight beach, we did not have a reservation but we were lucky enough to secure the last room available. The rooms are a little dated but are perfectly clean & tidy with wifi, kitchen facilities & onsite parking is also available.
The town of Encinitas is in easy walking distance, many great restaraunts & cafe's are close by & best of all, moonlight beach is only 100 metres away!
Great place to stay for a beachside get away or for an overseas traveller looking to stay close to San Diego but far enough away from the city to relax by the beach.

Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Shaunwaz
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, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, 26 June 2012
Shaunwaz,

We are always surprised and happy when international quests walk in the door ... It seems like it was meant to be. Because a lot of our quests are long time, return, reservation guests. With only 24 rooms in the Motel (each with their own charm) just getting any room is always a charm. But it's always frustrating when people try and book a room and none are available, then a cancelation comes in (not to often with our 2 week cancelation policy) and some one will walk in the door and we will have a room ... We hope to se you again on your next visit to San Diego (The sister city to "Sydney" some people say)

cheers geo& deb
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Phoenix, AZ
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2012

I talked to George multiple times before we arrived as guest... From the first phone call, I could tell "this was the place". He and Deb may not "own" this home away from home, but they treat this quintessential "motel" like it is their home and you are their guests. They literally love this hotel and this town, and it shows. Coming from Arizona I was not very keen on a cliched San Diego vacation, but I fell in love with Moonlight Beach, Encinitas and the Moonlight Beach Motel. My wife and I brought our two boisterous nephews, our teenage daughter and her best friend. Everyone found their own hanging in and out at the property. The girls felt safe and secure walking to and from the beach at all hours of the day and night. We can't wait to return... maybe this time without kids =) Thanks again George and Deb for making our stay perfect, and keeping this place as you do with it's small beach town vibe.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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2 Thank jim85004
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, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, 26 June 2012
jim85308,

Yes, we spend a lot of time on the phone, but we try and give first time guests a real picture of what to expect and tell them what "The Moonlight Beach Motel" is all about ... Yes, it is also our home away from home and not just a job, and we have met so many wonderful quests that have become new friends ... The Motel is in a quiet residential area at the beach, so we want all our quests to know that it is a home away from home, and not a party motel that doesn't respect it's neighbors. So when we post "QUIET HOURS ARE FROM 9:00PM TO 9:00AM, IN THE BBQ PATIO AREA, THE ROOMS & BALCONIES." we mean it ... We hope quests are not offended when we enforce this request, not only for other guests, but our local neighbors ... We want EVERY ONE to have a fun and an enjoyable time ...

cheers, geo &deb ...
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 June 2012

I stayed at Moonlight Beach motel once, last August (2011). I stayed the year before in a different motel a bit farther from Moonlight Beach. I am aching to get back to moonlight Beach, and to stay at Moonlight motel. What more can you ask for? The location is amazing, very short walk to the beach. It is also a short walk to the local grocery store, close enough that one or two people could easily carry back a weeks worth of food. I think the next time my husband and I visit Encinitas we will just park ourselves at Moonlight Motel and relax everyday at the beach, and in the area. Not sure if they still have the Seaside bazaar on A but they did last year and I loved it. All of my trips to Moonlight Beach have left me feeling like it was the place I wanted to be forever, and Moonlight Beach Motel helped make it so convenient and easy to have that feeling day in and day out. We already took a vacation to Florida this year, stayed in a 5 star resort and it was wondeful but it left me yearning for Moonlight :) Can't wait to be back next year!!!

Room Tip: We had a first floor room facing the Ocean, right off the grilling patio. It was wonderful. The seco...
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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1 Thank MissingMoonlight
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, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, 26 June 2012
"Location Location Location" Yes, The Moonlight Beach Motel has all three ...

"Whole Foods" is .4 miles, and a 9 min. walk ... so many guests just walk to get most everything they need wile here ... we use and recycle so many of their bags at the hotel :^)

Yes ! The "Seaside bazaar" is on coast 101 between "C & D Street's" / " Sat. and Sun., 9am - 5pm year round ... And many new boutiques and thrift shops that all the guests seem to love ...

Yes we all love the "5 star resorts" ... But as I often say, it may be a bit "Rusty and Dusty" but we are .1 mile (4 min. / 375 steps) from Moonlight Beach ... "Location Location Location"

cheers geo & deb ...
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 June 2012

This was a wonderful place to stay. Less than a block from the beach and walking distance to places to eat, loved the little coffee shop at the end of the block. We could even here the waves crashing from our balcony. We will stay here again on our next visit.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Mari0921
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review, 6 June 2012
Mari0921

Yes ! Encinitas has soooo many great and interesting places to dine ...
And YES ! The Lofty Bean on "A" street has become one of our guests favorite places ...
When Deb and I lived in 104 for three months, even though it was behind the office on the first floor the "crashing waves, and tree frogs" still put me to sleep each night ...

Thank you for your review, We look forward to your next visit ...

cheers geo & deb ...
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Property: Moonlight Beach Motel
Address: 233 2nd St, Encinitas, CA 92024-3272
Region: United States > California > Encinitas
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 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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