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Moonlight Beach Motel
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

The rates for winter at this motel are very reasonable, especially when you consider it is less than 2 blocks from the beach. All rooms on the third floor have a very good view of the water. We were in a studio. The room was clean and well maintained. Although the furnishing were sparse and the place needed a coffee maker. We did have kitchenette and the room was very comfortable.

Room Tip: Try for the 3rd floor if you want to look at the ocean from your room and balcony.
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2013

PatH2469,
Thank you for taking the time to review the MBM and your stay .... I think this was the fastest review we every received after a guest left ! Even after booking a month in advance you did get the smaller studio on the third floor, but with only 24 rooms they do get booked well in advance on weekends ... We do have 10 cup coffee pots upon request, and I'm sorry you didn't know that. Most people on short stays end up at "The Loffty Coffee Co." on A street or enjoy the fresh brew and muffins in the office at 9am when we open ... Next time remind us and you will have one in your room. We look forward to your return ...
cheers, geo & deb ...

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Reviewed 15 November 2013 via mobile

Perfect location. Very comfortable. We stayed in room 305 and the view from the balcony is the best. Encinitas has been a favorite of ours since we met 26 years ago. Moonlight Beach Motel is the best place to stay!

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Jill K
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2013

Jill K
See you for your 26th Anniversary or sooner we hope !
The third floor (any room's) do have great views, but everyone should know no matter what room your able to get, the most important thing is your at the beach and in Encinitas ! Thank you for your review ...
cheers, geo & deb

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Reviewed 10 November 2013

Just wanted to say we're back again and like always, love staying here! Thanks George and Deb for always making our stay pleasurable. My daughter says its like her home away from home. She and her friend enjoyed walking to the beach and hanging out, going to surf camp and enjoying the area. We'll be back, but its getting harder, I see more and more people know the secret of how great your place is, I'll have to start booking months and months earlier.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank R M
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2013

R M
“We're Back” and we are glad ! It's always special to get reviews from Senior Reviewer's ... Yes, new guests are finding the jewel of Moonlight Beach, but just try to make your plans as far in advance as possible, but even last min, we seem to always squeeze most guests in ...
See you soon ... geo & deb

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Reviewed 10 November 2013

We were in the nearby city for a marriage conference. We had stayed at this location years before and enjoyed ourselves. We were not disappointed this time either. Simple accomodations at a simply lovely location. The management were very welcoming, making our stay personal, as if we were at home.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank R and L S
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2013

R and L S
“Location,location,location” As they always say ! and yes The MBM is in a wonderful residential area just north of down town ... walkable to most everything you will want or need during your stay ... Thank you ... We look forward to your return visit ...
cheers, geo & deb

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Reviewed 10 November 2013

*If you're lucky enough to live 2 blocks from the Pacific Ocean and hear the waves lull you to sleep! This is not a fancy hotel, but incredible for value, location and comfort. My husband and I, as well as my brother from England, have stayed here many times over the years and always look forward to coming back. The rooms are large, comfy and clean and the upper floor balconies have great ocean sunset views. As others have mentioned, the location is super convenient -- walking distance to the beach and to the restaurants and bars, yoga studios, Whole Foods and other shops in Encinitas, as well as the Coaster train station. Managers George and Deb couldn't be friendlier or more helpful, and that personal touch really makes this a special place.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank Sarah N
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2013

Sarah N
Thank you for yet another great description of Encinitas and the MBM ... We look forward to your return also ! The MBM has always been "a special place" way before we got here, but we do love keeping the magic lamp polished ...
Cheers ... geo & deb ...

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