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Moonlight Beach Motel
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Encinitas
Certificate of Excellence
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 San Diego airport to make our a.m. flight in plenty of time; it's about 1/2 hour south. Next time we're in the area, we'll be coming back.

Room Tip: I think the 3rd floor rooms have the best views.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2014

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 return ...
cheers ... geo & deb ...

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Reviewed 9 January 2014

Dear George and Deb

Thank you for your kindness and taking care of me.
Although I visited by myself, since you were very kind to me and much took care of me,
I enjoyed my holiday in Encinitas.
I was able to relax at your room, enough space, convenient kitchen, nice view of ocean
and location was also good! Your cleaning staffs were kind also. Because of your help,
I was able to go many places by myself and enjoyed a winery tour.
I really appreciate you.
Have a nice year, George and Deb!

Michiko in Japan

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2014

Michiko,

Thank you ! Your visit was a breath of fresh air and sunshine at the motel. We were so happy to help you use all the public transportation ... it was a very good learning experience for us also ... your adventurous nature made it all work ! We always try and make our single travelers feel comfortable and safe in a new environment when traveling alone ... arigatou ...

moshi anzen na tabi wo kansha
watashitachi ha itsu no hi ka mata o a i shi masho u

i Phone "iTranslate" app I hope it is close ... LOL
cheers geo & deb

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Reviewed 18 November 2013

We had a 2 night stay. Very clean with all the basics in the kitchenette! We were surprised and how quiet it was for a weekend. Great restaurants around so we didn't use the kitchen area only for breakfast and to make some tea. If you like a clean older motel this is it, the management are pleasant and helpful! Thanks for the Bird of Paradise flower! It made my wife's day!

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
1  Thank David S
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2013

David S,
Thank you ... Deb has been really busy making sure the kitchens are stocked with the "basics in the kitchenette!" so that guests can $ave a bit when visiting Encinitas. The "Bird of Paradise" made to travel so you can enjoy it a bit longer is one of debs favorite times of day in the garden ... The flowers seem to make people happy ...
cheers, geo & deb ...

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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.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank PatH2469
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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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Additional Information about 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 #2 of 9 Hotels in Encinitas
Price Range: £61 - £129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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