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Moonlight Beach Motel
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Encinitas
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 August 2014

I love this little hotel, and I think the new managers are doing a great job. My husband and I have been coming to the Moonlight Beach Motel in Encinitas every year for three decades, and as far as we are concerned, it just keeps getting better and better, all of the time. We stay at this great little hotel more than two weeks every time we come.

The hotel is in a fabulous location, next to the best-equipped beach in the area, and very near the heart of old town Encinitas, which is a lovely area. Some of the rooms here on the two upper floors have terrific view of Moonlight Beach and the ocean. Late at night you can see the silver path of the moon reflected in the water -- gorgeous.

The hotel is very solidly built, so it is very quiet; you almost never can hear your neighbors at all.
The rooms are very well-designed with very good, well-equipped large kitchenettes which have a full-size fridge, a stove, and a microwave, plus everything else you need to make meals. I find the new (this is their third year) management staff, George and Deb, extremely helpful and kind. Anything you request, such as a toaster, or more hangers etc, they will help you with immediately.

At home I wash my sheets once a week. I don't need my sheets to be washed every day. California is in the middle of a very extreme 5-year drought, and water is very precious here. I personally am glad that the bedsheets are only changed once every three days; that is plenty. The beds are re-made every day, and a good selection of clean towels are delivered each day.

Frankly, there is no other hotel in the area that can hold a candle to this one. If you love the beach and you like a small friendly hotel, you will be happy here.

Room Tip: First floor rooms for people with kids or patio-lovers; for great views, the two upper floors are be...
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2014

invertpaleo,

Yes, The Moonlight Beach Motel is a "Jewel" in the "Crown" of wonderful Encinitas. Thank you for describing the Motel, Encinitas and the beach so people have a better idea of what the Motel and Encinitas are about ...

We always look forward to your return ...

cheers ... geo & deb

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Reviewed 4 August 2014

I have been coming here to the Moonlight Beach Motel for over 2 decades now with my family. About 2-3 years ago they sadly changed management. It used to be be a lovely place well managed and easy to stay at. Unfortunately now, with the new management the last two years I have stayed here have always ended up in disappointment.

George is the worst manager that that I have seen anywhere. Last year we came here, as usual, and on the day we arrived we went to the beach and came back to a note on our car. We were told one of the linen carts ran into our car causing a broken taillight and scratches on it. George first attempted to super glue the light back on without our consent. Then once we were told about it he offered to tape it up with electrical tape and we politely declined. Then, we come back to our car light being taped up, again without our consent, despite us telling him not to in the first place.

This year I called to add a night on and never received a call back to tell us either way if they were booked or available. For the best I guess as now I know I wouldn’t want to stay here another night longer than needed. I will never becoming back. Anyhow, after thinking we would give them another chance, we came to realize that our bed was not made after our first night here. When we went to ask them they showed maid service had been to our room, they showed they had but our bed had not been made and kitchen towels not replaced. George, the care taker, proceeded to to explain to us that this is a motel and we are only staying two nights, apparently that linens are only changed for those staying longer. Continued with the fact that he had “traveled the world” and that this is the standard of care everywhere. Clearly not since we are world travelers (going to Dubai and Africa yin a few months) and have never experienced such carelessness and pride in a hotel.

It’s a sad day when the motel I used to love staying at for a week every summer with my family is taken over by a person with such bad bedside manners and hospitality. Next year I will be coming back to Moonlight but will not be staying here again. If you choose to, don’t expect much and good luck enjoying your vacation.

Room Tip: Don't bother.
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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9  Thank WhyVonneM
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2014

Montoyay6,

As always good or bad, thank you for taking the time to review the MBM. Trip Advisor is always very fair about posting both sides even if there may be discrepancies in what happened. I won’t defend or try to make excuses for this review, or waste your time with a long “who did what” Sometimes people can be rude, and life is too short. All I want to say to the Trip Advisor readers is read between the lines … I would never want anyone to be unhappy at the Moonlight Beach Motel, but sometimes it happens …

Guests always make me smile, some when they arrive, and some when they leave.

george :^))

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Reviewed 26 July 2014

Let me start by saying that we have visited North County San Diego for several years now and we have to say that Moonlight Beach Motel has it all. This was our first stay and we stayed for a little over a week. We were very pleased with the room size it had a fantastic little kitchen in the room we stayed in and had everything you could possible need. There is a nice patio area with a couple gas grills. We grilled out a couple nights and had wonderful dinners. The bed was very comfortable and it was nice to sleep with the sliding glass door open to feel the ocean breezes. The balcony is a nice size with an umbrella table, a great place to have your morning coffee and evening cocktail. Encinitas is a super little coastal beach town with plenty of things to see and do. It was nice to take early morning walks on the beach or watch an evening sunsets too! I have to say one of the reasons our stay was so enjoyable was that George and his wife were the best, they work hard to keep this gem by the ocean running top notch. They insured that we had a comfortable and enjoyable stay. We appreciated that. We will return to Moonlight Beach Motel again, again, and again! Thank you Moonlight Beach Motel for our great vacation!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Encinitas101
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2014

Encinitas101,

Well there is not much more I can say except Thanks ! for an informative and nice review ... Makes me want to book it for my next vacation ... Don't laugh ...
We look forward to your return ...
cheers geo & deb ...

PS ... It's 08-01-2014 and we made it through our third July !
Thank you to all our return and new guests this summer ...

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Reviewed 20 July 2014

What can I say about the location? If you want the beach climate, this one is for you.

The hotel has been around for a long time, and part of the property needs some maintenance. The front door of our room had several visible vertical cracks and some sunlight could come thru the cracks. Not a major concern, but I have never stayed in a room with a cracked front door.

I had a real hard time with the wi-fi and had to go outside the room just to get connected. It was a surprise to me in that we only had one iPad, unlike some others who may have tried to connect several devices at once.

It would have been better if the coffee and muffins had been available during breakfast hours. Nine a.m. Is simply too late for such items. We adapted by cooking our own breakfast and making own coffee in the room.

The managers were friendly and professional. The beds were very comfortable and the room was clean and spacious.

Room Tip: Ocean view on second and third floor.
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank SkywalkerAZ
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2014

Skywalker,

Thanks for taking the time to post your review on TA. We rely on these posts so people know what to expect and what not to expect when staying at the MBM ...
Yes, The Moonlight Beach Motel has been around for a long time, and the cracks in the doors are on "the list" ... "We are on Beach Time" and it's July. We fix them often, but the ocean winds blow thru the rooms all to often and slam the old wood doors so hard, the cracks keep coming back ... As our regular guests know from the rocks that we keep by the doors to try and not have this problem happen ...

Wi-Fi ... Yes, although we pay a lot for 100 m Download and 20 m upload seasoned travelers always know that when the motel or hotel is full it's not the number of devices you have, but how many total guests are on line. As far as "hot spots" The best rooms at the MBM motel often have the worse wi-fi hot spots because it's just the way the signals are. This is why we don't charge for this service ... This is not the Motel for a business traveler that needs this service.

Coffee and Muffins ... We don't advertise any sort of breakfast at all since all rooms have fully stocked kitchens, and coffee pots are available upon request. We have complementary coffee and packaged muffins in the office when we open at 9:00am for guests that just need a little get up and go until they get stocked. We are not a 24 hour motel, but more of a residential property...
I hope this helps you and other travelers know what the Moonlight Beach Motel is all about ... Thank you for you kind and informative review ...
cheers ... geo & deb ...

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Reviewed 15 June 2014

This is THE BESTEST Motel EVER! My husband and I stay here for little mini STAYCATIONS all the time. We live in North County San Diego, but love love love staying here just to get away. It's quaint, comfortable and cozy. Close to everything! Some of our favorite places are within walking distance. Not to mention, the beach is right down the street. We have all of our visitors stay here when they come to town. We will continue to stay here until we're not able!!!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Sondee O
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2014

Sondee O,
"We will continue to stay here until we're not able!!!"
I'm sure that will be many years to come !!!
Thank you for your review of the motel, and Encinitas !
Yes Encinitas is the American Riviera
cheers ... geo & deb

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Reviewed 2 June 2014

We enjoyed the family-run ambiance of this well situated and nicely maintained motel! Definitely non-corporate, it's managed by friendly folks who obviously care a great deal about the property and their guests. I think at one time most motels were managed like this one, but sadly they are getting harder and harder to find.

The location is great, just a couple of blocks from Moonlight beach, and block off 101 so you can find stuff to eat or hit the little coffee place right around the corner in the morning. (There's also a fridge and stove in the room should you like to prepare your own!). Good wi-fi and cable, too. No complaints whatsoever about this wonderful little motel in one of Southern California's prettiest little towns. Highly recommended. We'll be back!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Greg S
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2014

DonGregorio,
Yes, "at one time most motels were managed like this one, "
And we wouldn't be here if it were corporate ... It just wouldn't be us ...

Being the "keepers of the keys" deb and I enjoy our job, and to live in Encinitas is the icing on the cake ... We look forward to your return ...
cheers ... geo & deb ...

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Reviewed 14 May 2014

My first trip to Encinitas was made that much nicer by the lovely couple who greeted me as I arrived. Thank you, Deb & George, for having flowers in the room, a coffee maker & toaster at our disposal and towels galore. All this plus directions, restaurant suggestions and shopping tips.
Our view from the balcony was heavenly and the "no ruckus"
atmosphere quite peaceful.
It was a perfect location for beach, dining and shopping.
Regards from NY
Margo

  • Stayed: April 2014
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2  Thank Tiny116
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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2014

Dear Margo, AKA "Tiny116",
Thank you for your kind words about Deb and I. Yes, we also enjoy the flower gardens the owners have planted around the property. The "no ruckus" atmosphere is a must in the residential area where the motel is located. As the summer of 2014 approaches we always want all guests to know we have and enforce quiet hours from 9 PM to 9 AM each day with no gatherings or unregistered motel guests in the rooms and on the property after 9 PM.
Hopefully this will be your first of many trips to Encinitas and the MBM ...
We look forward to your return ...
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 #1 of 9 Hotels in Encinitas
Price Range: £59 - £126 (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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