I originally had reservation at Ramada Inn, south Carlsbad. It was generic, room smelled that lovely lemon pledge. I should have known better than to stay at a chain. I could have been in Toledo for all I knew. No offense against that fair town. I drove past Moonlight Beach Motel and did not care what the rate was (which was reasonable at $115) We lucked out with 3rd floor room with great view of ocean 1 1/2 blocks away. The room had private balcony with table, chairs and umbrella and made for perfect viewing of the sunset. They had kitchen, all cooking supplies and it was way cleaner than Ramada. The living room area had nice sofa which sure beats watching tv in your hard as nails bed. Bedroom had nice ceiling fan and a nice pillowtop mattress. The place was truly a breath of fresh air.
The town is right there so everything is within walking distance. It is not always quiet as you will hear some of the noise from PCH but it was not too bad. Folks are repeat customers so it must be ok.
People would barbeque at night (they have grills)driving us nuts with the aroma of tasty morsels. I can hardly wait to return.
If you want a chain motel, have at it. This was just an all around enjoyable place. I tried to save a few bucks at first and learned the lesson. If it's your vacation, spend the extra $$. It's usually worth it.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Moonlight Beach Hotel Encinitas
- Moonlight Beach Encinitas