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Moonlight Beach Motel

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Marina del Rey, California
Reviewed 23 June 2016

First time here, place is vintage motor Motel! Had a little kitchen, a nice porch with table and chairs. Bed was very comfy! TV was at the foot of the bed, every thing was clean and comfortable. 1.5 blocks to Moonlight beach downhill, uphill coming back.. Great neighborhood. Restaurants close, nice downtown. Will be back.. Manager has coffee ready at...

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Owner at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Pat H, Level 4 traveler, thank you for finding us (it's not easy) and taking the time to review and tell other guests about the MBM, Moonlight Beach and Encinitas ... " vintage motor Motel!" is a new one to me, but I like it and take it as a complaimet since the owners who built it and still own...

Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

We have stayed at this motel for many years. We always stay here when coming to Encinitas. The staff is very informative, helpful and courteous. The motel is close to many fine places to eat, shop, and sight see, and within walking distance down the hill to beach. There is a play area for kids, snack Shack and bathroom facilities...

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Fass100, Thank you for taking the time to tell TA about the MBM and Encinitas ... I would like to expand on your description of the "to be able to climb stairs" Only the third floor has no elevator, and you have to go up apx. 20 steps ... We always look forward to your return. Cheers ... geo &...

Denver, Colorado
Reviewed 15 May 2016

This property is a short walk to the beach and a few restaurants. The rooms appear to have been recently remodeled and are very nice. The property is clean and far enough away from the train tracks and highway to minimize the noise. Rates seemed really reasonable.

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

DGC47 Short but sweet, kind and informative review ! The rooms have not been remodeled, but we have tried to keep the magic lamp polished. The Motel was built in 1976, So this is it's 40th anniversary. Still owned and operated by the family that built it ... cheers geo&deb ...

Buckeye, Arizona
Reviewed 10 May 2016

Our first time staying here we found to be very nice. Great views from the 3rd floor rooms. A block from Moonlight Beach. The room was clean but aged. No memory foam or flat screen TV's. The views are fantastic and it is located right in the middle of old Encinitas. Best bang for your buck in this area. Room...

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Robert D Thank you ... I'm so glad your first visit, and hopefully many more to come, will continue to get such positive reviews from you and our other guests ... With reviews like yours, people know what to expect, and that is the most important thing "Trip Advisor can do for the traveling world ... cheers geo & deb...

Reviewed 18 April 2016 via mobile

The Moonlight Beach Motel is so very wonderful! Fantastic spacious rooms with kitchens and balconies with scenic ocean views. The entire staff is super helpful and friendly. All the amenities like restaurants and shops are steps away, and the big blue Pacific is at your fingertips! 5 stars🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

silent s Thanks for taking the time to review your visit to the MBM ... "so very wonderful " yes it truly is ... it can be a bit dusty & rusty, but that's the price you pay to be west of the "Coast Hwy 101" and so close to the Pacific Ocean ... cheers geo & deb

pacific palisades
Reviewed 13 April 2016

My family and I have visited the Moonlight Beach Motel a number of times over the past 6 years. We love it! The location can't be beat - 2 blocks to a good surfing/boogey boarding beach, easy walking distance to town restaurants and shops. The managers, George and Deborah, are very helpful and attentive to the maintenance of the property....

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askask_11 "Rooms are basic but clean and comfortable and have kitchenettes" What more can you say ? "Nothing" Encinitas and the MBM are both very special places ... Thank You ... cheers geo & deb ...

San Francisco, California
Reviewed 13 April 2016

I stay here about 6 times a year for business/pleasure. George and Deb always go out of their way to make sure all guests have a wonderful stay.' The owners of the motel are very lucky to have such a great couple taking care of everything.

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

bingpresnell Thanks for the nice words ... We are also very lucky to be living the "Beach Dream" of Encinitas, and Moonlight Beach ... Although the water was chilly, you handled it like a pro ... No wet suite ! just to be in the water with your son ! Need I say more ? No ... Thanks Cheers ......

Tucson
Reviewed 11 April 2016

We have stayed here several times and are always totally delighted. The motel and its guests are lovingly cared for and about by George and Deb. All rooms have a small porch or balcony which is great for getting some extra time out of doors. The patio and grill area that is shared by all the guests is convenient and...

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Carolyn L "life is better with sandy toes" as they say, and your review helps other guests know a bit more about what the MBM and Encinitas are all about ... sorry we missed saying goodbye the other day ... see you soon ... cheers geo & deb ...

San Bernardino, California
Reviewed 11 April 2016

We have now stayed here several times over the past 3 years. It is worth returning to each year. If you are looking for a clean quiet place to spend a couple days in by the beach this is it. The rooms are clean and comfortable. They have quiet time from 9 pm to 9 am. The rooms have small...

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

tym4mom2 Yes, I see from your history you have stayed around town, and thank you for your information and kind words about the MBM ... "beach as your entertainment" is right on, and I always like to remind guests that this is not a business motel, although a lot of business people say here, but know there are times when...

Reviewed 11 April 2016 via mobile

I've been to moonlight beach motel several times. Latest this past winter. I've never been disappointed there. Location to ocean is everything but the management makes the stay. Very quiet and clean with reasonable rates. Can't imagine staying anywhere else in Encinitas !!

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MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

bob p ... Thanks ... I often don't have any idea who leaves the reviews, but in this case I have a good idea ... I hope you are staying warm and we look forward to your winter escape from the cold ... cheers geo& deb

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
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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 Rivera”, Encinitas has the charm of the past but all the amenities today’s travelers are looking for. There are so many wonderful restaurants, Whole Foods Market and boutiques within walking distance of the motel that you may want to leave your car behind … Locals refer more family and friends to this motel than any other hotel or motel in Encinitas. Its quaint 1970’s charm brings guests back year after year. Some things were just not meant to be changed … All of the rooms have kitchenettes. Whether a romantic getaway, a quiet retreat, or family vacation, make reservations early, we book rooms three months in advance, so you get a room that is best suited for your needs. We try and honor all requests for certain rooms and floors when making reservations, but we cannot guarantee ANY room or number. We will do the best to accommodate your requests … This is a “NO PETS” and "NON SMOKING PROPERTY" In all of the Rooms - Front & Back balconies, walk ways and the patio barbeque area … The office and patio barbeque area closes at 9:00 pm … Quiet hours are from 9:00 pm to 9:00 am in consideration of all the guests … We have the “Good Neighbor Hotel Policy” and do not allow gatherings or parties in the Motel after 9:00 pm. If we receive noise complaints you could be asked to leave and responsible for the room charges of neighboring guest. We look forward to you experiencing The Moonlight Beach Motel, in Encinitas California. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Moonlight Beach Motel

Address: 233 2nd St, Encinitas, CA 92024-3272
Region: United States > California > Encinitas
Price Range: $105 - $223 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 24
Also Known As:
Moonlight Beach Hotel Encinitas
Moonlight Beach Encinitas
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“I always try to get one with an ocean view - all rooms have kitchenette and a separate bedroom.”
 of 5 bubbles jlwebb2016, 14 Mar 2017 | Read review
“See my review - top floor is great.”
 of 5 bubbles WestLAFamily, 9 Jan 2017 | Read review
“First floor with three queen beds and a full kitchen.”
 of 5 bubbles I583OWlisam, 23 Oct 2016 | Read review
“High rooms for view, low rooms for courtyard use.”
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“Rooms on the third floor have the best views of the beach.”
  • lovely courtyard area with grills and views of the beach
 of 5 bubbles E674AXmargaretc, 1 Oct 2016 | Read review
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