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Moonlight Beach Motel

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Reviewed 11 April 2016 via mobile

I have grown up vacationing to this place forever it's only 2 blocks away from the beach and we love it. It's also very close to the best restaurants I've ever been to. Very economical. We love the kitchen and the balcony. You get a great ocean view for the price. I look forward to staying here every year and...

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

Gary B Thank you for sharing ... I was a guest for 20 years before becoming manger for the local family that built it in 1976, and still own and operate it to this day ... The 40th anniversary is Memorial Day 2016 and many families have been coming here for that entire time ... "The times they are a...

Avondale, Arizona
Reviewed 11 April 2016

We think this is the perfect place to get away to. The rooms are comfortable, clean and what great views from the top 2 floors. George & Deb have a real gem here and make each visit there a wonderful experience. We have stayed in many hotels in the San Diego area but return here for the view, room, George...

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

Rebecca A "perfect place to get away to" That's a new one to me ... I like it ... We try and keep the "real gem" polished and shining and appreciate your positive review and nice things you have said ... We also have fun here ... geo & deb ...

Reviewed 11 April 2016 via mobile

I always look forward to staying here when I'm in the San Diego area. I stumbled across them during a business trip several years back, and George & Co always do an excellent job of accommodating. Plus, Lofty Coffee is right around the corner for a tremendous breakfast and great coffee. QBR pizza is a must, and the excellent Encinitas...

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

Aric F Thanks Aric, You seem to know and hit the hot spots ... It's always nice when you can combine a bit of R&R to a business trip ... We look forward to your return ... geo & deb

Riverside, ca
Reviewed 6 April 2016

Old school motel with unbelievably good location! Practically on the ocean, and within walking distance of pretty much the entire PCH strip of Encinitas! Reasonable rates, all the essentials for a true beach experience!!! Have been there quite a few times...and will always go back. Try to reserve the top floor rooms as they definitely have the best views and...

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

adelaidetaylor "Old School" YES we are ! and proud of it ... "somethings are not meant to be changed", small wood boxes on the walls, reservation spread sheet on the desk, no computers in the office ... So understand and realize we welcome all, but this is not a business motel, although many business travelers stay and love it here...

Encinitas, CA
Reviewed 16 March 2016

What a little piece of paradise! My brother & his wife stayed on the second floor in a one bedroom, kitchenette. It was perfect! Roomy enough, very clean, friendly staff, 2 blocks from Moonlight Beach, and a view of the ocean. All at an unbelievably low price!

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

eastonedge Thanks for bringing your family to the MBM wile visiting you in Encinitas ... Yes, as a local family owned independent Encinitas motel it isn't easy to keep the prices as reasonable as we can with all the cost of living expenses that don't seem to stop. Our "friendly staff" as you call them, or the "A" team as...

MacMasters Beach
Reviewed 10 March 2016

George and his wife and team run a great motel. The rooms are clean, and although it's an older style motel, the rooms are well equipped, and the beds comfortable. George went out of his way to make sure I had everything I needed when I was barbecuing for a group of 10 family members in the guests' outdoor area,...

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

Nick S Again another Level 3 traveler ... and thank you for your time ... Thanks for knowing, as some guests refer to the MBM as "their home away from home", that you were able to act and know that's what we try to achieve ... and know we try and do everything we can to make that happen when...

New York, NY
Reviewed 24 February 2016

The motel is extremely convenient location-wise. You can walk to restaurants and shops on Highway 101, and there's an excellent cafe, Lofty, just around the corner. The beach is only two blocks away, and the motel affords great views. The only drawbacks: the knife in our kitchen was dull; there was a small hole in the bathroom door where the...

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

RickNewYOrk As always thanks for your review of the MBM. Your travels and reviews help other travelers know more about Encinitas and the MBM. I would like all our guests to know, as we try and explain at "check in" that if there is anything you need or want you can call the on property tel # for guests that...

Atlanta, Georgia
Reviewed 27 January 2016 via mobile

Two week stay in late October. With tax $100 a night. In area for R&R and house hunting. As others have said, it is basic with decor 20+ years old and clean. Main positive features are its location, equiped kitchen and view to ocean. I didnt cook but had frig stocked with good stuff. Third floor seems best. Ten minute...

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

dolphin112016, As always we thank our quests for taking the time to give their feedback and descriptions of the wonderful town of Encinitas and the Motel ... Your review opened up some points that some people miss when visiting Encinitas ... Thanks ... cheers, geo & deb ...

Baltimore, Maryland
Reviewed 23 January 2016 via mobile

Amazing stay at an amazing property! The property is incredibly clean, as was the room I stayed in. The rooms have a cozy, "at-home" feel that quite literally gives it a "home away from home" feel with the convenience of being about a 3-4 minute walk to the beach! There are an incredible number of restaurants, coffee shops, and other...

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

Daniel R, Thank you for you kind and positive review of the MBM. As I always say, we try to keep the "magic lamp" polished the best we can, but "incredibly clean" / "rooms have a cozy, "at-home" feel that quite literally gives it a "home away from home feel " says it all ! Thank You ! cheers geo&...

Rosemead, California
Reviewed 18 January 2016 via mobile

Only flaws was no elevator, and limited 5 TV Stations and no clock or radio in the room. I also notice no coffee maker. otherwise perfect, you can hear the ocean from your room, room clean and simple, good walking on beach, good local atmosphere, a lot of good restaurants in walking distance. We will be back.

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

Rosemary R, As always, a review from a Level 5 Contributor means a lot to the industry. Thank you for taking the time ... To address the "flaws" helps other guests know, and what to expect when staying at the Moonlight Beach Motel ... We don't have clocks or radio's in the rooms because we are on "Beach Time" LOL...

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
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 

Additional Information about Moonlight Beach Motel

Address: 233 2nd St, Encinitas, CA 92024-3272
Region: United States > California > Encinitas
Price Range: $106 - $225 (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.”
jlwebb2016, 14 Mar 2017 | Read review
“See my review - top floor is great.”
WestLAFamily, 9 Jan 2017 | Read review
“First floor with three queen beds and a full kitchen.”
I583OWlisam, 23 Oct 2016 | Read review
“High rooms for view, low rooms for courtyard use.”
invertpaleo, 7 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Rooms on the third floor have the best views of the beach.”
  • lovely courtyard area with grills and views of the beach
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