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Moonlight Beach Motel

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a well maintained older (60s?) motel in a great location—just a block from the beach. Rooms are clean and well furnished, and the staff is competent and helpful. Our room (and all rooms, I think) included a full kitchen. However, it was rather sparsely equipped. If you want to do any fancy cooking, you will need to bring...

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Fairhope, Alabama
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This motel is in an excellent location - walk to town and beach. Love staying here and this is my go-to when in Encinitas. Motel is older but the managers have always cared to make my stay great. Rooms all have a kitchenette and separate bedroom. Showers are good - no water pressure issues. Love the balconies and views of...

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Geneva, Switzerland
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

Nice motel with a great view ; 2 min walk from the beach. I stayed there for 7 nights in November. Was great really! Good value for money. I booked a room on top floor, so I had a lovely view on the sea. During the night, I left my window opened and I could hear the sea - bliss!...

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Los Angeles
Reviewed 9 January 2017

It's pretty simple, really. This is a classic 60s motel, spotlessly kept, that offers great prices and an unbeatable location a block from the beach and close to main street Encinitas. The rooms are spacious. One of our rooms was large, with two beds and a kitchen. The other had a full bedroom, and a bed in the living room/kitchen...

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Reviewed 23 October 2016

Ended our profile Desert Trip in sunny Encinitas. We parked the van when we arrived and didn't have to drive at all for four days! Walking distance to excellent food & drink. Fabulous Boutiques and Salons on 101. Check out happy hour. Beautiful clean Beach. Ocean views with an outdoor patio with grill. Modest comfortable rooms and friendly staff. Excellent...

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1Thank Lisa M
MoonlightBeachMotel, Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel, responded to this review

Dear Lisa M, Thank you for endorsing all the fun things that make The Moonlight Beach Motel and Encinitas have have to offer for visitors. We look forward to your return ... cheers geo & deb

New York City, New York
Reviewed 7 October 2016

This charming small motel has been providing a terrific place to stay for beach-lovers since the 1970s. The decor of the rooms has not been substantially updated recently, but if you want a really quiet, restful place to stay, with fabulous amenities, in an absolutely stunning location, and at a price that is unbeatable considering the location, then this is...

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

Dear invertpaleo, As always thanks for taking the time and sharing all the wonderful things Encinitas and "The Moonlight Beach Motel" have to offer ... after 25 + years as a guest your nice words mean so much to us and and are very helpful to future 1st time quests ... cheers ... geo & deb

Orlando, Florida
Reviewed 1 October 2016

You could find no place closer to the beach or better views from the balcony than Moonlight Beach Motel. The rooms were spacious and the fact that there is a kitchen is a definite bonus. The owner lives on sight and is extremely nice and helpful. The only reason I did to give it an even better rating is because...

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

Margaret C Thank you for taking the time to review the MBM ... Yes, it's always good to have a kitchen and have options other than just eating out when visiting Encinitas, with "Smart & Finial" & "Whole Foods" close by ... Thank you for your kind words, but we are the "Keepers of The Keys" and the owners are...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Stayed here only briefly but was a faultless visit. After a long drive we were greeted by a great smile at reception. It was stroll to the beach for refreshing afternoon swim then back to room before a short walk to the main street to find a big selection of places to eat. Coffee bar around the corner for breakfast...

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

alohadanhennessy so often i don't know who posts things to T/A, but you gave yourself away ... yes the town is neat and Lofty Coffee is quite cool ... yes we try yo get expensive things back to you asap ... but most of all you were happy ... cheers geo ...

Newbury Park, CA
Reviewed 18 August 2016

We stayed here with our family of five, kids ages 13, 11 and 9, for five nights in August. We didn't spend much time in our room but the beds were comfortable and the room was clean. So nice to have the kitchenette, mostly just used for storage of drinks and beach picnic items since we don't like to cook...

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

Jennifer B Thank you for your fine writing ... very well said ... Thank you Now I remember why I love sooo Encinitas and the Moonlight each ... Some times i get distracted and forget all the new shops, bars and restaurants that are new in the last couple of years ... and the ocean ... It's always great when...

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 23 July 2016

We came here for a quick weekend get away, knowing we wanted to spend most of our time at the beach, which is two blocks away. It was wonderful to wake up, put flip flops ad walk to the sand. The staff is helpful, rooms are no frills but comfortable, internet was spotty, but we didn't come to work. If...

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

Laura N, Thank you for your honest review of the internet ... Bringing it up lets me be able to remind guests that the internet is basic but there are certain rooms that are better. If internet is a deal breaker talk it over before you book. Summer of 2016 almost 2/3rds gone ... cheers geo ...

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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: €75 - €159 (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
E674AXmargaretc, 1 Oct 2016 | Read review
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