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Austin
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...

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

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 ......

Manhasset, New York
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...

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

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...

New York City, New York
Reviewed 8 May 2014

I love to travel to Encinitas CA to visit my brother Jay and stay at the Moonlight Beach Motel. Since I discovered this 'jewel' about 6 years ago, I have traveled from the East to West Coast annually and stayed there for at least one full week and enjoyed 'every moment'.... I love the proximity to Moonlight Beach, the comfortable...

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

Fay K, Thanks for your very informative description of Encinitas and the MBM! But be careful what you wish for ... "co-ops or condos" Motels like the MBM are harder to come by year after year, and so many people enjoy their stays here I hope your wish does not come true ... :^) But I understand why you would...

Mesa, Arizona
Reviewed 27 April 2014

We have stayed here a few times. The hotel is wonderful. The rate for this hotel is extremely reasonable. All rooms have a kitchenette, Most rooms have a view of the ocean from your balcony. You are two blocks from the ocean and Moonlight Beach. There are many surfers in the water throughout the day. Very enjoyable hotel and the...

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

MeCorona Thank you for the kind words and positive review. Yes, being so close to down town and the beach are two of our best features! We are not the property owners, but they are "top notch" and we are so lucky to be the "keepers of the keys" at the MBM ... We look forward to your return ......

Joliet, Illinois
Reviewed 27 April 2014

My wife stayed in this little gem of a motel in the quiet beach town of Encinitas a few years ago, and was delighted with it. So when we planned our family's weeklong vacation to San Diego this winter, we booked a room at the Moonlight Beach Motel's weekly rate and used it as our home base, rather than move...

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

Mike B Thank you Mike for taking the time to review and describe your visit. It really helps other travelers know what Encinitas and the MBM motel is all about ! Yes, we agree ... the cat is out of the bag about Encinitas and the MBM, but we always seem to have something that works ... We look forward...

Flagstaff, Arizona
Reviewed 14 April 2014

We originally decided to stay here because of 'bad' reviews by guests who stayed here and were upset about being asked to be quiet after 9 pm! We immediately booked and have returned every year for 5 years. The spacious room with a simple kitchen arrangement and a view of the ocean makes us feel as if it is our...

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

Flagsteve, Thank you for taking the time to review the MBM and your visit to Encinitas. Deb and I have only been the keeper of the keys for 3 of your 5 year visits, but we have continued to policy that we have guiet hours from 9:00 pm to 9:00 am with no gatherings in the rooms during those hours....

Vero Beach, Florida
Reviewed 2 April 2014

Traveling along the California coast far from home in coastal Florida, our Roadtrek's passenger window suddenly needed a motor--a kind of blessing as it turns out because we discovered Keith's Auto in Encinitas (emphatic 5 stars btw) and our new favorite southern California hotel. This place is the real thing: genuinely enjoyable amenities in elegantly homey condition, real people managing...

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

Don D AKA "Robin Hood" I wish I had a jpg to post ! Thank you for taking the time to post your first review on "TRIP ADVISOR" I know you will use it more as your travels continue ... I'm so glad you found us, Encinitas and Keith's Auto ! Yes, Encinitas and Moonlight Beach are special ... You...

Denver, Colorado
Reviewed 24 February 2014

I have been staying here for several years and I always feel like I am coming home on every visit. I love to walk, bike and take the train when I travel and staying at the MBM makes all 3 so easy to do. The motel is perfect for a solo traveler. Walking distance to the beach, good restaurants and...

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

SGM60, Well ... I have nothing to say except "Thank You ! " You nailed what Encinitas and the MBM has to offer ... Yes ... Any room on the third floor has great views ... But again I have to say ... we only have 24 rooms, (8 on the third floor) and we are in a quiet residential...

Indianapolis, Indiana
Reviewed 17 February 2014

Great place to stay for travelers with simple needs. Wonderful owners and staff, very accommodating and friendly. Clean and well kept rooms, nothing fancy, but all functional. Great little kitchenette for those who don't always want to dine out. Just two blocks to a great beach, and walkable to practical stores, boutiques, and restaurants. Really great coffee and tea just...

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

jeanne8jones, "KISS" Productions "Keep It Simple Silly" Yes ! Simple we are at the MBM But we are not the owners, only the "keepers of the keys" Thanks for your kind words ... I would like to remind all of our Trip Advisor readers as we come into the busy summer season that everyone must realize with only 24 rooms...

Nokomis, Florida
Reviewed 14 February 2014

Read about this motel on Trip Advisor. Everything was just as written up! Great location! Close walk to the beach and downtown. Spacious suite. Dated inside but clean and gorgeous view of the ocean from the balcony. Train is close and whistle lets you know it is there, but didn't disturb our sleep and we are very light sleepers. Dollar...

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

Pat G Yes, like I have always said ! Trip Advisor is our number one, and the ONLY Internet web site we use ... We are small and although it may seem dated like the TV's and furniture, we only book by phone and personal contact because we try and make everyone happy ... BUT PLEASE realize, we try to...

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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
  • 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: €75 - €160 (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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“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.”
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“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
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“Best rooms are on the 3rd floor, they have a view, 2nd floor has part of a view.”
 of 5 bubbles PatH507, 22 Jun 2016 | Read review
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