"Stayed four nights. Air conditioning not great but staff was great. Recommend staying there. " More

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Hotel Description

Days Inn Encinitas Moonlight Beach places you in the heart of Encinitas, within a 15-minute walk of Moonlight State Beach and 1.5 km (0.9 mi) from San Diego Botanic Garden. Highlights at this motel include a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, and free continental breakfast.

You can enjoy TVs with cable channels, and all 124 rooms feature free WiFi, coffee/tea makers, and safes. In-room dining is easy with amenities like refrigerators and microwaves. Hair dryers, irons/ironing boards, and desks are also available.

This motel offers free WiFi in public areas, a business center, and a 24-hour front desk. Other amenities include a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and laundry facilities. Each morning free breakfast is served. There's also the convenience of free self parking.

Attractions within a 15-minute drive of this Encinitas motel include Legoland California and Carlsbad Premium Outlets.

Days Inn Encinitas Moonlight Beach ratings based on 30 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.6 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.0 out of 5.0
1 out of 5


This hotel nearly ruined my trip and if I had the money to go to a different one, I would. My son & I arrived about 7:45pm and the woman at the front desk was a great help, really friendly. The manager even came out and talked with me. After that, downhill. My room is supposedly non-smoking but it reeked of smoke immediately upon entry. There was a smashed roach on headrail. Had a mysterious smashed roach on my bed later in the evening. Decided to keep cool. The next morning an alive & well roach behind the door. Went to let them know I need another room and they of course agreed. By the time I got back to the original room (about 5min later) the roach already found its way to the bed. Getting to the second room I could only find one roach under the bed and it was already dead. CHECK YOUR ROOMS. The woman (different than check in) seemed like I bothered her every time I asked for assistance and only changed her attitude when I brought up the roaches. At one point I asked for help on their computer and she said she'd help me in a second... minutes later I got tired of waiting and just figured it out on my own. Free breakfast is nice. The room otherwise is ok. Small closet though and only enough room to walk around the bed. Had to move the table to fit my suitcase comfortably. The Denny's has the same, terrible attitude staff. I don't get it! Glass of water I got served was dirty. There are plenty of resturant nearby you just have to google them. Legoland 20min away. Stay away.

Posted by , from oxnard, ca on Sep 5, 2017

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3 out of 5
Nothing horrible about the place but fine it your looking for a a place to sleep there's no kitchen so breakfast is basically what you would have on a school day :( we ended up going to dennys. As for the room if you book a room with 4 people I wish they have stocked more then 1 of everything.

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016

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4 out of 5

Inexpensive and very comfortable

Stayed four nights. Air conditioning not great but staff was great. Recommend staying there.

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016

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3 out of 5

Encinitas on the Cheap

Pros: Quick, easy access to I-5, and close to Highway 101, and the Beaches.
Days Inn in Encinitas is not going to impress you with amenities; You get what you pay for here. By far, the least expensive Hotel / Motel you'll find in Encinitas. The Rooms are small. The Furnishing and Fixtures are dated. The Service is good, and they keep the place fairly clean. The Walls are thin, so you're going to hear noise behind every Wall, and above the Ceiling from every direction. Just hope that you're fortunate enough that there isn't a 400lb Gorilla pacing back-and-forth like a Parent waiting for their Kid after Curfew in the Room above you.

Posted by , from Tucson, AZ on Jun 13, 2016

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3 out of 5

Mediocre Hotel Near Beach

Pros: The location - close to the I-5 freeway for easy 20 minute drive to Sea World or downtown, and very easy 3 minute drive to Moonlight Beach.
Cons: The size of the room, breakfast options, parking.
Location: Moonlight Beach San Diego Botanical Gardens Sea World Legoland Petco Park (baseball) San Diego Zoo San Diego Wildlife Animal Zoo
The location of this hotel is perfect. It's about a 3 minute drive to Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, and about 20 minutes from downtown San Diego (Sea World, USS Midway, Petco Park, convention center). The room is very small. It has a queen bed, microwave and fridge & table with 2 chairs all crammed in there. There is just enough space to walk around the bed. We brought a pack-n-play for my 1 year old and it barely fit - we had to cram the table and chairs up against the safe. I actually liked the shower head because it had adjusted water flow. The bed was decent enough. It wasn't the most comfortable, but I still got a decent night's sleep. The parking was hard - there's not that many spaces for 3 floors worth of rooms. And the Denny's right there have claimed a lot of them. When we got back late after a day at Sea World we had to park against the street - quite a far walk from our room. The other nights were fine because we got back early enough. Breakfast was pretty mediocre, tho it is free. There isn't much to it. I've had much better free continental breakfasts. This one just had apple and orange juice and coffee, 2 types of cereal, oatmeal, apples and oranges, and muffins and toast. And there are only 3 tables to sit at, so get there early! There is only one ice machine for the whole hotel. Apparently there was a softball tourney and they all stayed here and when we went to get ice for our ice chest for beach day, there was ZERO ice for us. They cleaned it out!

Posted by , from Phoenix, AZ on May 31, 2016

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4 out of 5

Good facility and close to beach

Pros: Travelocity
Location: Beach, Lego land, restaurants
Close to beach and Lego land. Clean facility and friendly staff. Nice and safe location.

Posted by , from Phoenix, AZ on Oct 12, 2015

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4 out of 5
Pros: The facility and my room was very clean; the bed was comfortable. The breakfast selection was a good value. The entire staff was very friendly.
Cons: I heard a lot of freeway noise in my third floor room. Perhaps installing double glazed windows on building's freeway side would reduce road noise.
I would recommend this hotel. It is a good value for the price of the room, especially considering its proximity to the beach.

Posted by on Sep 6, 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

Sep 8, 2015 by Days Inn

I am sorry to hear that you heard traffic noise but I am glad to hear you enjoyed your stay anyways. I am also glad to hear that our staff was very accommodating. Thank you so much for your feedback.

4 out of 5

As advertised. Nice small pool, friendly staff.

Pros: Mini-fridge in the room. Pool.
Cons: Bagels for the continental breakfast. It was a bit lacking.
Location: Close enough to PCH and some restaurants. It's advertised as a Legoland hotel. Legoland is a bit of a drive though.
Nice place for the price. The pool was nice and clean and the nice surprise was the mini-fridge and microwave in the room. An added bonus, especially if you have kids.

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

Aug 22, 2015 by Days Inn

Thank you so much for your feedback. I am glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. We do provide a microwave and mini fridge in every room. I hope we are able to see you again!

3 out of 5

Adequate hotel close to the beach

We stayed at this hotel in 2001, and not much has changed since then. The rooms are a good size and clean, but many of the amenities are showing their age. This is the only hotel we've stayed at in recent memory that still has tube TV's and the quality of the picture is terrible, although they do offer HBO. The price and proximity to downtown Encinitas and the beach is great, but furniture and stuff is a little old and dated.

Posted by , from Phoenix on Jul 5, 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jul 17, 2015 by Days Inn

Thank you so much for your feedback we are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. We are currently in the process of updating our televisions and the television service. I hope we get to see you again soon.

2 out of 5

Very average hotel

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants, Free Internet
Cons: Noisy, Poor breakfast
Had to go to nearby and stay a couple nights so chose this hotel. Not cheap for the time of the year in mid November, especially for Days Inn. Overall ok, but layout of room is very strange, bathroom feels like a public one, shower is not big enough and water seeping out because it lacked enclosed space. Just cheaper than others at this location which reflects on the room.

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012

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About the Days Inn Encinitas Moonlight Beach

Location 133 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, CA 92024

Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. Free breakfast is available daily. WiFi is free in public spaces. You'll find a business center on site. An outdoor pool, tour/ticket assistance, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby are also featured at Days Inn Encinitas Moonlight Beach. Free self parking is available.

  • 1 building
  • 124 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • Continental breakfast (free)
  • Dining venue
  • Business facilities
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Elevator

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking , RV, bus, truck parking


  • Airport: San Diego, CA (SAN-San Diego Intl.) (41.8 km / 26 mi)
  • Train station: Solana Beach Station (8.2 km / 5.1 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Days Inn Encinitas Moonlight Beach offers 124 air-conditioned accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature safes and coffee/tea makers. Guests can make use of the in-room refrigerators and microwaves. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Televisions come with premium cable channels. Additionally, rooms include hair dryers and irons/ironing boards.

  • Television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Climate control (air conditioning)

Food & Drink

Guests are served free continental breakfast daily.

Days Inn Encinitas Moonlight Beach has a restaurant serving breakfast only.

Nearby Activities

The hotel features a seasonal heated outdoor pool and a sun deck.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Water skiing nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time ends at 6 AM
  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 10 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

  • Only service animals are allowed


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 10 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Days Inn Moonlight Beach Motel
  • Days Inn Motel Encinitas
  • Encinitas Days Inn
  • Days Inn Encinitas Moonlight Beach Near Legoland Hotel Encinitas
  • Days Inn Encinitas Legoland Moonlight Beach Motel
  • Days Inn Legoland Moonlight Beach Motel
  • Days Inn Legoland Moonlight Beach