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Cardiff by the Sea Lodge

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Room large, comfortable and well appointed with. small refrigerator. Clean but lots of deferred maintenance in bath. No elevators and lots of stairs. Hot tub had been shut down. Welcome lobby with full coffee, tea service during open hours. Was a nice stay but would not return. Close to beach, about 2-3 blocks. Train whistle not a problem for us but amtrak near. several eateries near.

Hotel needs a renovation. Yes the hotel is close to beach but our room had no view at all and the window could not even be opened. Not the cute and cozy space we thought we'd be getting. Very disappointing.

Location great; hotel has seen better days. Very near trains which we're sometimes loud at night.

We have often imagined, when visiting the beach, what it is like to live in one of the houses there with the rooftop patios to relax in the evening and look out over the town and ocean. Cardiff Lodge was a taste of that and we thoroughly enjoyed our 2 night stay there! The staff, Anthony, Chris and Johnson were helpful and made us feel like we were visiting friends rather than an establishment. It is an older hotel and the need for some maintenance and upgrades is apparent, so if that would sour your experience, this may not be for you. However, if you are willing to overlook some imperfections and roll with the quirkiness of the individualized room themes, you won't forget your stay here!

Older rooms but who cares when you have a beautiful community right outside your door. Planning to remodel and when they do this will be a tough reservation to get. Loved the stay with the beach view!

Great location! Cardiff-by-the sea is a wonderful community with lots of mom and pop restaurants and shops! The beach is right across the street, a very easy walk. The Inn is very quaint and the staff was friendly! Wish the breakfast had more choices. We have stayed here twice and will go back again.

Located just a few minutes walk from the beach, this little gem is a great find for folks wanting to stay in North San Diego County. Wonderful view, great rooftop with fire pit for sunset watching, and comfortable rooms. The staff (with the exception of the owner's son Trevor) were friendly and exceptionally helpful. Hayley even carried my suitcase upstairs for me. Free parking underneath the hotel a real plus in a parking starved area. Comfortable bed and helpful cleaning staff. Down sides: The train comes through at 6:30 a.m. Breakfast starts at 8:30 and the towels need to be about twice the size they are. All things considered, a comfortable place at a good price with a spectacular location.

Cardiff by the Sea is a short walk to the beach, 5 miles from Del Mar racetrack and close to lots of sightseeing and restaurants. They have a wonderful complimentary breakfast, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. This hotel is at the top of any other places we've ever stayed.

We booked the hotel for our son and his wife. Just a little get-away for them to have a very restful and relaxed few days. We all enjoyed a visit up to Swami's Meditation Garden, just minutes north.

Two blocks from the beach, very close to very nice restaurants, very nice service staff, great roof-top garden area for watching sunsets

friendly management, anxious to please. Located on a hill side. You must be able to negotiate a lot of stairs. We were very pleased. there is a spa but no pool for kids. The beach is across a busy highway about a 1 1/2 block walk. I would definitely go back as long as I could get the Orbitz room rate. We saved 50% on our room through Orbitz.

142 Chesterfield Drive Cardiff-by-the-Sea CA

Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Rooftop terrace

Located within a mile (2 km) of Swamis Beach, Cardiff by the Sea Lodge is within 3 miles (5 km) of Moonlight State Beach. This 17-room, 3-star bed & breakfast welcomes guests with conveniences like free in-room WiFi, free self parking, and a spa tub. It's in central Cardiff-by-the-Sea and also 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from San Diego Botanic Garden.


Dining

Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast, served each morning from 8 AM to 10 AM.


Rooms

The 17 rooms are individually decorated and have an array of amenities, including refrigerators, free local calls, and ironing boards. Guests can enjoy free WiFi and cable TV. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries.


Property features

Cardiff by the Sea Lodge features a spa tub, a rooftop terrace, and free WiFi in public areas. Free parking is available if you drive. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with concierge services and luggage storage. Additional amenities include coffee/tea in a common area, a garden, and wedding services.

Room options

Premium Room

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Guest reviews for Cardiff by the Sea Lodge

Everyone (3) Couples (7) Family (1)
3

good location

Everyone
room 205

Room large, comfortable and well appointed with. small refrigerator. Clean but lots of deferred maintenance in bath. No elevators and lots of stairs. Hot tub had been shut down. Welcome lobby with full coffee, tea service during open hours. Was a nice stay but would not return. Close to beach, about 2-3 blocks. Train whistle not a problem for us but amtrak near. several eateries near.

By , from san diego on Sep 24, 2017

Review comment responded on Sep 27, 2017

Thank you for staying with us. We are aware of the maintenance issues the hotel has and we appreciate you bringing this to our attention. Our hotel is set for a complete renovation at the end of next year and we do hope you will give us another opportunity to stay with us again after the renovation. We hope to see you again in the near future.

2
Everyone

Hotel needs a renovation. Yes the hotel is close to beach but our room had no view at all and the window could not even be opened. Not the cute and cozy space we thought we'd be getting. Very disappointing.

By on May 8, 2017

Review comment responded on May 10, 2017

We are sorry that you did not have a good experience. We are targeted to do a full renovation that should be completed by the end of next year. We hope you come back after the renovations are complete to see our new and improved hotel.

2

great location for beach fun.

Everyone

Location great; hotel has seen better days. Very near trains which we're sometimes loud at night.

By , from Phoenix on May 7, 2017

Review comment responded on May 10, 2017

We agree with you comments. We are scheduled to do a full renovation by the end of next year. We hope to see you again in the near future!

5

unconventional and relaxing

Couples

We have often imagined, when visiting the beach, what it is like to live in one of the houses there with the rooftop patios to relax in the evening and look out over the town and ocean. Cardiff Lodge was a taste of that and we thoroughly enjoyed our 2 night stay there! The staff, Anthony, Chris and Johnson were helpful and made us feel like we were visiting friends rather than an establishment. It is an older hotel and the need for some maintenance and upgrades is apparent, so if that would sour your experience, this may not be for you. However, if you are willing to overlook some imperfections and roll with the quirkiness of the individualized room themes, you won't forget your stay here!

By , from Riverside, CA on Feb 15, 2016

Review comment responded on Apr 6, 2016

Thank You for staying with us. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again in the future! We are in the process of renovating our property and it should be completed by fall of 2017. We hope to see you again in the future.

4

wonderful stay!

Couples

Older rooms but who cares when you have a beautiful community right outside your door. Planning to remodel and when they do this will be a tough reservation to get. Loved the stay with the beach view!

By on Nov 13, 2015

4

great location.

Families

Great location! Cardiff-by-the sea is a wonderful community with lots of mom and pop restaurants and shops! The beach is right across the street, a very easy walk. The Inn is very quaint and the staff was friendly! Wish the breakfast had more choices. We have stayed here twice and will go back again.

By on Mar 11, 2013

3

location! location! location!

Couples

Located just a few minutes walk from the beach, this little gem is a great find for folks wanting to stay in North San Diego County. Wonderful view, great rooftop with fire pit for sunset watching, and comfortable rooms. The staff (with the exception of the owner's son Trevor) were friendly and exceptionally helpful. Hayley even carried my suitcase upstairs for me. Free parking underneath the hotel a real plus in a parking starved area. Comfortable bed and helpful cleaning staff. Down sides: The train comes through at 6:30 a.m. Breakfast starts at 8:30 and the towels need to be about twice the size they are. All things considered, a comfortable place at a good price with a spectacular location.

By on Jul 24, 2011

5

great place to stay

Couples

Cardiff by the Sea is a short walk to the beach, 5 miles from Del Mar racetrack and close to lots of sightseeing and restaurants. They have a wonderful complimentary breakfast, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. This hotel is at the top of any other places we've ever stayed.

By on Aug 4, 2010

4

unique

Couples

We booked the hotel for our son and his wife. Just a little get-away for them to have a very restful and relaxed few days. We all enjoyed a visit up to Swami's Meditation Garden, just minutes north.

By on Aug 23, 2009

5

excellent hotel in every way

Couples

Two blocks from the beach, very close to very nice restaurants, very nice service staff, great roof-top garden area for watching sunsets

By on Aug 10, 2009