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Holiday Inn Express Encinitas-Cardiff Beach Area

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Staff was wonderful. Room was comfortable but could have been cleaner. Pool &spa were great.

Room felt much darker. Lighting is not adequate inside the room. Our only reason to stay at a holiday inn is the breakfast variety as we have young picky eaters. Property is older and the furniture and bathrooms show it. Very easy access to the I-5 and beach so can't complaint about the location. There is a Mexican restaurant right next door which I cannot review as we did it. Also a gas station and convenience store next to it.

Staff was very accommodating and pleasant. Clean and comfortable room, reasonable rate!

Hate the pillows. Could not get a decent night sleep my entire stay............

Good deal from Orbitz on thus last minute stay. I was pleasantly surprised about the quality of the hotel rooms and facilities. The breakfast was pretty good with a lot of options. Would like to see non dairy milk and stevia sweetener for us health nuts!

Nice hotel, clean and comfortable, great breakfast.

It's an old room. Breakfast is alright. Did not really enjoyed my staying. I think a motel 6 room would be better choice for you than this one.

Easy access to 5 freeway and the beach is less than 5 minutes away. Modern interiors and staff was friendly. The room was clean but the bathroom area was a bit too small. Free wifi, parking and breakfast were nice to have.

We spent our day at SD Zoo Safari Park, and rather than have to contend with evening traffic, decided to stay here for the night. That meant we could enjoy walks on the beach in the evening, and breakfast on the coast the next morning. The hotel is ideally situated for this, since it's right next to the 5, but also a few minutes from PCH and the beach at Cardiff-by-the-Sea. It's also a short drive to Solana Beach, which features one of our all-time favorite breakfast places (Naked Cafe). The staff were friendly and helpful, the hotel was busy but still refreshingly quiet. The pool was a bit small and overcrowded to be of interest to us, but would probably be good for kids. We didn't have the free, if basic, breakfast, but I'm sure it would have been fine had we been needing to hit the road. Nice to have free HBO!

Stayed at this hotel due to it's location to festivities we were in town to attend. Encinitas street fair and granddaughters basketball game.

It was a very nice experience. Very pleasant stay.

This hotel met my needs and was a perfect location for mu business needs.

i have stayed in this location on 2 seperate trips both times the room was very clean but sheets were not

For a single night, for a place to stay while visiting friends, this hotel did the trick. Clean and comfortable. Ask for a room away form the freeway.

We enjoied our staying for the kindness of the staff and the quality of service

I am working out of town in La Costa and have stayed in several locations. For summertime at the beach this hotel has the best bang for my buck.

It was godd in General, breakfast could be better but very clean and great location

Breakfast was adequate and filled right away when food ran out. Facility is just basic. Front desk staff was very attentive and professional. Location was great, close to the highway and eating places.

Our stay was perfect, moments after checking in i received a call asking if the room was to our liking. I don't remember if i ever received such a call at other hotels. Clean room, comfortable beds, courteous and helpful staff and an excellent breakfast bar. Great location to head in any direction. At check out i was helped quickly and wished a safe trip back home. This is our hotel for any future stays in the North County area and San Diego.

Booked one day but unexpectedly stayed 2 and both day/nights were great. Clean however, I always bring anti-bacterial wipes to hotels to wipe down phone, remote, light switches, etc. but never noticed anything out of the ordinary dirty. Comp breakfast was great, used the gym treadmill, staff was great, room had very relaxing vibe. Nice sized TV's. Although it was close to the freeway I never heard any noise. Next door is great liquor store to buy reasonably priced wine. Local restaurant recommended by hotel delivered food, it was healthy and delicious. No complaints.

1661 Villa Cardiff Drive Cardiff-by-the-Sea CA

Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool

Holiday Inn Express Encinitas-Cardiff Beach Area is located within a few miles (5 km) of San Diego Botanic Garden and Swamis Beach. This 3-star hotel has 101 guestrooms and offers conveniences like free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and a 24-hour fitness center. Also close to this Cardiff-by-the-Sea hotel are Moonlight State Beach and Encinitas Ranch Golf Course.


Dining

Free buffet breakfast is served each morning from 6 AM to 10 AM.


Rooms

All 101 rooms feature iPod docks, sofa beds, and refrigerators. Flat-screen TVs come with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Beds sport pillow menus and bathrooms offer hair dryers. Coffee makers, free weekday newspapers, and free local calls are other standard amenities.


Property features

At Holiday Inn Express Encinitas-Cardiff Beach Area, guests enjoy features like an outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and free WiFi in public areas. If you drive, put free parking to good use. The front desk has multilingual staff standing by 24 hours a day to assist with dry cleaning/laundry and securing valuables. Additional amenities include a meeting room, a 24-hour business center, and express check-out.

Room options

Standard Room

King 1 | Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Room, 1 Queen Bed, Non Smoking

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Room, 1 King Bed with Sofa bed, Non Smoking

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for Holiday Inn Express Encinitas-Cardiff Beach Area

Everyone (7) Couples (16) Business (9) Family (17) Other (5)
4

nice hotel. great pool.

Everyone

Staff was wonderful. Room was comfortable but could have been cleaner. Pool &spa were great.

By on May 25, 2017

4

low room lighting. older property.

Everyone

Room felt much darker. Lighting is not adequate inside the room. Our only reason to stay at a holiday inn is the breakfast variety as we have young picky eaters. Property is older and the furniture and bathrooms show it. Very easy access to the I-5 and beach so can't complaint about the location. There is a Mexican restaurant right next door which I cannot review as we did it. Also a gas station and convenience store next to it.

By on May 18, 2017

4

nice hotel, clean and comfortable.

Everyone

Staff was very accommodating and pleasant. Clean and comfortable room, reasonable rate!

By , from Lewiston, ID on Feb 21, 2017

4

hate the pillows

Everyone

Hate the pillows. Could not get a decent night sleep my entire stay............

By on Dec 27, 2016

5
Everyone

Good deal from Orbitz on thus last minute stay. I was pleasantly surprised about the quality of the hotel rooms and facilities. The breakfast was pretty good with a lot of options. Would like to see non dairy milk and stevia sweetener for us health nuts!

By , from Costa Mesa on Sep 3, 2016

5
Everyone

Nice hotel, clean and comfortable, great breakfast.

By , from ssf on Jul 14, 2016

3

not happy

Everyone

It's an old room. Breakfast is alright. Did not really enjoyed my staying. I think a motel 6 room would be better choice for you than this one.

By on Feb 25, 2016

4

weekday getaway

Couples

Easy access to 5 freeway and the beach is less than 5 minutes away. Modern interiors and staff was friendly. The room was clean but the bathroom area was a bit too small. Free wifi, parking and breakfast were nice to have.

By on Sep 13, 2015

4

great for a quick stopover going north/south on 5

Couples

We spent our day at SD Zoo Safari Park, and rather than have to contend with evening traffic, decided to stay here for the night. That meant we could enjoy walks on the beach in the evening, and breakfast on the coast the next morning. The hotel is ideally situated for this, since it's right next to the 5, but also a few minutes from PCH and the beach at Cardiff-by-the-Sea. It's also a short drive to Solana Beach, which features one of our all-time favorite breakfast places (Naked Cafe). The staff were friendly and helpful, the hotel was busy but still refreshingly quiet. The pool was a bit small and overcrowded to be of interest to us, but would probably be good for kids. We didn't have the free, if basic, breakfast, but I'm sure it would have been fine had we been needing to hit the road. Nice to have free HBO!

By on Aug 10, 2015

3

family outing

Couples

Stayed at this hotel due to it's location to festivities we were in town to attend. Encinitas street fair and granddaughters basketball game.

By on May 1, 2015