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142 Chesterfield Dr Cardiff, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-1922
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Individually wrapped toiletries
Updated 20/06/18 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20/06/18 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 2 hotels in Cardiff-by-the-Sea
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A block from the beach in a laid back beach community, fire pit & Jacuzzi in roof garden lounge, breakfast included, all rooms unique decor, many restaurants nearby
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58Somewhat walkable
Grade: 58 out of 100
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142 Chesterfield Dr Cardiff, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-1922
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San Diego Intl Airport33 kmSee all flights
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dmannx2 wrote a review Aug 2021
Palm Springs, California1 contribution
It’s a great beach property., walking distance to one of the only dog beaches in San Diego county. Restaurants within walking distance. A short drive to Solano Beach Cedros Shopping and shopping and dining in Encinitas. The rooms are in need of some work, but the property is being upgraded.
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Date of stay: August 2021
foxxxyroxxxy22 wrote a review Dec 2019
Del Mar2 contributions
Hotel's Favourite
Great view, amazing staff, good food and shopping close by.. Beach is a hop skip and a jump..best bars close by..stuff for families to do...play in the sand..or camp grounds close by...definitely one of my favorite spots
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Great tubs
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Julie P wrote a review Aug 2021
Phoenix, Arizona4 contributions
We have stayed at this hotel twice now and enjoyed it both times. There is no elevator at the hotel, they do have some first floor rooms and there is a ramp at the street level to access those rooms. They have their own complementary parking garage which is underneath the hotel. Great views of the ocean on the third floor deck but the only way to access this is stairs. We had a queen bed. Room 107 the queen bed is very high off the ground. It does have a sofa bed but we did not realize that until the morning of check out. The air conditioning and the heat has a remote which you point at the unit on the wall to operate and slide down to change ,this was a little confusing . We stayed here March 2021 in room 107 and I don’t recall the room on the second floor that we stayed August 2020. We had an enjoyable time and will be back . A few restaurants in the area that you can walk to. Beach is also close by and easy walk from hotel downhill.
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Date of stay: March 2021
clopez0069 wrote a review Aug 2021
La Habra, California1 contribution
Building is in need of repairs, old dilapidated condition. In need of updates to electrical, plumbing and interior. Had to move out of 2 rooms, first one was dirty with the air conditioner not functioning properly, second room you couldn’t iron your clothes and have the air conditioning on at the same time light went out twice leaving me and my wife in pitch black. Finally 3rd room was somewhat acceptable except for the old musty smell and broken furniture. What does the owner of these lodge do with the revenue they make pocket it? Never again will I stay in this dump hotel with slumlord owners.
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Date of stay: August 2021
Patti L wrote a review Apr 2021
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It's not right on the beach. We tried to find beach access when we walked to the beach which you can see from the hotel but rv park on the beach gated off beach access. Access was much further down than one should walk carrying a load of beach stuff. You'll need your car to spend a day at the beach which is not what we wanted to have to do. The room.....mattress old, springs creaked. Pillows very firm and too puffy...head and neck could not line up. Woke in pain. Plumbing in bathroom struggled to keep up. Tub didn't drain while showering. Carpet has many miles on it. No elevator to second level rooms which are 3rd level from parking lot. Otherwise location served just what we needed (except beach access).
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Date of stay: April 2021
United StatesCaliforniaEncinitasCardiff-by-the-Sea
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cardiff by the Sea Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Cardiff by the Sea Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Magic Carpet Ride sculpture (0.08 km), San Elijo State Beach (0.2 km), and The Confessional by The Lost Abbey (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Cardiff by the Sea Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Cardiff by the Sea Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Cardiff by the Sea Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Cardiff by the Sea Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Cardiff by the Sea Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include V.G. Donut & Bakery, Seaside Market, and Pipes Cafe.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Cardiff by the Sea Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Hindi.
Are there any historical sites close to Cardiff by the Sea Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park (11.7 km) and Heritage County Park (10.9 km).
Does Cardiff by the Sea Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.