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Get an overview of this hotelCardiff-by-the-Sea hotel near Del Mar Fairgrounds and Legoland.

Family-friendly beach nearby

The hotel is close to the Cardiff State Beach, and near the Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, the Del Mar Fairgrounds, and Legoland. Also close by are the Carlsbad Premium Outlet Mall, Seaworld, and the Oceanside Pier.

Deluxe breakfast included

This hotel provides complimentary buffet breakfast daily, and complimentary parking is available. A 24-hour business center is on site and the 24-hour front desk has a multilingual staff. Guest laundry has 2 coin-operated washers and dryers.


Air-conditioned guestrooms feature flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, refrigerators, and coffee/tea makers. Bathrooms have hair dryers and complimentary toiletries.

Holiday Inn Express Encinitas-Cardiff Beach Area

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

Holiday Inn Express Encinitas-Cardiff Beach Area offers complimentary amenities including a daily buffet breakfast, newspapers in the lobby, and WiFi in common areas. This pet-friendly hotel also features a heated outdoor swimming pool and a 24-hour fitness center. Outdoor parking is free. Additionally, guests have access to a 24-hour business center as well as a meeting room.

This property is 100% non-smoking.

  • Outdoor pool 
  • Free breakfast 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Total number of rooms - 101 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Fireplace in lobby 
  • Number of floors - 2 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Express check-out 
  • 24-hour fitness facilities 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • One meeting room 
  • RV, bus, truck parking 
  • Free self parking 
  • Beach towels 
  • 24-hour business center 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 525 
  • Conference space size (meters) - 47 
  • Television in common areas 
  • Smoke-free property 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Outdoor pool  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Rollaway/extra beds available  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Refrigerator  


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking, RV, bus, truck parking

Room Amenities

  • Desk 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Free weekday newspaper 
  • Phone 
  • Free local calls 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Satellite TV service 
  • Rollaway/extra beds available 
  • Cribs/infant beds available 
  • Flat-panel TV 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 

Where to Eat

Guests are offered a hot, deluxe complimentary buffet breakfast, which includes eggs, bacon/sausage, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, french toast, bagels, oatmeal, cereal, milk, coffee, cinnamon rolls, and much more. Breakfast is served daily from 6 AM - 10 AM.

Nearby Things to Do

Recreational amenities at the hotel include a heated outdoor pool.

  • Golfing nearby 
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby 
  • Windsurfing nearby 
  • Water skiing nearby 
  • Boat tours nearby 


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Special check-in instructions:


Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available.


  • Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 25 per accommodation, per night (maximum USD 100 per stay)
  • Up to 50 lb
  • Restrictions apply
  • For more information contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation

You need to know

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

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit 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.


Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Pet fee: USD 25 per accommodation, per night (maximum USD 100 per stay)
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Encinitas-Cardiff Beach Area
  • Holiday Inn Express Encinitas-Cardiff Beach Area
  • Holiday Inn Express Encinitas-Cardiff Beach Area Hotel

We should mention

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation. Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section).

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4.2 out of 5
88% of guests recommend
4.3 Room cleanliness
4.4 Service & staff
4.2 Room comfort
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Worth the price

5 out of 5
by from Huntsville, United States of America
Posted Dec 2, 2016
This hotel is really great for the price. Free parking, breakfast was amazing, super clean. A little older but who cares about that if it's clean, which it was. Staff was super helpful and friendly. Brooke checked us in and was very informative about what was going on. Also only about 25 mins from downtown San Diego in clear traffic and 50 during rush hour. Great stay!
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Nice hotel, conveniently located

5 out of 5
Posted Nov 21, 2016
I was there for a weekend workshop and found this hotel clean, spacious, friendly, and convenient.
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Excellent staff, clean and comfortable rooms

5 out of 5
by from santa cruz
Posted Oct 15, 2016
Pros: Breakfast, comfortable rooms
Location: Main area of Encinitas is right down the hill
Friendly accommodating staff, clean comfortable rooms, nice gym and pool/hot tub. Breakfast was good too.
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4 out of 5
Posted Oct 2, 2016
Nice place, though feels a bit overpriced. Nicer hotels in the area only $10-$20 more. I do appreciate the complimentary breakfast and parking. It was very clean and updated. Will definitely stay here again.
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3 out of 5
by from Woodland Hills , Ca
Posted Sep 26, 2016
Pros: Quiet, safe area
Cons: Total hotel renovation
Location: Sea World
1st of all. Drapes don't close to give persons a dark room to sleep. Bathroom sink had a leak. Instead of fixing it, they wrapped a plastic diaper around the piping to catch water. Every time we used the sink, we got water splattering all over our feet. Why did they put us in a room with this problem? No excuse. If we used the toilet, it took 30 min. to refill before reflushing. Breakfast wasn't what it used to be 10 years ago when the hotel was owned by Country Inn and Suites. It has went downhill. They used to have Chefs cooking eggs to order, pancakes,frenchtoast, fruits, etc. no comparison now. Hotel was quiet though, safe area. This place needs some serious renovations. Too bad. Investments would bring more referral business travelers.
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Convenient Location

4 out of 5
by from OC, CA
Posted Sep 20, 2016
Pros: Location
Cons: Breakfast menu
Location: Del Mar fairgrounds, beach, racetrack.
Conveniently located in Del Mar within short distance from the Fairgrounds.
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Conveniently close to Del Mar fair grounds!

5 out of 5
Posted Sep 20, 2016
Easy check in, clean room, however we could kind of gear street and freeway traffic since we were facing freeway and the main street... Other than that it was an easy peasy pleasant stay!
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Nice hotel

5 out of 5
by from Arizona
Posted Sep 17, 2016
Great Staff! Great area, a lot of unique restaurants down the street. Great location.
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A dump with good staff

2 out of 5
Posted Sep 11, 2016
The most recent and noticeable upgrade for the hotel was the switch from Mainstreet no-name ketchup packets to Heinz. The staff have good intentions however in a very rundown facility. it appears that the hotel continues to deteriorate with no investments to repair worn furniture and dirty carpets. The furniture has holes from wear, curtains torn, the electrical sockets are so worn out the you have to angle them to the side to get them to make contact Paint is missing in many of the bathrooms and the in room experience is that you are far outside the country in an impoverished nation. The front desk staff do their best to accommodate, but obviously have no control over the state of disrepair.
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Nice hotel, accept for some minor inconveniences

5 out of 5
Posted Sep 8, 2016
We stayed at the hotel for 4 days. Great place, nice breakfast, very helpful staff. There were some minor inconveniences though. There was no hair dryer in the room and no drinking water outlet to use after breakfast time. The shower and other bathroom fixtures were also quite old and need an update.
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