Cardiff by the Sea Lodge

One-Night Stay at Cardiff by the Sea Lodge in Southern California

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Bed and Breakfast with Rooftop Gardens and Jacuzzi Minutes from the Beach

There's a quaint appeal to the little guesthouses that pop up throughout Great Britain's coastal areas and countryside, as if they were watercolors torn from an old storybook. These isolated, romantic B & Bs struck a chord with architect James Statser and his wife, Jeanette, so much so that the couple decided to build one of their own. Their Cardiff by the Sea Lodge resides on a tiny patch of coastal land in southwest California, and its style fuses a romantic, old-fashioned feel with that of a tropical getaway.

A whale weathervane spins on top of the tower of the distinctive building, which is lined with scalloped wood-shake shingles. Take a quick walk up a winding staircase and you'll end up at the rooftop garden, which glows with red hibiscus, peruvian lilies, and a blazing fire pit. Guests can stop at this secluded little spot to look out to the Pacific as they share a champagne toast at one of the tables, or unwind in the jacuzzi. Elsewhere, tropical flowers bloom along cobblestone walkways around the property. And just a quick stroll away is the beach, where couples can collect seashells.

Floral patterns accent the guest rooms, each of which feature distinct decorative styles. Many boast handmade or Victorian furnishings. Mirrors line the walls of the Reflection room, which features a circular king bed originally designed to sleep King Arthur's roundtable. There's a breezy feel to the Summer room, meanwhile, which has white wicker furniture, creeping vines, and a mural of the sky that was hand-painted on the ceiling. In the morning, the lodge serves a breakfast of fresh fruit, cereal, and donuts from the local VG Donuts & Bakery.

Cardiff by the Sea, California: Walkable Coastal Town with Lagoon and Famed Surf Spots

Though it makes up just a 2-mile stretch along southwest California's coast, Cardiff by the Sea draws many visitors to its 900 acres of protected wetlands and two coveted surf spots. Among these is Cardiff Reef, where rocky bluffs overlook breaking waters. When the waters recede, snorkelers and swimmers find low tide pools filled with tropical fish. It's popular to hike San Elijo Lagoon's wetland trails, which are home to hundreds of types of birds and retired Toucan Sam impersonators.

There's a small-town charm to Cardiff by the Sea's three-block town center, which is lined with art galleries, a row of restaurants, and a family-owned donut shop. It's not too far from big-city attractions, though: just a short, scenic drive south is San Diego. A hub of this coastal metropolis is Balboa Park, which features a miniature railroad, a vintage carousel, and the famous San Diego Zoo.

What You Get

One-night stay for two in a standard room

  • $119, valid Sunday–Friday
  • $129, valid Saturday

    Included in all options:
  • One bottle of champagne
  • Chocolate-covered strawberries


  • Rooftop jacuzzi
  • Fire pit
  • Tropical gardens
  • Complimentary wireless Internet
  • Continental breakfast

The Fine Print

  • Must complete travel by 6/30/12
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Subject to availability
  • All cancellations subject to $25 fee
  • 7-day cancellation notice or fee of applicable one-night's stay up to the amount paid for Groupon applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at check in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • 10% tax not included.

Other Details

How To Book

  1. Purchase Groupon.
  2. Call Cardiff by the Sea Lodge.
  3. Choose a date before expiration date.
  4. Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info

Room Details

In Most Included Rooms

  • Queen bed and sleeper sofa
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2 in most rooms; 4 in room 101
  • Adding occupants above standard: $20 for each additional occupant

Consult the lodge's index for more info on standard rooms 101, 104, 105, 107, 204, and 207.

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: noon
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: upgrade to a deluxe room for an additional $50 per night or a premium room for an additional $100 per night.

What It's Worth

One-night stay for two in a standard room

  • $119, valid Sunday–Friday
  • $129, valid Saturday

    Included in all options:
  • One bottle of champagne (a $50 value)
  • Chocolate-covered strawberries (a $20 value)

    Total value: up to $259

Getting There

  • By plane: about 11 miles from McClellan-Palomar Airport (CLD); about 26 miles from San Diego International Airport (SAN)
  • By transit: Encinitas station via North County Transit District
  • By cab: about $30 from CLD; about $60 from SAN
  • By car: about 25 miles northwest of San Diego

Customer Reviews

96 Ratings

We enjoyed to quiet and privacy at your wonderful inn.
Chris A. · May 2, 2012
Friendly staff, great location, large rooms
Cynthia H. · March 6, 2014
Thank you for a second trip to your Lodge. We truly enjoyed our time there. The very comfortable bed, and nicely appointed room was perfect for our needs. The rooftop spa and fireplace was the perfect ending to our evening. We will definitely return!
Diana L. · January 18, 2014
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