Cardiff by the Sea Lodge

One- or Two-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

Quaint little guesthouses pop up throughout Great Britain's coastal areas and countryside; the scenes look like they were torn from an old storybook. These isolated, romantic bed and breakfasts struck a chord with architect James Statser and his wife, Jeanette—so much so that the couple decided to build one of their own back home in California. Their Cardiff by the Sea Lodge resides on a tiny patch of California's southwest coast, 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 lodge 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 and 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 you can collect seashells.

Floral patterns accent the guest rooms, each of which features a distinct decorative style. Many boast handmade or Victorian furnishings. Mirrors line the walls of the Reflection room (207), which features a circular king bed originally designed to sleep King Arthur's Round Table. The Summer room (204) has white-wicker furniture, creeping vines, and a mural of the sky hand painted on the ceiling. In the morning, the lodge serves a breakfast of fresh fruit, cereal, and donuts from the local VG Donut & Bakery.

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

Though it occupies just a 2-mile stretch of the Southern California coast, Cardiff-by-the-Sea draws a number of visitors each year, thanks to 900 acres of scenic wetlands and two coveted surf spots. The most popular of these is Cardiff Reef, where sand-stone bluffs overlook remarkably consistent breakers. When the waters recede, snorkelers and swimmers explore tide pools. To spot even more wildlife, take to the wetland trails at San Elijo Lagoon, where you can see hundreds of bird species and retired Toucan Sam impersonators.

Cardiff-by-the-Sea's charming, three-block-long town center is filled with art galleries, a row of restaurants, and a family-owned donut shop. For big-city attractions, make the short, scenic drive south to San Diego. In the famous Balboa Park, you’ll find a miniature railroad, a vintage carousel, and the outstanding San Diego Zoo.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

Stay for two

  • Option 1: $94 for one night in room 104, 105, 107, 204, or 207, valid for check-in Sunday–Friday (up to a $189 value)
  • Option 2: $199 for one night in room 209 with a bottle of champagne, valid for check-in Sunday–Friday (up to a $435 value)
  • Option 3: $239 for two nights in room 101, 102, 103, 203, or 205, valid for check-in Sunday–Thursday (up to a $478 value)

Policies and Fees

Book by: 6/14/13
Travel by: 6/20/13

  • Cancellation policy and fees: all cancellations subject to $25 fee. Seven-day cancellation notice required or fee of applicable one night's stay up to Groupon price applies.
  • Taxes: 10% tax not included

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


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

The Fine Print

  • Book by 6/14/13 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 6/20/13
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Vlid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • All cancellations subject to $25 fee
  • 7-day cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • 10% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

Consult the lodge's index for more info on bed types and maximum occupancies for each room.

All Included Rooms

  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2–4 depending on room type
  • Adding occupants above standard: $20 per night per additional occupant In applicable rooms

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: noon
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: available for an additional $20 per night
  • 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: may be available for an upcharge at booking or check-in.

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, California

Customer Reviews

(96 ratings)

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5 ratings   6 reviews  
July 4, 2013
The different styles of rooms and the roof patio ocean view.


Sylvia H. ·
May 10, 2013


Cynthia H. ·
March 6, 2014
Friendly staff, great location, large rooms
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