Cardiff by the Sea Lodge

1- or 2-Night Stay with Optional Dining Credit 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.

With Option 2, you'll get a $25 dining credit to Cicciotti's, an Italian restaurant just four blocks from the lodge.

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.

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What You Get

Stay for two, valid for check-in Sunday–Friday

  • Option 1: $113 for 1 night in room 104, 105, 107, 204, or 207 (up to a $189 value)
  • Option 2: $299 for 2 nights in room 101, 102, 103, 202, 203, or 205 with a $25 dining credit to Cicciotti's (up to a $503 value)

Policies and Fees

Book by: 12/27/13
Travel by: 1/31/14

  • Blackout dates: not valid 11/27–11/28, 12/24–12/25, or 12/31/13–1/1/14
  • Cancellation policy & fees: all cancellations subject to $25 fee; 7-day notice or fee 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

  • Must book by 12/27/13 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 1/31/14
  • Not valid 11/27–11/28, 12/24–12/25, or 12/31/13–1/1/14
  • Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift
  • Limit 1 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required; subject to availability
  • All cancellations subject to $25 fee; 7-day notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • 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: after 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 additional charge 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

Customer Reviews

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
It's located near the beach in a small "village" type town. The rooms are spacious and all are uniquely decorated. The rooftop spa, fireplace, and patio is a perfect way to spend the evening. The owner and the employees are kind and helpful. The continental breakfast, which is included, is much more than just doughtnuts and coffee. Fresh fruit, cereals, bagels, coffee, tea, juice are delicious. It's a perfect get-away!
Diana L. · January 18, 2014
Cool architecture, great ocean view rooftop deck and great location.
Chris C. · January 15, 2014
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