Cardiff by the Sea Lodge - Encinitas

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 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 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 feature distinct decorative styles. 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 roundtable. The Summer room (204), meanwhile, 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’s just a 2-mile stretch along southwest California's coast, Cardiff by the Sea manages to draw 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

Stay for two in room 104, 105, 107, 204, or 207

  • Option 1: $84 for one night, valid for check-in Sunday–Friday (up to a $189 value)
  • Option 2: $188 for two nights, valid for check-in any day (up to a $378 value)

Book by: 4/5/13
Travel by: 6/20/13

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 4/5/13 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 6/20/13
  • Not valid 2/13-2/16
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • All cancellations subject to $25 fee
  • 7-day cancellation notice required or fee of applicable one-night's stay 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

In Most Included Rooms

  • One queen bed and one sleeper sofa
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed

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

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: upgrade to a deluxe room for an additional $40 per night or a premium room for an additional $80 per night.

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, CA

Customer Reviews

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Gina R. ·
March 17, 2013
The location to the beach


84 ratings   80 reviews  
March 14, 2013
Very nice setting and congenial staff


84 ratings   80 reviews  
March 14, 2013
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